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BlackBerry Takes First & Last Place in Keyboard Typing Test

I cannot claim to be surprised but Paul Ockenden of PC Pro UK did a roundup of 6 smartphone keyboards comparing the typing speed. They also included how many errors were made during the test to help round it out. They did not include other phones like the Nexus One and Palm Pre but some major contenders are included. Check out the results below:

Phone-keyboard-test 

Keep in mind typing tests are all about the skill and experience of the user which can put a bit of a spin on the results but they sound about right. The test was done by typing the first couple of lines of Lou Reed’s “Pale Blue Eyes”, a telephone number, web URL, and a username and password.

The results put the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in first place with the fastest time and no typos while the BlackBerry Storm2 takes last place with the longest time and the highest number of typos at 9. Ockenden concludes that physical keyboards are the fastest and most accurate and haptic feedback does not necessarily make you type faster.

What do you think? Anybody surprised?

via Slashdot

6 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Not surprising. Haptic feedback has been more about “user experience” than increasing typing effectiveness anyways.

  2. Not surprising to me.
    However, I wonder if the speed would have been even better if the person had been using the Bold 9000 keyboard instead of the 9700 for one reason – the 9700 keyboard has white letters & white numbers which means it takes that extra split second to find the number you’re looking for vs the 9000 where the red numbers drew your eyes immediately and were instantly distinguishable from the letters.

  3. Not all Bold 9000 had the red number keys. The AT&T branded ones do not.

  4. @Buff
    Whether or not the AT&T versions of the 9000 had all white labeling alphanumeric characters or not I think you understood my point (as well as an unspoken hope that I may one day find an OEM 9700 keypad with red lettering!)

  5. This is a “no duh” report this guy did. If you had given me the list before revealing the results I bet most of us could have ranked the results as they came out.

    And seriously, who does any serious typing on

  6. This is a “no duh” report this guy did. If you had given me the list before revealing the results I bet most of us could have ranked the results as they came out.

    And seriously, who does any serious typing on a touch screen phone in portrait mode anyway?

    from my BlackBerry Storm…

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