How is typing on the Hero? Performance?
I know this is probably an annoying post, but I really wanted to hear from current Hero users in order to help make my decision.
I upgraded to a blackberry 8530 because my 8330 worked very well for what I needed (messaging, light web use, GPS) almost 30 days ago, but I can't get the Hero out of my mind. I got the 8530 for a ridiculously cheap price of 30 bucks due to a best buy error and money is definitely a concern, but I dream of the web experience on the Hero. I have no experience with touch screens and despite it feeling cramped sometimes, I type very fast on the physical QWERTY keyboard of the blackberry and as a writer, I'm often writing notes on my blackberry so ease of typing is a must. So for owners, I ask this...
How is typing on the Hero? Do you really get used to it?
How's the response time? I've read about lagging and realistically, the device seems to only have a little more memory than my curve and yet it's expected to do so much more.
- 05-18-2010, 01:09 PM #2
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- 05-18-2010, 02:34 PM #4
I came from the Pre, and the 8330 before that... I use swype. Will never have a phone without Swype again. Period.
Stock responds pretty well. Its a learning curve as are all touch keyboards. Finger placements are always off (based on vision) but the stock autocorrect is probably the better ones I have used.
Once again, swype keyboard. Nothing better.
- 05-18-2010, 02:38 PM #5
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I am tempted to say that if you text a lot a qwerty keyboard phone would be better for you. But since you asked for experience with the Hero, here's my two cents:
The HTC soft keyboard is one of the best, or so the Android community says, I like it a lot, actually. The relatively smaller screen is somewhat limiting, portrait mode is okay for shorter messages, a quick search or typing passwords. You'll want to type in landscape for longer texts. Since the keyboard is pretty accurate, I think you could achieve decent typing speed with some practice. It's pretty good with speed as long as you are only typing out something, but if you have apps running in the background it can lag. For example, my Hero is my music player, and I use a BT headset. If I'm listening to music, that combo makes my keyboard lag. So does background download over WiFi. Yes, the Hero is a little short in terms of raw power...
Me, I don't type too much, just some browsing, passwords and the occasional message or email. I don't feel the need for a hardware keyboard at all. I have tried the Swype beta too. If you can get used to the way you use that, then it's a decent alternative to a conventional soft keyboard, and you can write faster with it if you practice.
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- 05-19-2010, 12:01 PM #11
Typing on the hero can get very laggy if you have haptic feedback or sound feedback on even with a custom Rom installed. It was one of my biggest complaints when first got the phone. With those things turned off its decent.
I also have an iPhone and was hoping the virtual keyboard was just as good. its close but its not. Doing the keyboard calibration helped immensely too. Currently I'm at 27 WPM on the hero and I'm at 39 WPM on the iPhone