Re. Using Swype:
As a few people here have commented on issues they've had with Swype I thought I'd try to help.
If you don't wish to see the toast tips you can switch them off in prefs.
Once you have Swiped a word you can choose from the prediction bar to avoid erroneous input.
If you Swype and press space, thereby getting the wrong word you can backspace to the end of the word to see the predictions for that swipe and just touch the correct one. If you're totally unhappy with the auto-correct you can switch it off in prefs.
For those who said there was no help/tutorials for Swype see the prefs again as well as the Swype website and forums.
As for Swype being slow, well that I have to agree on. It does seem to get more laggy with each update. For me personally that is my biggest gripe, along with the now missing "backspace whole word" (I now have to double-tap or use the Swype key to select each word), and missing "home" and "end" keys.
I hope this helps.