Poll: iPhone keyboard - portrait or landscape?

With your iPhone, do you mostly type with the keyboard in portrait mode or portrait rotation? Apple added landscape keyboard system wide in iOS 3 because they said users kept asking for it. I never use it though. On the iPhone, I'm strictly a portrait typist.

In portrait mode, I can easily reach both sides of the keyboard with either thumb, or just hold my iPhone 4 in one hand and quickly tap away with the other. And it just feels like more of the screen is left uncovered that way. We talked about it on the last podcast an Rene, Chad, Seth, Leanna, and Andrew were pretty much all in agreement -- portrait was the way to go.

Several people in the chat disagreed though. They liked the wider, roomier landscape keyboard, especially for composing longer emails or notes. Some also liked that they could hold their iPhone two handed in landscape mode and tap away with both thumbs. Even though the remaining screen was shorter, they liked that it was wider.

So which type of typist are you? Landscape, keyboard, or is it complicated? Let me know in the poll up top and give me the details in comments!

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Poll: iPhone keyboard - portrait or landscape?


I carry my apple bluetooth keyboard in my briefcase and connect it every time i want to type.

Are you serious? Every time you want to type use your Bluetooth keyboard, really? For texting and everything? LOL

Very slow news day... I prefer the landscape keyboard, but it's more practical typing with the portrait one. Mostly have the orientation locked in portrait unless I need landscape.

Too many apps still don't allow switching the keyboard to landscape mode for entering text... :(
And even the standard apps (like Settings or the SpringBoard) don't have a landscape mode, which means that when I'd like to type in landscape mode, I still have to regularily switch to portrait mode to navigate the rest of the interface.

Usually portrait for me just out of speed and one-handed usability, but I do prefer the landscape keyboard when typing out a text or email. It's just nice to have more room to type even if it does take up a lot of the screen. It's nice though, that Apple gives us the option for most of the built in apps.

I think I've used landscape for the first time in months. Portrait is great for texting while driving, texting while talking to my parents...etc. Landscape is great for being obnoxious while texting in class.
I usually make more mistakes in landscape than portrait.

You sir clearly need to take the glass bottle out of ur butt. It's was pretty clear my entire message was filled with sarcasm... " Landscape is great for being obnoxious while texting in class " smh.

Portrait always for me. I even leave the portrait rotation lock on 99% of the time just I don't have to deal with landscape mode.

Both, portrait when typing something quick, landscape when typing longer messages

Always landscape for me; with my big hands, portrait mode is way too cramped and just doesn't work for me. The only exceptions (which I dread) are when I have to use portrait mode within certain apps that don't support landscape mode, as I invariably end up making far too many typos and it takes me forever to type anything that way. Fortunately I don't have to use it that often (or input a lot of text whenever I do), so it's tolerable... That's why I never would've gotten an iPhone back before it had a landscape mode keyboard.

Portrait typing on my phone is for short easy responses/typing. Landscape is for the serious times I want to write a lot or type quicker.

I would prefer an iPhone sized keyboard making it easy to type with one hand without moving my arm back and forth.

Well, let's see... if you would prefer an iPhone size keyboard, you can always use an iPhone. It has one.

Portrait all the way in most cases unless writing a long email or sms, then landscape wins every time.