World Record texting speed broken – but can you really call this texting?

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Look, I don’t want to sound like a baby or anything, so a huge congrats to Pedro Matias of Portugal for breakin’ the texting speed World Record. Congrats out to our pair of ladies from the US for their performance as well – walking home with 2nd place $20,000 heavier is nothing to laugh at.

What is laughable, however, is the way the contest was set up.

Watch the video below, and check out the handsets they’re using; see the QWERTY keyboards? We’re big fans of QWERTY keyboards on handsets around these parts and all — but like our buddies over at Engadget, we just don’t think you can call that “texting” in the competitive sense. This is just typing on a smaller keyboard. Where’s the limit? If I hook up a Bluetooth keyboard to my smartphone, is it still texting as long as I send an SMS?

Shenanigans. Yeah, I said it.