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CONTEST: Dom Perignon III Speed Contest from Nov 15 to Dec 20, 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 16.11.02 - 00:01:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8622x
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You all know how difficult it is to get a fair comparison of input methods. Any claim is likely to be dismissed as marketing hype, as it may sometimes be the case. So the idea is to have a contest where all participants can be measured on the same basis.

Just enter the following 40 words with the method of your choice and record your time:

What you need to do to have a chance to win the contest is to tap this sentence as fast as you can without any error. One more thing you need to have for a valid entry is a witness.
  • FitalyStamp, FitalyVirtual, or any Fitaly keyboard
  • Any Palm keyboard using an overlay of the Graffiti area
  • On-screen Keyboards activated by a pen
  • Handwriting software such as Graffiti, Letter Recognizer
  • Thumb boards: keyboards designed to be used with your thumbs

Obviously, the use of Graffiti shortcuts is not allowed and neither is the use of word or phrase completion capabilities.

The use of an attached full keyboard is not allowed since the object of this contest is to compare input methods using pen input and thumb boards. For more information, click the "More Information" link below.


  • The fastest entry in each category - Palm, Pocket PC, and Thumb - will be awarded a prestigious bottle of Dom Perignon (the earliest entry, in case of a tie).
  • The next 20 best entries get a free copy of FitalyStamp, FitalyVirtual for the NR70, or the Fitaly Keyboard for the Pocket PC, winner's choice.
  • Weekly Awards: At the end of each week - on Nov. 23 and 30, Dec. 7 and 14 - the 20 best entries for the week will be awarded a free copy of either of:
    • Wordsmith from Blue Nomad (10)
    • Quickbudget from Quick Sense (10)
    • pEditPro from Paulcomputing (10)
    • PocketInformant for the Pocket PC (15).
    • IA ScreenShot for the Pocket PC (20).
    • Premier Point Plus pen from ttools (5)
    • Fitaly product of your choice (10)
  • All participants will have made the demonstration that fast text-entry is possible on a PDA!

Contest entries should be posted on the Dom Perignon III Forum established for the contest. The message title should start with the Method & Time, expressed in hundredths of seconds.
To run the test, use the freeware word game FitalyLetris and submit a gif image of your score sheet.

The contest ends on December 20, 2002. See the table of current entries on the Dom Perignon forum.

That's it: You have just about five weeks to show that the real purpose  of HotSync and ActiveSync is to transfer from the PDA to the PC!

The Dom Perignon Speed Contest is sponsored by Textware Solutions and Blue Nomad, Quik Sense, Pocket Informant, Paul Computing, IA Style, and ttools.

Gene Kalb
Textware Solutions

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