Definitions

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  • n. A keyboard that can be operated using only the thumbs.

Etymologies

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thumb +‎ pad

Examples

  • Gone are the up / down switches on the front of the wheel (Hooray!), replaced by a kind of thumbpad thingy augmented by perfectly-placed "paddle-compatibles" on the rear.

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  • Like the battery life, not impressed by the screen, thumbpad implementation, or time to boot XP.

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  • Run and Gun Just push the Dual Strike joystick's thumbpad in the direction you want to go: forward and backward, or to sidestep left and right.

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  • Aside from snapping one or two pix up close, I do the moblogging/thumbpad typing waaaaaay in the back of venue.

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  • It's a delightful way of breaking outside well-worn control techniques -- buttons, thumbpad, keyboard.

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  • The keyboard is a drawback because the on-screen thumbpad works beautifully.

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  • The mazes feel small-a necessary consequence of rendering a vertically oriented game on a horizontally oriented screen-but they are exactly the same as veteran players rememeber, and the 3DS thumbpad does a surprisingly good job of emulating the analogue feel of a classic joystick.

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  • A rubber thumbpad adds grip to the rear of the camera, and the Function (Fn) button is handy for quick settings changes.

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  • You can use it in different screen layouts, for example having Windows displayed on one screen, and a touch keyboard on another (you can have a regular virtual keyboard for desktop use, or a BlackBerry-like thumbpad with keys on either side of the screen for on-the-go use).

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  • I also liked the twin navigational pads that flank the upper panel of the remote, just next to your thumbs-on the left a typical four-way clicker, on the right an optical thumbpad for using the on-screen mouse.

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