How fast can you type on the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard?

By Adam Zeis on 13 Dec 2013 02:29 pm
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I came across a great thread in the forums earlier where jfguay2 started up a game to see just how fast people can type on the BlackBerry virtual keyboard. We all know that diehard physical keyboard users can crank out some pretty fast messages, but there are so many factors when using the virtual keyboard (like word predication, swiping and fat thumbs) that it's hard to judge speed.

With a little help from the Flying Thumbs app, there's a bit of a competition going on to see just who is the fastest of them all on the BB10 keyboard. 

There are a few rules that are working off the honor system, but if you're down to give it a try, head to the forums thread here. The app itself takes care of the hard stuff, but there's no flicking allowed so make sure you don't cheat! Q10 users are in the clear on this one too -- the app isn't currently available for the Q10 so we'll have to come up with another challenge at some point.

If you're using a Z10 or Z30 then give it a run and be sure to post up your score there with a screenshot and let us know in the comments how well you did.

Download Flying Thumbs from BlackBerry World
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115 comments

Searchy

You are fast. Congrats on being first!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

thedustytaco

I congratulate you as well my friend.

Anyways back on topic. Im not typically fast because everyone is different right? I wrote a 5k word essay all on ny BlackBerry for my english grade 12 course just last week

ViceroyPete

Nice, I did my English 100 paper on my Z10 too, heck I even printed it from my phone.

I just like how the Z10 keyboard helps me get keep on moving.

Posted via CB10

ThunderShock2005

Writing papers on Docs to Go. I've been there! Works pretty well!

Posted via CB10

Sebastien Mignot

Virtual keyboard, what is that! Physical keyboard is the way to go!!!

slagman5

Yep. I wonder if that app rates accuracy too, because speed is nothing if nobody can tell what the hell you're trying to say...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

bbfanboi

Dude, you'd be surprised how far virtual keyboards have come, especially with the awesome keyboard on the Z10 & Z30. It is not only fast and smooth, it has numerous shortcuts to help you type fast even with just one thumb! Those shortcuts (such as backswiping to delete words) and word/phrase predictions have redefined virtual keyboard typing.

Thachoc1

Wow, I feel like I'm apart of something. LOL. It's a fun challenge to say the least.

shahyaz

It's pretty impressive. I wish I could try this out with other devices and compare to see how well I do on my Z10 vs other platform keyboards (particularly Android with Swype/Continuous Input).

Siya10

Fast and furious (c)

Posted via CB10

mcgowan398

•_•

~Posted via Nexus 5™

VR6

I may not be fast but I'm sloppy as hell and 90% of the time it's right.

I have to slow down to type on iphone/android because word prediction isn't as good.

MarsanP01

OK with my Z10... but never the same like my old keyboard 9700 BlackBerry

Post by Z10

Mekanyx

I was using a 9810 now I own a Z10 and it very fast and he do the both language I use and the word prediction is amazing

Posted via CB10

bbfanboi

Oh yeah, forgot the multi-lingual support too on BB10!

nbaliga

I use the app "thumb typist" on my q10 as a game because typing on the q10 is just sooo much fun!

Posted via CB10

FabianB

Thanks! Just downloaded it for my Q10 and works great.

Posted via CB10

LilUnique

I struggled with the keyboard at first, coming from a 9700...but I've gotten a lot better.

Posted via CB10

JBeemer_X

This fast. :)

Posted via CB10

QuIcKsIlV3r

right now running it twice, once I hit 45.9 words and the second time i hit 47.2 words. damn slow compared to how my typing was on my Bold 900 and Bold 9900

RiderSpider

That's not too bad I got 37.8 on my z10, I came over from iOS

Posted via CB10

Craigash

Faster than on a PC.

Posted via CB10

Maal628

Pretty damn fast

#PoweredByBlackBerry

bspence87

No flicking?!

...but it's instinct now!

Thi I ho my sente tur o o my iP.

