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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Houstatlanavegas, May 27, 2010.


What is the best keyboard replacement option for Android Eris?

Poll closed Jun 8, 2010.
  1. Swype

  2. ShapeWriter

  3. Other(in thread)

  1. Houstatlanavegas

    Houstatlanavegas Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Shapewriter and Swype have been in topic with me for the past couple days and i just wanted to see what you guy thought was the best keyboard replacement..

    This is not limited to the two I mention and if you do have another please post it along with your review.


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  2. xAusTiN

    xAusTiN Well-Known Member

    What is shapewriter?
  3. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

    Exercise DVD I believe.
  4. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert


    There's one or two members here that will swear by Shapewriter.

    But Swype is the best thing to ever happen to touch screen phones IMO...

    ALL the threads about swype here say it all...
    Especially the way everyone was about to jump off a bridge when all our Swype versions expired...
    I still have nightmares about those 8 hours....
  5. mc48

    mc48 Android Enthusiast

    swype is brilliant. The one app I wouldn't/couldn't do without.
  6. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

    Agreed, Swype is certainly the way to go. When (if) they start charging $.99, 2.99, 5.99 or whatever, that developer with make a mint.
  7. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

    "with" = "will". Geeez, I can't type AND I can't edit my posts anymore. Bad combination.....
  8. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    I think they would too...
    But they dont. I emailed them about getting it for my sister who has the Motorola Devour. I hadn't found it anywhere. This is what they said:

    Thanks for contacting us, and for your kind words about Swype. Swype is not currently available for direct purchase/download on any platform. Our current business model is OEM licensing, which means that the only way to use a feature-complete Swype is to purchase a device that ships with our keyboard pre-installed.

    The good news for you is that we do have a beta program for Android, located at beta.swype.com. Enrollment is currently closed, but we
  9. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

  10. gruss

    gruss Android Expert

    I voted other because I keep going back to the compact qwerty but have both mentioned on my phone, I'm not sure if its becasue its closest to my BB keyboard or what but I'm no faster with the "swype type KB's". While I couldnt prove it they also seem to wear down the battery a little worse than the stock kb's on heavy texting days. So my opinion is that swype has better word recognition out of the box, but shapwriter is ok. I like the numeric pad of SW and their word chooser box thing better than swype.
    Overall I would say swype is "better" BUT Shapewriter is still really good and is readily available for free!
  11. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Nope. Tried it and it didn't work. Not sure about the Devour's resolution
    She ended up going back to her dumbphone:eek:...
    So I stopped my search...
    although i'm sure i would have gotten it by now if she still had it;)
  12. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Ok... i have officially changed my view on Shapewriter. I have been bashing it lately because I think Swype is so great (still do).

    I had tried shapewriter before and felp Swype was a bit better. However, i had not looked into all the different settings.

    For example, if you text in more than one language... then Shapewriter is MUCH better than Swype in that aspect.
    I text a lot in Spanish, and with Swype i can add words one at a time. But it would take months to have a decent amount of words to be able to swype in spanish without problems.

    Shapewriter allows more than one language at ONCE!!! So i can swipe in Spanglish :D without any problems. Just download your language dictionay... and you're set. Don't have to give up english to type in another language.
    And I can delete words from Shapewriter dictionary... which you cannot do with Swype.

    As far as accuracy, i still might give a slight edge to swype... but shapewriters is right there. Maybe i just need practice.

    Still love swype... but I'm going to stick with Shapewriter for a bit to see if it grows on me.
  13. aznguyen316

    aznguyen316 Member

    thought you can delete from swype by highlighting and pressing the swype key? anyway, the language thing seems nice, though I don't.
  14. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Only words that you have previously added.
  15. CycloneFever

    CycloneFever Member

    I haven't tried Shapewriter, but Swype is, by far, the best app I have seen on Android. I had the trial period ending problem. I tried one tweet and I was about to give up smart phones altogether until I found out how to get Swype back.
  16. Jshizzy

    Jshizzy Well-Known Member

    I currently use ShapeWriter due to the larger font on the keyboard.. i liked the original ported swype but three current version I dislike.. does not seem as responsive to me
  17. Peaser

    Peaser Well-Known Member

    I LOVE Shapewriter! It is incredibly fast and accurate. I can use left or right hand and send texts and emails so quickly. Absolutely couldn't do without it!
  18. phantomevo77

    phantomevo77 Member

    There is also SlideIT which on my friends Eris works amazing. I
    enjoy taking his phone time to time just to use SlideIT
  19. aznguyen316

    aznguyen316 Member

    I've also heard of slideit.. Willing to try out both shapewriter and slideit.. guess I'll mess with it and see.
  20. ericDylan

    ericDylan Android Enthusiast

    just tried shape writer and it is ok but i like swype better ... does anyone have a download for swype i couldnt find one since my download stopped working about a month ago and i can't find another one and i miss swype .. :(
  21. xx_bishop_xx

    xx_bishop_xx Android Expert

    It is still available here.
    ericDylan likes this.
  22. nomarsgirl

    nomarsgirl Android Enthusiast

    I thought it was just me. It doesn't seem to work as well.
  23. Kaessa

    Kaessa Pending Deletion

    Swype, definitely. I can NOT live without it. It was the very first app I reinstalled on my phone after a factory reset.
  24. majorpay

    majorpay Well-Known Member

    Wow... I just installed Swype, and I cannot believe how incredibly accurate and easy it is to type this way! I need to hang out on this forum more... I think I'm missing out.
  25. ericDylan

    ericDylan Android Enthusiast

    i downloaded that and it went ok but when i tried to use it it wouldnt let me and said that the trial period ended download another copy or something like that :( i havent seen this happen with other people's swype ... is it just me?

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