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Typing on the Droid vs. Typing on the iPhone

He's a Droid; I'm an iPhone: My Droid Keyboard Fail

By now you know . . . my guy loves his Droid, I love my iPhone. And I can't resist any opportunity to pit the two gadgets head to head, especially if it means I can defend my iPhone against his Droid superiority complex.

One of my guy's chief complaints about his Droid is that the onscreen keyboard is pretty tricky to use. Retraining your fingers to type on either an onscreen or entirely new keyboard is tricky, especially when you're used to firing off emails and text messages in a hurry. As an iPhone user, I feel like I've mastered the touch keyboard, but I had yet to really get a feel for the Droid's onscreen keyboard.

This weekend, I got my chance. We were driving on a busy road when my guy got an urgent work-related text and asked me to type his responses as he dictated them to me. A few observations: the Droid's onscreen keyboard is not like the iPhone's. Although they're similar in size, I had a tough time finding the letters I wanted, much less punctuation. Thinking it would be easier, I flipped out the keyboard . . . and promptly sent a typo-ridden text that wasn't even halfway typed. Sorry, boyfriend's co-worker. For the rest of the story,



Needless to say, my guy wasn't thrilled about the accidental message and ended up pulling over to the side of the road to send the message himself. After he was done grumbling about my lack of typing skills, I took the opportunity to challenge his iPhone typing skills. After squinting and methodically tap-tap-tapping a message to his phone (it said, "Anything you can type I can type better," but it wasn't without a lot of effort that it was sent error-free), he handed me my iPhone and said, "My keyboard is easier."

There's no "winner" here — only the admission that learning any new phone is a little bit tricky, no matter what. His complaint with the iPhone's keyboard was that the letters are too close together and his fingers couldn't find the right place to touch. My complaint with the Droid's flip-out keyboard was that it was far too easy to accidentally slide to another letter; the familiar BlackBerry click-click of the keys isn't nearly as pronounced when using a Droid. Plus, I hit the space bar every single time I tried to type the letter N. I'm happy to stick with my iPhone's onscreen keyboard for now; I'm used to it and find it easy to use. My guy prefers the option of a flip-out keyboard and rarely uses the Droid's onscreen.

Source: Flickr User bfishadow

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kitkatherine kitkatherine 7 years
touch screen alphanumeric keyboard. i have a touch screen phone (neither iphone nor droid) and it is the most useful thing. like old texting - t9 and all - on a touch screen. it's something i wish droid/iphone had too. (i dont know this for sure i guess, it might, i just have never been introduced to it.")
tracirai tracirai 7 years
I have an iPod touch and a Droid Eris, and I find that I can type a bit faster on the iPod keyboard because there's a little more space, but overall, I still prefer the Droid keyboard because I like the availability of numbers/punctuation by holding down letter keys instead of having to switch to the number/symbol keyboard every time.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
One thing i love about the droid is that it pretty much fixes any mistakes I make. It was hard for me to get used to the onscreen keyboard but after a few days its a piece of cake.
Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
As you point out, it is all relative. I laugh when I get texts from my friends that own iPhone's...4 out of 5 have funny typo's! Personally, I can't stand using the iPhone/iTouch keyboard. But thats probably only because I am a Blackberry user and used to the physical keyboard. Again, it is all relative.
sethjk sethjk 7 years
Tell him to try swype for Droid- it's great. It's the best touch screen typing experience you can have.
leb357 leb357 7 years
I make a lot of typos with my iPhone, but I find the auto-correct works 9 times out of 10. Once you learn to just keep going even if you make mistakes, the iPhone is really easy to type with.
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