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    Touch Typing ..... with Fingers

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    Hi Folks, I'm new here.

    I was just wondering if anyone else out there can touch type on a Blackberry using the correct fingers, and with out looking. I'm not that fast on normal keyboard (50wpm) but can do 40+wpm on the BB (7250). I posted this question on another BB forum and was amazed that people only seem to be able to thumb type.

    It didn't seem hard for me to pick up as I have been gradually stepping down keyboard size over the years - from ultraportable laptop, through a few increasing smaller PDAs, and now the Blackberry (Learning to touch type on a Treo sized board is my next goal ). Being about the same speed on PC or BB, I'm just about indifferent to which I'll will use for input.

    BTW, my hand is about the same size as my 6'2"/210 lbs buddy (but maybe he's got small hands ). The width of my four fingers will cover the entire BB and my "finger span" will cover the width of a sheet of paper - 8.5".

    So, can anyone else [finger] touch type on a BB?

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    Re: Touch Typing ..... with Fingers

    Thats amazing. I just tried it but cant get the hang of it. Not enough space for all my fingers ;-) I do ok with my thumbs only.

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    I type about 80 wpm on a regular keyboard, but I can only do my thumbs on the 8700g I tried it my fingers won't fit, since I know all the keys by heart it's easy for me to just use my thumbs.

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    Size doesn't matter!

    Of course, you can't keep your eight fingers on the "home" keys like a PC. You have to hover your fingers over the keyboard, where there's more space, and just get used to where to bring your fingers down to strike a key.

    It's a bit like the old style mechanical typewriters that had one arm dedicated for each letter. At rest, the arms would lay in a wide fan formation, until letters were pressed. Then each arm would swing around and strike the paper in exactly the same spot. Hit two letters at the same time and you would jam the arms, however.

    I also keep my pinkies/thumbs on the sides/bottom edges of the BB for locational reference, like the "F" and "J" bumps on the PC keyboards.

    I do use my thumbs if I'm standing, but it's way slower (for me) and I have to watch the keyboard. But if you guys are happy with thumbs, well.... to each his own I guess.

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    im still practicing with the 8700g, i know the keys by heart, but i get a few lil mistakes here and there.

    the keys are wayy too close together for comfort

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    I have a 7100 so I must use my thumbs, but I find it very super easy!

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~I can type without looking at the keyboard. But only with my thumbs. The 8700 is to small to get all 10 digits in there lol!

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    john - why can't you fit them all on??

    Even I can't fit them all and I have tiny hands.
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~I have neanderthal hands. Lol! They are huge!

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    To type with fingers at any speed on the BB is an amazing feat!!!

    I applaud your super-human abilities!

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    Re: Touch Typing ..... with Fingers

    I was never able to type on any BB keypad (full QWERTY or 7100 series SureType) with any other fingers except my thumbs, and I type at about 30 wpm.


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    Re: Touch Typing ..... with Fingers

    Ok folks, video demonstration located here: www.dropshots.com/test13

    Sorry the resolution is not so good from my digi cam, but if you look at the picture and see what I just typed, you can just about make what I’m typing on the video (if viewed sideways). In SMS mode, max keystrokes is 160 so I figure that’s about 155 keystrokes in 40 seconds or about 46 wpm (155/40 * 12).

    Give it a shot....it's not that hard.

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    Re: Touch Typing ..... with Fingers

    Strictly thumbs - can't get the hang of anything else.

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~err you rock - I think ill stick to thumbs lol

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