Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard. In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work. We know better by now, of course, but while I still prefer the physical feel and clicks of a real keyboard, a recent new endeavour of mine has made me appreciate the on-screen keyboard in a whole new way.
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I totally agree
by jweinraub on Thu 25th Oct 2012 16:46 UTC
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Like you Thom, I thought onscreen keyboards were silly, hard to use over the tiny blackberry keyboard. While I did buy a dual language keyboard (English/Hebrew) on ebay, what if I also wanted to write in the Cyrillic alphabet? What about Greek? I too have a thing for non-latin alphabet systems and then it dawned on me, that is what an onscreen keyboard is best for! It is a shame my Macbook Pro can't have an OLED keyboard so I can change the language on the keys with a quick click of the mouse!

While I still do miss the real tactile feel of a keyboard, I am getting pretty decent at typing and auto-correct seems to help me more than make embarrassing silly corrections, but for typing something comprehensive, I still type best on a real keyboard, even a tiny blackberry keyboard, I can probably write a novel with great accuracy and speed. Just replying back to an email is still annoying, and Siri has been pretty decent with small replies (but doesn't do a good job of punctuation), I can live happily in a world where both exist, and despite the cons of an on screen keyboard, I am sure in the future they can make it better, I think I will take the onscreen over a tiny real keyboard now. The extra real-estate, contextual keyboard changes are all great. I just wish there was an alt-key so I can enter unicode characters without a third party app!

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