Touchscreen Thunder To Have Haptics Keyboard

I am not sure if you have been keeping up with the touchscreen technology so I will stop to explain. Haptics is essentially a form of forcefeedback. When you push a button on a touchscreen the phone will vibrate in response. Its really that simple.Blackberrythunder Just as a quick geek fact. Haptics is derived from the Greek word haphe which means the “sense of touch.”

Kevin @ CrackBerry is reporting that the Thunder will have a Haptics keyboard. The keyboard will also function in landscape mode for nice big buttons. When you use the keyboard in portrait mode you get a suretype keyboard. From what I am reading this new keyboard is the best thing since sliced bread and split peas…

I don’t really understand the whole touchscreen/haptics love. I can’t imagine how annoying it would be if my curve vibrated every time I pushed a button even if it were only a small vibration. I tried this Haptics technology on a Samsung Instinct and was not all that impressed. The whole reason I got a BlackBerry in the first place was for the full tactile keyboard!

On the other hand RIM has dominated the smartphone keyboard market for quite awhile now so maybe they finally have figured out the ultimate touchscreen keyboard. Only time will tell…

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  1. YaY! lol I was waiting for this article of the sort. Being that blackberry has a versatile keyboard all, its like a 50 50 deal. The blackberry line that have been coming out are amazing especially the curve, that being in mind for them to launch this Thunder with both concepts of berry and touch screen is of course interesting. The haptic keyboard idea in my honest opinion is okay, but the way RIM make their designs I honestly feel this keyboard will be putting Instinct for example in the trash can. You never know, they might have an option where as the screen can give resistance feedback as if you were just pressing a black berry curve key, anything is possible! lol.

    On a side note.

    Is verizon blackberries whack? Because Ive known verizon to be the type where you have to purchase everything from them.

  2. Yeah you will have to pay $10 a month for multitouch or else you only get single touch :)

  3. You didn’t mention that the screen also essentially a big button. So it gives a little and makes a clicky sound when you press it, giving the illusion that you’re actually pressing the button. And the article also mentions “localized haptics,” which only vibrates the phone around where you pressed… We’ll see how well it can be pulled off, but RIM is trying to bring a tactile keyboard feel to a virtual keyboard, which will be amazing if executed correctly.

  4. Sweet! I’m definitely pre ordering this baby!

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