1. toddpart's Avatar
    New to WP7 with my new 900. I'm curious to hear how everyone types on theirs. I'm a long time physical kb user (Pre and BB 9810) so this is obviously different. My real question is do you type in portrait or landscape? All in all I like the virtual keyboard, but I find the 900 awkward to type on in portrait. The device is a bit long and thus top heavy I think. Plus it's so thin I can't hold the bottom and type. Unless I rest it on 3 fingers of each hand I can't free up my thumbs without fear of dropping. Unlike my Berry or pre which I could hold between my index fingers and thumbs and fly. Landscape typing on the 900 is a joy. Loving this device, just curious how others are doing this.

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    04-22-2012 06:47 PM
  2. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    I use portrait and throw my right pinky under the device. Kind of odd really, was never a fan of the sharp corners on the device, but the auto correct is so dam good it hardly matters how many mistakes I make.
    04-22-2012 06:52 PM
  3. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Landscape for long messages but for a quick note or to enter an email addy or password I just suffer through hen pecking with one finger in portrait
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    04-22-2012 06:54 PM
  4. PhilR8's Avatar
    Short messages in portrait, longer messages in landscape.
    04-22-2012 06:54 PM
  5. tlo07's Avatar
    I usually go landscape.

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    04-22-2012 06:54 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Portrait or landscape with both hands cradling device while I type with my thumbs.

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    04-22-2012 07:07 PM
  7. sting7k's Avatar
    Portrait; either with one thumb or two thumbs for longer messages.
    04-22-2012 07:51 PM
  8. ninjaap's Avatar
    Portrait with both pinkies supporting the bottom. My thumbs trample away like a racehorse. Then go back and tap on any words that needs to be corrected, after I'm done, right before I send.
    04-22-2012 08:02 PM
  9. freestaterocker's Avatar
    Portrait always. I have an HD7, but it's the same screen size. I put my pinkie(s) underneath and other fingers on the back. I use it one-handed most of the time, except for longer stuff (like this post) or when speed matters.
    04-22-2012 08:18 PM
  10. toddpart's Avatar
    Sounds like I need to practice with this 'pinkies under the bottom' method, thanks for the suggestions/comments.

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    04-22-2012 08:57 PM
  11. MAERSK's Avatar
    Landingstrip err I mean Landscape mode...
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    04-22-2012 11:06 PM
  12. jalb's Avatar
    I usually go sideways and use both hands, but if I am using one hand already, then I type with my thumb.
    04-22-2012 11:17 PM
  13. NicholasCL's Avatar
    I'm glad you started this thread because I'm having typing issues. I'm almost strictly landscape typer except for short texts but when I'm in landscape almost every time I hit the "N" key I somehow either hit space bar or the "." It sometimes happens with the other bottom row keys but almost always with the "N" which is really annoying. Maybe my phone has a problem or my thumbs need to go on a diet. I'm probably just going to have to get used to it or hold my phone a little different.
    04-23-2012 12:58 AM
  14. baseballbert's Avatar
    Quickly

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    04-23-2012 01:23 AM
  15. steve70's Avatar
    Landscape for long messages but for a quick note or to enter an email addy or password I just suffer through hen pecking with one finger in portrait
    Same here
    04-23-2012 01:27 AM
  16. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    I like to type in portrait mode.

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    04-23-2012 02:18 AM
  17. The def star's Avatar
    95% in portrait mode. Rarely in landscape. Though I do agree it's semi awkward to do so but since my HD7 i have gotten used to it.
    04-23-2012 02:40 AM
  18. ItsDon's Avatar
    Portrait mode when I have to type but for the most part I just talk to it. The voice transcription is eerily accurate.
    04-23-2012 07:25 AM
  19. cj-m's Avatar
    thumbs? :0

    i envy you thumb typists! i also have to hen peck with the tip of my finger or else what should take a few seconds becomes a high blood pressure shouting at the kb act which takes a little longer :D
    04-23-2012 08:07 AM
  20. TMavC5's Avatar
    Short messages in portrait, longer messages in landscape.
    Yup, thats my style.
    04-23-2012 10:23 AM
  21. rdubmu's Avatar
    I hold my fingers from the middle to the bottom. My pinkies are not touching the device. It mostly sits in my left hand (well left hand fingers) with my right hand fingers supporting the device. My thumbs type away hella fast :)

    I did notice that with a Lumia 710 or Radar 4G, I typed much more accurate then on my HD7 or Lumia 900.. it was even worse on the Titan... On the smaller screen windows phone I didn't even need to look at where i was typing... just like on my old Blackberry 8120
    04-23-2012 10:47 AM
  22. Adiliyo's Avatar
    98% in portrait with either one hand (thumb) or two if the message is longer or i'm not doing something else.

    if I pay attention to what i'm doing I notice I hit the wrong keys somewhat often, but the autocorrection algorithm on WP is probably the best I've used so far.

    while it's easier to type long messages in landscape, I don't like how it hides so much of the screen when the keyboard is up.
    04-23-2012 03:44 PM
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