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RIM Explains How the BlackBerry Trackpad Works


trackpad diagram

The latest BlackBerry devices come with an optical trackpad rather than a trackball. This is great for a couple of reasons: you no longer have to replace your trackball after wear-and-tear, and it looks way cooler.

Inside BlackBerry interviewed David (Vice President of Handheld Products) and Derek (Electronics Designer) to get more details about how the trackpad works. Basically, the optical trackpad is an optical mouse, except your finger is the the desk and you’re moving the desk.

So if you’re interested in knowing how the optical trackpad works, check out the Inside BlackBerry post.

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BlackBerry Onyx to come with a trackpad – new device strategy?



The BlackBerry Onyx has been spotted with a trackpad. Although the Tour 9630 does not have a trackpad, the BlackBerry Gemini 8520 does. This could mean that RIM is thinking of making all devices post 9630 come with a trackpad.

Is this the death of the trackball? I hope so. BlackBerry users have had to replace a ton of trackballs because they get dust/sand in them or they just simply wear out. This new strategy could mean longer lasting devices.