iPad mini How fast can you type on the mini in portrait mode?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by finy, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. finy macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015

    I've never had an tablet device in my life but thinking about getting a mini to run my website while I'm traveling.

    I was just wondering how fast you can actually type in portrait mode on the mini because I will need to write 500+ word articles daily.

    My wpm on a laptop is 42wpm if that helps. I'm not too fast anyway, plus on my ancient phone I remember being able to type fast with just the number keys.

    I am happy with not being able to type as fast because I think I'll be more productive anyway holding a mini, but I just don't want to be too slow at writing articles.

    It would also be great to get rid of my crap laptop that I'm getting sick of balancing on my legs when I lay in bed.

    Also, worth waiting for 4? I'm guessing it won't be out until October which is pretty crap, wish it was June for sure.

    P.S. I have played about with the mini in store before and it's perfect in every other way. Just haven't had long enough to test out typing skills.

  2. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Go back to Apple store and test your typing skills on rMini. To me I don't think I can type that fast enough with my iPad Air. I have seen some Apple tech person tying like lightening fast! 500+ words? I think you could use your laptop for now. :apple:
  3. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    I type 60-80 WPM on a regular keyboard. On my mini it's about 50-60. Autocorrect is a life saver.
  4. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I thumb type on the rMini in portrait mode and I'm pretty quick, however when I can, I use Voice to Text . That is very accurate for me and a lot less work. There is a bit of time spent correcting the text so be sure to proof read.
    As was mentioned earlier, I too saw a guy in the Apple Store typing on his iPad and he was flying. Hundreds of wpm. :eek:
    It's what you get used to I guess.
  5. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I can thumb out short articles quickly enough, but it gets quite tiring after a while. The iPad mini is smaller, which means that your thumbs have no issues reaching the middle of the keyboard even in landscape mode.

    Swiftkey works surprisingly well in portrait mode, probably because of the smaller keyboard compared to the iPad (which means shorter swiping distance). It does have a tendency to crash on the iPad though (likely due to ram shortages).

    I am thinking that you probably want to wait for the iPad to have at least 2 gb of ram (which means either the iPad air 2, it's refresh this year, or hope the updated iPad mini gets more ram).
  6. psac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2009
    Same with the others, I can thumb type pretty quick in portrait mode, but that's after years of thumb typing with blackberries, iphones, etc. But if I do want to type something more extensive, I do try to put it down on a surface and type in landscape more. There I can definitely still type faster. Never actually tried a WPM test though.
  7. finy thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015
    I tested them both out today and everything has completely changed.

    Thanks to the thinner updated versions I now think it's easier to type on the Air 2 which is pretty weird. The mini keyboard seems a little smaller than the old one.

    Hopefully I can test them again and get used to the mini because it would be easier to carry about, plus I bet typing on the Air for longer than a few minutes would start to hurt.
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Get yourself a smart cover type case that folds, put it in landscape, and roll it up at the top so it slants like an actual keyboard does.

    Like this:


    It works better.
  9. finy thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2015
  10. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    They make those things for both.

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