Keyboard: form over function?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aerodoc, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. aerodoc macrumors member

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    For most people, it's hard to reach the middle keys with the thumbs. Even though I can, it's dfeinately not in the sweet spot. In landscape it's really a challenge.

    So why not just split the keyboard...like an ergonomic keyboard might. It wouldn't look pretty but it would work better in a lot of instances. Or at least have the option would be nice. Maybe later.
     
  2. Simgar988 macrumors 65816

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    i agree, typing was a pain in the arse
     
  3. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the better question is why are you trying to type on this like its an iPhone. :D
     
  4. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Well isn't it just an oversized iTouch/iPhone. :p

    Sorry I couldnt resist.
     
  5. Simgar988 macrumors 65816

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    typing anything at all sucks. How do you type? I tried like a regular keypad and it was still awkward.
     
  6. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    On a flat surface or my lap typing like a normal keyboard in landscape. I get 55-65wpm. I get 92wpm on a normal keyboard.

    Edit: I prop it up in the typing position with the Apple case.
     
  7. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    I'm typing now using the Apple case, propped up in my lap in landscape mode. I think typing is absolutely great this way. I can type pretty fast.

    It did take a while to get used to having to go into symbols mode to get parenthesis, and the apostrophe and the quotes, but it is learnable.

    I like to write fiction as a hobby and I find this to be totally doable on this keyboard. I think for most it will just take some practice to get good at it. Or use a Bluetooth keyboard.

    I do have one request for Apple though... Please add some virtual arrow keys. That would be so much more useful then using a finger with smaller text boxes.
     
  8. mobilebuddha macrumors regular

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    oh you got my vote on the virtual arrow keys!! That's literally the -one- thing that I prefer about the windows mobile "virtual keyboards".

    I have to wonder, how is it that Apple can design a great virtual keyboard and NO ONE ELSE (on windows side) can do it? I mean.. WTF????? Does Apple own some blanket copyright/patent on "good virtual keyboard" or what??

     
  9. Jakeoster macrumors regular

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    I never use the keyboard in portrait mode because I have not found a way to type without it feeling awkward. I always use landscape and I type very fast in that orientation. No complaints here:p
     

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