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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ty07allstar, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Ty07allstar

    Ty07allstar Well-Known Member
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    Why does everyone use for their keyboard? I've tried swype, better keyboard, anysoftkeyboard, and I was wondering what you guys think is the best keyboard? I can't stand the touch keyboard that comes with th phone.



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  2. OfTheDamned

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    I use the compact qwerty keyboard that came with the phone and prefer it to all the others.

    I hated swype.
     
  3. MongolStomp

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    The only one of those I tried was swype and I'm not digging it. I don't mind the keyboard that came on the phone, only wish it was a little more customizable or had bigger keys.. but it can't be too big unfortunately due to the screen size.
     
  4. 5thAgent

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    Are there any others that have easy access to punctuation similarly to the default "Touch Input" keyboard? I don't like having to tap 3 buttons to get a bloody exclamation point.
     
  5. GrdLock

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    I use the regular QWERTY keyboard that came with the phone. The only other I've tried is Swype, and although it was cool, I eventually got tired of it and switched back to the regular one.
     
  6. Chopstick2U

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    I thought the dial pad with T9 that came with Sense was pretty awesome, but it definitely has some frustrating limitations. In seemingly random instances, it would disable T9 text prediction, reducing text entry to the level of the most ancient dumb phones. I noticed the lag, but it never really bothered me that much.

    Still, I never tried another KB until I heard about Swype, and I haven't gone back since.

    I absolutely cannot handle a full QWERTY in portrait mode unless it's in Swype. I can't fathom how you guys manage to be so precise without giving it your complete, undivided attention. Compact QWERTY is a benevolent addition for former BB users, but I couldn't get the hang of it.
     
  7. hunterx119

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    you can actually hold down the letter of the key that has the excalmation point, for about 2 seconds, and it will show up.
     
  8. Chopstick2U

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    Pretty sure he was referring to non-sense KBs. The feature you described is probably one of the strongest features of Sense's KB.

    Although, it has been awhile since I've used a friend's Droid, so I could be mistaken.
     
  9. MongolStomp

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    You know what would be cool? if you instead of a whole new keyboard poppping up when you hit the "12#" but just an icon that let you know that option was selected then you'd hit the Letter with the corresponding symbol you desired. Like you'd press the "12#" button and then "Q" but you would get a one. Kind of like the BB QWERTY. make life easier. I don't see the need for a whole new screen for numbers and suck, maybe for different symbols but not regurally used ones.
     
  10. MongolStomp

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    Oh, and holding down the letters to get the symbol is time consuming! I wanna bust it not wait 2 sec for a symbol
     
  11. Chopstick2U

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    With Swype, if you swipe the "m/?" key to the Space bar, it will read it as a "?" followed by a space. Also, Swype is possibly the only KB I've used that properly handles apostrophes. I *refuse* to stop using proper contractions just because I'm on a phone, and I love that I can just swipe down to the ./' button and it will be inserted as an apostrophe.
     
  12. davros

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    i use swype and/or better keyboard with andriod 2.0 skin (bigger keys)
     
  13. Ty07allstar

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    What is the name of the skin? I've found the Android skin but no Android 2.0 skin.
     
  14. davros

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    androidkeyboard 1.0

    its in market as .. Better Keyboard Skin - Android
     
  15. karib

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    Best so far is Swype IMO. Other than that, I really liked the stock keyboard. I tried a couple others and didn't think they were any better than the stock one. Personally, I will be stickin with Swype. The newest version (1.16.12.5228) is soooo much better than the last two I installed. Definitely more user friendly!
     
  16. davros

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    where'd u find the new one?

    i seem to have the old one

    Swype 0.35.39.59
     
  17. Mays24

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  18. davros

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    hmmmm rename it lol
     
  19. Chopstick2U

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    Man, how am I supposed to keep up with these updates? You know as soon as I get the 2.1 OTA, I'm not gonna keep coming to these boards, right?


    PS: The latest version is SO MUCH BETTER!! Would the OP mind updating the first post so people know which version to look for?
     
  20. JohnnyThumbz

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    Coming from a t-mo shadow, I was used to the compact qwerty board. I had a bit of trouble with the touch keys.swiched to swype, used it for about 2 weeks, got pretty good at it. Then Monday I sent an email using the stock keyboard, and was typing with the reflexes of a cat and the speed of a mongoose. Been using it since.
     
  21. davros

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    lol

    :D
     
  22. alexislost

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    i just put the newest version of swype on my phone. sooo sooo very much better than the original version of swype i had on there.
     
  23. davros

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    totally agree its smoother and fancy
     
  24. alexislost

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    the only thing i can't figure out is to lower the keyboard when i'm not using it?
     
  25. davros

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    back button?
     

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