Do you text with one hand or two?

Do you text with just one hand or both?

  • One hand

    Votes: 80 37.2%
  • Both hands

    Votes: 135 62.8%

  • Total voters
    215

bchreng

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Jul 26, 2005
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This poll was inspired by this thread. When texting, do you guys use just one hand, or both? I have always used both hands to type out my messages and texts, unless I'm using Swype, which isn't very often.
 

urkel

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Nov 3, 2008
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I hate to break it to people but "one handed use" is a myth. This was never something based on fact, it is something that was created by people on message boards trying to justify why the industry is going with bigger phones and Apple was lagging behind. The truth of smartphone use (including the iPhone) is that it was ALWAYS a two handed device.

Yes, there are many many times that one-handed phone operation can be done but for the most part then those functions will not be gone once you get a larger screen because 4.7" and 5.5" aren't as big as people think.

So I'm glad that Apple users are finally getting big screens because, as proven for years now on other platforms, if you're open minded enough to give it a try, bigger devices do improve the user experience.
 

est1738

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Sep 10, 2014
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I hate to break it to people but "one handed use" is a myth. This was never something based on fact, it is something that was created by people on message boards trying to justify why the industry is going with bigger phones and Apple was lagging behind. The truth of smartphone use (including the iPhone) is that it was ALWAYS a two handed device.

Yes, there are many many times that one-handed phone operation can be done but for the most part then those functions will not be gone once you get a larger screen because 4.7" and 5.5" aren't as big as people think.

So I'm glad that Apple users are finally getting big screens because, as proven for years now on other platforms, if you're open minded enough to give it a try, bigger devices do improve the user experience.
This person knows whats going on.

I myself noticed that the only time I usually "one hand" my phone is when I grab it out of my pocket to check the time. Or causally scrolling through Twitter. Thats about it.
 

Sheza

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Aug 14, 2010
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It depends what I'm doing.

If I'm walking but I need to text someone, one handed.
If I'm checking a feed (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) one handed.
If I'm playing a game, two handed.
If I'm sitting down texting someone, two handed.

I generally like having one hand free whenever I'm doing something, so I have become used to using my iPhone one handed. But one handed use is not the only reason why I didn't get the 6 Plus. Huge in the pocket, difficult to even hold (feel like you're gonna drop it etc). I would have been hugely upset if the iPhone's screen didn't get bigger, but 4.7" is big enough for me. I maybe would have jumped to 5" if they'd sorted the bezels out. But alas, 5.5" with those bezels? Too big for me.
 

KieranDotW

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Apr 12, 2012
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I find one handed typing awfully uncomfortable even on my 4S. I don't think my 6+ will make a difference honestly.
 

cathyy

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Apr 12, 2008
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I hate to break it to people but "one handed use" is a myth. This was never something based on fact, it is something that was created by people on message boards trying to justify why the industry is going with bigger phones and Apple was lagging behind. The truth of smartphone use (including the iPhone) is that it was ALWAYS a two handed device.
Wow, I guess I'm a myth now just because some guy half the world away decided to say so.

I literally just picked up my iPhone 4 and spent the last 30 seconds trying to figure out how am I supposed to use my phone with 2 hands. Nope, couldn't figure out how to split that tiny screen between my two thumbs.
 

Zxxv

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Nov 13, 2011
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I haven't text'd one handed since moving to touch screens. Texting one handed was easy on physical keypads. You could even do it with the phone held down at your side.
 

From A Buick 8

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Sep 16, 2010
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Wow, I guess I'm a myth now just because some guy half the world away decided to say so.

I literally just picked up my iPhone 4 and spent the last 30 seconds trying to figure out how am I supposed to use my phone with 2 hands. Nope, couldn't figure out how to split that tiny screen between my two thumbs.
well so far there are 12 of us myth's :p

i tend to even be one handed on my iMacs key board
 

iBug2

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Jun 12, 2005
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I hate to break it to people but "one handed use" is a myth. This was never something based on fact, it is something that was created by people on message boards trying to justify why the industry is going with bigger phones and Apple was lagging behind. The truth of smartphone use (including the iPhone) is that it was ALWAYS a two handed device.

Yes, there are many many times that one-handed phone operation can be done but for the most part then those functions will not be gone once you get a larger screen because 4.7" and 5.5" aren't as big as people think.

So I'm glad that Apple users are finally getting big screens because, as proven for years now on other platforms, if you're open minded enough to give it a try, bigger devices do improve the user experience.
Bull... I've always used my iPhone one-handed and I want to keep doing that and it's much more practical than going landscape and using both hands. First of all, in many situations I'm using my iPhone, my left hand isn't available to begin with, like standing in the subway with my left hand on the rails.
 

miamialley

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Jul 28, 2008
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I use a Galaxy S4 with Swype keyboard. Only need one hand. If I had a current iPhone I would have to use two to be faster. When you guys have Swype you'll use one, also.
 
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bchreng

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Jul 26, 2005
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I use a Galaxy S4 with Swype keyboard. Only need one hand. If I hand a current iPhone I would have to use two to be faster. When you guys have Swype you'll use one, also.
Same here. I would use Swype on my S4 more often, but I noticed that whenever it's active, I don't have access to the smilies.
 

kyussmondo

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Apr 7, 2010
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One of the original iPhone videos showed a tutorial of how typing with two thumbs is faster. Ever since then I have always typed with two thumbs. Learn to trust auto-correct and you can type very quickly.
 

riverfreak

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Jan 10, 2005
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I hate to break it to people but "one handed use" is a myth. This was never something based on fact, it is something that was created by people on message boards trying to justify why the industry is going with bigger phones and Apple was lagging behind. The truth of smartphone use (including the iPhone) is that it was ALWAYS a two handed device.

Yes, there are many many times that one-handed phone operation can be done but for the most part then those functions will not be gone once you get a larger screen because 4.7" and 5.5" aren't as big as people think.

So I'm glad that Apple users are finally getting big screens because, as proven for years now on other platforms, if you're open minded enough to give it a try, bigger devices do improve the user experience.
Although I tend to agree with you, I do think there are many valid scenarios where one-hand use comes into play. These are almost exclusively when you're walking around, maybe carrying a bag in your other hand. For example, maybe you want to change your music, that's easily done with one hand. Or check navigation on a map.

It will be interesting to see how well the zoom function works for these types of tasks.
 

i0Nic

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May 17, 2006
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I always text two handed unless in a pinch. But otherwise I almost exclusively use my phone one handed, using my thumb as the pointer.

I guess that will change when I get my 6 plus on Friday.
 

Zxxv

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Nov 13, 2011
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One of the original iPhone videos showed a tutorial of how typing with two thumbs is faster. Ever since then I have always typed with two thumbs. Learn to trust auto-correct and you can type very quickly.
that may have been true in the past and even up to ios5 and iOS 6 but iOS 7 autocorrect and even mac osx now is terrible. Something went wrong.
 

toliy253

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Sep 25, 2009
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50-50. When I want speed, I type mostly with two. But to be honest, the speed is negligible.