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Codemash 2010 and the Smartphone Throwdown – Windows Mobile vs iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry vs Palm

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in MVP10, Speaking | Posted on 18-01-2010

Codemash 2010 is officially over and we await with anticipation for another year to go by so we can walk into the winter paradise of the Kalahari. 

This year Codemash was both exhilarating and exhausting!  First thank you to those attendees who sat through a full day Pre-Compiler about .NET.  I had a blast doing it and I hope you went away seeing all the various pieces of the platform.  I’ll be posting the slides later on.

I had the pleasure of being this year’s Master of Ceremonies for Codemash, an absolute honor.  It isn’t everyday one gets to stand in front of 700+ people of various technical backgrounds all with a common goal of breaking outside of their comfort zone.  Codemash just makes this happen. 

One of the things I did as MC this year was try to have a little fun during the lunch announcements.  The first lunch day I put together what I called a “Smartphone Typing Throwdown”.  The idea was simple.  Get as many different types of Smartphones as I could on stage and then see who could type the fastest.  Hopefully this would solve the world’s most troubling question: “Can phones with virtual keyboards type faster than phones with real keyboards?”.

Now of course this doesn’t scientifically prove ANYTHING, but it was fun.  As you watch the video, take out your phone and type the following sentence (complete with spelling and punctuation) and see how you fair against the contestants. 

Codemash continues to kill the Kalahari network.

Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you next year.

Comments (3)

Bummer I was hoping for good things with that one.

Actually one of the contestants had an android swipe. He lost. Playing with the swipe, it isn’t that fast to type on to be honest.

I wonder how the swype Android keyboard would have fared. Or my favorite from winmo Touchpal. Touchpal on Android wasn’t as refined as winmo. This was my first Codemash. Very cool.

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