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  1. dylane

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    I've been having trouble finding a keyboard that really works well for me. I'm looking for one that:

    1) Is resizable, or doesn't take up more than about 1/3 of the screen in landscape

    2) Has a dedicated number row, and special keys like ctrl and tab

    3) Will suggest words/phrases based on what I've typed before

    Hacker's keyboard is great for 1&2, but doesn't do any prediction AFAIK (it does suggest names out of my address book, but that's it). Swipe and Swift Key seem to have really big keyboards, but have a lot less keys. Any other good options?
     

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  2. NeoGrandizer

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    I use Thumb Keyboard. Fits my needs. You can adjust the height of the keyboard. Add special keys, shortcuts, etc. It is customizable.
     
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    Thats a big one for me too. One of the best features about Note 2 was the dedicated # row of keys. Keyboards like Swiftkey Flow and Swype do not have that.

    I have been on the hunt ever since I got the Note 2 for a new keyboard.
     
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    the stock samsung keyboard is the only one I know of that has one handed mode, has a dedicated row for numbers, and will suggest words. It also has swype built in and easily switches between voice, text, or spen input.
     
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    The Samsung Keyboard isn't too bad, but I much prefer Swype; it seems much more accurate in predictions and is better at learning words from what I have experienced. If only I could get it to work in one-handed mode. That's the only reason I keep using the Samsung Keyboard. I thought there would be a mod or something devs would have made for these other keyboards to work better on the Note 2 :(.
     
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    Swiftkey 3. Nuff said
     
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    FYI..after I posted this I found out that there is a separate dictionary download available for Hacker's Keyboard on the Play Store. I'd originally downloaded the keyboard from F-Droid, and the dictionary isn't available there for some reason. After downloading the dictionary word suggestions are working, although I'm not sure yet if it will automatically add words I type often into the dictionary automatically. But at least for the time being, Hacker's keyboard is my go to keyboard.
     
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    Haven't yet seen a keyboard with a dedicated number "row" that is only 1/3 the height of the screen in landscape mode.

    I have 3 keyboards (including the stock keyboard) that have dedicated number keys. But including the predictions, it's at least half the screen in landscape mode.

    1) stock keyboard: Love the layout, swipe capabilities, lousy word prediction

    2) Ultra Keyboard: highly customizable, swipe capabilities, awkward key placement, average key prediction.

    3) Thumb Keyboard (numpad style layout in the center). Great for landscape mode. Not so good word prediction.

    So far my favorite has been Swype, stock and SwiftKey. SwiftKey can almost have the convenience of dedicated number keys without having dedicated number keys. What I do is adjustable the long press duration to it's minimal setting. This way when I press the key twice as long as tapping, I'll get numbers. For numerical data inputs. I tend to use the stock keyboard more. But for FB and forum use I favor Swype more than anything else.

    Sent using the force
     
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    I use Samsung stock keyboard. Earlier when I was pressing a letter for long, it was turning into a capital letter. But that does't happen now. Its very irksome. What could have gone wrong and how to set it right? Whether upgrade to 4.1.2 may have anything to do?

    -Anoop Kumar
     
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    Is there a way to have stock samsung keyboard auto-correct? Simple things such as typing "teh" should auto correct to "the"

    It shows "the" as a prediction but when I hit space, I would like it to auto correct the word for me.

    If stock samsung keyboard did that, I would be a happy camper.
     
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    Thanks. Very useful information. I still haven't tried Swiftkey, even though I've heard such good things about it, might have to give it a try now, although not having a ctrl key would take a lot of getting used to.
     
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    A.I.type Keyboard - does everything you require!
     
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    Perfect Keyboard Pro is great! You can customize everything! Love it!
     
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    I have tried stock for a few weeks, but the word prediction is awful. How long does it take to get. ."the" and "for". Back on Swype.



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    I've been Kii lately and it fits much of what you are looking for. Free beta right now with all premium features unlocked.
     
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    I second Kii!! I love that you can change the size of the keys, the spacing between keys, key rows, use split keyboard, have numbers on the keyboard and especially the ability to move the keyboard padding in more left and or right in split key mode.
     

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