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Is there a proper nerd friendly soft keyboard?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by tardmobile, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sorry if there are is an answer for this already. Searching for "keyboard" and "tab" is a pretty big waste of time to sift through.

    Is there a soft keyboard out that has alt, ctrl, tab, shift, and a pipe?
    It would also need multitouch and/or some sticky keys option to be able to utilize them. (like being able to press ctrl+k)

    I don't care about swype or any "super awesome" keyboard with gigantic keys. I'll deal with typos if it means I can keep my evo and still get around in shells remotely without having to carry around a bluetooth keyboard (whenever cyanogen or somebody gets BT HID working).

    I don't care about auto correction. I don't care about text prediction. I don't care if you can put a Hello Kitty theme on it. I don't even care if you're forced to use a Hello Kitty them to use it. I just want a keyboard that works as a full keyboard.

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  2. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
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    basically I just want a keyboard for Android that is exactly like the virtual keyboard you'd get in Windows Mobile 6.1 (the same keyboard came up for me on my ppc6700 and my Mogul (ppc6800)) when you already had a physical keyboard but needed more keys than your keyboard provided.

    This is driving me insane.
  3. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    really? nothing?

    my friends have been telling me I'm just not looking hard enough but I'm starting to think it just really hasn't been done yet due to everyone just wanting a keyboard with HUGE BUTTONS or a Jersey Shore theme
  4. diS

    diS Android Enthusiast

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  5. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    none of those have the function altering keys I need

    also I'm on an EVO so I already have the HTC_IME (modded lightly by the Fresh team so it also has a pipe but none of the other functions)

    thanks for trying though.
  6. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Better Keyboard is exactly what I was alluding to in my previous posts. Its whole selling point is bigger buttons and Hello Kitty themes.

    I just need a keyboard with access to function keys like ctrl, alt, shift, and tab. I see it (Better Keyboard) has a button on one screen labeled as ALT but I can't seem to find any reviews that actually show it doing anything and I've only seen this is in one screenshot. ...What possesses someone to make a five minute video review of a keyboard app that doesn't actually show you how it works?

    Seeing as that's a paid keyboard app I'm going to have to wait to hear from someone on if that actually does what I need or not.
  7. diS

    diS Android Enthusiast

  8. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    yeah, but none of them seem to include those very specific functions that I'm asking for.

    "look you can swipe back and forth to special characters and letters." there's a key labeled ALT with a dot on there but no one ever touches it. Reviews are always just BUT LOOK! SKINS! NOW WATCH ME DOWNLOAD STUFF FROM THE MARKET!

  9. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Why don't you try it yourself, then refund within the 24 hours if it doesn't work as you want?

    Thats the whole point behind the 24 hour refund policy..
  10. beckx020

    beckx020 Newbie

    Alt (on any virtual keyboard I think) is a sticky key for characters like pipe, back slash, etc. But I don't think you get function of Alt+key and there is no Ctl+key.

    You would think that since it was written off of a linux variation the programmers would have wanted that. I assume some of them do command line stuff remotely. I never thought about it. Many people say they use an android device to telnet.
  11. StuartTheFish

    StuartTheFish Android Enthusiast

    Could you not just pair a bluetooth keyboard to your phone when you need to use those 733t hax00r buttons?
  12. ogami_ito

    ogami_ito Newbie

    Off topic, but if you know that this would work with Galaxy S, please show me the link.

    Back on Topic, louzhu just wants to be able to get at special keys quicker and mapped to qwerty .
  13. frankbonatelli

    frankbonatelli Well-Known Member

    This is an awesome find thanks! I have been using the HTC hack from XDA forum but this actually has way more features that I find very useful. Good find thanks dis
    for the info and link.
  14. Barron22

    Barron22 Newbie

    Swift key has a pipe, backslash and some other symbols its not a full keyboard though with tab and ctrl keys
  15. sookster54

    sookster54 Android Expert

    Been shopping around for an alternative keyboard myself, I like Smart keyboard's black skin and makes the letters very clear to read. But I also like Swiftkey, just wish it had a darker keyboard skin.

    About Touchpal, the fact that it requires permission to read personal data is fishy, I backed out of installing that when I saw it, not surprising considering it's coming from China.
  16. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    Yeah, I don't think Android really utilizes those keys.
  17. Nickelking

    Nickelking Newbie

    Does swiftkey have a
  18. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah I really don't do the buy something to return it later thing.

    Yes, I can see why you'd want to carry around a keyboard with you everywhere when you're already carrying around a phone with a 4.3" screen.
  19. vani77a

    vani77a Newbie

    why do you need those keys?
  20. Barron22

    Barron22 Newbie

  21. FoxtrotUniform

    FoxtrotUniform Well-Known Member

    @tardmobile: Your snarky attitude is cracking me up dude :) DO EEET

    Also, for reals, try this one.
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  22. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
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    F U - that looks like what I'm looking for, thanks. I'll check that out in a bit .

    vani77a - for ssh terminals, mostly for irc in irssi through connectbot on my evo.
  23. tardmobile

    tardmobile Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter


    the buttons are there but they don't *work* :(

    still no tab complete

    edit: well, TAB doesn't work on my evo running 2.2 on Fresh. The ctrl+(character) keys work though, so that's something.
  24. cogano

    cogano Lurker

    Why don't you use ConnectBot or its modification for irssi (check out the market)? It allows for ctrl, alt, esc. (Double esc is the same as tab.)

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