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FasTap Video Diary

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Aug 22, 2006, 2:46 PM   by Eric Lin

We document our first 10 days with the LG AX-490, the country's first phone with a FasTap full-text keypad.

We recorded our adventures testing the FasTap keyboard over the course of ten days. The FastTap is designed to make text entry faster by adding a key for each letter around the traditional numeric keyboard. We practiced daily and clocked our speed to see if the FasTap is actually... fast.

You can watch the video here:

Or you can watch it with more options by going to You Tube or Google Video

The FasTap is first available in the US on the LG AX 490 for Alltel.



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Aug 28, 2006, 11:36 AM

how about T9 vs. iTap?

I personally feel iTap is better than T9, even if they're fairly similar. I realize T9 has come a long way and improved, but iTap just makes more sense sometimes and is easier to teach new words to than T9.

Also I think I'm faster on iTap sometimes than on someone's Blackberry with a QWERTY keyboard, though I'm sure that's just because I use it every day and am more used to typing on a real keyboard using all 10 of my fingers instead of just my thumbs.

It would be interesting to compare them too, though this FasTap just seems like a silly idea. For how many keys it puts on the keypad you might as well have QWERTY or SureType (the 20-key layout on slimmer Blackberries like the 7130).
I agree about just having a qwerty keyboard. Why have so many buttons? Seems like a fad that will go away to me. 🙄

Aug 22, 2006, 3:12 PM

How does QWERTY compare?

How does your speed compare on a QWERTY keyboard device? It would be interesting to see if T9 is faster for you just because there are less keys to remember or if it's the ABC layout of Fastap that is confusing. Personally I'm as fast or faster with T9 than a QWERTY device on most phrases. Names, URLs and email addresses slow me down on any predictive system though.
this is the exact question I had. Fast tap to me isn't really that great. I never really thought it would be that much faster than T9. The real question is whether or not people are faster on qwerty v. T9. fast tap requires learning a whole new sy...
Fascinating stuff, and hopefully an extension to all the research I did on this recently, comparing many other forms of text input:

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/The_fas ... »

Comments welcome!

BTW, I just tri...
I think the test is invalid anyway. Comparing fasttap and t9 is unfair, because in t9 you're not typing each and every letter as in fastap. That wasn't hard to figure out!
I actually have about the same type speed for t9 and Qwerty, but I think Qwerty is faster because of punctuation. Periods and commas usually take longer on t9, so on a long text I prefer Qwerty. And this has come after years of using both t9 and Qwert...
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Aug 29, 2006, 5:34 PM

other languages

I'm sure this isn't a problem for most of you out there, but I frequently text in spanish and portuguese.now i currently have a phone with a keyboard, and even when typing in english i'm faster with the t9, it is near impossible to type in other languages.

Aug 23, 2006, 10:49 AM


I had high hopes for this, too bad it won't be the "new paradigm" for keyboard layouts that Digit Wireless touts on their website.

Does anyone have this phone or the LG 6190 that can either confirm or dispute this?
I am in Canada, and have several friends with LG 6190's - they are on the Telus network and they absolutely LOVE their phones. I don't understand why the dork in this video couldn't figure it out, but then again, I've always hated T9 - so there's my b...
Mary Ma

Aug 23, 2006, 1:52 PM

Conclusion is Unfair. Try input 'me" with T9. See how long it will take.

It always come up with "of". What I did was:

1.erase "of"
2.shift to "Abc" input
3.input "me"
4. shift back to "T9" (only if the message is really long)

See how long that will take.

Or there is any secret shortcut of T9 that I didn't know?
On my phone(Samsung T609) if I hit the "0" it will bring up the next word in the T9 dictionary, so if I want to type 'me' I type 'me' it comes up 'of' I then hit 0 and it becomes 'me'

That doesn't take very long.
why would you do it that way instead of:
1. hitting 53 (for me). get the readout "of"
2. hit the next word key (whatever that is on your phone, usually 0, *, or down on the d-pad) to get "me"

that's only 3 clicks. not bad.

Aug 22, 2006, 3:36 PM


i can't figure out how to use this.
tmbold said:
i can't figure out how to use this.

Let's say you're in T9 mode and you want to type "Hello". You simply click number key where each letter is located once and as you're typing T9 will guess the word t...

Aug 23, 2006, 1:26 PM

what nokia is that in the video

just wondering what nokia he us using in the video comparison.
it seems to have a big and crisp screen.
It's the 6126, which is very similar to the 6131.

It's a QVGA display, so yes, it's very large and high-resolution.
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