Motorola Droid Hard Keyboard


Last Updated: 2009-12-23 22:28:27
  1. nasht00

    nasht00 Active Member

    So I recently got the Motorola Droid, it's my first Android phone.
    I come from the iPhone world, and I thought having a physical keyboard would be nicer.
    I don't know if it's because I got used to the iPhone, but so far I'm not thrilled with that keyboard, it's too easy to make mistakes and it's not comfortable.

    One thing I noticed is that when you use the soft keyboard, it corrects you automatically and offers you suggestions as you type.
    How can I get the same features when using the hard physical keyboard?
    I think this would make things easier ...

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  2. JustROLLIN

    JustROLLIN Well-Known Member

    The physical keyboard is setup the exact same way as the virtual keyboard as far as error corrections go. Well, at least mine is, but I assumed that was true across the board.
  3. GDroid

    GDroid Well-Known Member

    Go into settings ==> Language & keyboard ==> Device keyboard and make sure "Auto-replace" is checked.
  4. vincentp

    vincentp Well-Known Member

    You have to do some legwork if you want the prediction to show up for the physical, and it doesn't work right all of the time. If you install the HTC soft keyboard rom, go into its settings, and check off everything, then set it as the default keyboard, you can have those features on the physical. The catch is, you have to click in the field you're typing in before the predictive bar will show up, after you open the physical keyboard, and since it's not made for that, it will ocassionally crash.

    As for the comfort of typing, I got used to it after a few weeks and actually ended up really liking the physical keyboard. I use both the landscape onscreen, portrait onscreen and physical depending on the length and complexity of what I need to type, and I love having the option. Typing out a long e-mail on the onscreen keyboard is just not convenient or efficient for me.
  5. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Well-Known Member


    I find this not to be true. There are fewer things that will auto correct when using the physical keyboard. You also do not get the suggestions, so when you're typing a long word, you have to type the whole thing out.

    I've checked the options in settings as denoted above, and all the appropriate boxes are checked. Still, not much gets autocorrected.
  6. nasht00

    nasht00 Active Member

    same here
    all boxes are checked, but still not as powerful as the soft keyboard
  7. GDroid

    GDroid Well-Known Member

    Well, that sucks! I wouldn't know as I don't use the physical KB. :(
  8. ralphjb

    ralphjb Active Member

    Don't have an answer on the auto fill for the physical keyboard. Frankly, I prefer to type without and it can prove distracting to me.

    My last phone was the AT&T Tilt, so I was used to a keyboard similar to the Droids. I like this one better, in fact, as there are more hard keys, so there is less use of shift keys.
  9. rawness

    rawness Well-Known Member

    Yea, with the physical keyboard, all it seems to do is add apostrophes (i.e. "Hes>He's", "cant>can't", etc.) Beyond, that it doesn't do much auto-correcting.
  10. magnus

    magnus Well-Known Member

    Hmmm......I just recently installed better keyboard and I get the auto-correct....which I assume is just type a few letters and it will bring up suggestions.

    I don't get the autocorrect when I use the physical keyboard....all settings are checked.

    BUT....I feel like I have seen it working with the Hardware keyboard. I wonder if something is interfering with something else.
  11. vincentp

    vincentp Well-Known Member

    You won't get the autocorrect with the physical unless you install the HTC keyboard APK. It doesn't work with the default or better keyboard settings. Once you have it you check off all of the options for the HTC keyboard, long press on a field to set the input method, then whenever you use the physical keyboard, clicking in the text area after sliding it out will activate the autocorrect. As I said, it's a bit buggy and slow since this was probably not intended, but it works if you really want it.

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