Blogging From a Phone
This post is being written entirely on an iPhone SE 2016. Why? Because it’s possible.
Possible? Yes. Ideal? No. Ideal would be a full-size computer keyboard with good key travel and tactile feedback. In the absence of that, my thumbs have always preferred the distinctive and satisfying experience of typing on a BlackBerry physical keyboard. In particular, the four-row keyboard found on the Q10 and Classic models, or even the Android-powered KEY2. If I wanted to, I could type for hours on those phones for the sheer joy of it.
But, alas, those phones are long gone, and I have reluctantly and begrudgingly joined the ranks of the glass-typing masses.
To be fair, my thumbs have adapted quite well to the iPhone keyboard, considering my personal preferences. I insist on typing each word in its entirety without the aid of auto-correct or auto-complete. I don’t use swipe-to-type and only really use word suggestions for emojis. I don’t want some computer algorithm completing my thoughts for me. More often than not, I waste too much time correcting inaccurate auto-corrected and auto-completed words. Best to leave them off and trust my brain and thumbs to do the writing.
Despite my dislike for typing on glass, it certainly is a much more pleasant experience today than it was 10 years ago. And I’m using a 6-year-old phone (that still gets software updates from Apple)! My first smartphone was an LG Optimus V. It ran Android 2.2 and had a 3.2” screen. That was pretty rough!
Just having the ability to write anything of decent quality as well as publish it wirelessly to the web from a pocket-sized device is still a pretty amazing thing.
Amazing. But still not ideal!