Paramount to any other features of the iPhone, the lack-of-keypad is what distinguished it from the rest of the market. This feature, however, brought much criticism to the iPhone, for many believed it would be far more difficult to type.
They said compared to the Palm Treo and regular computer keyboard, the iPhone’s “on-screen” typing method would be a failure.
Furthermore, with the release of “WritingPad“, an innovative typing application which allows you to draw lines instead of punch keys, brought an entirely new option to typing on the iPhone (well, atleast as far as notes and email go).
That being said, we did a typing speed and accuracy test among:
- Computer Keyboard
- Palm Treo
- Writing Pad
Check out the results. (note: results are in the same order as above)
In order to ensure the accuracy of the typing test, we used the following standard 46 word typing test paragraph:
Pork ear goes let far she not star bit rat bad men. Low pox lemon rap gob whale pal bee apple vet boy air lot hog? Hum box said nag fish cop laugh dot yet zap hoe bad zoo bug image run fix hit hum cow!
Percent Error: 0%
|Percent Error: 4%|
|Percent Error: 7%|
|Percent Error: 22%|
As you can tell, the iPhone is not only more accurate than the Treo, but it’s faster too. And although Writing Pad is a brilliant application, they still got a bit more work to do if they want their application to be practical.
And although the computer keyboard still (obviously) takes down first place, it’s safe to say that all the iPhone critics were wrong about the keyboard being impractical on the iPhone and iPhone 3G.