How Fast Can You Text?

by Gaurav Kheterpal on August 26, 2010

Samsung and Apple are passively embroiled in an unusual battle, as the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S customers compete for the coveted Guinness World Record for typing the fastest text message. Earlier this week 27-year-old Melissa Thompson of the UK used her Samsung Galaxy S phone with the SWYPE keyboard to type the following rather complicated text in less than 26 seconds.

“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”.  Whatever that means!

Records are meant to be broken, but nobody expects them to be broken within a couple of days. In this case, Gumball Tech writer Brian Sweet bettered Melissa’s achievement using his iPhone 4 by typing the same text in 21.8 seconds. While I’m least interested in the record holders and the record times, I consider texting as one of the evergreen apps that’ll manage to stand its ground despite the explosion of social media, location based services and games on mobile phones.

Guinness is yet to officially approve Melissa’ achievement which will break the previous record by nearly 9 seconds. The SWYPE technology lets users draw paths between keys and input text without their fingertip leaving the screen, therefore it is much faster then QWERTY keyboards. Samsung plans to cash in on the popularity of SMS, especially amongst the youth by introducing a faster means of texting. Melissa says that she’s used to sending a lot of text messages, 40 or 50-a-day to her boyfriend. So, I’m not entirely surprised with her achievements.

On the other hand, Brian Sweet says he just did it for fun. The iPhone has a multi-touch keyboard which transitions rapidly between keys and relies only on auto-correction to assist users. Right from the original iPhone 2G to the new iPhone 4, Apple’s USP for all models has been the focus on usability aspects. Be it the retina display or the layout & responsiveness of the iPhone 4 keyboard, Apple has done a fantastic job putting together a dream device (sans the “Death Grip”). This news will hopefully put an end to any concerns and complaints regarding the usability aspects of the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard.

IMO, Texting is and will remain one of the “killer apps” in the Value Added Services industry. In fact, now that SMS functionality is present on nearly all devices, it’s considered as a core feature rather than as a value added service. I’m fond of texting but I’ve never really been concerned by how fast or how slow I type. IMO, the best part of texting is that unlike voice calls, it’s “non-intrusive” and gets the message across instantly at a nominal cost.

So, how fast can you text? If you can beat the 21.8 second window, there’s a Guinness World Record for the taking 🙂

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca >. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com > by: RSS>, Twitter >, Identi.ca >, or Friendfeed >

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