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Old February 27th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the best keyboard application for LG Optimus V?

Swipe works well with shorter words but with the longer ones, either I get confused while swiping the word or it can't predict/correct the word if it's not in its dictionary.

I tried Smart Keyboard but still I make lots of typos with it due to the small keys.

Is there a better keyboard with keys that are wide enough to type comfortably without hitting the near-neighbor keys?

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Try Gingerbread Keyboard...it has the most space between keys.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.moo.android.inputmethod.latin.free
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I have Swiftkey and love it
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Try Gingerbread Keyboard...it has the most space between keys.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.moo.android.inputmethod.latin.free
That is what I have been using. The stock keyboard is just too tiny, and having any sort of fingernails only make it worse.
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The Gingerbread keyboard performs best of all I tried so far: Swipe, Better Keyboard 8 and Smart Keyboard.

By performs best I mean I make fewer typos.
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If you don't mind paying a little, give Ultra Keyboard a try. Skinable with more features than you can shake a stick at. The ability to have a swype type keyboard in portrait and a standard keyboard in landscape is killer.
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I''ve tried everything with my large, but not humongous hands, and have completely failed on all these new Android keyboards. I've had to resort to my PDA standbys, Graffiti and MessagEase (I find it hard to recommend them unless you already know them, because of their learning curve). I also like using Swype, but only for common words.

Do people use their thumbs, striking with the pad? My thumb's pads seem to be misaligned with where they appear to be from looking at the other side of them when typing. Or forefingers? Or strike with the nail? Do you always go landscape? It astounds me that I see so few people complaining, when I cannot type anything of length without more corrections than successful letters.

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I'm rocking the gingerbread 2.3 keyboard...It is a bit better than the 2.2 keyboard, for me anyway.
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Do people use their thumbs, striking with the pad?

What are your virtual keyboard secrets?
Thumbs are bad...
I think there is a keyboard for people who use thumbs, though. Maybe that will work better?

If I get stuck I will sometimes use the side of my index finger, it makes the contact spot a bit smaller. Not the most comfortable way, but it does improve accuracy when it's needed.
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Haven't tried it but ppl in the optimus s forums are raving about Steven Lin keyboard. Just search Steve Lin in market. I use better keyboard 8 for gingerbread on my optimus s and it works nice after a Cpl weeks of adding words that aren't there its predictions are great for me
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Thanks, but voice command seems like swype in that it does common words, but not the unpredictable words, like URLs or passwords or similar. Those I just can't seem to accurately tap into keyboards.

(Will have to look into voice apps to see if there's any that take spoken characters, like speaking "A B C".)
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Haven't tried it but ppl in the optimus s forums are raving about Steven Lin keyboard. Just search Steve Lin in market. I use better keyboard 8 for gingerbread on my optimus s and it works nice after a Cpl weeks of adding words that aren't there its predictions are great for me
That is the Gingerbread keyboard.
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Thumbs are bad...
I think there is a keyboard for people who use thumbs, though. Maybe that will work better?

If I get stuck I will sometimes use the side of my index finger, it makes the contact spot a bit smaller. Not the most comfortable way, but it does improve accuracy when it's needed.
Sounds like you generally use index fingers flat, requiring both hands?

Hovering my index finger (flat, not on its side) over a letter on the Android keyboard in portrait mode obscures just about 4 keys in that row. My thumb is only a little wider. Maybe they're just too wide?
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I''ve tried everything with my large, but not humongous hands, and have completely failed on all these new Android keyboards. I've had to resort to my PDA standbys, Graffiti and MessagEase (I find it hard to recommend them unless you already know them, because of their learning curve). I also like using Swype, but only for common words.

Do people use their thumbs, striking with the pad? My thumb's pads seem to be misaligned with where they appear to be from looking at the other side of them when typing. Or forefingers? Or strike with the nail? Do you always go landscape? It astounds me that I see so few people complaining, when I cannot type anything of length without more corrections than successful letters.

What are your virtual keyboard secrets?
The reality is that there are some people that can't type well on a virtual keyboard...especially if you have larger hands. If I had to do much manual text input I wouldn't have an Optimus. Fortunately I can do most of mine via voice recognition, but if I buy a higher-end Android phone down the road, it will have a physical keyboard again. I started with the Intercept but it was a dog performance-wise.

The one other thing to remember is that you have a much larger virtual keyboard to type on when the phone is in landscape mode.

