Did you get used to the iPhone keyboard?

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  1. shinji macrumors 65816

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    On cell phones, I'm used to typing on a QWERTY keyboard where you hold the phone with both hands and then use your thumbs as if they were hands typing on a full-size keyboard.

    I was playing with a friend's iPhone today and the best I could do was tapping each virtual key with my index finger, and even that was a bit imprecise.

    Is there a trick to this? My contract is up in November...I love the iPhone interface but the typing is a real problem.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Takes a few hours, but you soon get used to typing quickly with two thumbs.
     
  3. benflick macrumors 68020

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    I use my two thumbs for speedy typing, I had an iPod touch before the iPhone and I got used to it after a day or so
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  4. shinji thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I tried my normal two thumb method on the iphone and I completely missed nearly every key and the auto-correct/auto-suggest was a bit strange.

    So you do get used to the placements and then don't need to rely on auto-correct? It feels weird without tactile feedback.
     
  5. Bkajumpoff macrumors newbie

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    You get very used to it fast. I thought I'd never get the hang of it but like many people said its a learning curve. I tried typing on a sidekick after having an Iphone for a year. I must say a normal qwerty keyboard feels clumsy with my big thumbs. I can type faster with one thumb on the iphone than my friend who uses two on his sidekick. Then again he just might be slow lol.
     
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  7. The Governor macrumors regular

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    I also worried about this before I bought the 3g iphone, but you definitely get used to it. Took me about a week to type with both thumbs, however my girlfriend has had the phone as long as I have and she still can't get the 2 thumb typing down. So who knows

    As with the tactile feedback....you can download an app that implements it
     
  8. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    I still type with one index finger..feel like i'm going to drop it when i use both thumbs. I don't type much anyway so it doesn't matter.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I really like the iPhone keyboard. It didn't take long to get used to it.
     
  10. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

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    Loved it as soon as I got my first generation iPhone on June 29th, 2007. It did take awhile to become extremely proficient with it, but I by far prefer it to physical keyboards on portable devices.
     
  11. tdgrn macrumors 6502

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    Really? If so please do tell, as I have said this since I played with a Samsung Instinct
     
  12. Loonytik macrumors 6502a

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    At first it was a little weird but now I can smoke the iphone keyboard. I love it! And, despite what alot of other people say I like the autocorrect function as well....it works very well for me.
     
  13. The Governor macrumors regular

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    well, first you need to jailbreak... (insert gasps & awws).....

    it does what it is supposed to....I personally don't care for it
     
  14. Oilbrnr macrumors 6502

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    I have gotten used to it, but prefer landscape keyboards over portrait.
     
  15. vitasenza macrumors member

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    I think that it will probably be different for each person, but I got used to the keyboard very quickly. I hand't had a qwerty keyboard on a phone before so maybe that helped (didn't have to unlearn anything)

    I think the biggest part is just trusting that you know where the buttons are at, just like typing on a regular keyboard, once you've learned you don't need to keep looking down at the keys to know where each of them are, you just look at the screen. I'm the same way with my iPhone now, I look at what is being typed not what buttons i'm pushing because I know about where they all are with my thumbs and I know the auto correct will fix most of the mistakes i would make.

    I know there are people that can speed text on other phones (even ones without the qwerty keyboard) but I used to be so slow texting on my old RAZR and know I can text so fast with my iphone. I think I did a typing speed test around the time that I got it, I think I should probably do it again just to see how fast I actually am.
     
  16. saladiro macrumors 6502a

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    I have become a master.....
    here are some suggestions

    I find I am alot more accurate when my elbows are closer together. Not sure why, but when I rest at my desk, with my elbows on the desk (spread wide apart, i always miss type) something about having your elbows about a foot or so gives me perfect accuracy.

    also, learn to over touch the letter. what I mean is, if you go for the D button, kinda aim a bit higherfor the E or R, remember, the very middle of the bottom of you thumb is whats goings to touch the phone. you cant see it, but you have to adjust for those few milimeters.

    or just start off slop, when you hit the first key , it pops up, just write sentences very slowly, and you will find you comfort zone. I can type as fast as i can on my old blackberry
     
  17. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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  18. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    nop. although, I do type alot faster than when I first got it, but still not compared to the speed on a qwerty button keyboard.
     
  19. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    I'm quicker typing on the iPhone than I have been on any other phone, and I was pretty good with the old T9 keyboards. I know a lot of people don't get on with it but I don't really know why.
     
  20. ZDDP1273 macrumors 6502

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    I'm definitely used to it. It was a little weird when I first got it but it's grown on me now.
     
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    I find I'm much better at drunk txting with the iphone than I ever was with my blackberry. I feel as if it reads my mind. haha
     
  23. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Not me. I can't focus enough to write anything decent. Also it's very easy to press send by mistake. With a physical keyboard it helps to "feel" the keys. I love the virtual keyboard when I'm sober though :D
     

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