QWERTY users struggle with iPhone keys

A new study that's getting a lot of play claims the iPhone's touchscreen is twice as slow as traditional QWERTY keyboards. User Centrics, an analyst group out of Chicago claims that the iPhone's touch keyboard takes twice as long to type with than conventional QWERTY keyboards when it comes to formulating text messages. The firm used a relatively small sample size (20 participants) for the study, none of whom are iPhone users. Half the participants owned phones with QWERTY keyboards and half had a traditional numeric keyboard equipped phone. User Centrics found that it took the QWERTY users almost twice as long to create the same message on the iPhone as it did for their own phone, even after using the iPhone for 30 minutes. The other users with traditional numeric keypads typed their messages in about the same amount of time on both the iPhone and their own phone.

For more on the study:
- read this write-up from Cellular-News