Title: Usability of text input interfaces in smartphones

Authors: Tom Page

Addresses: Electronic Product Design, Loughborough Design School, LDS.1.18, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK

Abstract: This paper reviews a number of different text input methods on smartphones and proposes how smartphone typing methods may inhibit user interaction rather than enhance it. It explores design and ergonomic considerations underpinning the use of six commonly used smartphone text input methods in order to determine and compare their usability. Furthermore, it discusses the results from testing smartphone users to assess which method is considered most efficient. It concludes that alternative input methods such as Swype and SwiftKey offer substantial benefits to users and are comparable with common typing speeds found on computer keyboards.

Keywords: smartphones; user interface design; ergonomics; usability; text input interfaces; smartphone typing methods; user interaction; typing speed.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2013.054065

Journal of Design Research, 2013 Vol.11 No.1, pp.39 - 56

Accepted: 25 Oct 2012
Published online: 17 May 2013 *

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