Maximus65

Very fast

Posted via CB10

Baconwich

It's weird. Switching to the Q10, I was enjoying it more but thought I was still typing faster on the Z10's virtual keyboard.

Was GTalking at a friend the other day and he actually commented on how ridiculously fast I was replying. So I dunno.

I still *feel* like I was typing faster on the Z10, but the physical keyboard has that really satisfying feel to it...

BBZ10wannabe

No Flicking!!?? That's where all the awesome speed and time saving power of the Z10 (and Z30) comes from!! No fair! Perhaps flicking could be allowed if all programming (factory reset) is performed before the competition starts to even things out a little..

Prem WatsApp

Don't think we don't have word prediction on our Q's, haha, so at least the comp is on a level playing field between the Berries.

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

allanabellard

No flicking, just kept typing but I do have auto correct. 57.3 wpm

Posted via CB10

allanabellard

Used both hands

Posted via CB10

treaker

Well, is spelling doesn't count and made up words do, extremely fast.

Z10 on Telus

maam

I will find out when I get my Z30, but when I had my z10 it was okay haha

Posted via CB10

miss_morgana

Gift me a Z10 and I'll tell you how fast I can type :P

Posted from Blackberry Q5 via CB10

coffee-turtle

DJ Reyes put out a video on her Z30 (Z10). She was doing all sorts of tasks showing off the new 10.2 OS and I was very impressed. It almost seemed unreal how she was able to type so much so quickly. I pride myself on my Q10 speed, but she might....just might....give me a run for my money with her virtual keyboard!

ForrestB

Here are my results. 46.5 wpm no errors.

buckwylder

Lightening fast. Best virtual keyboard in the business.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

No one beats a berry, virtual or not!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Lostonline

Slow, inaccurate and always having to drive a cursor around to clean up the mess, sure do miss that awesome trackpad.

Having to keep my eyes on the letters while typing slows me down to a crawl, this isnt typing... it is a frustrating game of hunt and peck.

I HATE typing on glass. I will never like it, or consider it again. If anyone wants to trade this Z for a Q, Iam game.

BB until it is not CDN

TechADD

I can type so much faster on my z10/30 than I can on my iPhone. When I am typing on the iPhone I'm always hoping that the words will appear so I can flick it up.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Flicking words on the iPhone?
Waiting, so you can type "between the lines"?

Hooked on berry, haha,that's what you are, it's like trying to flick up to close an app on a Nexus!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

ubrown

I got a Q10

Posted via CB10

dikkie1495

72 words per minute yeah! B)

Posted via CB10

idroen

Almost as fast as on the iPhone one.

Mel25

Pretty good.

Posted via CB10

jfguay2

Thanks Adam !

Posted via CB10

terrycfc

37.4 wpm first go, not to bad at all

Posted via CB10

GSM-S

I would recommend http://play.typeracer.com/ as well.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10.

qtkmart

Nice! 66 words per minute but I did have one spelling mistake but that's because my auto correct likes to change am to an lol

Posted via CB10

blackberry artichoke

On my first try it was 49.6

Posted via CB10

musclevnl780

I love it, I like to think that I'm fast.

Posted via CB10

bobaloo

76.2. Would have been faster, but the boss man came in and started talking to me mid-test. I answered his questions best I could while doing the test, but my accuracy and speed both suffered.

Good times.

Also, flicking slows me down, but It's nice to have for one-handed typing.

Atmarix

I get 62wpm with a decent amount of mistakes.... something that never happen to me in my old 9930

Posted via CB10

abraxas613

Way faster then my 9300 (work)....especially once the kb got adjusted too.

Posted via CB10

HabsFan9860

Faster than I can on a PC keyboard, and I make less mistakes and use just my thumb...

Posted with my awesome Z10...or maybe even my Q10...50/50 chance...

mncarp

I am really fast on a Z10. Faster then a speeding bullet

Posted via CB10

Wolf35Nine

I dunno. I'm on the sprint network with a Q10.

Posted via CB10

da beanster

65 wpm and not too many mistakes.

