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Topic # 90224 16-Sep-2011 19:47
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Hi, I just got my first (Nokia C6-01), cannot type on it and I have installed Swype.  I find that Nokia's predictive texting works better also. 

I am wondering if anyone have experienced this and maybe people really have to buy a 3.5" or a 4.3" as a minimum size?  And yep, I am using it in landscape mode. 

I am gonna spend sometime and in the new year re-assess, either a Nokia QWERTY type or a Blackberry.  The phone I lost was a Nokia E75 and it was so much better for me.  But they don't make those styles anymore, most are now hybrids. 

At uni, I have bumped into people who still prefer QWERTY phones like the BB Curve or the Nokia E72.  Or those who have a Android hybrid who prefer to slide out the keyboard and type that way.  


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  Reply # 522246 17-Sep-2011 08:33
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I'll bump this. 
What phone do you think I should consider now?  Thinking of changing again at year end. 

I had my Nokia C6-01 for a week now maybe, just don't like the touchscreen.  Downloaded Swype and just does not work, maybe the 3.2" screen is part of the problem. 

At times, I would be v v careful when texting (typing), pressing each letter like 2 seconds apart from each and still get it wrong. 

I also find that Nokia's predictive texting works better on this phone for me. 

They don't make the E75 equiv anymore that was what I lost.
They now only have the E72/5 or now the BB but I am not sure how they work on prepay, I don't need the BB apps, just like the keyboard etc.....

Edit.  Just briefly tried a ballpoint pen on the screen and that doesn't work.


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  Reply # 522254 17-Sep-2011 09:04
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Edit.  Just briefly tried a ballpoint pen on the screen and that doesn't work.


Like most phones these days the C6 has a 'capacitive' touch screen - that means it requires the electrical conductivity of the human body to operate (i.e. your finger).  They don't use pressure like the old resistive touch screens that required pressure and typically used a stylus.
Will leave others to suggest phones as I don't know to much about push button phones.  Just about everything is touch screen...and yes the bigger the screen the easier to type.  Wife just went from a 3.2 to a 3.5 and it is amazing the difference such a small change makes.  What about the Samsung S2 or maybe the iPhone5 will be out by years end if you really want the biggest.  Depends on the $$$ you want to spend.

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  Reply # 522265 17-Sep-2011 09:59
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The wife had a 2.8" screen which I struggled with, I then had a 3.8" screen which was very usable, I now have a S2 and it is exponentially better than the 3.8" screen.

Don't forget that generally stepping over the 3.2" threshold usually comes with a resolution jump too (800x480 instead of 480x320 pixels) which imho is more important than pure screen size

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  Reply # 522269 17-Sep-2011 10:26
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Finger size makes a difference to usability as well. I was OK with swype on 3.2inch phones, but prefer the larger (3.7) screen of the Defy for reading content.
Larger would obviously be better but with smaller hands bigger handsets are a little more awkward to use which can dilute the experience.

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  Reply # 522270 17-Sep-2011 10:28
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I should add I have big hands : P

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  Reply # 522282 17-Sep-2011 11:02
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It really comes down to the software running on the phone, my previous phone was an Htc Magic, 3.2" screen, 320x480 so lower resolution than your nokia, that was my first touchscreen phone and it took me a good few weeks to get used to it, if you've only been using the phone for a week then I would give it a bit more time for you to become familiar with the phone, They all have their own quirks.
It's a capacitive screen so a ball point pen won't work, you could perhaps purchase a capacitive stylus and give that a try.

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  Reply # 522283 17-Sep-2011 11:06
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I tried using my old LGp500 last week before I sent it to its new owner and couldn't type anything! but for 7 months, I used it everyday and it rocked!

4.3" is soooo easy to use!

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  Reply # 522362 17-Sep-2011 15:26
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I don't like 3.2" touch screen fones. Keys too small even in landscape 4" plus rules..



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