Can you guy type fast on the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by LanEvo, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. LanEvo macrumors 6502

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    Is it just me, or what? I seem to type very slow with it, like stil using either only one or two fingers. Nothing more, compared to a conventional keyboard.
     
  2. ronaldmcdonald macrumors member

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    Same, I can't stand typing more than 2 sentences on the iPad. It's definitely not a "dream to type on" as per the keynote from last year :p
     
  3. LanEvo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's what I was wondering, I am a college student, but I could not see myself using this to take notes. Unless I had like loads of practice, the professor would leave me light years in the past, if I was to take notes with this...
     
  4. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    My use of the iPhone kind of transitioned to the iPad for me, thus, I'm okay at it. Maybe 45 WPM, via Landscape mode?
     
  5. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Granted, it's not the same as a standard keyboard, but I do pretty well with the two-finger method.
     
  6. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    I can, using a full sized bluetooth keyboard. On a 9" screen there isn't going to be anyone who zips along at 160 words a minute. At least not until someone gets very used to using the advantages of the predictive text feature.
     
  7. LanEvo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This just got me thinking, what if they made a speech to text app or iPad feature... That would be awesome to use...
     
  8. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    U gotta practice more. Me and my friends type pretty well on our iPads.
     
  9. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

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    I can type pretty well and don't even have to look at the keys. Not as fast as a standard keyboard, but not bad. Though I do prefer typing anything long on a hardware keyboard. Usually the problem is positioning the iPad. I have to lay it down to type on it, and I'm not generally using it in a position where that is a feasible option.
     
  10. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    On the IPad, I type with seven fingers, four on my left hand, and three on my right hand. For some reason, as I got faster and faster on the iPad, somewhere along the way, I stopped using the pinky on my right hand, and just hit the various keys out there with my ring finger.

    Never really noticed it until a few months ago. A friend pointed out that even though I was touch typing faster on my iPad than they were on their laptop - that my form was terrible, as I was using the wrong fingers. I don't do that on a regular keyboard, so, maybe it's just part of the process of adapting to a smaller on-screen keyboard.

    Anyway, practice makes perfect. Just type a bit here and there, and before you know it, you'll be typing as fast on the iPad as on a regular keyboard.

    Oh, and all of my MacRumor posts are done on my iPad. (and I tend to write lengthy posts...) I also write a lot of work related documents on the iPad keyboard while sitting outside enjoying Hawaii's scenery. I really enjoy working on the iPad.
     
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I get roughly 80 - 85 words per minute and am one of the strange people that can type without looking on it.

    That being said I'm in front of the computer 16 hours a day either at work or doing school work so my typing skills are quite good.
     
  12. Stefx73, Jul 18, 2011
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    There is one. The Dragon Dictation app
     
  13. tmagman macrumors 6502

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    is there any of those sites that test your typing speed that work on the ipad?

    oh wait... Theres probably an app for that. ;)
     
  14. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    But what if you are attending a lecture or presentation? Dragon is not exactly useful for something like that. OTOH, there are things like smartNote that let you record audio (the actual lecture, probably with a plug-in mic for decent quality) while also being able to jot down notes or doodles. From what I can tell, you should be able to get an intelligible one hour lecture into less that a 100Mb file, so a whole school day would not take up that much space, as long as you deal with the files fairly promptly.
     
  15. PaulWog Suspended

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    I tried it for the first time at a store today, and I popped up a word processing program. The first 30 seconds were horrible. After that, I could type at what I would say is about 60-70 words per minute. It wasn't the most fun experience in the world though... with tactile feedback I on my keyboard I type at double that. So productivity isn't exactly amazing on the iPad for typing :-/ It's the best for a touch-screen only interface though I presume.
     
  16. CHSeifert, Jul 19, 2011
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    CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    It helps coming from an iPhone. I type 30-35 words a minute on my iPhone. With my iPad I can type 50-55 words a minute.

    With the Bluetooth keyboard I'm on 80-85 words a minute.

    So it's pretty decent :D
     
  17. jeans94621 macrumors regular

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    For those who want to do a lot of typying a keyboard case like zaggmate is the better way to go. Also try handhelditems.com they have a reasonable price keyboard case for the ipad 1 for forty dollars. I bought one six months ago and it still works great. The battery on the case will last you for weeks without having to charge it. But as far as typing on the ipad pratice makes perfect.
     
  18. mmo macrumors member

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    One *could* argue that if you need to type a lot on the iPad you really should get a laptop instead. In many ways the iPad is an "output device" - it is used to display content not create it.
     
  19. Cooolpenner macrumors regular

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    I can type on my ipad really fast, like on my computer...
    At the beginning it was kind of weird typing on a touchscreen and not on a keyboard, but now it's easy ;)
     
  20. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Yes. The more you type on it the faster you get.
     
  21. CHSeifert, Jul 19, 2011
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    CHSeifert macrumors 6502

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    Different strokes for different folks :)

    I use my iPhone for short email replies and my iPad for the longer emails. Almost don't open my email on my MBA or iMac anymore :D

    So I create a LOT of emails on my iPad. A WHOLE LOT !

    I also write quite a bit of bloq posts and notes, so I don't use my iPad for consume only.
    I would hate to have to drag my MBA around the places I go, just for taking notes, bloq posts and emails. My iPad does that very fine and at 50-55 words a minute I'm just fine with that !!

    Of course I prefer MBA or iMac for more extensive writing - where I need 85-90 words a minute typing speed.....
     
  22. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I do pretty well typing on my iPad
    Not as fast as a regular keyboard, but certainly fast enough for my needs
     
  23. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I can type ok on it. I'm a very fast typist, but I find that when I type on the iPad, I need to see the letters. I took typing classes in high school and have a pretty textbook typing technique, but on the iPad I use a weird combination of my left middle finger and right fourth finger. I don't know why.
     
  24. maverick86 macrumors 6502a

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    I do pretty much the same thing except for some reason I don't use the pinky on my left hand either...With just the first three fingers on each hand I can type at a pretty good clip; not as fast as on a physical keyboard but it works.
     
  25. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    I'm almost as fast in landscape mode as my computer. In portrait mode I am much slower. Here is a tip: don't look at the keys... it will be hard at first but when you get used to it, you will find it easier to type and you will also notice the autocorrect suggestions on the screen.
     

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