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Top message:  Disappointing... by acnova1   Aug 23, 2006, 10:49 AM

Replying to:  Re: Disappointing... -- THIS VIDEO REVIEW SUCKS! by pauldg   Aug 23, 2006, 5:20 PM

Re: Disappointing... -- THIS VIDEO REVIEW SUCKS!

by malejko    Aug 24, 2006, 12:24 AM

Flaws in the experiment:
1) It was his own phone that he was doing the T9 input on. Both phones should have been unfamiliar to the user.
2) You trained him on T9, something not often available since most people don't read their manuals.
3) Your input string was pretty easy to do. More input strings would make for a more general test.

My problems with T9:
1) Originally, you couldn't add words to your dictionary (you can now on newer phones).
2) You need to 'learn' how to type the words in the dictionary, whereas with FasTap the learning curve is simply figuring out where the buttons are.

I was going to try and stick to an unbiased opinion with some facts and maturity, however the video managed to hit all kinds of "omg I can't believe you can't learn FasTap" nerves.

Hopefully more people will get to try the FasTap phones and see how well they can use them. With the Qwerty input, I find that I need both hands to input quickly. With T9, I need to learn how to type words and actually have to look at the screen. With FasTap (and Qwerty), I don't need to look at the screen until I'm done, or I think I messed up. If you like T9, great - but for those that don't want to learn its dictionary, other input methods are great. FasTap phones have the advantage of still maintaining large numeric input buttons while still having a whole alphabet. Qwerty phones usually have the numeric input being small and slightly awkward. Regular phones force you to learn a T9 dictionary, input slowly, or not input text at all.

Happy? Now find some people that have actually used FasTap and see how fast they can txt on them.

And just to maintain my immaturity for you:
Stoopid Americans.

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