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 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.”