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BlackBerry Gemini 8520 features new optical trackball for navigation

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BlackBerry Gemini 8520 features new optical trackball for navigation
Remember in March when we showed you the picture of the BlackBerry Gemini 8325 with a hole where it's trackball should have been? Since then, some radical things have taken place to the Gemini. First of all, the model has a new number which is 8520. And the biggest change is right in that space where the trackball is missing; instead of a mechanical trackball that rolls with the touch of your finger, RIM has apparently placed an optical trackball on the device. While both styles of trackball have the same goal, which is to move a cursor on the screen to a specific position, the newer one has no moving parts, no ball to wear down, and instead it "reads" your gesture to determine where you want the cursor placed.

You can expect the model to come equipped with a 2MP camera with flash, a display with 320x240 pixels, n-class Wi-Fi, an absence of 3G connectivity and the possibility of the handset being powered by BlackBerry OS 5.0. The new trackball would make the Gemini the second 'Berry to offer a way of navigating without a rolling ball.  Do you think that the new navigation method will be better?

BlackBerry Gemini 8325 Specifications

source: CrackBerry
BlackBerry Gemini 8520 features new optical trackball for navigation

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. madesina (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)

To be honest, i thought all blackberry fan boys loved the trackball.. So i don't know if this is a backward step? And furthermore, the only other optimal mice (haha) that i can think of (samsung omnia and x1) are both pretty crap/unenjoyable to use.?

posted on 02 May 2009, 09:04

2. SilverPearl (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Jul 2008)

Not a big fan of the optical mouse. I like having the ability to scroll all the way down my screen in one thumb movement instead of 3 or 4 times with the optical mouse.

posted on 02 May 2009, 09:30

3. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)

with the trackball if it is a long web page you have to scroll scroll scroll with the trackball about a million times to get to get bottom. You must have a long thumb to scroll the the bottom with one stroke roll of your thumb silverpearl. I have the samsung saga with verizon it has the biggest optical mouse. With a optical mouse you can jump to different spots on a page quicker than track rolling left, right, up, down. You wouldnt trade your laptop or pc mouse for a trackball would you?? probably not cause it would drive you crazy trackrolling to move the page. I had the curve ,the pearl and loved both honestly I love blackberry. Then I tried the samsung saga with its optical mouse, full qwerty keyboard, virtual keyboard, stylus, and touch screen. It is a huge leap past blackberry lil trackball. Hearing my wife scroll with her curve trackball when we are in the car now drive me crazy that lil slight scratching rolling sound it makes. I was planning on getting the new blackberry tour when it came out but im in love with the optical mouse over the trackball now.

posted on 02 May 2009, 11:27

6. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

Don't lie to us. You work for Samsung, don't you?!

posted on 03 May 2009, 13:05

7. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

Or maybe you could just hit the 'b' button, genius. Don't knock a phone you don't know how to use.

posted on 02 May 2009, 09:40

4. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Am I the only one that likes my Omnia? The optical mouse thing works OK as an alternatvie or enhancement of a touchscreen. The selection mode of a trackball is pretty nice, and I wonder how it would translate to a mousepad type control. If RIM can make it work where it looks, feels, and tracks like the trackball, we could have a winner. At any rate, it can't be worse than the Storm.

posted on 02 May 2009, 11:25

5. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

No, it's probably still just the black one, and still there. Razr with an actual razor FTW!!

posted on 03 May 2009, 15:28

8. BBBOY (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)

I like the trackball on my Curve, but I think that the optical mouse would definitely be better.

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