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  1. Rez90

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    other than taking pics and navigating through home screens....is there any other real use for the joystick?

    Thanks.
     

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    ...that's a good question.
     
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    Certain apps can use it so that you don't need virtual keys taking up screen space and it also makes web browsing a little easier sometimes.
     
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    Selecting stuff
     
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    scrolling thru your screens.
     
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    I use it when moving widgets from screen to screen. Press and hold the widget with one finger, move to the proper place with the optical joystick.
     
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    The main purpose of the optical pad is to move your cursor when editing text and to navigate tiny links when you are viewing webpages. Its a HUGE help actually when navigating website links.
     
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    If you can't rely on it for gaming, then there's not much joy in the stick.
     
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    Gaming? How old are you?
     
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    At first I didn't get that.....then I did.

    However a lot of modern games use joysticks you just don't realize. 360 and PS1/2/3 all do.
     
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    I have two joysticks for my computer. A gamepad and a flightstick.

    Not every computer game is an FPS or solitaire.
     
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    I don't play PC games but I definitely understand the need for a joystick. My neighbor is in the air force and he has a military supplied joystick that is almost a exact replica out of a jet.
     
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    Sorry if it's a little irrelevant but can you assign a shortcut (e.g. phone favorites) to the optical joystick?
     
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    Besides taking a picture, this is the only thing I use it for. I have big hands and selecting just the right spot with the cursor is a little difficult.
     
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    BINGO! The joystick allows for a much finer control of where you select.
     
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    Since when did the Incredible have a joystick? lol For me, I used the trackpad for moving to the exact place I want to erase/insert text, taking camera photos, and... that's it!
     

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