Typing not so great on iPad

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  1. chris

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    I spent a few hours on the iPad last night, while on the couch. I found it tough to find a comfortable position with the iPad postioned on my knees. Whenever I need the keyboard, it pops up at the bottom of the screen. I found it to be both difficult and a bit painful. Hunt and peck works ok.

    What are your experiences typing on the iPad I definitely do not see this replacing my MacBook Air.
     
  2. Zanthe

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    I don't have an iPad 'yet' but I'm guessing typoing would be a mjor issue for me. Maybe not. Could be it's just another one of those "you have to get used to something different" things. Keep pounding away Chris.
     
  3. Mickeylittle

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    Chris do you have it in the Apple case? I'm hoping having it tilted is gonna be pretty nice.
     
  4. chris

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    Not yet, but I might pick it up tomorrow. I am not so sure it's going to solve my issue. I think the workaround is to use index fingers only. Think of how you type on a laptop and then look at the alternatives on the iPad. On the laptop, your wrists are flat when typing.

    Completely new device, so I am giving myself sufficient time to try different methods of text entry.
     
  5. billnye97

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    Definitely have to have it tilted. I do find myself looking at the keys now but it definitely isn't hunt and peck. I don't see myself typing long documents oit though, at least until the keyboard dock comes along.
     
  6. neo

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    Ihave been typing the fastest in portrait using thumbs works the fastest. Or hunt and peck with the index finger
     
  7. BrownGem

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    Holding to type is definitely awkward. I plan to get one of those laptop rolling stands to avoid holding it. I also purchased the wireless kb for extended typing sessions. At work I opened my desk drawer and tilted it against the desk using the drawer as a sort of ledge. Typing wasn't bad using that method.
     
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    So far using both index fingers has worked the best. Still experimenting though.
     
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    Hmmm, I've actually been pleasantly surprised that the typing is better than expected. I'm not typing large documents but still feel that the keyboard is quite responsive.
     
  10. aggieman

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    I am finding it hard to get used to as well. Luckily I have massive hands. I hold it in landscape and let the ends kind of rest on my bent fingers and type with my thumbs. Not great by any means but the more I use it the easier it is getting. Typing is the only con ive found on this device otherwise it is to my surprise one of my favorite gadget purchases ever. :eek:k:eek:k
     
  11. chris

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    It's responsive and works well. I just have trouble adjusting to where my wrists are comfortable. Let me rephrase that. If typing as I would on a laptop or desktop, my wrists aren't comfortable. Index and even thumbs work great.
     
  12. Josh Yates

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    In portrait mode, I use my thumbs like I do on my iPhone. In landscape, I set it on a couch pillow and I can type more like a laptop. It's going to take some getting used to, but it will get better. It's getting better all the time. I will be picking up the Apple case to put the ipad on an angle. I've found that to work best for landscape. A lot of backspace use, though!
     
  13. connie

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    I actually composed a couple of emails today, some on a table top and some on my lap, I am surprised at how fast and accurate I am typing on it now. Once you get use to it you will pick up speed. (landscape mode, haven't typed much in portrait)
     
  14. Youngbinks

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    I had a feeling this might be the case with the iPad. Sitting with it on your knees certainly seems to be how Apple was expecting it to be used, but it seems as if it would be awkward and cumbersome after a while.
     
  15. seanwes

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    +1. Not an owner here, but played with one yesterday at the Apple store. I had the device laying flat on it's back and tried typing with both hands, all fingers, just like on a computer keyboard. The result? Surprisingly good, but with a few typos.

    I would expect the learning/adjusting time to be like the first time you get an iPhone: 1 week.
     
  16. jarofclay73

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    Thumb typing (which I am pretty good at) is out of the question. If you don't have a table, one-hand typing is best. If you have a table, normal keyboard typing is actually not bad. The best is when the iPad is a little propped up like the acryllic/rubber piece they have a the Apple Store. I think one of my friends is actually having a local plastics company make one for him. I'm sure there will be an accessory that will do that same thing.
     
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    Dragon Dictation?
     
  18. imamac

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    I've typed about a dozen emails and messed around in Pages for a while and am trying to type at full speed (except halting to insert symbols and punctuation) and am getting there. I do have it in the Apple case with the flap in stand position on my lap so it's at an angle.

    It is not very comfortable though but am sure I'll figure out a good solution at some point. I have an angled foam-backed lap desk I may try, too. It may work better that way.
     
  19. kevlar08

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    I love typing on the iPad, I never actually learned to type properly so my four finger hunt and peck method works beautifult on it
     
  20. imamac

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    I posted a quick video on youtube. Nothing revolutionary, just shows me typing on the iPad.



    Disclaimer: I did actually call my mother to say Happy Easter. This was for demoing only. :)
     

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