How To Physical Keyboard improvement

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kurtb, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. kurtb

    kurtb Member
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    Haven't seen this posted anywhere, some might find it useful.

    The flatness of the keys on the physical keyboard makes it hard to type without hitting incorrect or multiple keys. What I have done to prevent this is I have cut some small squares out of the scraps leftover from my InvisibleShield installation. I have cut the squares small enough so you can feel a gap between the keys. I used a toothpick to apply the small squares, no water was needed.

    I think this may work better with some small round stickers with tapered edges, but they would have to be manufactured for this purpose.

    Edit (11/22)
    Added picture, you can see the space you will feel between the keys. I haven't had and problem with the sliding, the material is too thin to interfere.

    Edit (11/23)
    New picture, used leather punch tool to make round stickers. It still doesn't look as nice as the bare keyboard, but much better than it did. This has made the keyboard much more useful to me.

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  2. xvenom89

    xvenom89 Well-Known Member
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    Upload a few photos of your work please.
     
  3. ocean1

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    U did what millions of dollars in research and development couldnt figure out. They never even saw an issue with the keyboard lol Wonder if they did no focus groups or saw it on paper only and said "well looks good. make it!!"
    Pics please I would love to be able to use mine
     
  4. mxrider821

    mxrider821 Well-Known Member
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    yes post pics!! :D
     
  5. TheGr81

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    Yeah and there is actually space between the keyboard and the screen anyway so what the hell were they thinking?
     
  6. n9zez

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    I am interested in seeing pics as well. Are they staying attached okay while you type?
     
  7. xodustrance

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    sounds interesting... I would be worried about the sliding, but post some pics man.
     
  8. kurtb

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    Added pics.
     
  9. drabidea

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    Have you had trouble with them falling off or sliding out of place?

    I might have to do this as well.
     
  10. kurtb

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    I haven't had any issues with the 'stickers' moving at all, they really stay in place well.
     
  11. rasone77

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    Since this is my first phone with a keyboard I haven't really noticed an issue. I guess if you're used to something else this might be helpful but I don't see the point myself.
     
  12. taz55

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    coming from the smooth glass surface of the Samsung Omnia to this keyboard I haven't had any problem. In fact I am typing faster on the Physical keyboard on the Droid than I would ever dream on the Omnia or My touch.


    That being said, I realize others don't share that opinion and commend you the OP on your ingenuity. Good job.
     
  13. brandoshido

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    im not going to use this tip, but some people will be very happy about this, thanks.
     
  14. taz55

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    same here, this thread should be put in the tips section and stickyed.
     
  15. zandroid

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    No knock to the OP, do what you like, but do you guys actually think it LOOKS good? IMO, it makes it look horrible!

    Besides that, if it helps you type better, I'm all for it. I myself don't have an issue.
     
  16. kurtb

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    I agree it doesn't look the best, this would look better if there were some rounded pieces with tapered edges. I had used the Palm Pre before I got my droid, and this gives the keyboard a similar feel.
     
  17. shadowdude777

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    Heh, yeah, but can you really complain? I mean, it's made out of SCRAPS. It looks quite good to me considering that! :D
     
  18. minyangmao

    minyangmao Well-Known Member
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    Love it, great idea, will try soon
     
  19. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member
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    Going to try it on a few keys myself right now...not sure I have enough scraps that I have left sitting on my desk from my [FAILED] invisibleSHIELD installation to cover them all though.
     
  20. kurtb

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    Just picked up a leather punch tool over lunch. Later I'm going to use this to make some nicer looking round button stickers. I'll post pics if this works out.
     
  21. Backnblack

    Backnblack Well-Known Member
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    I was thinking the same.....

    -1 & Lame
     
  22. shadowdude777

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    But the point is that IT WORKS! The keys used to be flat; now they aren't. Who the hell cares how it looks?
     
  23. Backnblack

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    Put a Turd on a BMW....No Thanks. Keyboard works fine OTB....
     
  24. shadowdude777

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    You're that worried about it looking pretty that you wouldn't want to increase the functionality of one of the most gimped parts of the phone at the expense of eye candy?
     
  25. zandroid

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    While the OP did make it look better by making the cutouts all the same size/shape, I still don't think it looks that great.

    Some people wouldn't sacrifice style over things, one reason why I'm not using a case yet.
     

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