Anyone agree that iPad virtual keyboard is easier than tactile keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jdhoop, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. jdhoop macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010

    I hear people complain a lot about iPad's virtual keyboard or I hear them say that the keyboard dock is necessary for typing longer documents. I actually find iPad's virtual keyboard easier to type on than a tactile keyboard, and I was wondering if I'm the only one.

    I often see people typing in landscape mode on their iPad with only one finger. Why not just type the correct way as you would on a tactile keyboard? That's the way I type and my typing is faster on the virtual keyboard. I think it's easier and faster because 1) I don't have to press down on each key, just lightly and quickly tap my fingers on the screen, and 2) iOS corrects and auto-capitalizes so many words that I save time by not needing to hold down shift keys or enter periods or apostrophes all the time.

    Does anyone else agree that iPad's virtual keyboard is easier and faster than hardware keyboards? I'd love to gather more input. Thanks!
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
  3. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I do prefer a real keyboard, even if it is my apple wireless keyboard, but I still find it a pleasure to type on my ipad bar the odd spelling mistake.

    Sent from my iPad.
  4. jdhoop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    Yes, most seem to prefer hardware keyboards. I definitely do think typing on the iPad is more fun. Maybe it's just because it's new, but I seem to find it more enjoyable to type emails and such on the pad. I guess I'm weird like that.
  5. Reddkryten macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I'm not sure I'd say it is as good as a tactile keyboard, but it's pretty damn close. I haven't tried pairing my blue tooth keyboard yet, but I'd imagine it'd obey the law of diminishing returns, a lot of work for a very minor improvement.

    Then again, I always have trouble with new keyboards, just because my hands are used to the old buttons. It took me about a month to get used to my current tactile keyboard and that was writing on it all the time, so perhaps my fingers just need to get used to the ipad?
  6. jdhoop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    I think it is a matter of getting used to it. I'll bet future generations will all be using virtual keyboards. I was skeptical when I first considered typing on a rumored touch screen MacBook or tablet, but now that I've tried it I love it.
  7. prot0type macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    I have a bt keyboard as well and I'm fine with either one.

    It's just a matter of where I am, how long I'll be there and whichever is more comfortable during that time.
  8. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    It's easier to type on a real keyboard, but there is no problem typing on the iPad virtual keyboard either.

    Long or short, it doesn't matter for me on the iPad. I just simply type a little faster on a regular keyboard.
  9. Maziar macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
    I use both OnScreen and BT keyboard and both are great, i mostly use onscreen keyboard when i am sitting on a chair/sofa, and the BT keyboard when i am at my desk.
  10. Greg Punzo macrumors member

    Greg Punzo

    Jul 16, 2010
    With practice I find my self typing faster on the virtual keyboard with less errors and also using the Bluetooth keyboard less often, and at times it seems as tho I'm typing on here faster than on an actual keyboard. The thing is in order to do this i have to keep my eyes on the keys and not looking at what I'm typing on the screen to make sure my hands stay in the same place so this will never completely replace an actual keyboard.

    Sent from my iPad
  11. PerfSeeker macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2010
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Virtual keyboard rocks. I find Apple's keyboards to be the best, virtual and tactile. I easily can get 80+ WPM on the virtual keyboard and 100+ WPM on the tactile.
  13. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I agree with you. But I can understand why others don't. Tactile is what we were introduced to. It's the only thing we've known since the typewriter, so it's very much understandable. Ask this question 5 to 10 years from now and watch the shift in responses.
  14. doodude macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2009
    pssst, look behind you...
    The virtual board is too sensitive & prone to mistakes if you/I just lightly, touch key. I usually find I've touched the screen & am typing in the middle of a paragraph.

    I also need the touch of the keys to know where I am on the board.

    But if I'm somewhere without my keyboard it is so much better than the alternative...
  15. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005

    I can do OK touch typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard for a bit, but inevitably one of my hands will shift a bit, and everything it does after that is off. And when I'm going fast, that quickly creates a huge mess that takes a bit to fix.

    I prefer tactile because I can feel from the keys where my hand position is, and adjust if necessary.

    Hopefully future iPads will be able to give haptic feedback. If I'm striking the keys dead on, give me a firm vibration for each key stroke. If I'm starting to hit them off-center, give me a less firm vibration that I can use as an indication to adjust.
  16. eye macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
  17. Jethrotoe macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Somewhere over there.
    I find that I can type faster on the iPad, it's like lightning. But when I'm sitting down for a couple of pages or more of typing, it's the mac pro.
  18. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Virtual keyboard is fine for web browsing, hunt-and-peck, etc. For touch typing or anything that requires speed, I either turn on my BT keyboard or go to my MBP. I just don't see the iPad as a data entry device...consumption is where it excels.
  19. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Tactile keyboards for me. The virtuals are great but for a lot of typing nothing beats the real thing.
  20. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    Would definitely rather have a real keyboard in front of me.
  21. scifiman macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2003
    My big complaint w/ the iPad virtual keyboard is the space key. I always find myself missing the space key and hitting the black border so I get onebigrunonwordthatisjustwrong. I definitely prefer a real keyboard but I do agree that the iPad KB is the best of the virtual keyboards. If they would only make the spacing a little bit better (although that would require a bigger screen) then it would be awesome instead of just good.
  22. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    You are not the only one, but there are very few like you. Give me a ALPS-type keyboard any day of the week.

    Not necessarily. Most of us grew up on push button telephones and physical keypads on our cellphones, yet moving to touchscreen for these functions was not a problem for many. The same is not true with the onscreen keyboard on the iPad.
  23. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
    I like em both, i can type just as fast on iPad as i can on actual KB
  24. VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2010
    App Q&A testing by request.
    I wouldn't say it's easier...but it's pretty good and much better than I was expecting...

    i'd still use a real keyboard for any extensive writing I think...
  25. iNeko macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    Thanks to my condition and the worsening state of my hands, I find the iPad virtual keyboard much easier to type on. No resistance from the keys or having to press anything means my fingers don't hurt anywhere near as much after long periods of typing! So for me iPad virtual keyboard > physical keyboard :eek:

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