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:
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?