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One of the most common complaints I hear from non-iPhone users (and some who have them, too) is with regards to the on-screen keyboard. BlackBerry users revere and lionize their precious hardware QWERTYs, and people with landscape sliders from LG and others never stop rubbing it […]

picture-111One of the most common complaints I hear from non-iPhone users (and some who have them, too) is with regards to the on-screen keyboard. BlackBerry users revere and lionize their precious hardware QWERTYs, and people with landscape sliders from LG and others never stop rubbing it in. I’ve been a staunch defender of the iPhone’s touchscreen keyboard all along, often pointing out that tests have found typing on it to be faster and more accurate than even on a full-size Palm QWERTY.

Now I have some more ammunition, thanks to a test run by Crave UK. Apparently they have very little to do with their time, so they came up with ridiculous scenarios for tech performance tests. Their latest involved an Apple iPhone, an Asus Eee PC, and a Citroen C4 (which is a $1.47 million rally car, in case you were wondering). The task was to type “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” that old stand-by sentence containing every letter in the English language that I used to type until my fingers were raw in Grade 9 high school business class. Not so hard, right? Right, when you’re sitting at a desk, not moving. Different story in a rally car running at top speed and taking turns.

CNET has the entire amusing video of how things went, but I’ll cut to the chase: iPhone wins handily. Reason? The auto-correct feature (although I suspect the iPhone’s being a true handheld device also has something to do with it). Good thing, too, because I can’t count how many times I’ve been in a rally car and thought to myself, “This would be a great time to type out my resumé.”

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  1. Lazy dogS. Need the s in there.

  2. Spizzlepop Friday, May 1, 2009

    “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog,” At least your left ring escaped 9th grade unscathed. Where’s the s?

  3. Yeah, when you accidentally typed “vase” and what you wanted to type is “case”, tell me how to AUTO-CORRECT that? The on-screen keyboard sucks, period. Please admit your weakness, iPhone, and improve it!

  4. They should have given the phone to the driver for that test. Texting while driving is near impossible now with my iPhone because I can’t feel there keys whereas before, with my blackberry, I barely had to look at the screen as I did the entire message by touch..

  5. Josh Pigford Friday, May 1, 2009

    PoBoy & Spizzlepop: Fixed.

    @Schell: Good gosh. Where do you live? I need to make sure to never be on the road anywhere near you.

  6. California. And it’s public law that we remain distracted while we’re driving. It’s true, just ask our Governator.

  7. Gordon R. Vaughan Friday, May 1, 2009

    I could never get auto-correct to learn anything, finally turned it off. It never seemed to get the least bit smarter.

    I do miss some semblance of tactile feedback on my iPod Touch keyboard. More than that, I REALLY miss the buttons my Palm had to take me instantly to the 4 main programs.

  8. I have an iPhone and a BlackBerry. While I love both for various reasons, I can definitely type faster and more accurately on the iPhone because of auto-correct.

  9. david in portland Friday, May 1, 2009

    Dear Darrell,

    Please, please, please do not write ” … with regards to … ”

    There is no “s” in “with regard to … ”

    Thanks and regards (there is an “s” here),
    -David

  10. “Think the iPhone Keyboard Sucks? Think Again”

    Right, because my personal opinion of something is clearly invalidated by what others think. I suppose next you’re going to tell me that because other people think their MacBooks are super fast that my opinion of my MacBook’s speed (or lack thereof) is also invalid?

    @Schell: “Texting while driving is near impossible now with my iPhone”

    And thank God for that. Have you seen this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/30472366#30472366

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