How long did it take you to get used to the on-screen keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wineandcarbs, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    What phone did you use prior to the iphone, and how long did it take you to get used to the on-screen keyboard?

    Are you a heavy emailer/texter?
  2. Coraline macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    I had a Blackberry Pearl, Curve, and Bold in the past. I got the iPhone on Saturday, and am completely used to the keyboard. I am in a long distance relatonship, so I text and email a LOT.
  3. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    I email/text/facebook etc all the time from the couch and in meetings. I never had a keyboard phone, so there wasn't a deprogramming curve. I picked it up and it works. It's like the Force. Don't over think it. Just hammer away and it comes out right.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jun 17, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    I had Samsung Blackjack and could type up a storm on that thing. Switching to the iPhone took a month or two to get used to, but now I feel like I am faster than I was on the Blackjack. The physical keys on that phone were so small!
  5. lilmitchmitch macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    When I got my 3G last year it only took a couple of days to get used to. Like someone above me said, don't think too hard about it; just type and 9 times out of 10 it'll be what you wanted it to be :p
  6. OnTrack Studios macrumors regular

    OnTrack Studios

    Apr 22, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Went from a Razr to a Sidekick slide. Then an iPhone 3G and now the 3Gs. I never got too comfortable with the iPhone keyboard until the 3.0 update. Now I fly through texts & emails in landscape mode!
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    Aug 11, 2008
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  8. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I had a Blackberry Pearl before my iPhone, and that keyboard really helped since it was tiny. When I first got my iPhone, I was able to type 50-60 words per minute within a day, since I was so used to the "cramped" size of the Pearl.

    The only thing to really get used to other than size is the feedback. I actually like and prefer the "no feedback" style of the iPhone, seems smoother and less clunky compared to pretty much any phone that isn't touch, and even with touchscreen phones, most of them aren't glass, just plastic.
  9. nabechu macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
  10. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I had nothing but full keyboards in the past and after a few days or texting I got use to the touch screen keyboard and I love it!
  11. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    It didn't take long for me to get used to the keyboard but it took a few days to learn to trust the auto correction.
  12. don pianta macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    well, i had a sidekick before i got my original iphone and it only took me about a day before i was typing just as fast as i was with a physical keyboard
  13. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Haha yeah, whenever any of my friends see me typing really fast and ask me how I can do that, I just say, "You just have to trust it and not think about it, use the Force." :D
  14. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Never had a QWERTY keyboard phone, but it took about a week to get the hang of how to fly through texting and emails.
  15. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    It didn't take long, I had a t-mobile wing before and I love the iPhone's keyboard
  16. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Not long. I manage wireless devices and have about 10 different ones that I use. I'm not bragging... It means I'm not good on any of them. Muscle memory is a good thing.

    However, a vendor came in because they couldn't get the reverse proxies to work (so we could get our mail on the iPhone). He was complaining about the keyboard blah blah blah and asked me to put in my credentials. He saw me whip through it and mumbled something about "getting used to it".
  17. WishIWasHere macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    I got used to it right away. Like someone else said, jumping from a non keyboard phone probably made the transition easier. I'll also agree with those who said one of the important things to remember is to just go ahead and hammer away on it. Occasionally, a friend will borrow mine to look something up. I see them carefully pecking, trying to hit each letter just right. I tell them to stop doing that, just let it fly, then go back and correct the mistakes, if there are any.
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Maybe a week or two. You just have to trust yourself more than you're aiming at the right spot. I'm not a heavy e-mailer or texter. But when I do type in those, I like to go pretty fast since I can do 80 wpm on a real keyboard. The landscape keyboard is almost its own monster since the keys are more spread apart.

    Either way, I prefer that to the BlackBerry keyboards. Some of those models have keys that are SO TINY!
  19. phaggard macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    2 years and counting. Luckily I'm not a heavy texter so it works fine for my use. If I were really into texting I might opt for a different phone but everything else about the Iphone is so fantastic I can suffer.
  20. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Use the force, that is good advice above.

    You have to stop trying to watch yourself type. This is why hardware keyboards are extremely over-rated. People don't type by touch, they type by memorization the location of the keys. The tactile feedback makes no real difference in ones ability to hit the same location over and over again.

    If I took a hardware keyboard and moved the keys .5mm further apart, people would have trouble typing on it, until they adjusted and started hitting the new locations of the keys, which have to be memorized again.

    Just type and you will see with auto-correction you can be pretty aggressive. If you sit there and watch as you type and try to correct it as you go, it will be painfully slow.
  21. rburly macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2009
    I had a Razr, so it was pretty much instantaneous with me.

    I picked it up very quickly and have only gotten faster. The 3G S allows me to be even that much faster.

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