@Mary: I would like to suggest you to install apps like 'Swype'. Swype is available in the Android market, I am sure iStore will also have similar apps for your iPhone. Swype allows you to just swipe through the keys and the app is smart enough to understand the words that you intend to type-in. I am in total love with this app and definately recommend this for everyone.
Although my mom's work environment does not demand for her to use computers, she has managed to learn it to handle her emails, browse casually for the info needed over internet. She was comfortable with Windows 7, but I installed Windows 8 recently and she started to struggle with it. She found it little difficult to handle to efficiently move through the interface and eventually I had to roll back to Windows 7.
I beg to differ from your point here. Windows 8 will definately require a higher configuration machine to have a seemless usage of applications, softwares etc. It usually gets kinkier with older machines.
I used to try to adopt the new Windows OS onto older devices, and I ended up having issues with the hardware. So I'd be forced to upgrade the hardware, normally at a cost higher than buying the software outright.
Personally, I am the same way, with my BB I was a super fast email and texted, but I have definitely slowed down with the iphone since I got it.
It's amazing how I never realized how much the feel fo the keys, and the slightly sloped keys of a BB made in terms of being able to type quickly on one compared to a touch screen.
One thing many people forget with the iphone, or other touch screens is to flip the phone sideways, and it does make it a little quicker to type out even though the keys are only 2mm larger, it makes a huge difference in being able to type.
Ha! I thought I was unique in struggling with that iPhone keyboard. I have trouble keeping the keys distinct, not hitting one when I mean another. Having no experience w/ Blackberry, I can't comment. Do you think the iPhone "keys" are narrower?
For those of us who are not in a position to get volume discounts the availability of a $40 upgrade is fantastic. Just today I helped a client upgrade his Vista based laptop to Windows 8 for $40. Microsoft had advised me last month that it should be upgraded to Windows 7 for over a hundred dollars! I told him to live with Vista...but then this upgrade became available and we jumped on it.
Incidentally, I tried Windows 8 preview on a laptop of mine before actually advising my client to buy this. If it didn't work well I would have told him he needed to stick with Vista for the life of the laptop. But since I ended up liking 8 a lot we went ahead with the upgrade.
The result: a rather sluggish computer with wifi that didn't work is now a screamingly fast performer with wifi. I added pokki for him so he has a traditional start button when he wants it, although I left the new metro start screen as the primary one. I plan to upgrade as many of my computers as possible before the end of January; it will just depend on what I can afford.
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