Screw the D-Pad

Scott4551

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this D-Pad is worthless...I would of rather had a bigger keyboard that was centered than this d-pad...I can just reach up and touch the screen. What is the D-Pad used for????

That is the only flaw I can find and I know there is no way to fix it, but I had to vent
 

ccoady750#AC

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I only use it for text editing. I tried using it for SNES Emulator, but it's too small and on the wrong side, lol. I still LOVE the phone though.
 

Jeremy

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I've honestly gotten used to it. It's not that bad and it comes in handy at times. But I can understand some frustration of some.
 

ccoady750#AC

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It's not good for SNES games, but it's better than the virtual gamepad. Hopefully we get multi-touch unlocked so they can have better virtual keyboard controls. Yeah, I'm ranting.
 

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I would have preferred a small track pad like on the new blackberry curve, but having something like a d-pad or trackball to edit texts when you can't quite put your finger in the right place would come in handy.

A feature like the itouch has where you hold your finger in one place so a magnifying glass comes up and you can easily move your cursor to the proper place to edit the text.
 

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I would have preferred a small track pad like on the new blackberry curve, but having something like a d-pad or trackball to edit texts when you can't quite put your finger in the right place would come in handy.

A feature like the itouch has where you hold your finger in one place so a magnifying glass comes up and you can easily move your cursor to the proper place to edit the text.

It does have a d-pad, so when editing text it does come in handy. It's just not good for much else.
 

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It'll be useful when navigating on a spreadsheet, that's about all I can figure for now. (Not yet an owner, just touched one last night for the first time, but immediately wondered why they bothered with the pad instead of a better keyboard. But it'll be handy doing accounting work when we're constantly moving around from cell to cell.
 

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It does have a d-pad, so when editing text it does come in handy. It's just not good for much else.

I know it does, I use it from time to time when I need to edit text, I was just saying I would have preferred a track pad or would like to see that magnifying feature.
 

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Would have preferred it without. Real estate on a mobile device is at a premium, and to take up that amount of space for the occasional text edit hasn't made much sense to me.
 

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Would have preferred it without. Real estate on a mobile device is at a premium, and to take up that amount of space for the occasional text edit hasn't made much sense to me.

x2 ...how much is a spacebar going for down in the florida keys these day? 1 mil? 2 mil? :D
 

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Other than scrolling around Excel files, I too think that the D-pad is worthless - just like the keyboard. I wish they had ditched it for a larger keyboard...
 

YoungChrisG

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This problem isn't the D-pad (which I like :D), it's the half inch of seemingly usless chin that makes it hard to navigate. Without the chin the keyboard would be juuuuuussst fine :D.
 

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If I had a choice I'd rather it not be there too. To be honest I forget that it's there most of the time. As said earlier, I'd much rather have a centered and larger keyboard. Either way the phone kill kicks a$$
 

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I'm actually digging the D-pad....for sites such as this and tabbing through threads and page numbers...Its easier than zooming in and out for more accurate touches.
 

ccoady750#AC

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I'm actually digging the D-pad....for sites such as this and tabbing through threads and page numbers...Its easier than zooming in and out for more accurate touches.

That makes sense, I just am used to zooming in and touching the what I want, since I hardly ever have the keyboard open when surfing. I use it on my banking website though, just to make sure I don't make a mistake.
 

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After almost a month with the phone I have to agree, it's pretty useless.

The only time I have ever used it was for moving backwards through words while text messaging to fix a word. They could have spread the keyboard out and made the keys a tad bigger but I'm not gonna complain.

After a month I'm still getting used to the keyboard. Can't type as fast as I could on my Blackberry Curve and those keys were smaller. How weird.
 

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