Lit Up Trackpad

Or more specifically, I hope like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, there is a ring or design element around the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad that lights up for notifications, and is last to turn off when the screen / keyboard backlighting powers down.

I had this realization when I was out for dinner with my cousin Vinny on the weekend. He was on his Bold 9900 all night, and the room was fairly dark, and every time he put the phone back down on the table I couldn't help but notice that awesome power down sequence which has the trackpad turning off last (see instagram video below).

I find little details like this to be very attention getting (a good thing as BlackBerry strives to build back marketshare!), and also a sign of attention to detail. It shows the people building the product truly care and really want to do everything they can to make the user experience awesome. I remember how excited I was the first time I saw this power down sequence happen. I was like... WOAH. That's AMAZING. And to this day, I still like the effect.

That said, I do like change, so I'm not suggesting the BlackBerry Classic needs to exactly copy the trackpad layout and lighting scheme of the 9900. I just hope it does something cool like the 9900 did. It makes the phone stand out.

Agree with me? Disagree? Let me know where you stand on trackpads in the comments!

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