It's too bad the Motorola Atrix is the only Android phone with a laptop dock. I do see there are mini bluetooth keyboards that are supposed to be Android compatible, but I've never heard of anyone actually using one, yet.
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The reality is that there are some people that can't type well on a virtual keyboard...especially if you have larger hands. If I had to do much manual text input I wouldn't have an Optimus Fortunately I can do most of mine via voice recognition, but if I buy a higher-end Android phone down the road, it will have a physical keyboard again. I started with the Intercept but it was a dog performance-wise.

The one other thing to remember is that you have a much larger virtual keyboard to type on when the phone is in landscape mode.

It's too bad the Motorola Atrix is the only Android phone with a laptop dock. I do see there are mini bluetooth keyboards that are supposed to be Android compatible, but I've never heard of anyone actually using one, yet.
I have a mini bluetooth keyboard for the PS3...I wonder if it would pair up with the optimus? Hmmm...you got me thinking now! LOL
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Sounds like you generally use index fingers flat, requiring both hands?

Hovering my index finger (flat, not on its side) over a letter on the Android keyboard in portrait mode obscures just about 4 keys in that row. My thumb is only a little wider. Maybe they're just too wide?
Often yes, but I sometimes do the one handed thumb thing. Again, the side of your thumb helps at times.

Big fingers are probably as much of a hassle as fingernails, I would imagine.
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If I need to input text, especially in the car, I have a stylus handy...the same type used for an iPad/iPhone. There's another thread about styli here.
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Has anyone noticed that most of the other virtual keybords seem to cover up the text view as you type? I love Gingerbread keyboard but I can't see the text as I type unless I remove the word prediction panel (but I want that!) I keep reverting back to swype.
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On my Inc I had Vlingo and loved it. Mainly because the speech-to-text worked a lot better than stock.

Now that Swype is pre-installed on this phone I'm making myself try it for a week or two. If I decide I'm not with it, I'll download Vlingo again.

Vlingo used to be $10 but it became free a few months ago.

Voice to Text Applications Powered by Intelligent Voice Recognition | Vlingo specifically Android Voice to Text and Voice Recognition Apps | Vlingo

Note that it has a keyboard but it also allows you to control your phone in many ways by voice, for example texting while driving can be done entirely with your voice.
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I tried most of the keyboards and settled for smart keyboard. My biggest issue is that I have big hands and need to type with one hand so I hold the phone in portrait and I use the compact layout which is similar to the blackberry's suretype (pearl) layout. The included dictionaries are not perfect but the more I use it the better it gets.
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I love Swipe, at first I didn't like it but I was making lots of mistakes taping out letters so I decided to try to learn swipe and after a few days I was sweeping my finger across the screen like I was born to swipe. Felt like the first time I learned to tap out text messages using the numeric key pad, I use to be super fast on that too.
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I LOVE and I mean LOVE SlideIt, kind of the same idea as Swype but I like SlideIt much better...
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I did not like swype or the stock android, but today i got the Swiftkey and I like that a lot.
Was pretty good Amazon put it up as their free app of the day.
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I use HTC Sense Keyboard (by XDA Devs :P) suited for low res phones like Optimus V. I looked all over the place for a good T9 keyboard app but couldn't find one for free and I'm glad because this keyboard rocks! It turns into a full qwerty keyboard if your screen is in landscape mode and its a very good T9 keyboard when the screen is in portrait mode.
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Yeah, got Swiftkey today as a freebie from Amazon, and I find it comparable to the Gingerbread keyboard in size, layout, and recognition row. But Swiftkey's recognition/prediction seems noticeably better, and I like the recognition row more--it seems easier to select from there. I uninstalled Gingerbread.

My big hands have trouble with the little keys, even in landscape, but the recognition/prediction helps, and voice recognition works quite nicely so far in my limited testing. This would be my favorite of about six I've tried, if I had smaller fingers.

Minor point for most people: I love that you can dismiss Swiftkey with a downward swipe. No hard button press needed.
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I also got Swiftkey today and it is pretty nice in the word recognition department. Its free today on the Amazon market go get it! I also like the fact there is no hard button press needed to get rid of the keyboard, that has always annoyed me.
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I'm liking SmartKeyboard Pro lately, because it lets me put in custom auto-replace words. I have it set to replace "don" with "don't," for example, and "id" becomes "I'd."
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Are there any Apps that support Swype?
I just downloaded Swiftkey from Amazon, so we'll see if i prefer that over Swype?
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Stupid swipe! Ive switched to another keyboard 9 times now, but swipe keyboard keeps restarting itself everytime I turn my phone back on, I like gingerbread keyboard!
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lol is nobody listening at all? SlideIt is MUCH like Swipe but in my opinion works worlds better, if you want a way out of Swipe, checkout SlideIt lol you can get it from the marketplace. The App is kind of pricey but definitely worth it, and I think there's a free demo.

