Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st May 2013 22:40 UTC
General Development "BlackBerry 10 is completely different from previous BlackBerry operating systemsâ€"with good reason. Its core assets come from a company named QNX, which Research In Motion acquired in 2010. Blackberry 10 features include 'live tiles' that dynamically refresh with new information, as well as a revamped keyboard and security upgrades. But what really makes or breaks a phone is the quality (and quantity) of its third-party apps. So what we'll do here is look at the programming API. That will give us a good grip on what app developers can do with the platform."
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RE[3]: APIs are great
by MOS6510 on Thu 2nd May 2013 11:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: APIs are great"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

A great way to raise your blood pressure: disassemble the phone and watch parts of the trackball mechanism disperse.

If you find them all it is possible to put it back together again.

I did it in a desperate attempt to turn the Bold 9000 trackball white again, but I failed. The discolored trackball was a mayor annoyance.

And of course sometimes it would get stuck.

The newer Bolds had a trackpad, which couldn't get stuck, but it was even more lousy to operate the phone. If the trackball worked you could operate the phone quite quick.

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RE[4]: APIs are great
by Soulbender on Thu 2nd May 2013 12:05 in reply to "RE[3]: APIs are great"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

disassemble the phone and watch parts of the trackball mechanism disperse.


Oh yes, that was the really fun part becasue who the heck can wait two weeks (minimum) to get their company phone back? Service unit? Naah.
Scourging the blackberry forums for instructions how to clean it your self you realized *everyone* had this problem with the damn trackball.
Didn't help how fragile the parts of trackball was either. And while you could make it work again by cleaning it yourself it never really worked as good as as new again and you ended up cleaning it quite often.

Edited 2013-05-02 12:06 UTC

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RE[5]: APIs are great
by MOS6510 on Thu 2nd May 2013 12:10 in reply to "RE[4]: APIs are great"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I was never able to get any improvement regarding the discoloring.

During my BB time I owned 3 Bold 9000 and every one started discoloring quite fast. Other people either had this too, or not at all.

Sadly it wasn't possible to quickly swap balls without the owner noticing.

One trick I read was making the ball black, but then it wouldn't light up.

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RE[4]: APIs are great
by zima on Mon 6th May 2013 21:47 in reply to "RE[3]: APIs are great"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The newer Bolds had a trackpad, which couldn't get stuck, but it was even more lousy to operate the phone. If the trackball worked you could operate the phone quite quick.

Probably the best input device was jog dial ("wheel") of old Sony mobile phones. Too bad modern UIs outgrew such one-dimensional navigation.

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