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Fastest Texting in the World Actually on an iPhone?

Yesterday a UKPA article generated headlines claiming a British woman had beaten the record for the fastest text message by typing "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" in 25.94 seconds. The feat was reportedly accomplished on a Galaxy S smartphone at a Samsung store using Swype keyboard alternative.

The story was a bit suspicious in that apparently the woman had just walked in off the street to a Samsung roadshow and was given the chance to try beating the world record. So, doesn't really sound like the record is rigorously challenged very often. One iPhone user (gumballtech) who read the report figured he'd try his hand at the same feat and managed to come in under 22 seconds -- more than 3 seconds less than this new world record. He even recorded this video:

Now, we're not sure the actual rules for it to be a "World Record" qualifying time. Gumballtech relied slightly on the iPhone's text correction, but that certainly can't be a disqualifying issue as Swype is entirely based on predictive text generation.