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Old February 26th, 2011, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Using a better Keyboard on the Xoom

Hi All,

Since I picked up the Xoom the other day, I was kind of annoyed at the wide keyboard when entering in text. I found alternative keyboards which may work better, and posted my thoughts on my site.

I figured I'd like it here for other Xoom users:

Using the Motorola Xoom Keyboard and other alternatives

Hope that helps!

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Old February 26th, 2011, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thumb Keyboard in the market is really good, very customizable. Meant for tablets.
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Rjourdey,

ThumbKeyboard is the one I use for example in the post above. I've really come to like it's customizations.
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Yes id strongly reccomend thumb keyboard to anyone that doesn't have it yet
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Can someone suggest a good one for the Xoom that doesn't cost anything? I know that sounds cheap :-) but hey, this thing just cost me a buttload.
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lol the app is 2 bux bro...
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lol the app is 2 bux bro...
Hey, the economy is trecherous :-) Oh well, I guess if it becomes necessary I'll buy it.
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lol the app is 2 bux bro...
Actually $1.64. Lees than an ice cream that lasts about 5 minutes. This will last a long time and save a lot of time.
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Any chance of getting Swype?
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I downloaded the Thumb Keyboard from the market, and it gives various options in both landscape and portrait. More like the way I use a keyboard on my Evo, using my thumbs. I am not sure what my preferred way will be, but I like how it gives me access to numbers and direction keys at all times. Has anyone else tried this or other on-screen keyboards?

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How do you select a different keyboard? Long press doesn't bring up the option of changing keyboards like it does on my Incredible.
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Nevermind I figured it out . Giving thumb keyboard a try now.
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I think I like the 5" or 7" settings a bit better.
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I downloaded the Thumb Keyboard from the market, and it gives various options in both landscape and portrait. More like the way I use a keyboard on my Evo, using my thumbs. I am not sure what my preferred way will be, but I like how it gives me access to numbers and direction keys at all times. Has anyone else tried this or other on-screen keyboards?

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Just downloaded it as well, not bad.
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Um- does the pricing not show up in USD for the rest of you? I won't let my card purchase go though, I think since it's not US currency.
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Thumb Keyboard is awesome. I love being able to have a numeric keypad between the 'split' keyboard. So, in addition, while being easier to reach all the regular keys while typing, I don't have to hit '123' anymore in order to enter numbers, which makes typing passwords with mixed letters/numbers much less annoying.
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I like thumb keyboard a lot!!...only issue is I keep accidentally hitting the notifications instead of the spacebar.
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I like thumb keyboard a lot!!...only issue is I keep accidentally hitting the notifications instead of the spacebar.
Increase the height of the space bar row.
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Increase the height of the space bar row.
I did...I just miss sometimes
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Increase the height of the space bar row.
This is probably a stupid question, but where on the app can you individually customize parts of the keyboard? The only options I have found control the size of the keyboard itself (5", 7", 10")
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Keyboard Height...
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I just doenloaded nyselk. Need to get used to using my thumbs. As you can see I've improved the more I type. Holy crap this is tough. Painfully slow. Man do i suck.
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I tgibfj it workdbs perrceecutly,
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No chance of Swype yet?
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FlexT9 is so much better than swype. It's my new keyboard of choice on the xoom and my nexus one. I used thumb keyboard for a while but FlexT9 has replaced that too.
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Long time Swyper on my Droid. Currently no Swype available for the Xoom. I bought Thumb Keyboard, and I like it better than the stock keyboard without a doubt. But after such a long time using Swype, it gets annoying to have to use both hands to type while holding the tablet. It limits how you hold it (difficult to lounge in the recliner, for example).
Currently I'm using the full version of SlideIT. Pricey, but good.

Btw, for those asking, the folks at the Swype forum say they are working on it but won't give any time details. They do say, however, that it wont be available for the WiFi version of the Xoom, at least not initially. This its because they use the devices ESN for identification. (I don't know why they can't use the MAC.)
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Actually $1.64. Lees than an ice cream that lasts about 5 minutes. This will last a long time and save a lot of time.
Wow, I don't think I have ever got a ice cream that took 5 mins to eat...

Also, I would love to see swype on the Xoom soon seeing how I am planing to get one next month.
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No chance of Swype yet?
I used Swype for over a year with my Eris and Incredible. Recently I started using Slideit. I actually like it much better. It is similar to Swype but also has suggestions like Swiftkey.
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tablet keyboard free, grafiti, write pad

all have thier place but tkf is VERY nice for most of my typing
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i LOVE thumb keyboard for typing on the go but if i wanna type faster as in documents i use the stock keyboard... i am waiting to see if swype will come out with a keyboard for tablets anytime soon
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I use thumb keyboard but I Just got in the SwiftKey beta so I am going to try that on there
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Thumb Keyboard is half price right now, $1.29.
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