Problem with predictive text input solutions including T9:
* I feel like I'm being punished for using words outside a preset vocabulary.
It adds a layer or filter between me and my writing, giving me less control
(or discouraging me from straying anyway). That's bad for ease of
* No onscreen feedback. Since all the onscreen letters change with every
keypress, It's hard to tell if I pressed a button twice (when you're used to
multi-tap, you do that a lot with T9).
* Most of my phone typing is proper names and numbers. I'm usually typing
appointments ("Cyndi movie Castro 808 S.4th & Market #3"). URLs and email
addresses are bad too. It _is_ a lot faster for typing 'normal' text like
this email...but I don't use my phone to write manuscripts, you know? Maybe
it's great for text message users, but that's hard to imagine since they use
abbreviations so much.
I have T9 on my (USA english) phone and haven't used it more than 3 times.
PS - I definitely respect T9's ability to get installed on phones! T9 is
quickly becoming an expected feature in the US. I'm not sure if this means T9
has an awesome marketing and bizdev department, or if phone manufacturers are
REALLY hungry for a software-only solution.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: keitai-l-bounce_at_appelsiini.net
> [mailto:keitai-l-bounce_at_appelsiini.net]On Behalf Of Mika Tuupola
> Sent: Friday, January 26, 2001 4:04 PM
> To: keitai-l_at_appelsiini.net
> Subject: (keitai-l) Re: Mobile Phones Must Die?
> On Tue, 23 Jan 2001, Kevin Elliott wrote:
> > A lot of the Nokia phones, including the WAP 7110, include T9
> text input. I've
> > used this, and it greatly speeds up text input, but can be a bit
> fiddly when it
> > guesses a word wrong. There's no Japanese though...
> I personally found it quite annoying to use since it didn't
> seem to work very well with spoken finnish language. Emphasis
> on the word spoken. On grammatically correct language it
> seemed to work well, but who uses grammatically correct
> language? ;)
> Mika Tuupola http://www.appelsiini.net/~tuupola/
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Received on Sat Jan 27 02:27:31 2001