The BlackPad?

A few weeks ago, our own CrackBerry Kevin made a suggestion for the BlackBerry PlayBook's gestures. Just as a single finger swipe bezel-to-bezel will wake the tablet, Kevin suggested a two-finger gesture to put the device to sleep.

In that spirit, I thought I'd make my own suggestion to the PlayBook. You know a diagonal swipe from either of the two bottom corners will open the virtual keyboard. Wouldn't it be nice for Research In Motion to design a virtual trackpad, too? They could even call it the BlackPad, resurrecting that name from the past.

I have big ol' fingers, and sometimes they just aren't good enough for the millimeter precision required for editing text. I have a knack for typing browser addresses that are just slightly wrong. When I go to edit them, I invariably miss the letter I was trying to select; instead selecting somewhere nearby. I'm forced to backspace over perfectly good text to get to my error. It would be so much nicer to be able to slide the cursor just a little bit one way or the other.

The Flash experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook is arguably unequaled in the tablet world; and Flash works spectacularly well on the device. That being said, there is something important missing from this experience: right-click. Many web interfaces need that right-click functionality. The best example of this is remote management software. Using free programs like LogMeIn and TeamViewer, you can control your computer perfectly through the PlayBook...except for right clicking. And double-clicking, but that's something that could be accomplished with a virtual trackpad as well.

Is there anybody else out there with inaccurate fingers? Would a virtual trackpad help you? Do you need right-click abilities at websites you use? Sound off in the comments.

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