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Old October 25th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How do you find the virtual keyboard? Do you miss a physical one?

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I have always been a big fan of physical keyboards but I was really impressed by the Galaxy SII when I played with it a bit in a store.

I use my smartphone for emails more than for calls, so typing quickly and accurately is fundamental to me. Most people say it's a matter of habit but I had the iphone 3gs for over a year and I could never type decently on that thing.

What's your impression of typing with the Samsung Galaxy SII in landscape mode? Do you miss a physical keyboard? Can you type longish email without going insane? Do you have a benchmark vs typing on a physical keyboard?

My Motorola Milestone 2 is bulky and heavy, but I basically never (and I truly mean never) mistype any words. I wonder how much speed and accuracy I'd have to give up if I get the SII...

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Old October 25th, 2011, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I hate virtual keyboards. Much preferred by Nokia N95 to use for emails and texting.

Could buy a BT keyboard but don't fancy remembering to carry it around. Useful to sling in a drawer at work tho.
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It's pretty decent. I doubt any other device can match my 55+ wpm speed on a full-sized keyboard but for something on a hand-held device which has no physical keys and no responsive feedback (aside from vibration), well, it is pretty good and has exceeded my expectations. This is coming from a person which spent 2 years using a Phone which had the default number-pad for typing.

I make a few mistakes with the virtual keyboard and i don't think anyone can honestly say they don't do the same but it's fluid and works well once you get used to it. A few days into the SGS2 experience and i can type out a short forum post or comment within a minute with a more in-depth reply in 3-5. Not lightning speed admittedly but it's functional and works when you need it to. The other option is to invest in a keyboard which can connect to your device in some manner and it is something worth considering if you are serious about typing on the Phone, but if you plan to work like this in a public or otherwise constantly moving situation then i would avoid that as it could be clumsy to haul about.

EDIT: Let's not forget Swype. I've not got the hang of it yet but with enough practice i can see it being a much faster alternative to traditional methods of typing. Something worth considering!
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What's your impression of typing with the Samsung Galaxy SII in landscape mode? Do you miss a physical keyboard?
No, and I've got one on another of my handsets. The display size and resolution means the on-screen keys are a decent size, and it's very responsive so 'speed typing' is possible..... if you're a decent typist. I'm not.
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I'm never looking back I love my S2 keyboard and swype
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Old October 25th, 2011, 10:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm never looking back I love my S2 keyboard and swype
What's your benchmark? Another phone with a virtual keyboard and a smaller screen or something with a physical one? How much do you type?
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What's your benchmark? Another phone with a virtual keyboard and a smaller screen or something with a physical one? How much do you type?

this is my 2nd phone with virtual keyboard and previously all my phones had physical keyboards, I type quite a lot
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I was starting to worry about you Riche. Nice to see your still alive. Anyway I have to agree about the swype. I'm no typist so I can write faster using swype than an actual keyboard.
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with this size screen, typing is as easy as it gets on a virtual keyboard i personally love using swype, which makes it even easier..
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i love virtual keyboards. used blackberry for several years, and got really fast with that. when i switched over to the iphone, without a doubt i was slower at the beginning. it, like everything, had a learning curve. and it may be all in my head, but i'm nearly positive that i'm significantly faster on the iphone than I was on the blackberry. once i make the switch to android, itll be another slow down. different layout, different size of screen, i'll be slower, but i'm sure i'll get right back up to my nice and fast speed in no time. just takes time to get used to.
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My old phone had physical keys (like a traditional phone) using T9 predictive text. The best thing was that I could use both hands (thumbs) to type. So that was fast. I could even type with one finger although a little slower. For SGS2 I found it not so convenient to do the same somehow. Maybe have to get used to it, but I think more likely it is to do with the fact that now each alphabet is shown.

So the question becomes, is one finger faster than 2 thumbs?

So far, no. But the thing with SGS2 is that it has Swype and that speeds up the typing. Its fast enough to be acceptable.

That's my opinion.
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A virtual keyboard will never be anywhere near as good as a real full sized keyboard but despite the obvious limitations of a virtual keyboard, there isn't a lot to choose between a crappy and tiny physical keyboard and a slightly larger virtual one.

I have a Blackberry for work and an SGS2 of my own. I think my typing speeds are fairly much the same on the two devices. If anything, the combination of Better Keyboard 8 and my SGS2 are a bit faster. I very much doubt I shall ever buy a phone with a physical keyboard again. All the ones I have seen have either taken up too much space that should be screen or are horribly flimsy things that you have to slide out and feel like they are going to fall off in your hands at any minute.
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Once i learned how to use Swype i will never go back to normal keyb even thou i liked real keyb in other phones but there is no such option as swype on it so... not anymore
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Swype is OK, but I much prefer SwiftKey X, its sped up my typing so much, once its had a while to learn your typing style and commonly used words it becomes so good at predicting what you are trying to say, that you can just press the predictions instead of typing, its amazing. The Tron style theme is really nice as well.

I dont miss a physical keyboard at all.
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Smart Keyboard pro has changed my experience completely, it's really very good.
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