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Keyboard Issues

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Zarch, May 11, 2010.

  1. After 2 weeks of owning my Desire and coming from an iPhone I can honestly say I can't get on with the standard keyboard as I'm always hitting the adjacent keys no matter how many times I calibrate the damn thing.

    Is it that the keys are too small? Have they crammed to many extras on there? Looking at my mates iPhone, there is more of gap between the keys. Why is the settings button there? Surely easier just to hit the menu button for that?

    Do we really need the comma and full stop next to the space key. I would say space bar, but its not wide enough for that. (another annoyance as I keep missing it and hitting comma etc instead).

    I think the predictive text and it remembering words is better than the iPhone though.

    Is there a replacement keyboard i could try? I've had a quick dabble with those slide keyboard things, but don't think they are for me.

    Any recommendations?


  2. Surely someone else is pee'd off with the keyboard? ;)
  3. OFI

    OFI Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Have a look on the Market. There is another keyboard which uses predictive txt to enlarge the keys it thinks you might use next. It's called Fat Fingers or something like that lol.
  4. stewcp

    stewcp Member

    Apr 24, 2010
    I would advise calibration the screen... its improves the keyboard and I'm a happy boy now :)

    'Sent using Android power and Tapatalk Pro'
  5. I've tried that loads of times,(you mean calibrate the key?) still keep having problems. If it wasn't for the predictive text I'd be typing rubbish most of the time.

    I wasn't this bad a type on the iPhone.

    Are there alternative keyboards?

    Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk
  6. Unfriendly

    Unfriendly Active Member

    Apr 13, 2010
  7. tuatha

    tuatha Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Swype is even better. It's in closed beta at the moment but you should be able to find it on xda-developers and other sites. It did seem to be a bit of a battery hog, but I'm assuming this is a bug.

    In the mean-time, type in landscape, not portrait.
  8. EmperorKabir

    EmperorKabir Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2010
    yea i too am having issues. i keep hitting adjacent keys and the full stop instead of the space bar. and yes i have calibrated it
  9. weirdNumber

    weirdNumber Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    I always hit the wrong keys with the standard Android keyboard but I find the predictive text so good that I can type much faster than I can with the hardware qwertys on the market or the iphone keyboard.
    My error rate is much lower on the iphone but I am slower because the prediction isn't as good. With the Desire it always seems to know which word I want. My only problem is the double press space to do a full stop. I can't find an option to disable that.

    Swype seems to be a good keyboard but I haven't personally got on with it. There is another thread on here with a link for it.
  10. Norwegianpiglet

    Norwegianpiglet Active Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    Kent, UK
    I don't know what the keyboard issue is...I just use phone keypad and I can write well fast using the predictive text.
  11. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Yep, if you have predictive text on it doesn't matter if you dont hit the exact key, it will still get the word even if you NEVER hit the correct key, as long as you hit in the general vicinity of the correct key, tried and tested by myself.
  12. OFI

    OFI Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2010
  13. Going to give thick buttons a try and see how i get on.

    Failing that, might have to look again at one of these swipe keyboards!
  14. MDKtm

    MDKtm Member

    I downloaded Thick Buttons today and it has made a world of difference and I can type with hardly any mistakes. I had to concentrate at first until I was sure it would always enlarge the ones I needed and now it is really quick.

    I was so sick of deleting and retyping before on the standard keyboard, but I don't think it is only that the keys are small.

    I think the glass you touch is floating too high over the key on the screen below so, hitting it at an angle means you miss the key you were going for. Or maybe I am over-thinking the whole thing... :rolleyes:
  15. Update on my keyboard woes.

    Spent 2 weeks using "thick buttons", which was okay, but still nothing like the old iPhone keyboard I was used to. (although i do prefer TB to the stock Desire keyboard).

    Anyway, searching around on AppBrain last night and found this; What is Smart Keyboard?

    You can download a version for free that doesn't have the dictionary etc, but the full version is only 2 quid from the marketplace.

    Only had it a day, but feel much more confident using it. :D
  16. paulcooper

    paulcooper Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Hmm I quite like the stock keyboard, but i did try thick fingers.

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