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Old September 22nd, 2010, 03:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Alternative Phone Keypad style Text Entry?

I've had an HTC Desire for a few months now, and I just can't get used to full keyboard touchscreen style text entry. I like old school phone keypad style T9 text entry - I find it much faster (well, once I've entered lots of extra words!) than a keyboard and like to be able to send texts with one hand.

However I'm not happy with the stock android keypad, and my phone has just received a new update that makes it EVEN WORSE.

For example, it appears to in fact be impossible to enter accented characters (e.g. ). As I occasionally communicate in languages other than english this is horrendous. With the new update they've also removed the shortcuts to ! and ? and replaced them with the voice recognition button, a feature in Android which I have found to be totally pointless (most of the time after speaking something it just says 'processing' for ages, then either fails or comes up with nonsense. Far quicker to type! Whats the point?!?). It's also added some kind of auto correction which I can't work out how to turn off which will prioritise words that I haven't even typed because I guess it thinks thats a more popular word and I misspelled it and I then have to go into 'more words' to chose the bloody word I typed in to start with!

Arrgghh!

(breaths deeply, relax)

However it seems all the other alternative keyboards are more designed to replace qwerty. I tried SwiftKey for a little while and it's clever, but it's still all querty and I'm not sure I like all the autocorrection - often correcting something that WAS correct into something that isn't!

About to try HTC_IME once I've worked out how to install it, but are there any other phone-keypad-style text entry apps out there to replace the stock android? Just anything that works like, say, an old Nokia or Sony would be totally great. That can't be too much to ask can it?

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I've had an HTC Desire for a few months now, and I just can't get used to full keyboard touchscreen style text entry. I like old school phone keypad style T9 text entry - I find it much faster (well, once I've entered lots of extra words!) than a keyboard and like to be able to send texts with one hand.

However I'm not happy with the stock android keypad, and my phone has just received a new update that makes it EVEN WORSE.

For example, it appears to in fact be impossible to enter accented characters (e.g. ). As I occasionally communicate in languages other than english this is horrendous. With the new update they've also removed the shortcuts to ! and ? and replaced them with the voice recognition button, a feature in Android which I have found to be totally pointless (most of the time after speaking something it just says 'processing' for ages, then either fails or comes up with nonsense. Far quicker to type! Whats the point?!?). It's also added some kind of auto correction which I can't work out how to turn off which will prioritise words that I haven't even typed because I guess it thinks thats a more popular word and I misspelled it and I then have to go into 'more words' to chose the bloody word I typed in to start with!

Arrgghh!

(breaths deeply, relax)

However it seems all the other alternative keyboards are more designed to replace qwerty. I tried SwiftKey for a little while and it's clever, but it's still all querty and I'm not sure I like all the autocorrection - often correcting something that WAS correct into something that isn't!

About to try HTC_IME once I've worked out how to install it, but are there any other phone-keypad-style text entry apps out there to replace the stock android? Just anything that works like, say, an old Nokia or Sony would be totally great. That can't be too much to ask can it?

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Definitely try Swype, it's much faster to type. Also you can change the keyboard layout of the default HTC touch input key pad from the settings to suit your needs.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 04:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi,

I'm exactly the same, just can't get on with full QWERTY in portrait mode (and personally don't get on with swype either (I have to see the keys to remember where they are!!)

I use Smart Keyboard pro. it's a paid app but there is a free one to try.

It's just been upgraded with T9 improvements and has short cuts for ? and ! as well as a few others. Not sure about the other characters to be honest but I know it supports a boat load of languages...

I think there is another app that is specifically for T9 but I can't remember what it's called, it's on the forums here somewhere I'll try and track it down.

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here you go:

is there a phone keypad keyboard app?

some people on there say it's a bit slow but I havn't really noticed it, see how you get on anyway.

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Based on a quick appbrain search (for "T9") it looks like there are several options out there.
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Thanks for the info guys, managed to get HTC_IME mod working and it's a definite improvement over the stock HTC keypad, however it still doesn't seem to be able to do alternative characters which is a pain.

Looks like Smart Keyboard Pro and EvenBetter Numberpad are the main contenders. Annoyingly Smart Keyboard Lite turns off T9 prediction so can't really test it, and there doesn't appear to be a demo of EB Numberpad at all. I'm learning towards EvenBetter because I'm not sure I like the proportions of Smart (del key a bit too small), although it does seem heavily customisable.

Anyone with experience of both able to offer their views before I splash the cash?
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I would go with Evenbetter...
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