Study: iPhone keypad less efficient than physical QWERTY keypads

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  • Reply 61 of 98
    lantznlantzn Posts: 240member
    Sounds like someone needs to have their thumbs sharpened.
  • Reply 62 of 98
    Or - perhaps Apple should enable bluetooth to work with a separate slick keyboard that can snap on to the device so that when you need to type a long email you have a choice!
  • Reply 63 of 98
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    It does this already, as long as the phone is not set to the vibrate mode.



    Not quite. The keyboard will "click" when you have "Keyboard Clicks" turned on. Which just makes for a bunch of clicking noise (IMO)..It doesn't have to do with vibration mode.
  • Reply 64 of 98
    foo2foo2 Posts: 1,077member
    I have no idea why AppleInsider would help publicize a study that was so limited in scope and so subject to over-interpretation. If you read elsewhere on the Internet, you'll find that the participants were given only 30 minutes of exposure to the iPhone prior to the test. And of that 30 minutes, you can guess how much was spent actually working with the keyboard. Apple recommends an evaluation period of 5 days. During this time, not only the user learns how to use the keyboard but the iPhone learns about the user. Mutual training. This study should only be viewed as initial impressions. A similar study should be conducted with people who have used the iPhone for 1 week and several weeks. From my own experience, I would guess that the results will be far more favorable to the iPhone.
  • Reply 65 of 98
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phizz View Post


    I haven't read all the comments left here before typing this, so I'm sure I am just repeating.



    Then why are you wasting everyone's time?
  • Reply 66 of 98
    bobrkbobrk Posts: 36member
    ...until I got my thumbs narrowed. Now I'm super fast.
  • Reply 67 of 98
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by onceuponamac View Post


    Or - perhaps Apple should enable bluetooth to work with a separate slick keyboard that can snap on to the device so that when you need to type a long email you have a choice!



    What's the point of bluetooth if you have to physically connect it? Isn't it all just software anyway? I mean, you're already connected to a keyboard (by way of the computer USB) when you sync the iPhone anyway, right?
  • Reply 68 of 98
    ouraganouragan Posts: 437member
    Quote:

    Participants were given little time to familiarize themselves with the iPhone's touch keyboard ahead of the study and therefore their texting abilities were still at the novice level. Throughout the study, however, User Centric said there were some "limited improvements in keyboard comfort as users progressed through the tasks on the iPhone."



    "Overall, the findings in the study can be taken as a good representation of what iPhone text messaging is like for a customer who has just bought an iPhone and is using it for the first time," said Gavin Lew, Managing Director at User Centric. "It's important to consider the changes a person has to make when they switch to the iPhone.





    I hate to say it, but this is a self-evident study. New users who didn't have any time to read the Owner's manual, didn't practice on the keypad, and were sending their first messages on the first day of using an iPhone.



    What else did you expect?



    And the study specifically says that participants were improving their typing skills as time went by.



    What more could you ask for?



  • Reply 69 of 98
    Theere os npthung wtogg wth the kwyboard in the iphonr, iut is QWERTY keyd.

    I sm wrtiing ghis on my iPhone nuw ans is finr, 40-50wpm. qhat os wrongf wirth rverybody????





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  • Reply 70 of 98
    1. comparing long time qwerty texters with their performance on an iphone the first time? huh?



    2. just the fact that someone bothered to do a study on this confirms iphone's immense popularity.
  • Reply 71 of 98
    Tactile vs non tactile asside, I'd have to agree with the interface complaints. The auto correct feature has had me RETYPING words too often - and to catch it in mid-word with it's imminent sabotage means slowing down typing altogether. If it would stay the hell out of the way (by default) it would be a big help.



    I have no problems with the keyboard. Without cut-and-paste and a whole host of interface improvements, it's very much a version 1.0 product.
  • Reply 72 of 98
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bobrk View Post


    ...until I got my thumbs narrowed. Now I'm super fast.



    Those iGrinders work great for that don't they?
  • Reply 73 of 98
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JupiterOne View Post


    What's the point of bluetooth if you have to physically connect it? Isn't it all just software anyway? I mean, you're already connected to a keyboard (by way of the computer USB) when you sync the iPhone anyway, right?





    i meant snap on (so I don't lose it) not connect through the charge adapter - agree that bluetooth avoids the necessity of this.
  • Reply 74 of 98
    jennygjennyg Posts: 14member
    I came to the iPhone after never having used a Blackberry/anything of its ilk. I found the keyboard dead easy and I can zip along on it just fine. (Rule number one: touch lightly. It doesn't take much. If I can accurately hit a link on a non-magnified page in what would be about the equivalent of a 5-point font, it's sure as hell possible to hit the right key on a much, much bigger keyboard.)



    Since then, I've been handed someone else's Blackberry to enter my contact info. I found the keys perfectly usable but the navigation & methods for getting to special characters more than a bit clunky. I'm pretty sure long-time users wouldn't.



    So... to each their own, basically, but I'd be far more interested in the first impressions of people who'd never used either type of phone before, because of course your existing assumptions are going to skew things. Methodology 101. \
  • Reply 75 of 98
    What an idiotic study.



    And it's bad enough that they're trying to spread this FUD, did AI really need to run it with a headline that's just as misleading as the study itself?



    Makes it look like AI may have actually bought into this tripe.
  • Reply 76 of 98
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    now ask them

    would you trade in that keyboard for an iPhone???



    20 would say yes



    it's one of those "generate news and buzz about yourself" meaningless surveys

    have 10 50 year olds go against text messaging against 10 teenagers......gee old people can't text
  • Reply 77 of 98
    Lets see...

    Sample size: 20 people.

    Time to familiarize with phone: 1 MINUTE

    http://machinist.salon.com/blog/2007...iphone_keypad/



    What moronic 'scientists'.
  • Reply 78 of 98
    amoryaamorya Posts: 1,103member
    It might be nice if Apple released an iPhone with physical QWERTY keyboard alongside the current one. The screen would be smaller, but still be multi-touch.



    Most people would go for the current (no keyboard) phone. It'd be better for surfing the web and watching videos. But the keyboard version would be picked up by a lot of businesses and all those people who just can't live without one.



    Apple will never do it of course. It'd complicate the product line.



    I've never used an iPhone, but am looking forward to doing so. I currently use a phone with just a numeric keypad. If I can get a decent typing speed on that, I can't imagine a virtual QWERTY keyboard being too much trouble



    Amorya
  • Reply 79 of 98
    foo2foo2 Posts: 1,077member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by minderbinder View Post


    What an idiotic study.



    And it's bad enough that they're trying to spread this FUD, did AI really need to run it with a headline that's just as misleading as the study itself?



    Makes it look like AI may have actually bought into this tripe.



    More likely than AI buying into the tripe, I'd believe AI was bought off--paid to post the study. Now who might be willing to pay for it? Try Verizon, Nokia, or RIMM.



    So tell us, AI, why did you post it?
  • Reply 80 of 98
    macgregormacgregor Posts: 1,434member
    Winner of the Stupidest Study Award!!!
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