I’ve mentioned Swype here before (it was released as beta for Android) and I mentioned it should be a devilishly quick way to enter text.
Samsung decided to prove just how fast it is by setting a Guinness World record…
The record was set by Franklin Page, a “recent employee” of Swype, using the Samsung Omnia II, which comes with Swype preloaded (specifically the Verizon version of the Omnia II).
To set the record, Page had to type “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human”. That’s the official test phrase for texting-related records.
The record setting time was 35.54 seconds. If I did the math right, that works out to 42 words per minute (WPM).
Impressive, but the record was set in a new category (fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone), so it was guaranteed to be the best time.