Will the big wigs miss the wheel?

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It’s a question I once struggled with myself. One that I’m sure kept many of you awake with sweat-soaked pyjamas, wondering what would happen when you lost the loving trackwheel on the side of your favourite device with the release of the BlackBerry 8800. After much deliberation, I’ve concluded that I’m pretty excited, and it seems like the lot of you are, too. A piece in the NY Times asks the same question, and the pearl-navigation on the 8800 has some backers.

The small, pearl-like ball, Mr. Lazaridis said, is as efficient as a computer mouse when it comes to navigating through screens that require movement from side-to-side rather than just scrolling up and down, the action needed for e-mail lists.

“We’re all used to having a mouse on our desk,” Mr. Lazaridis said. “But not many of us have a touch screen.”

But it looks like there’s always going to be someone ready to piss on the parade.

Allen Nogee, an analyst at In-Stat, a market research firm, is far less skeptical about the iPhone’s approach than is Mr. Lazaridis. But he added that the consumer reaction to the Pearl suggested that business users would not miss thumb wheels.

“Most people really take to it,” he said. “The wheel is problematic when you have to go two different directions.”

Jerk.

  • http://www.RIMarkable.com/ Robb (RIMarkable)

    I was just watching Squawk Box and they were talking about the demise of the “Wheel”.

    Joe Kernan is worried that you won’t be able to get too level 17 on Brick Breaker.

  • http://www.RIMarkable.com/ Robb (RIMarkable)

    I was just watching Squawk Box and they were talking about the demise of the “Wheel”.

    Joe Kernan is worried that you won’t be able to get too level 17 on Brick Breaker.

  • http://www.RIMarkable.com Robb (RIMarkable)

    I was just watching Squawk Box and they were talking about the demise of the “Wheel”.

    Joe Kernan is worried that you won’t be able to get too level 17 on Brick Breaker.

  • Avi

    I like the wheel personally, but that may just be because I’m so used to it. I’m sure I could use the ball, I’ve tried it on my friends Pearl a few times.

  • Avi

    I like the wheel personally, but that may just be because I’m so used to it. I’m sure I could use the ball, I’ve tried it on my friends Pearl a few times.

  • Avi

    I like the wheel personally, but that may just be because I’m so used to it. I’m sure I could use the ball, I’ve tried it on my friends Pearl a few times.

  • Ralph

    i will always prefer the side track wheel and the 7290 key spacing.
    the track ball takes too much time to use and is in-accurate.
    bring back the trackwheel,

  • Ralph

    i will always prefer the side track wheel and the 7290 key spacing.
    the track ball takes too much time to use and is in-accurate.
    bring back the trackwheel,