- 07-06-2007, 01:40 PM #26
- 07-06-2007, 01:46 PM #27
"And, mind you, the Pearl has TWO LETTERS PER KEY - certainly a bigger challenge..."
Not really, I think. With the pearl, the software only has to decide which of TWO letters you meant to type (one of the two on that key).
The iphone, on the other hand, has to decide which of 4 or 5 keys you meant to press (in the region of your finger).
So, mathematically, the Pearl only has to look at O(2^n) possibilities, whereas the iphone has to consider O(4^n) possibilities or so. (where n is the number of letters in a word). So if the word has three letters, it's 8 possibilities for pearl versus 64 for iphone, etc.
Unless the pearl also considers that you may have hit the wrong key entirely, in which case it's problem is comparable to iphone's.
- 07-06-2007, 02:43 PM #28
Seriously, unless you are holding the iPhone in a very slanted manner, the path from your eyes to your finger obscures where Apple chose to "pop-up" the letter. If they would just pop it up a quarter inch higher, I would be fine. As it is, my finger tip obscures the pop-up.
For english words, it does seem to correct the spelling a lot of the time - usually after you type a space. This is not as helpful when using non-english words (e.g. names, acronyms, etc...)...
...and really not nearly as helpful when typing in Web Addresses since, did you notice, no SPACE KEY?
The popup letters don't bother me as much, but there's no ideal place to pop it up; especially if you like typing with two thumbs. Autocorrect doesn't work as well once you get past simple words.
- 07-06-2007, 11:54 PM #30
Spending time in a store just won't cut it.
- 07-07-2007, 01:43 AM #31
- 07-07-2007, 06:38 AM #32
The iPhone keyboard is a different animal altogether, and needs (IMHO) a little bit more time than a store experience to get aquainted with. Just look at Walt Mossberg's initial thoughts vs his comments after spending significant time with the device.
- 07-07-2007, 07:36 AM #33
Also, I don't look at what I'm typing when using the iPhone. I just look at the keyboard and when I'm done, I see how I did. Usually, I don't have to go back and correct anything. Then again, I've had my iPhone and gotten accustomed to the keyboard for more than a couple of hours in a store. As they say, practice makes perfect.
- 07-07-2007, 10:39 AM #34
50 wpm on the treo is a little hard to believe. Like macuser, i'm a high-speed touch typist on a real keyboard. But, even ignoring their tiny size, the treo keys have such a tiny throw that i can't imagine 50 wpm. Did you run some sort of software that timed your typing or something? I imagine that there are a couple of freaks out there who can do it, but I can't believe that 50 wpm is at all common.
Which isn't to say that I wouldn't prefer a treo keyboard to a virtual keyboard...
- 07-07-2007, 12:30 PM #35
- 07-07-2007, 08:45 PM #36
Well, I just finally tried the iphone at an Apple store. I was trying to enter a url. Eegads. It was a miserable experience. Unlike a previous poster, however, I was able to see the pop-up letters and thus drag my finger to the right place, but my initial click success rate was just about 0%.
My wife fared much better, having no trouble at all. I hope that "it takes a week" thing applies to me :-)
- 07-07-2007, 09:13 PM #37
so far so much better. over the week typing has become much easier and my success rate has improved dramatically. letting the corrective text do its job has helped as well. i've been using both thumbs after having started with just my index finger (pecking).
i like the fact that you can tap on the address bar to make the google search window appear.
- 07-07-2007, 09:17 PM #38