Since getting my Evo I have been HORRIBLE with the keyboard. Sure it is good when I hit the wrong letter, but sometimes my wrong letter is the ABC/123 key or the shift key, and my biggest issue is not getting the space right.
I wanted to try swipe but it is not available anymore.
I have heard of people using swiftkey.
Is it any good?
I'm a little worried about even knowing how to switch keyboards and then how to switch back if I don't like it.
Its really simple to switch. Don't let that stop you. When you have another keyboard installed you go to settings/language & keybord and check the box next to your new keyboard to allow it to be used. Then when you are in a text message press and hold in the dialogue box, it will give you "Input Method" press that and then you can select the keyboard you want to use.
I like Swift key the best and it is what I am currently using. Swype is really good too, but I prefer swift key.
So I installed swift key and I am trying it out. I know I will need a few days to adjust to see if I like it so I won't so much now. However, I do find it putting periods after just about every word for some reason.
I spent more time correcting Swype than actually getting anywhere. Bleh.
This. I tried the beta twice and both times I was back to the stock KB within a day or two because when you waste a minute trying to enter one word because Swype is so certain that it absolutely must be what it puts down that it doesn't even bother letting you pick from a list, then all the speed advantage you may've gotten has been given back.
I really like SwiftKey because of the near-psychic text prediction. It also seems to remember phrases you've type before because when you go to retype them - say, a phrase that you frequently say like, "I swear I'm going to murder these customers!" - because after the first couple of words, it will offer up the next word as the default allowing you to "type" the passage be repeatedly tapping the space bar.
The only real fix I'd like them to add is having the question mark offered as a possible next autofill on sentences that started with who/what/when/where/why.
The most confusing thing about adding additional keyboards is that you have to go into the settings and enable each one. When you do this, it will pop up a warning saying that it can capture all your data but this is a generic Android message for all add on keyboards. Once you get the keyboards installed and enabled, it's easy to switch between them by long pressing in any text entry area and selecting Input Method and then the desired keyboard.
I'm using Swype now. I installed SwiftKey which works really well with the word prediction but I really like how Swype handles cursors and symbols. If I have to type a long wordy message, I'll switch over to SwiftKey but for day-to-day use, I use Swype and I'll be ready to pay for it when it hits the market. I can understand their hesitance to put it out there since they would probably get a lot of people doing returns. You really need to use it for a while to get the hang of it.
There are lots of alternatives out there. With a hardware keyboard you get one choice.
I know what made me switch was not having a multitouch keyboard so when I would type it wouldn't always register my spaces. I would love to see what kind of crazy works I added to the dictionary on accident.
So when Swype hits the market I will be buying it. With that being said just make sure you go through and spend at least some time setting it up. There are a lot of settings in there that would most likely correct a lot of problems people have had with it.
Anyways, good luck on your quest for a new keyboard. Customizing you phone to you is going to be a fun challenge that will last a long time.