(Image and video courtesy of MacRumors)
One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard — but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.
MacRumors is reporting that a British woman made headlines this week for speed-typing into a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone using the Android-based Swype keyboard alternative. The woman “walked in off the street” at a Samsung roadshow and was given a chance to beat the world record by typing “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” — in 25.94 seconds flat.
That wasn’t music to the ears of iPhone user “gumballtech,” who took to his favorite handset and documented his results on YouTube (video embedded below).
The result? The iPhone user handily beat the British woman’s record by typing the same text in just under 22 seconds — more than three seconds less than the Android-based typist.
MacRumors isn’t clear on qualifies as a “world record,” especially given that the iPhone user Gumballtech did rely at least a bit on the iPhone’s built-in text correction — but the website is quick to note that the Swype keyboard alternative in Android is also “entirely based on predictive text generation.”
Maybe we should call it a draw?
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