I stopped by the Apple store today. What I really wanted to do was test more on those iPad keypad. I can mess with them a little, just to see how the keys feel, but I need a dvorak layout to get a real typing experience and it seems I can't do that with their keypad cover. At least I couldn't find a way and neither could one of the workers there.
So I moved to an Macbook Pro. Obviously not the same kind of keyboard, but it's worth comparing that one two.
Well, I clearly like the TextBlade better, even without factoring in the special advantages - just the key field.
But what I did find interesting was how accurately and fast I could type.
I did three one minute tests, so pretty minimal adjustment period and remember, I ONLY have been using a TextBlade for the past 17 months.
The one minute test I was using only counts words wrong, no matter how many errors are in that word. Also, I did correct a lot of words as I went so the errors were reduced, but that cost me in speed.
So, first test 24 wpm with 8 words wrong (10 characters wrong).
Second test 27 wpm with 4 words wrong (5 characters wrong).
Comparing the two, the difference was really in the errors, not the speed itself.
On the 3rd attempt, I decided not to try to fix errors though there was one word I did so automatically. Anyway, I jumped to 35 wpm, just 3 words wrong and 3 characters wrong. I was certainly awkward and not typing much of anything automatically. But I was surprised that I got that fast so quickly. When I first got the TB, even after using it for just a couple days, I was completely spastic when I'd try my old keyboard.
I think that maybe being more comfortable with a change may also make it less difficult to switch back. At least I hope so. After all, there may be rare cases where I have to use someone else's keyboard someday.