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Five Reasons How and Why Typing on an iPhone Sucks like autocorrect

Updated on June 28, 2012

Typing on an iPhone sucks. Anyone who has ever typed on an iPhone knows how difficult and annoying typing on an iPhone can be. Simple tasks like checking email, surfing the web, and jotting down notes can become painful activities because typing on an iPhone sucks. Doing such basic tasks as managing a calendar can become a problem when autocorrect tries to change the name of every address or individual into something else! Autocorrect is only one of the reasons typing on an iPhone sucks. There are four more. In order, here are the five reasons typing on an iPhone sucks.

1) Autocorrect! How many times has your iPhone changed what you typed just because it thinks it knows better than you? One of my friends has an uncommon name that always autocorrects to 'Snakes'. I can't text message about her without accidentally typing Snakes. It's become her nickname. We have all given up trying to type her name because it always turns into Snakes. That's not all. Try typing an address into the map feature. Few roads have names that are recognized by autocorrect. If you try to type them, autocorrect will fix it for you, and when you try to get directions, you can end up in the wrong part of town entirely, if the map even finds your address because typing on an iPhone sucks.

2) The buttons are really small! Autocorrect wouldn't be such a problem if the buttons weren't so small that anyone with fingers larger than a baby spider's pinky toe could manage to push exactly one button reliably, every time. There is no touch typing on an iPhone because one teeny-tiny little slip turns into a typo that autocorrect fixes in strange and inappropriate ways turning anyone who is trying to type anything into a madlib experiment without the humor. Typing an email to your boss can have dire consequences when autocorrect keeps interpreting your fumbled misses into semi-coherent word salad. Any email that ends with "Sent from my iPhone" should be considered a mistake.

3) Going back to fix mistakes requires feats of manual dexterity on an iphone that only circus performers and professional magicians can muster! Holding down your finger on the text you're typing opens up a little magnifying glass that supposedly let's you go back in the line to fix your mistakes, but the sensitivity on the cursor control is so high, you will be lucky to get the cursor on the right line much less the right word. This is also supposed to be used for cutting and pasting, but it's even less useful there.

4) Cut and paste might as well be not be on the iPhone at all, for all the good it does! Using a control as sensitive as the nightmarish magnifying glass from number three means that you will struggle to get the right chunk of text, and I'd you're only a little bit off with your click to select the command to cut and/or paste, you end up clearing the highlighting you did while wrestling against the iPhone's delicate controls. It takes three or four tries to cut and paste even simple words and phrases.

5) Trying to do any formatting of text beyond just one style of one font is rarely allowed. Ever want to bold or italicizes text for emphasis? Ever want to make a bullet-point list? You can't do such basic things on an iPhone most of the time, and in the rare scenarios where a program or tool allows it, it is never a simple matter of pushing a button. Typing on an iPhone means typing with one font, and one style, in one size.

Typing on an iPhone is a painful activity, that shouldn't be done by anyone. If you want to type, use a real computer with a real keyboard. At least get an iPad or Blackberry with an external keyboard plug-in device. Your iPhone is no replacement for your computer, and is best used for apps, and music, and basic phone features.


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      4 years ago

      For quite a few years I really liked the iPhone keyboard, but after using a blackberry recently it became immediately apparent that the iPhone sucks in comparison for typing. I switched gleefully from the blackberry around four years ago, but I think it was everything but the typing that I was enticed by.

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      5 years ago

      Agree on all points. It maybe the single reason that I haven't gotten an iPhone. I message and email all the time and I find that completely frustrating on my iPod Touch and even on my iPad (the autocorrect, both how it's handled and the tiny buttons). For all the short comings my windows phone has, the messaging side is solid on it.

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      5 years ago

      Agreed. The fact that you can't put a custom keyboard on the iPhone makes it a very frustrating device to use, which much more fiddling and typing to use punctuation, numbers, etc., than some "other" phone OS options have.

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      jacob cannobi 

      6 years ago

      i find typing on the iphone perfectly enjoyable and the copy paste functionality never fails to always select the exact chunk of text i desire. i find this article perfectly ridiculous and the author an annoying pessimist.

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      6 years ago from USA

      If I have to go through a menu and down a list of things just to add names of my friends and family to make sure they are not autocorrected, that's actually a problem. You see, I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to write my wife's name correctly.

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      6 years ago

      Go to Settings, General, Keyboard, Shortcuts & add your friend's name. Autocorrect will no longer be an issue!

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      6 years ago

      My first name autocorrects to 'AARP' which would be funny if it weren't so annoying.

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      6 years ago

      typing on the iphone can get annoying. but once you get used to it it gets easier and web browsing and txting becomes comfortable. im using my iphone right now to type this comment and its not so bad. iphone is good for basic web browsing, games and checking email! half of the things you listed arent that annoying! shut your face and go hump your android or blackberry


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