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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Member12446, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Member12446

    Member12446 Guest
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    I've been using the HTC keyboard on my Galaxy, but like other users, I find it less responsive on the right hand side of the screen, or I press a number and it selects the wrong button, even though my finger isn't anywhere near that button.

    I have got Better Keyboard as well, but can't seem to get used to it.

    So, what keyboard do you use and why? I want a find a new T9 keyboard that works well ideally!


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  2. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Android Expert

    I have been switching between the standard keyboard for English-language input, and the "Scandinavian keyboard" with a Danish dictionary for native input, but in all cases my accuracy has been appalling.

    I have heard much good about "Better Keyboard" but have never been able to try it, because the paid Market is not available for me. I've also tried AnysoftKeyboard but ditched it again because native input (
  3. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    HTC keyboard has a calibration feature found under Touch Input settings. Try playing with it.

    And yes, my favourite kbd is HTC Touch Input. )
  4. ch424

    ch424 Newbie

    I've used TouchPal, the HTC one, the built-in android one and the Samsung one in the IK4 firmware. The IK4 one is very responsive, but my favourite is definitely the HTC. If TouchPal handled adding words the same way as the HTC keyboard and was a bit more responsive, that would be my favourite though!
  5. Member12446

    Member12446 Guest
    Thread Starter

    Do the HTC keyboard users have problems with the right side of the keyboard? I've tried calibration? Is there any evidence that it actually does anything?

    Can you calibrate in T9 mode? Maybe that's why it doesn't do much as it's doing it for the qwerty one.
  6. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    It does. Just try "miss-calibrating" it and you'll see ))) For me the calibration only makes things worse.
  7. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    i use better kb with the iphone skin (not cos i like iphone but because its a nice visual and easy to see)
  8. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

    I use AnysoftKeyboard. It's fast, responsive and it supports multitude of layouts:
    Keyboards & Dictionaries: Latin (QWERTY, DVORAK, AZERTY, Colemak), Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Lao, Bulgarian, Finnish/Swedish, Swiss, German, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Belorussian, Ukrainian.

    Here is the QR-code for you to scan (if you're lazy like me :) )
  9. MichaelW

    MichaelW Android Enthusiast

    I liked TouchPal, for me it's a close run thing between that and the HTC one.
  10. mvnjpy

    mvnjpy Member

    where do you get these keyboards? touchPal and HTC Keyboard? the market?
  11. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    HTC Keyboard is not officially distributed for obvious reasons ) You will have to find it, but that's not hard, just google "htc_ime".

    TouchPal is supposed to be in the Market, but I do not see it there, either because it's not available in the UK or because Google has not completely whitelisted the IK4 firmware that I'm using.

    There's couple of dozens of keyboards in the Market. Just search "keyboard".
  12. n8schicht

    n8schicht Newbie

    I also prefer TouchPal since 4 months now or so, it's my favorite.
    @informale: You can't find TouchPal any more because Cootek took it off the market. Version 1.0 was like a test for them and since November or so it's gone. However they want to release a new version this month (which I doubt, I think we will see it in January).
  13. lazarus101

    lazarus101 Member

    TouchPal is bundled with the T-Mobile Pulse and they have some sort of contractual agreement not to release it on the Market for some time.
    TouchPal is my favourite keyboard also, it is a bit slow though and there's no space between keys so it takes some time to get used to it
  14. Naruvam

    Naruvam Well-Known Member

    Found htc_ime nice keyboard tnx for the tip. Lol it's way way better than samsungs keyboard that comes with K4
  15. arielf

    arielf Lurker

    I've had my galaxy for over 3 months now and still can't seem to get used to any of these virtual keyboards. Some of them are good in terms of interface, usability but are lacking multilanguage input. This is a great downside for most people, i guess.
    Touchpal was multilanguage (only limited to english,german, french and chinese at the moment). AnysoftKeyboard seems to be the only one fully supporting many languages. However, when writing in spanish using special chars(such as
  16. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

  17. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

  18. cryingfreeman

    cryingfreeman Member

    slidetype keyboard on portrait mode

    sometimes better keyboard
  19. Xenon

    Xenon Well-Known Member

    I'm using the standard keyboard as others I tried have proven too slow.
    One thing I noticed in IK4 firmware is that I now have an animation when
    the keyboard pops up or closes. How can I turn that off? I didn't notice
    it while I was on H8 which means that it was either added later, or that
    it was always there but everything is much slower now so I notice it.

    Another thing I find frustrating with the on-screen keyboard is that it can't
    keep up with quick typing. If I press two keys in rapid sequence the software
    seems to detect it (they enlarge) but then probably decides that the time
    between presses was too short, perhaps accidental, and thus discards one or
    both presses.

    It is annoying to type everything in correctly and have it not appear on the
    screen because I typed too fast!
  20. martino

    martino Guest
    Thread Starter

    Where did you guys get the .apk(s) from? I searched and just found ones for Donut.
  21. Naruvam

    Naruvam Well-Known Member

    Google :D
  22. martino

    martino Guest
    Thread Starter


    Thanks for the very helpful information... :V
  23. James Bell

    James Bell Member

    Seriously where? There's no harm in posting a link. I tracked down two different htc_ime.apk files and neither worked on my K4 firmware phone (constant force close). If you have a working htc_ime on the galaxy, post it's location please, please, please. Or send me a message and get it to me, then *I'll* post it someplace public.

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