How You Can Improve Your Mobile “Touch” Keyboard Typing Skills
I am a Blackberry person, and I’m holding out (with great patriotic hope) for a new BB10 Blackberry with a real keyboard (apparently there is a model with a real keyboard). I like the real keys on my Blackberry Torch. I have tried onscreen keyboards and find they are frustrating. I find them to be non-responsive and I hit often seem to hit the wrong key.
All that said (and to avoid a flurry of unfriendly comments from the platoons of iPhone and Android users, and the occasional Windows phone users that are out there),I recognize there are different strokes for different folks. Some of my best friends love their iPhones and other devices with onscreen keyboards. And some of them are even ex-Blackberry users that swear they can type as fast or faster on their touchscreens as they could on their trusty old Blackberry keyboard.
If you are a Blackberry convert (by choice or not) or are otherwise struggling to make your touchscreen keyboard work, you need to read the How Can I Improve My Mobile Typing Skills post on LifeHacker by Adam Dachis. He has some great pointers on how to improve your touchscreen typing technique, some apps that give you better onscreen keyboards, and tips on how you can use text expansion to increase your typing speed.
Happy typing everyone, even those with touchscreen keyboards!
It should be recognized that large touch sensitive screens also created some new problems. The main issue of typing over a touch sensitive screen, e.i., you cannot rest your thumbs on it. You can do it with a Blackberry phone equipped with a physical keyboard.
But adding a simple device at the back of your cell phone or case will allow you to hold the cell phone in the same way you used to do with a Blackberry.
I have patented a device (US 9,344,135 B2) to help resolve these issues. Check out this web site if you would like more information http://www.butterflyTx.com. Right now we have done limited testing but it improved considerably the level of conform for typing and you can type in any position.
I also think there may some other applications, for instance helping people with some level of motor skill difficulties. Eventually people with some level of visual issues may also benefit from this device because it forces the user to hold the cell phone in the same and consistent way, and therefore making it easier to operate.