When Debby sent us a tip about a black trackball it took a bit to register. Turns out that the T-Mobile G1 Android phone uses the same type of trackball as all of the recent trackball BlackBerrys. When I first heard about this black trackball I thought somebody had just pulled out their trackball and colored it with a black sharpie. I was wrong.
The guys at CNN.cn found that the trackball for the G1 fits perfectly into the 900, 8100, 8300, & 8800 series BlackBerrys. Some people seem to be reporting that this new trackball for the G1 has better texture and does not acquire that dirty texture you see on your current trackball… I guess then you can rightfully call your 81XX the Black Pearl. 🙂
Thanks to Debby for sending this one in. Not sure who was the first to discover it but there seem to be a few threads around the forums showing it off. In a quick search I found Redenfield on the forums talking about his mod on his Bold. (Thanks for his picture to the left) Though keep in mind there may be a little bit of work on the Bold and other devices where the trackball is harder to get at. It also will not light up since the LED can’t shine through the black ball.
Note: I have heard rumblings of this also being called an Atomic Trackball like the 8900 trackball but I have not been able to nail those down. Or maybe they both refer to the same thing… Color me confused.