Tag Archive for ‘Typing’

Comparing iPad Pros ➝

Ben Brooks weighs the pros and cons of both iPad Pro form factors and concludes that the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro is better for productivity while the 9.7-inch model is superior for portability. I couldn’t agree more. And while I’m more than capable of getting all my work done on a 9.7-inch device — an iPad Air 2 — I can see where the larger display would come in handy.

From what I’ve gathered — by reading numerous takes on the two iPad sizes — most, including Ben, cite a couple major areas in which the larger iPad Pro improves upon the smaller model — the keyboard and multitasking. I’m all-in on the idea of multitasking being a huge step-up in the larger iPad Pro. I use the feature dozens of times each day on my Air 2, but too often I feel constrained by the physical limitations of the display. I just want to see more content without having to scroll so frequently.

But as for the larger iPad Pro’s on-screen keyboard, I completely disagree. I haven’t used the 12.9-inch iPad Pro full-time like Ben has, but every time I’ve had the opportunity to use one I’ve felt lost while typing. Perhaps that’s because of how accustom I’ve become to the 9.7-inch keyboard, but I find my hands floating in one direction or another beyond what autocorrect is capable of compensating for.

This’ll put me in a pretty tough position when I’m ready to buy my next iPad. I love the idea of seeing more of my apps while I’m multitasking, but I don’t know if that’s worth sacrificing my typing experience. Maybe I’ll buy the larger iPad anyway with the idea of returning it after a few weeks, if I’m not able to get used to typing on it.

The 12.9-Inch iPad Pro’s Typing Advantage ➝

Jason Snell, writing on Six Colors:

Last week I was writing a story on a warm, summery day—rare for early April, even in sunny California—and I was despairing about being inside rather than in my backyard. I ended up sitting out in the backyard and writing the story on my iPad Pro’s software keyboard, sitting under a redwood tree in a hammock. I kept the iPad flat in my lap and typed as I would on a laptop keyboard. And I was shocked at how fast my typing speed was when I really focused on the large software keyboard—not hardware keyboard speeds, but noticeably faster than my experience with the smaller iPad software keyboards.

After seeing this piece, I decided to install TapTyping and do some typing tests on my iPad Air 2. My average speed was 65 words per minute with 97% accuracy. This was much closer to my typical hardware keyboard speed than I expected it to be — about 90 wpm.

Perhaps I would be faster on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, as Jason suggests, but my brain isn’t able to work that fast most of the time and I still prefer the 9.7-inch form factor. I’m also only one year in using the iPad as my primary computer, in another year or two, I might match my hardware keyboard speeds.