I use a fairly large phone (Galaxy Note 3) with a centered size 16 or so MessagEase board. On my pad I use two pads, one in each lower corner but I prefer the phone. I have my own version of the layout which you can see in the BigBag, based on Colemak similarity. I have no idea whether it'd be as fast at top levels as the standard layout, but I don't see why not either.
I just tried my hand at the World Game (the standard 160 character test text about piranhas) and got 35 s which I figure equals 55 WPM = (160C * 60 min/s)/(5 C/W * 35 s) = 1920/35 WPM. You can also press "See Tweet Screen" to see WPM although I think they always round it down. My best is 33.5 s = 57 WPM, but some other colemakers have speeds in the 60–70 WPM range!
I tend to look at the keyboard while typing, I must admit. In the test this doesn't matter as I know the test text by heart.
I just tried a larger keyboard size, going up from 16 to 20. It feels a bit more strained because of increased travel distance, but easier to hit the right keys. So find something that works for you. I haven't compared the two sizes properly, it's just an impression.
Last edited by DreymaR (18-Jul-2019 13:46:26)