too bad! it's looking more and more like a different phone might be required in my wife's life. She loves the keyboard, hates the stability issues, and hates the terrible autocorrect that was introduced with 2.3 (2.1 was much better in all those ways).
oh well. we'll hang on a while longer in case you have any other ideas... and your hard work and endurance are so appreciated by us and the entire shine plus community sir!
thanks for trying :-)