The Track Ball on the Blackberry Curve


Stay clear!

If you own or have owned a Blackberry Curve 8300, I can only assume that you have had issues with your track ball.

I’m facing the problem now, and boy is it tough not to break the damn thing. Seriously. What was Blackberry thinking?

The computer ball mouse was invented in 1972. The modern optical computer mouse was later introduced in 2001. By 2011, I bet all third world countries will have gone optical.

How did Blackberry miss the party?

Everyone remembers the computer ball mouse. After a few months on a mouse pad, dust and debris collects inside and the ball no longer tracks properly. Luckily, one was able to remove the ball, clean the mechanics, and save your sanity for a few weeks.

Oh wait, we forgot about the cleaning part.

Blackberry must have known about the issues with track balls. At the very least, they should provide replacement parts with the phone since there is absolutely no way to clean the thing.

I’m interested to know at what point did an engineer decide to implement this technology on the Blackberry Curve. It sucks, and I’m not even a scientist.

Let’s take older technology, reduce it in size by 95%, and hope everything goes well. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that moving parts on a mobile phone is generally a bad idea.

So thanks to these phone engineers, I’m stuck with a phone that can only scroll up. I’ve learned all the shortcuts and still find that the track ball is required for most functions. Blackberry doesn’t even provide you with a Plan B.

The worst phone technology… ever.

Back to the service center for me. I’m 0 for 2 at my cell phone provider’s tech support and hope the third time’s a charm.

A replacement part should be all that is needed; a band-aid for product that is being phased out by the new Curve. Oh and about that new Curve, it looks like the fired the track ball guy and went with a touch pad.

While I’m thankful for just about everything this week, my Blackberry track ball is not on that list.

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