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  1. jweihrauch's Avatar
    I have been typing for a while and can't seem to get used to hitting the M key when reaching for it. I always fall short and hit the N key. It's frustrating when I can't hit the right keys when I reach for them. Does this happen for anyone else?

    I suppose this can be summed up as not getting used to the bottom row of keys. It doesn't feel natural.

    Posted via CB10
    11-17-14 10:53 PM
  2. carnivorsaurus's Avatar
    Yes, you aren't. My thumb also stopped short of 'M'. Just have to practice typing more. Unless you're jumping between Q10 and Passport, there tend to be some confusion.
    smokey59 and Rene_Q10 like this.
    11-17-14 11:08 PM
  3. chiefx13's Avatar
    I feel you, too. I wrote a review on day one where I almost felt like I made a mistake.

    But honestly, you will get used to it each day. And by the end of two weeks. You'll be a complete natural.

    I even wrote how I didn't like having to 'get used' to a typing format.

    And even now, I sometimes wished they had done something more conventional with the keyboard. But it is actually remarkably efficient.

    Used the swipes. They save more time than you'd ever think.

    Passport || Fido
    11-18-14 01:33 AM
  4. Ankit RS's Avatar
    I have been typing for a while and can't seem to get used to hitting the M key when reaching for it. I always fall short and hit the N key. It's frustrating when I can't hit the right keys when I reach for them. Does this happen for anyone else?

    I suppose this can be summed up as not getting used to the bottom row of keys. It doesn't feel natural.

    Posted via CB10
    If you've just got the passport, you need to give it some time before the muscle memory develops and kicks in. That would happen with any other device where the transition is similarly drastic.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 02:14 AM
  5. Wheels_____'s Avatar
    YES!
    I was getting so frustrated I had a couple of days where I reverted back to my Q10. My experience and advice to you is this....
    Stay with it. Everything clicked for me after a couple of weeks. It's almost impossible now to go back to a smaller screen.
    As others have said your muscle memory will adjust. The biggest issue I had was how to comfortably hold the Passport in my hands and type. Once I found that I was in business.
    11-18-14 02:22 AM
  6. TheBirdDog's Avatar
    There is also an app in BlackBerry World called ExtremeTypist. It's basically just an app to see how many words per minute you type at but after a couple of days using that app to practice my typing, I was flying on this thing. I feel like I am finally up to the same speed that I had on my Z30 only with more accuracy now, thanks to the physical keys. So, in turn, faster.

    Posted via my BlackBerry Passport
    Suraj Jadhav likes this.
    11-18-14 02:29 AM
  7. sgt_snacks-64's Avatar
    Yes, as everyone here has already said "and what I told you countless times! " you need to give it a week. You do get used to the keyboard layout, it does get easier and quicker!

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 05:52 AM
  8. Arth Patel's Avatar
    Took me 3-4 days to get use to it while on the other hand my dad took about 2 weeks to get use to on his, everyone's different just give it time and you will notice a difference


    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 06:32 AM
  9. raortuno's Avatar
    My biggest issue at first was instinctively hitting the "alt" key (Z on the passport) when I needed a ? or.! Had lots of z's on the end of many words for the first couple of days. Of course, like everyone else, I quickly adapted and now can fly through lengthy messages.

    The only change I still haven't mastered, and likely never will due to my thumb size, is swiping up to insert the suggested words. My thumb carries over the final fret and I activate the touch screen 50% of the time. But honestly it's no matter because I manage just fine with hammering out full words with the keyboard.

    Love this phone. I wasn't sold at first glance months ago, but BlackBerry knocked this one out the park!

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 07:04 AM
  10. Taigatrommel's Avatar
    I had a similar experience because I was used to my Q10's keyboard. Give it a few more days and your thumbs will adjust. I am now to three weeks (I think) with my Passport and it doesn't happen anymore.
    What's much more annoying: The virtual shift key often doesn't activate when I click, it seems like a very short press isn't enough to make it work. I already wish BlackBerry would've included physical keys for shift and alt.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 07:31 AM
  11. bluetroll's Avatar
    It took me about 3 weeks to comfortably type on the keyboard without looking at it.

    I'm flying on the keyboard now.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 07:42 AM
  12. Coraya's Avatar
    I have been typing for a while and can't seem to get used to hitting the M key when reaching for it. I always fall short and hit the N key. It's frustrating when I can't hit the right keys when I reach for them. Does this happen for anyone else?