Posted via CB10

zifonicz

84wpm, 88wpm and then 68 on my third try, cuz I made a couple mistakes and had to backspace on that, got screen shots to prove it :D

Posted via CB10

DPittsy

Sure wish I had the Q10! The boss switched all the company phones to Z10's and it really slowed down his productively. I'll never do that again!

Posted via CB10

Wolf35Nine

Wow I thought the Z was just as fast as the Q. Thought it depended on the person. I will have to try a Z out!

BBjer

Never tested but I did try a Q10 and Q5 and I can honestly say it's faster than physical.

Posted Via my second Z10

Surago

74 first try

Thou art posted from z10

rockivy

Tried flying thumbs and came up neither 70 WPM and the phrase was completely readable with the help of my friend auto correct!!

For me the switch to this keyboard has improved my typing on a smart phone and when u go back to my corporate issued 9900 I am typing way slower.

I seriously encourage all those people who are physical keyboard users to really hive the virtually keyboard a try, I was tentative but would never hive it back now

Posted from my ZED 30 jacked up on 10.2.1.1055 thank you very much!!

purifylife2011

79.5........Shows how much I hate talking on the phone. Hahahahahahaha!

dlewis0802

Fast enough!!!

Posted via CB10

OfficeDiva1

I type very slow and very inaccurate in my z10. I'm constantly editing posts in Facebook and text messages. It's been six months since I gave up my Torch, and I still miss the real keyboard. But the z10 is still the best phone on the market. I wouldn't go back.

Posted via CB10

Thealovely

Slow cause of my nails lol

Posted via CB10

JMAV

I'm at 4 letters per second B-)

 BlackBerry z10

moegrand

Used a Nokia windows phone for a few weeks. The z10 keyboard is one of the things I missed most. Plus email handling and display.

And I'm fast. Ha. Key is to train your keyboard well. I reset it once and was a bit more careful for a while and it works much better now...

Posted via CB10

BitPusher2600

As someone who has been blogging for a long time and also wrote and published a book using a BlackBerry, I've always been curious to have a little word smithing race with those who love trying to tell me that physical keyboards are dated, dead, old, useless, etc. Wish those of us with the Q could be in on this, except that "honor system" part, it's my experience that rarely anyone is honest when competition or challenge comes about yet can't be seen.

Posted from BitPusher's Q10

poiznberry

Pretty fast... but nothing compared with the new Kitkat keyboard, the best so far.

redchilli88

Need to rules to be adhered to to test correctly.
1/ must be coherent ( universal language) otherwise we can't tell.
2/ minimum 1mn. Because the longer you go the slower it gets. ( my test went from 49wmn to 38wmn from 24sec to 1.10)
3/ writer must confirm no flying words used because this took my score to 65wm. So every screen shot should have confirmation from author that no flying words have been used. (not easy I can tell you that if you are used to type-
4/ must state Z10 or Z30.

Is this fair ??

Posted via CB10

40ozskills

56 wpm using both hands. Not too shabby i think.

Posted via CB10

40ozskills

Oh and one error...forgot that.

Posted via CB10

seageath

Faster than speeding bullet

Posted via CB10

Maxey05

I go more for accuracy. Make less mistakes.. One reason I like a physical keyboard better.. I don't always trust auto correct.. could get you in trouble at times..

mikesz10

Faster than iPhone, haha

Posted via CB10

canuck_67

137 with one thumb.

Posted via CB10

naskolov

What can i do, when i usually use a traditional Russian phonetic keyboard. I'll wait for keyboard update...:/ I am with Z30, 10.2.1.1055 and still not have phonetic tussian keyboard. Why is so difficult to make this? BlackBerry, can you hear me? :/

Posted via CB10 on Z30

Sulfuric

+1. I think os7 had both Russian layouts as far as I remember.

Sulfuric

But your right, they need to fix this. Especially since how proud they were at launch on how BB10 worked so well with multiple languages.

