BlackBerry 10 “Did I Say It Was Fast?” IIa: Smart Touch Keyboard


This post is the continuation of a series that started out as “BlackBerry 10, First Impressions“. But as I get more experience I am changing the title to “BlackBerry 10 “Did I Say It Was Fast?”. After all, if Microsoft can confuse us with the various names it gives to Windows, I can in full conscious change the name of my series in the context of my evolving experience with the BlackBerry 10. And there are many aspects of the BlackBerry 10’s inherent design that contribute to its overall speed. This time there are more examples of how the smart touch keyboard accelerates my smartphone activities.

Now that I have had five weeks’ experience using my BlackberryZ10, I see that the touch keyboard is learning what words and phrases I type often. But two sequences are worth special note. In both cases they make it much easier to enter the content of any messages involving this website and the eBook, Experience Skype to the Max (see top of the right sidebar for more information and to purchase).

First, building an SMS message that I might send related to this website. Click on the image to start a walkthrough by keystrokes; clicking on the right side of each image rapidly almost emulates the true user experience as the message is built up. Also note the guiding text beneath each image.

Next, let’s walk through the keystrokes for a message related to the eBook:

In total 189 characters in 87 keystrokes, almost a 60% reduction in keystrokes required to build these messages  And no spelling or URL errors!

Two examples demonstrating how each individual user’s Z10 will be building over time a customized lexicon of her/his commonly used words and phrases; in these cases mine had memorized:

  • my most commonly used URL’s
  • the title of this blog, and
  • the title of my book

In addition these examples demonstrate how the BlackBerry Z 10’s inherent lexicon picks up on and combines “a catalog of a given language’s words (its wordstock), and a grammar, a system of rules which allow for the combination of those words into meaningful sentences”. While not shown here, it has also memorized a short form of my name used at the end of my emails. Type a capital “B” and it suggests BlackBerry over the “L” (surprise!).

Keyboard.emailinbrowserOften when entering an email field in the web browser it will come up with the suggestion of my email address. One click email address entry. Definitely a very intelligent mobile communications device.

Bottom Line: The Z10’s touch keyboard is one more reason I ask “Did I say it was fast?”.

Easter weekend special: One of these messages talks about my book which you can obtain by clicking on the link in the sidebar; learn more information here. Effective April 28, 2013 and over the Easter weekend I will reduce the price by 50% to $4.44. Ends midnight EDT (GMT-4) Monday, April 1, 2013. Get the background on using Skype across multiple devices and platforms in preparation for the forthcoming availability of Skype for BlackBerry 10 (no launch dates have been given yet).

Special thanks to my website developer for his work on making it possible to enhance the Gallery feature of WordPress.

Full disclosure: the author has a small holding of BlackBerry shares. But he also has iOS and Android devices in order to experience a cross section of the smartphone and tablet market. These observations are based on publicly available information combined with his own past business experience at senior management levels in high technology markets. His main interest is in seeing several thousand jobs maintained in not only the Canadian economy but also in BlackBerry organizations around the world.

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