    I suppose this can be summed up as not getting used to the bottom row of keys. It doesn't feel natural.

    Posted via CB10
    How long have you had the phone for? It took me about a week to stop doing that. I was having the same issue. Just give it time. I pick up my Q10 every day, as I use it for quick notes that I want to keep personal and off the mobile network. Typing on the q10 is getting more and more difficult as I get better and better at using the passport. My fingers fly across these keys now. I didn't think I would ever get used to it. I was most definitely wrong.

    Practice your typing with the 'extreme typist' app. It's in BBW.


    Posted via unlocked PASSPORT
    11-18-14 07:43 AM
  13. mfurman's Avatar
    I am wondering what advice could be given to someone who would always use two devices. I have been a Bold 9900 user since its introduction (Bold 9000 before). I have two of them (one for work, one for personal use). I am also using (mostly for Internet browsing) iPhone 5s. I almost never type on it. I originally thought of getting Classic but started to think more and more about Passport. Will I be able to go between Passport keyboard and my Bold (or iPhone)? I have been a Blackberry user for more than 12 years.
    11-18-14 07:59 AM
  14. Coraya's Avatar
    I am wondering what advice could be given to someone who would always use two devices. I have been a Bold 9900 user since its introduction (Bold 9000 before). I have two of them (one for work, one for personal use). I am also using (mostly for Internet browsing) iPhone 5s. I almost never type on it. I originally thought of getting Classic but started to think more and more about Passport. Will I be able to go between Passport keyboard and my Bold (or iPhone)? I have been a Blackberry user for more than 12 years.
    You won't need the iPhone for web browsing as the passport has a huge screen and does a fantastic job rendering the web pages. They'll also be a lot easier to read versus the screen on your 5S. If you need to constantly switch between the 9900 and passport, I couldn't see that being an easy feat. The passports keyboard takes about a week to grow accustomed to. Possible to use those two devices? Yes, but don't expect it to be too smooth a transition. I use my q10 along with my passport every day, I find myself typing slower and slower on the q10 as I improve my skill on the passport.

    Posted via unlocked PASSPORT
    11-18-14 08:06 AM
  15. mfurman's Avatar
    Thank you. I am very much used to Bold 9900 keyboard. I will always have to use two devices: work - iPhone 6 or old Bold 9900, personal use - Bold 9900, Classic or Passport (with some use of 5s if I do not get Passport. The question is if it makes sense to introduce Passport into this mix.
    11-18-14 08:23 AM
  16. jweihrauch's Avatar
    This is just another reason the CrackBerry forums is an awesome support system. Thanks everyone for taking the time to write your responses. I absolutely love the device and will definitely be keeping it, but the keyboard scared me a bit. I've always been a very fast typer on BlackBerry phones so I expected it to just click. It is already getting better. Excited to keep at it and get back to that lightning speed.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 08:28 AM
  17. Coraya's Avatar
    Thank you. I am very much used to Bold 9900 keyboard. I will always have to use two devices: work - iPhone 6 or old Bold 9900, personal use - Bold 9900, Classic or Passport (with some use of 5s if I do not get Passport. The question is if it makes sense to introduce Passport into this mix.
    Do you care about the enjoyment aspect of using a smartphone? Or is that not important? Passport is definitely an amazing device to use. It's a fun device to use. Enjoyable typing experience and with 'snap' you can get all the android apps you want, but keep in mind some may not work. If you have the funds, jump on the passport and lose the iPhone if all you use it for is web browsing. Web browsing on the passport is an awesome experience. Much easier to see everything. Much less scrolling and zooming in. Passport with 9900 you should be fine, just be aware that getting used to the passport keyboard will take about a week or more especially because you'll be using a 9900 along side it.

    Posted via unlocked PASSPORT
    Last edited by Coraya; 11-18-14 at 09:28 AM.
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    11-18-14 08:44 AM
  18. kwakster928's Avatar
    OP hang in there. Keyboard will come easier to use as time passes. I had my passport for about three weeks now, and I am still getting used to the end buttons like Z and M. (Correction: any keys on the bottom row). But as I type this response, I can tell you that I am not looking at the keyboard, I am looking at the screen as my fingers do the magic work.

