Sometimes it’s the simplest little user experience things about a phone that I get the most joy from. Things like holding down the ‘#’ key for a few seconds to make the phone silent or getting a call duration timer displayed on-screen while on a phonecall. One of the greatest has to be predictive text messaging, it works so well that I can text without barely looking at my phone.
However there is one thing that always annoys me about predictive text, it’s when I get a new phone having to once again ‘teach’ my phone hundreds of words which are unknown in its SMS dictionary. Phone contracts are 12 to 18 months, that’s a lot of time to input the foreign first names, swear words, street names and slang that are in your day to day texting life.
The predictive text and dictionary function on your phone is technology called T9 (you can often see the logo on the screen as you type) and patented by a company called Tegic Communications. Amazingly T9 is used on phones from LG, NEC, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo and Sagem however none of these have the function to easily move your dictionary between each other.
It would be great if you could have a ‘Transfer Dictionary’ option, this could be done via Bluetooth, Email etc just like the ‘Transfer all contacts’ function. I’m sure there are some technical issues with lower end budget handsets such as dictionary size but I don’t see why smartphones can’t already do this.