button hater

First, my applogies for disppearing this past week, but with the Fourth of July holiday and some much needed time off, I had to step away from the blogosphere (how I detest that term) for a while. But fear not, I'm now back in the saddle ready to resume regular news postings and commentary. Look for another installment of my ongoing iPhone explorations later today, chocked full of goodies.

For now I wanted to apprise you on my experiences with the controversial on-screen keyboard, having more than full week under my belt.

Shock #1: It's not bad at all. In fact dare I say I'm even beginning to preferit to all these clunky plastic keyboards found on most Smartphones! There is no question that acclimating yourself to a virtual keyboard takes time and exercise, but once you adapt yourself it's really not an issue. Even the predictive spelling feature that I lamented about in my previous entry is improving. Apple must have designed some form of adaptive learning algorithm to iPhone, because it seems to improve the more text you enter. After a week, it's far from perfect, but still a marked improvement over the first day or two of writing emails and text messages.

Shock #2: Typing with two hands, or rather thumbs, ala BlackBerry is actually plausible. Initially I had written off any hope of inputing text into my iPhone as I would on my QWERTY keyboard devices. It seemed one finger was the best and only method suitable for iPhone's onscreen keyboard. After typing two-handed for the past two days I can safely say...it WORKS! It does require a bit more attention to what keys are being pressed, but I had surprisingly very little problems in tapping out whole paragraphs with my two fat thumbs.

Look for more observations in my upcoming post. Now, onto the news...