    It will work for you. Keep on practicing. One of the best way to practice is to respond to crackberry forums and help fellow passport users out, and sharing your experience with others. Good luck!

    Posted with my super duper BlackBerry Passport.
    11-18-14 09:17 AM
  19. jweihrauch's Avatar
    Thank you! I'm already noticing a great difference in my typing accuracy. Starting to fly a bit faster, 40-50 wpm. I know this will continue to improve. I appreciate all the encouragement, team.

    Jake

    OP hang in there. Keyboard will come easier to use as time passes. I had my passport for about three weeks now, and I am still getting used to the end buttons like Z and M. (Correction: any keys on the bottom row). But as I type this response, I can tell you that I am not looking at the keyboard, I am looking at the screen as my fingers do the magic work.

    It will work for you. Keep on practicing. One of the best way to practice is to respond to crackberry forums and help fellow passport users out, and sharing your experience with others. Good luck!

    Posted with my super duper BlackBerry Passport.
    11-18-14 10:34 AM
  20. alternator77's Avatar
    Your not the only one trust me. It took me a while to get used to not only the layout but the lower placement of the keys but it does get better in time.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 10:42 AM
  21. Taigatrommel's Avatar
    This is just another reason the CrackBerry forums is an awesome support system. Thanks everyone for taking the time to write your responses. I absolutely love the device and will definitely be keeping it, but the keyboard scared me a bit. I've always been a very fast typer on BlackBerry phones so I expected it to just click. It is already getting better. Excited to keep at it and get back to that lightning speed.

    Posted via CB10
    Just hang in there mate, the first days with my Passport I felt like a total rookie who never used a keyboard before. It will get better for sure, you just need to find your own style with your keyboard. For example I rarely use the capacitive word-flipping, usually I am faster now with just typing ahead than waiting to see if the word I need appears on the screen or not.

    Posted via CB10
    11-18-14 12:48 PM
  22. power5's Avatar
    Just got the Passport...keyboard?-b19b006891229dd6bdef64ff92fdb6fa.jpg

    Not sure why they didn't go for something closer to this. My extra buttons are crap, but the basic idea is solid. Not sure if the camera could have been that close to the screen but make the keyboard keys just a tiny bit smaller and they would be inset from the edge more and take up slightly less vertical space. Should be enough to move the screen a couple mm away from the camera.
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    11-18-14 01:21 PM
  23. Coraya's Avatar
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    Not sure why they didn't go for something closer to this. My extra buttons are crap, but the basic idea is solid. Not sure if the camera could have been that close to the screen but make the keyboard keys just a tiny bit smaller and they would be inset from the edge more and take up slightly less vertical space. Should be enough to move the screen a couple mm away from the camera.
    Hmm. That actually looks really good. But who knows if it would have been easier or harder to type that way as your thumbs need to travel even further down. Try to reach your fingers below the third row. Kind of awkward to reach down there with my thumbs and my hands are big. The phone is almost too wide to allow for it. Idk. I could be wrong.

    Posted via unlocked PASSPORT
    11-18-14 01:43 PM
  24. fanisk's Avatar
    I have been typing for a while and can't seem to get used to hitting the M key when reaching for it. I always fall short and hit the N key. It's frustrating when I can't hit the right keys when I reach for them. Does this happen for anyone else?

    I suppose this can be summed up as not getting used to the bottom row of keys. It doesn't feel natural.

    Posted via CB10
    Yes, had similar problems by clicking the return key instead. I believe that this happens because the last row of keys is placed too low in comparison with any other phone. But don't worry, you will get used of it, for me took a week, now I find everything very natural!

    Sent from my BlackBerry Passport
    11-18-14 01:49 PM
  25. power5's Avatar
    Hmm. That actually looks really good. But who knows if it would have been easier or harder to type that way as your thumbs need to travel even further down. Try to reach your fingers below the third row. Kind of awkward to reach down there with my thumbs and my hands are big. The phone is almost too wide to allow for it. Idk. I could be wrong.

    Posted via unlocked PASSPORT
    Bottom spacebar area is actually in the same spot just a double wide size. 2nd row on your kb middle row is the bottom row of letters on mine. So basically the virtual kb area becomes the top row of mine maybe. I was bored on a snow day morning while no one else was able to make it onto the office yet so did a very crude pshop.
    11-18-14 03:00 PM
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