Dupinder Singh Ghotra

So damn fast..type type swipe swipe n swipe hell!!!!! I always get compliments from frnds for typing n replying that fast.. love my Z10 like anything :)

Posted via CB10

agarwal.apar

41.5 wpm with four mistakes.. auto correct was off.. !!

Posted via CB10

reckaz

That what all z10 have

Posted via CB10

bhumrick

Fast buy not as fast or accurate as my BlackBerry 9900

Posted via CB10

Pootermobile

I'm so fast you're barely seeing this post...think about it

BBUniq01

I am fast. It is the accuracy that I have to work on more.

BB Uniq BB Bold

DStLouis

One thumb -> 39.9 WPM (510 letters)
I think that is not bad at all.

Don't foresee how I could do better on any other device.

Posted via CB10

yokogeri374

Not as fast as a qwerty

nemo7

76 km/h fast.

Posted via CB10

srzjumper

So by not allowing swipe feature, the article acknowledges the virtual keyboard is faster than the qwerty keyboard, right.. because it's true.

Posted via CB10

Rkamat

50.4 with auto error correction.
I am impressed :-) untill now though I was too slow.

Posted via CB10

TheRealFixxxer

I still hate my touch screen keyboard.

I find it a sloppy method of typing and ever since I updated from the release version of my BB10 OS (which I received on my phone from Rogers on April 1st 2013, jokes on me) the auto correct/prediction has become worse and worse with each successive update. Should I come to expect anything more of BlackBerry?

I once thought BlackBerry had the best virtual keyboard. I did have an Android before my 9700 (which was far superior to type on than my Z10) and I hated the virtual keyboard on that phone (Sony Ericsson Xperia X10) but I find this keyboard in its current state to be no better.

I would get a Q10 if (and thanks for assuming I meant 'of' there, BlackBerry) I thought this company had any future. I'm stuck with a three year contract as it is. No need to drag that on any longer than needed.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

~ TheRealFixxxer

iNeoEon

Too fast to type it right! But auto-correction saves my a** daily! I love it!

Me?! I keep movin'!

RiderSpider

My result was 37.2 no errors

Posted via CB10

kimoi

Awesomeness

Posted with my Z10 via CB10

Deadmunny

I am not fast I have big hands I can type using one or both hands and am forever amazed that some of the gibberish I type my Z10 decipher it in to what I was trying to type...i have also added a couple of edits myself in the phone
E.g TY = Thank You ....flicking slows me down TBH because even though it knows the owed 99% of the time I still have to look for where it is on the keyboard fret to flick it.

Posted via CB10

Pilot Prop

Ahhh. I remember having this speed type testing app on an older BBOS device. Wish there was one for the Q10. I've been curious to see if my typing skills are where I think they are.

Posted via Q10

Itbankrock

Posted using my Z10 using CB10 app

rsAma

First try 70 wpm with 230 letters in 39 seconds.

Posted via CB10

hot-dani

pretty fast if you ask me :p

Posted via CB10

lamptimo

Not fast enough. Not as fast as with a Bold 9900

Posted via CB10

Clinto

I'll tell you one thing.. I typed way faster on my Z10 than on my HTC One. Doesn't matter what app I use.. :( Too bad BB's BES10 isn't a good fit for companies to switch to.. Sigh.. BB is their own worst enemy..

Leodqv

Pretty fast but not as fast as I used to text in my OS 7 BB.

Posted via CB10

Lethakeks

.. accuracy is key!

Posted via CB10

Saerise

My boss says I'm ridiculously fast. But she likes it that way.

Posted via CB10

blackberry008

I was the main qwerty keyboard guy but when I got the z10 only because the Q10 was not out yet,

And I am blowin away from the amazing z10 keyboard, wow the best virtual keyboard everrrrrr

Dark Theme 10.2 white Z10

chardz3

85 wpm! (avg of 3 tests)

I don't see how I would have been able to type faster on my 9800..

Posted via CB10

Vics111

23.2 wpm

Posted via CB10

vanrickman

21.....me suck.

Posted via CB10

musclegeektech

Great best cell phone keyboard I've used.

Posted via CB10