Image Source: gdgt.com
A blog site with the splendid name of ‘The Russians Used a Pencil’ has a post up with some thoughts on typing on the iPad. The author feels that typing in landscape mode should be fairly ‘adequate’ even for longer text entry, but that portrait mode may be a very different, and not very satisfactory, experience.
The on screen keyboard in portrait orientation, however, seems inelegant.
In this case the iPhone style keyboard doesn’t scale very gracefully. It sits in an unfortunately middle ground: way too cramped to type with both hands, but too large to be able to comfortably “thumb type.”
John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, agrees with this opinion – and he has actually tried out the iPad keyboard at last week’s Apple event:
With years of experience now, I actually type way faster on my iPhone in portrait than landscape, because my thumbs have less far to move. On the iPad, it really felt like I had to very slowly peck to thumb-type.
I have to admit, typing on the on-screen keyboard is one of my worries about the iPad. I’m hoping that, as with the iPhone, it will much better than I imagine it to be – but hearing comments like Gruber’s above is not giving me a warm, fuzzy feeling about this area.
What do you all think? Are you going to be banging out 100 words a minute on the iPad or pecking out 8 words every sixty seconds?