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My Trackball is Stuck (solution)… FmyBlackberry

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

If you have a Blackberry with a trackball then your trackball has either gotten stuck or will get stuck in the future.  All of the sudden your trackball wont scroll down or to the right anymore.  You’ll find yourself trying to use these crazy alternate methods of getting to your bottom icons only to accidently skip over the one you want and having to start all over again. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, but luckily for you there is help. The reason this happens is because dirt and  dust from your fingers or pockets get inside the trackball and does not allow it to move.  There are 3 ways to solve this problem.

  1. You could just say the hell with it and get a new phone. Maybe an Android phone that offers three different methods of navigating through your extremely advanced, ever so popular phone. You could get a new Blackberry with the optical touchpad and high-resolution screen. No more trackball issues with those, however you will have to be eligible to upgrade.
  2. You could replace the trackball: If you have insurance this should be a free replacement. If not you can replace it yourself all you will need is another trackball. You can get one from an old Blackberry, if you have one lying around, or you can purchase one. They are around $3 on eBay. Once you get the trackball replacing it is easy. You can use your nails or any type of pointy object to stick in-between the keypad and the silver ring around the trackball. Once it is in-between the keypad and the silver ring, simply flick up and it is out. You may need to turn it upside down and tap the back of the phone to get it all the way out. You can then replace it with your new trackball. Be sure to line up the three legs on the trackball with the three groves inside the space where the trackball goes.
  3. Clean the trackball: So your not eligible to upgrade and you can’t afford the $3’s for a trackball. Hey i know, it’s a recession, times are hard. The last way and probably the easiest way is to just clean it.  All you need is a little cleaning solution.  Take a dab and put it on your finger, then take your finger and put it on the trackball. Start to move the trackball around in all directions including the direction that is will no longer scroll in.  After a little while your trackball will be able to scroll in all directions.  I have used this solution on several different phones and it always works for me.  The first few times i did it I actually used a dab of spit on my finger instead of cleaning solution. I know gross, but i found it worked the best.
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The “New”tered Blackberry Collection

February 10, 2010 2 comments

blackberry optical pad

RIM has come out with several new phone models and their biggest innovation has been ripped the balls out the Blackberry and replacing them with a pad.

trackball vs optical pad

I must admit the optical pad is nice, it works pretty much the same as the trackball and doesn’t make me feel at all as if I’m using a women’s feminine product. Now you can navigate through your “Blackberry whatever” without having to worry about your trackball not scrolling down or to the left anymore. GREAT!!! What else you got?

Oh yes people there is more. Blackberry has increased the onboard memory to 256 MB and 2GB if you get the Storm (no more deleted call logs and text messages), they have a much higher resolution screen (480×360 pixel), an improved web browser that supports HTML fully, a 3.2 Mega pixel camera/camcorder, an app catalog, and a super faster processor so you can do all those thing quick and easy.

you rock

I know what your thinking “WOW! That Rocks!. But wait, I’m not finished.  Lets look at this scenario:

You’re sitting there with your neutered Blackberry that you just traded you’re Curve in for. You’re checking out the web on your upgraded web browser, with your fast processor, and your 480 x 360 resolution screen when you realize. “Wow, this really isn’t much different from my Curve.” I mean yeah it looks better but it pretty much does all the same things. Not only that but the web browser still sucks compared to some other browsers out there, the applications are no way near as good as the Droids, the iPhone, or even the Pre, and it still has the same old interface. Really it’s just the same cake with different frosting.

When you compare older Blackberry models such as the Curve, with the new models there is a slight improvement that may or may not merit getting a new phone. However, when comparing the new models to each other, they are almost identical.

compare blackberrys

It seems like Blackberry could be going in the route that Palm went with the Treo. Palm had a popular phone that was innovative; however they didn’t make any major improvements to it. So when competitors came along they made products that did the same things that the Treo did, but capitalized on the things the Treo lacked.  Next thing you know everyone is trading in their Treo’s and Palm stock plummets.

The things that makes Blackberrys great is their push email capability, which makes your emails come to your Blackberry instantaneously without your phone having to search for them. They also have the ability to sync with corporate emails, calendar, and other enterprise features easily. Lastly they have really good battery life when compared to other PDA’s. Even still the Palm scenario is a very possible scenario for Blackberry if they don’t make some major changes to their devices. Especially now that the iPhone is ending its contract with AT&T and is improving it’s messaging and enterprise capabilities, just like the Google phones is doing.

What a Berry Needs

  1. First off RIM needs to get a great web browser. If they can’t develop on of their own maybe they should work with Opera Mini.
  1. Next they should come out with a Blackberry with a keyboard and a touch screen. A slider would be nice if it had the right form factor.

  1. Get some better applications
  1. Change the interface to something similar but less ugly and boring. Maybe add some graphics the boring  list menu

blackberry interface is boring

If Blackberry was to do at least two out of the 4 suggestions I think that would be enough to fight off the uprising of the android an iPhone.

The Best Phone to Ever Suck!!!

December 8, 2009 1 comment

Blackberry Curve 8330
Blackberrys truly live up to their nick name Crackberry, they’re like crack without the baking soda. If you use it long enough you’ll be addicted. I think they’re more like cigarettes. You know how they say if you smoke 9 times you will be hooked, and by the time you cough up a lung you’re too addicted to quite? Well it’s pretty much like that. By the time your Blackberry starts “hour glassing” and deleting your call log and all of your freaking text messages, causing you to no longer have that hot chick you met in Vegas’s number, and when you walk all the way from Circus Circus to the Havana you have no way to tell her you’re in the lobby; you’ll be to hooked on all great things the Blackberry does well to get rid of it. Sorry, flash back. Now… where was I? Oh yes, Pros and Cons:

Pro:
Up to10 email addresses (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc, get your emails the way you get a text message)
Enterprise Service (corporate email on your device)
2.0 mega pix camera and camcorder
Amazing Battery life for a PDA
3.5 head Phone Jack
External Memory Card (max 16 gig)
Downloadable apps
Cut and paste (on any text field)
Instant Messenger (yahoo, Gtalk, AIM, BBM)
Documents to go
Download email attachments (pic’s, xl, doc, pp)
Multitasking

Con
Takes forever to power up
Web browser needs work (not fully HTML)
Not enough on board memory (96 Megs)
Apps don’t save to the extended memory card
Randomly deletes messages and call log due to low memory
Hour glasses due to low memory
Trackball gets stuck (secret to fixing that, put spit on your finger and wiggle the trackball nasty but it works)

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