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Tablet typing remains the big problem

July 11, 2011

The touch screen typing systems used on tablet computers such as Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer require such an effort to type with speed and accuracy that tablets are used mainly as passive devices, according to new research commissioned by KeyPoint Technologies and conducted independently by Opinion Matters.

This issue discourages people from engaging in more complex, creative activities beyond simple emailing, and online social media interaction, according to the research. This limits the tablet’s potential, particularly in the corporate world with typing long documents of over 500 words remaining the biggest problem.

"It’s clear that text input will be the next battlefield in tablet computing, as manufacturers try to steal a march on each other and improve the utility of their tablets," says Sunil Motaparti, CTO of KeyPoint Technologies. "The poor typing experience leaves people viewing the devices as a compromised hybrid, mid-way between a smartphone and a laptop. Only with improved – faster and more accurate - text input technologies, can the tablet become a realistic replacement for a laptop and a real aid to productivity."