iPhone 3GS or Palm Pre?

I am currently using a BlackBerry Storm.  In the main, I like it.

But typing is still fiddly.  And I use that feature (or want to use it) enough to make the fiddliness irksome.  It allows typing in both portrait and landscape mode, coming with a full QWERTY keyboard in either mode.  (QWERTY is one of the slowest words in the world to type, for me at least.  It should be as easy as playing chopsticks on the piano, surely.)  But in either mode, even my rather slight finger pads are that bit too cumbersome to promote error-free typing.

It also has a SureType keyboard in the portrait mode, combining adjecent QWERTY keys into single keys to allow for fatter fingers and T9-style intelligence to figure out the words you want to type from the various possible combinations available.

But even these keys often result in mistakes as your finger glides over the wrong key to get to the right one.  The depression of the key (it is a physical depression) may seem to be in the right place, but the trailing thumb (double-thumb typing) often makes the device think you were hitting the key to the outside of the one intended.

So I have two major draws at the moment.  The iPhone 3GS.  Which I assume will come with the same gripes as above but which will have so many applications that maybe I’ll forget about those foibles.  Or the Palm Pre, which will have the QWERTY-style keyboard but will suffer from the same application-devoid experience as the BlackBerry.

Can anyone shed any light on how good/bad iPhone typing really is?  Maybe it’s better than it is on the Storm.  Maybe it’s not.  I need data so that I can make an informed decision.

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3 Responses to “iPhone 3GS or Palm Pre?”

  1. AM on June 9th, 2009 19:30

    why would you think there’s even a choice?

  2. Dan on June 9th, 2009 22:49

    So what’s the typing like on an iPhone? Do you get a landscape keyboard? And do you often have to go back over things to correct mistakes?

  3. Eilse on June 10th, 2009 08:12

    Currently writing from an iPhone 3g. It is not in landscape mode but the keyboard facilitates two finger or thumb typing.

    Do not get an iPhone!! So many people now have them I feel that I am losing my unique differentiator

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