- iPhone Newbie
- 40 Posts
Landscape view for texting/email/any data entry?
I did a search and didn't get any relevant results so my apologies if this topic has been touched on before.
Anyways, my co-worker has a first gen iPhone and I was just using it today to get a bit more accustomed to the GUI before I pick mine up Friday and I was somewhat disappointed to see that the landscape view/keyboard wasn't applicable for text messages. I didn't test it in e-mail but can anyone confirm whether this is an issue that's being addressed (or merely an option on the existing software that my colleague didn't have enabled) or is it just going to be a no-go even with the 2.0 software?
Any input is appreciated.
- 07-07-2008, 12:03 PM #2
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- 07-07-2008, 01:24 PM #6
I think part of why the keyboard is only in portrait and not landscape is from a speed & efficiency standpoint ... not the iPhone's, but yours. Have you noticed whenever you start typing on a different phone's keyboard, it takes a while to get used to? Over time, you get faster and faster to the point where your fingers move naturally over the keys, sometimes without hardly thinking about it. This is called muscle memory. It may be a little paternalistic on Apple's part, but my theory is that they want you to have that muscle memory effect. By keeping the keyboard consistent, it probably cuts down on the amount of 'lost' muscle memory and therefore leads to more efficient use of the keyboard as is. Therefore, as people get more used to typing in the same orientation, there are few complaints about the lack of a physical keyboard.
- 07-07-2008, 01:33 PM #7
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- 07-07-2008, 08:28 PM #9iPhone Newbie
- 22 Posts
...doesn't exactly seem like a good business model to me
- 07-07-2008, 08:35 PM #10
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- 07-08-2008, 08:09 AM #14iPhone Newbie
- 34 Posts
- 07-08-2008, 09:31 AM #15
- 07-08-2008, 10:19 AM #16
I am used to typing in landscape because of my LG V I had for 2 1/2 years. To me it is more comfortable and seems right. Of course, it took me a few weeks before that was normal when I switched from a T9 phone... so who knows what will happen with my "mini muscles" this time
- 07-08-2008, 10:32 AM #17
- 07-08-2008, 10:54 AM #18iPhone Newbie
- 14 Posts
I could see the lack of a landscape keyboard as a deal breaker when it comes to a user that maybe an enterprise user. This is the only option I can see why BlackBerry users will not make the jump to the iPhone. Typing a long email on a cell phone is much easier on a full keyboard such as the one on the BlackBerry. I do not see this has a big hurdle for Apple to overcome and I really do not understand why that do not offer it as an option to turn on and off in each application on iPhone.
- 07-10-2008, 06:33 PM #19
iPhone Landscape Keyboard
Will the 3G iPhone go into landscape mode when e-mailing or texting like it does when you launch Safari? I know the Instinct does this as I just bought two for my wife and eldest son. The main thing that has kept me from buying an iPhone is the portrait keyboard which I find almost impossible to type with.
- 07-10-2008, 07:45 PM #20
in a previous post, someone mentioned that Apple should at least offer the option and I still agree with that. For speedy thumb typing, yes, portrait mode probably is the best option and I would probably stay with that 99% of the time. But fer cryin' out loud, it's a lousy software update and if I remember El Jeffe's original plug for an all touch interface, it's so "we can add a button down the road" or something to that effect. OK Steve, people (a.k.a. paying customers) have asked for this option en masse. Shut up & deliver! Please.
- 07-11-2008, 11:35 AM #21
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- 10-12-2008, 10:26 AM #23
Actually there are several - I just bought another one called TouchType. You do have to jump through an extra hurdle of leaving the mail app to compose/reply, but it is very cool. If it became a native option from within mail/sms, it would be much better. But for now, it'll do.
Like I said, I saw at least 3-4 landscape keyboard apps, though. Only tried the one.
- 10-12-2008, 02:02 PM #24iPhone Intermediate
- 147 Posts
I think this is the big thing in apps at the moment as I've seen several new landscape mail apps over the last few days.
After 3 months, I'm getting quite good at using several fingers typing in portrait mode but it would be good to have landscape as an option. At the moment, I'm waiting to see if Apple bring it out as an update. As there are so many landscape mail apps out now, I'll wait until there are several reviews before buying one.