iPhone typing speed: Gyford pits Jesus against the world

In fitting with the illegible theme, my title should find a nice spot in this somewhat bewildering find. Phillip Gyford’s eclectic website is always a rush of the this and that which populates freelancer’s lives. Well he churned out a self-run communication speed test where 6 technologies are tested one against the other in a trial of speed where . The devices are: the pen, the computer, the Apple Newton, the Palm Vx, the Palm Treo 650, and an iPhone’s soft keyboard. The result is an interesting mix of ‘of course!’ and ‘really?’ as idealistic overdogs didn’t do as well as might have been thought.

See for yourself:

  • Pen: 5 min 33 sec
  • Laptop: 3 min 14 sec
  • Apple Newton: 9 min 17 sec
  • Palm Vx: 12 min 16 sec
  • Palm Treo 650: 6 min 18 sec
  • iPhone: 4 min 56 sec

Obviously the test cannot be 100% objective, not applicable to 100% of the population. But it stands as another interesting proof of concept that the iPhone can actually be quite fast for data entry.

Full article is at Gyford.com

iTwinge iPhone Keyboard – training wheels for the iPhone


Hang in till November this year if you are waiting to BlackBerry-ise your iPhone. Yes, you too can have buttons on your touchscreen, thanks to iTwinge, a removable keyboard ‘skin’ for your iPhone. The company behind the iTwinge, Mobile Mechatronics, promise that the keyboard and a bit of muscle memory will reduce errors by up to 80% for heavy texters and emailers who suffer from too much backspacing.
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This just in: 3G iPhone is the new Mac Mini (sort of)

ipod-keyboardWith Mac Mini rumours continuing to spark flames at a Mac rumour site near you, blosmo.com have thought up a brighter and more eco-friendly desktop computer:  the 3G-iPhone-is-the-Mac-Mini concept.  It is small, eats fewer calories of hydro than your last desktop and will even fart if you pull its finger.  It also features a reduced feature set and footprint but best of all, a built in LCD screen.  

Ergonomic decisions aside, it sports a useful magnetic foot and induction technology so that your iPhone can hum along without the need for cables.  Traditional keys currently found under the Optimus Maximus Aux keyboard.