Have You Mastered the Keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lilnyc, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. lilnyc macrumors 6502a

    lilnyc

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    I have, almost!! :D

    I was in the mood to write a looong email, and not one tap at a time. Arrgh. So I relaxed and started typing with both thumbs without THINKING about techniques or errors. Then wah-la. It was natural. Just like the videos promised, the corrections are quite accurate with few exceptions. Now I love it.

    Does anyone else feel this way?
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    almost. sometimes i want to hit one of the lower keys, and i miss it by hitting the space bar, and that completely throws off the error correction tool. still, texting is a lot faster than it was on my razr.
     
  3. kevinwiz macrumors regular

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    from the start i just naturally typed with 2 thumbs without worrying about errors and it is pretty accurate.
     
  4. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I feel pretty comfortable using the keyboard with two thumbs. First time I used the iPhone in the Apple Store I started with two thumbs to see if it was as good as they promised. I truly think that it is. Only thing I have a problem with is tapping the space bar hard enough.

    Now that I have my own iPhone I can almost looks up at the display instead of the keyboard area, at least for part of the time.

    It is truly a marvelous device.
     
  5. damado macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting to the point where I can type faster on it than on my blackberries and treos. Although it's easier for me to make an error on the iphone because of the lack of tactile feeback, but the word correction is pretty good most of the time.
     
  6. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    I haven't mastered it, but that is not my iPhone's fault. I'm just an infrequent scribbler, It is easier for me than the plastic keyboards.
     
  7. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816

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    I hate to boast but I didn't think it was very hard at all when I initially tried it out...God I love it
     
  8. thomasfxlt macrumors 6502

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    I'm much faster on it than I was with my Treo, but I really find myself wishing for some alternative to the "magnifying glass" for cursor placement and editing. Being able to highlight a block of text would be nice as well. Overall I love it and just hope for incremental improvement from Apple.
     
  9. Sobe macrumors 68000

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    pretty much.

    The only "problem" is typing in passwords or URLs.

    I have to go a little more slowly to make sure I get it exactly right, especially when you can't see the letters you typed.
     
  10. damado macrumors 6502

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    Yeah isn't it annoying when you want to type in a new web address and the current one is like a mile long and you can't highlight it to erase it all in one go? I'm hoping I'm missing something there and there's an easier way to type in a new web address.
     
  11. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    Reading some early reviews, I was convinced it would take me months to get used to the iPhone keyboard.

    First day I felt I had already mastered it.

    Very easy, imo
     
  12. iprincess macrumors member

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    you are missing something. click the circle with an x in it at the end of the address bar and it will clear the entire contents so you can type a new address.
     
  13. KyleB macrumors newbie

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    That's what the X is for in the address bar at the far right. It erases the current URL.
     
  14. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

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    You can just start typing and it overwrites the web address anyway, at least it does for me.

    Like someone else previously stated, I used to hit the space bar a lot at first. Now I am aware of it, so I have compensated. Now I have no trouble typing, and I even know when to slow down for questionable words.

    I can't say for sure if I am typing faster than on my treos, but it feels close.
     
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I am loving the keyboard. I do not miss tactile feel like I thou I would. I think I had two fingers down in a few hours. I wish though that mail would go into landscape to make typing easier...:)
     
  16. gerardrj macrumors regular

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    I'm right at home on the iPhone keyboard. I think my transition might have been a little easier since I was already used to "trusting" the intelligence of my previous phone's T9 text input (With T9 43556 would type "hello" and you scrolled through other suggested words with the zero key.) but the iPhone's system is far more intelligent and the full keyboard really speeds things up.
    I have large hands/long fingers and REALLY would like to rotate the phone to type. Thumb typing in portrait mode just doesn't give me a good grip on the phone.
     
  17. LanikaiGirl macrumors member

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    Exact same thing happened to me. My husband says I type with the 'force'. If you just let go and trust it, it kicks a**!
     
  18. LanikaiGirl macrumors member

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    A great trick is to put your finger on the keyboard and don't lift it until the letter you want is displayed large. Then lift your finger. Voila, accuracy.
     
  19. KyleB macrumors newbie

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    I am pretty good on it now. For a few days I only used a single finger, and even so, I was still decently fast. Now, though, I use both thumbs, and I fly on it. I still make quite a few errors that the auto-correct cannot fix, though, so I do find myself going back and re-entering an entire word.

    I love the keyboard. I can type fast on it, and it disappears when not needed.
     
  20. janey macrumors 603

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    i just hate the predictive input crap. i keep closing the dumb bubbles that pop up with certain words to no avail. i can't get it to like, understand that I really mean this particular word instead of something else that I wouldn't ever imagine using..some I've never heard of..
     
  21. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    According to the tutorial video on the Apple site, it adds different words to the dictionary if you type them twice.
     
  22. janey macrumors 603

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    someone else told me to do this, and it does not work for me. or at least, for some words it does, but for the capitalization of others it doesn't (i say "lol" a lot, but the iPhone always autocorrects it to "LOL", among other acronyms, and i HATE that).
     
  23. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Anyone think that this could change with a software update?

    It's something that I would find very useful.
     
  24. Sobe macrumors 68000

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    I don't see why not. It's just a question of if they want to do it.
     
  25. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Well I've heard others say that this would be handy so hopefully they will.
     

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