Comparing the iPhone and Android Keyboards

Sun, Aug 9, 2009


Ignore the code has an interesting comparison of the virtual keyboard as implemented on the iPhone and on the HTC Magic running Android.

His conclusion?

A virtual keyboard lives and dies by the details. It’s not that there’s a single feature which makes the iPhone’s virtual keyboard better than Android’s; it’s death by a thousand cuts. A number of small differences end up making a huge difference. Apple obviously spent a lot of time getting every little detail just right (well, except for the ducking dictionary), while Google decided to go ahead with what they had – which is usable, but no match for what the iPhone offers.

The entire article, though, is worth a read, and really highlights the important nuances of UI design.


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