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BlackBerry 8100

OK, so realize that, at this point, we can’t really confirm anything that we “know” about the BlackBerry 8100. But if BBHub is correct (and he’s not citing a source, which is strange), this is big news for RIM/BlackBerry fans.

BBHub is reporting that, starting with the 8100, all forthcoming BlackBerrys will no longer feature our beloved scroll-wheel.

All BlackBerry Cool can say is: WTF RIM? That little d-pad you have at the front of the 8100 better work really well.

In related news, BBHub is also reporting that RIM will also be dropping carrier specific labeling (i.e. 7130 c,g,v,e) on forthcoming models. This decision actually makes sense, as it will cut down on market confusion and reduce expenses incurred by re-plating physically identical devices.

  • http://www.bloomberg.com/ david yong

    yeah. exactly. WTF.

  • http://www.bloomberg.com david yong

    yeah. exactly. WTF.

  • thought

    To me the scroll wheel is one of the major advantages of the BB.

    It is a huge loss, even in a model as exciting as this one. I can’t imagine that d-pad, joystick, whatever you want to call it, can work as well.

    In fact, even if I get this model once it comes out, I will still want a BB with scrollwheel for serious usage.

    I certainly hope it is not true that all forthcoming BBs will drop the scroll wheel. If that is true, RIM has made its first major mistake and risks losing market share, esp. in the enterprise segment.

  • thought

    To me the scroll wheel is one of the major advantages of the BB.

    It is a huge loss, even in a model as exciting as this one. I can’t imagine that d-pad, joystick, whatever you want to call it, can work as well.

    In fact, even if I get this model once it comes out, I will still want a BB with scrollwheel for serious usage.

    I certainly hope it is not true that all forthcoming BBs will drop the scroll wheel. If that is true, RIM has made its first major mistake and risks losing market share, esp. in the enterprise segment.

  • thought

    It’s interesting to re-read the post on BBhub regarding this.

    It seems that BBHub goes from noting that there is no scroll wheel on the 8100 to stating that there will no longer be a scroll wheel on any other new BB devices. That seems quite a leap, esp, as you note, that BBHub offers no source on that rumor.

    I can believe that there will be no scroll wheel on any new 8100 model…that there may be no scroll wheel on any of the consumer models…but I just cannot believe that RIM would drop the scroll wheel on all devices, esp. those aimed at the enterprise segment.

  • thought

    It’s interesting to re-read the post on BBhub regarding this.

    It seems that BBHub goes from noting that there is no scroll wheel on the 8100 to stating that there will no longer be a scroll wheel on any other new BB devices. That seems quite a leap, esp, as you note, that BBHub offers no source on that rumor.

    I can believe that there will be no scroll wheel on any new 8100 model…that there may be no scroll wheel on any of the consumer models…but I just cannot believe that RIM would drop the scroll wheel on all devices, esp. those aimed at the enterprise segment.

  • moog

    “In fact, even if I get this model once it comes out, I will still want a BB with scrollwheel for serious usage.”

    How do you know unless you try it? Nobody had a jogwheel back in the day, and it took some getting used to. No there will be a bit of a learning curve, but hey, there’s the possibility that there’s no more need to alt-scroll to navigate vertically.

  • moog

    “In fact, even if I get this model once it comes out, I will still want a BB with scrollwheel for serious usage.”

    How do you know unless you try it? Nobody had a jogwheel back in the day, and it took some getting used to. No there will be a bit of a learning curve, but hey, there’s the possibility that there’s no more need to alt-scroll to navigate vertically.

  • Aaron

    It looks to be a scroll ball, and not a d-pad. So, it could be a scroll ball, like in those Golf Arcade Games at the bars. You just wind up, and woosh! It scrolls down to the bottom.

  • Aaron

    It looks to be a scroll ball, and not a d-pad. So, it could be a scroll ball, like in those Golf Arcade Games at the bars. You just wind up, and woosh! It scrolls down to the bottom.

  • George

    That’s even going to be worst for Blackberry thumb sufferers. Anyone also realize that this device looks exactly like the Motorola SLVR, maybe photoshop?

  • George

    That’s even going to be worst for Blackberry thumb sufferers. Anyone also realize that this device looks exactly like the Motorola SLVR, maybe photoshop?

  • digifreak wannabe

    Why is it so hard to put a camera into the current BB’s without having to totally change it from top to bottom? No click wheel or full QWERTY keyboard? It might as well not even be called a BB anymore.

  • digifreak wannabe

    Why is it so hard to put a camera into the current BB’s without having to totally change it from top to bottom? No click wheel or full QWERTY keyboard? It might as well not even be called a BB anymore.

  • CellMan

    im very new to this site, but i actually got to play with this phone today. the D pad is actually a scroll wheel very similar to the side kick 3. 1.3meg camera….um, anything else anyone wants to know email me drained01@yahoo.com

  • CellMan

    im very new to this site, but i actually got to play with this phone today. the D pad is actually a scroll wheel very similar to the side kick 3. 1.3meg camera….um, anything else anyone wants to know email me drained01@yahoo.com

  • CellMan

    forgot to mention that that is exactly how it looks..its real small like the slvr but thicker

  • CellMan

    forgot to mention that that is exactly how it looks..its real small like the slvr but thicker