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iPhone typing faster than competition?

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri July 13, 2007

iPhone typing speed

Consulting firm User Centric has published a summary of the initial results of its iPhone customer study, revealing that iPhone users were generally more productive with the iPhone's keyboard when composing text messages after one week than they were using previously owned phones. One portion of the study designed to identify overall ease-of-use factors and general usability issues among motivated early iPhone adopters who had experience with the device during the first week of ownership revealed that, overall, participants were initially satisfied with visual voicemail, selecting and playing music, saving contacts, and making as well as receiving calls while using other options. Frustrations arose however with regard to text entry SMS, the Google map feature, and the Web browsing experience. Six days after the iPhone launched, 60-minute usability sessions with actual iPhone customers showed vast improvement with device's the touch-screen keyboard.

by MacNN Staff





  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you're kidding??!!!

    What, you mean Apple has made a product more user-friendly than anyone else? and easier to use? and with a better GUI?

    My god!

  1. technocoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this makes sense...

    the more i use the keyboard the faster i get.

    I've realized that it's because there is no physical need to actually "press" the keys... You can kinda skim-type. I sometimes get going faster than the software can keep up.

  1. machead

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree... I can type much faster on my iPhone that I could on my old Sidekick.. and as an added bonus my thumbs dont get don't tired since I don't actually have to punch down any keys.

  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'ts gOod!

    i arGe e. i Cna typ E waAy beTterrrrr on thiD nwe IphON.e

  1. Filburt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: I'ts gOod!

    It's actually quite difficult to type what you just wrote with the iPhone.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: i'ts good!

    What's missing from that post was...

    "Sent from my blackberry wireless handled device"


  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re trevh


    I've played with the iPhone and typing is as fast as on my Treo after using it for a few minutes.

    HOWEVER situations where the auto-correct gets in the way (ie url address, restaurant name) the keyboard can be frustrating.

  1. Nick Starr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hate skewed survey's

    Read this line from the survey: "We also asked participants to compare text entry on their iPhone with their prior mobile phones (which used multi-tap text entry because their old phones did not have QWERTY keypads)."

    OF COURSE it is faster to type on the iPhone's QWERTY keyboard then a T9 or other "multi-tap" phone. When sites make a story out of a no brainer it really frustrates me. This post is no more relevant then saying Blackberry users type faster then T9 users......DUH!

  1. repmek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: toyin

    Typing in another language is a pain in the rear. I wish there was a way to turn off auto-correct.

  1. loupus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree with Nick

    This article fails to mention that the study compares the iPhone to T9 and not other QWERTY devices. I *do* type faster on my iPhone (as I'm typing this) than I did on my Blackberry, but this study doesn't even mention other QWERTY phones.

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