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Just got the (free) SwiftKey X beta... Love it so far! I always wanted to try SwiftKey, but didn't really want to buy a keyboard since the stock wasn't too bad for me.. Glad I waited now! Only downside is the file size is kinda huge...but I'm not complaining, it is still beta after all.
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I was using the original Swift keyboard but my 30day trial expired. Thanks for posting about the Swift X. I like the style of this keyboard
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FlexT9 is my swype-type keyboard and I love it! It is the best of the bunch by far! I had to give up on Swype because it kept crashing for some reason. I found this app and instead of it being simply a stand-in it is totally superior. I've tried the others mentioned above also and this beats them all.
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I'm a LOUSY virtual typist, on most keyboards the keys are just too small and I end up typing like I'm drunk, lol.

So the keyboard I find myself always going back to is ThickButtons. "A keyboard that predicts the buttons you need and enlarges them." Takes a little getting used to, sometimes the keys aren't quite where you expect them to be because they've enlarged the ones next to them. But I find myself typing a LOT faster and more accurately with this keyboard. Really love it in Landscape mode, when the keys enlarge there, they're REALLY big. And even more to like: it's free. Squee.



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FlexT9, gives you swype type capabilities that work better than Swype, handwriting recognition if you prefer writing, and great voice recognition.
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I'd recommend MessagEase, if you're willing to try something new. You can type complete sentences with your thumb.
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i use smart keyboard... was just fine with the stock android keyboard until i realized how much i was needing to press the 123? button and wanted something with longpress and of the keyboards that had that option i ended up liking smart keyboard the best
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HI @PFX7, can you give me a link to directions in how to install the HTC Sense keyboard on my LG Optimus S? I've tried before and I might be doing something wrong ..
Sorry for the late reply! I have attached the .apk file with this post. You can copy it to your SD card and use a file manager like Astro to browse to it and install it on your device. It can work on any low res. android phone. After installing go to Settings->Language & Keyboard Settings and change input method to 'HTC_IME Mod' and then In the 'HTC_IME mod' settings select 'Phone Keypad'.

Here's (HTC IME Mod Keyboard with Voice Input (v27, June 08, 2010) - xda-developers) the original thread from where I got it. Its the low res version for the LG Optimus V.

P.S. there's also a thread which tells you how you can customize the colors/icons/etc. for the keyboard here ([Skins] HTC_IME High/Low Res v27 custom skin generator online! Updated Sep. 7th! - xda-developers). Though I've never used it but it seems to work.
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I tried this keybord for the hell of it. it still doesnt type the letters I cant type on the mulit touch keybord either. so uninstall for me..
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ive always hated swype.. ive also got fairly large hands, and i found that using Better Keyboard 8 with a tron legacy skin, works best for me, i type with my thumbs.. always felt more natural doing so on a phone. i have very few typos. ive tested out many many keyboard apps out there but always found myself coming back to better keyboard 8.
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If I need to input text, especially in the car, I have a stylus handy...the same type used for an iPad/iPhone. There's another thread about styli here.
I was told you couldn't use those on the OV, you had to use a finger.

so just buy any touch screen tool?
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No, you have to buy one designed for a touch capacitive screen. They don't look normal. The tip has some kind of conductive tip.
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long as it say ipad iphone it will work though?

Id love to have a stylus to use.
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I saw a couple at Staples that were just the right thing. $10.00-$15.00 tops.
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Try the virtual Tio keyboard it is a free download and unlike anything on the market you will be pleasantly surprised. It has an algorithm that seems to know what your thinking - you don't even have to know how to spell and can even type the wrong letters it will figure out what you intended to type. Just try it you will be amazed.
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If your using a stylus pen then Hackers Keyboard is the way to go. It has all the keys that are on a full size keyboard. Esc, Ctrl, Tab, F1-F12, SyRq, Scrl., Brk, Ins, etc., etc., etc.
If you need predictive text than turn the phone to portait.
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I like the stylus for the stock swipe layout but I soon found you could switch the the other keyboard layout in the stock V. and love it, I have no troubles and don't use the stylus as often. [Though I did just order a 2nd 99cent stylus incase I lose mine and I won't have to wait]
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