I don't know if it's a Sense or an Android thing, but under the keyboard settings on my Dinc2 (stock 2.3.4), I have the option of a "compact" keyboard in the language and keyboard settings. I never noticed it until just the other day, so I selected it just to see what it did, and sure enough, it came up like a BB SureType keyboard, two letters per key. I don't care for it (didn't care for it on my BB Storm either). Poke around in your settings, might be there? Then again it could be part of HTC Sense. This is the only android I've ever owned so I just don't know.
I use TouchPal. Its free from the market and works better than swiftkey.
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"Works better than Swiftkey"??? I've used both and I wholeheartedly disagree. I suspect that a lot of people would. You can say that you like it better than SwiftKey. But saying that it "works better" is presenting you opinion as fact. (Similarly, I understand that I can't say that Swiftkey "works better" than Touchpal.)
TouchPal has a condensed keyboard mode similar to the BlackBerry SureType keyboard. It also has predictive typing, although it takes a while for it to learn your typing style.
Smart Keyboard Pro also has a compressed layout (although isn't free). It also has text prediction and AutoText (like BlackBerry). From my experience, it is probably the keyboard closest to the BlackBerry experience.
Personally, I found that although initially, typing like I was still on my BlackBerry made the conversion easier, moving to a different keyboard that takes advantage of all the Android capabilities made for a better experience. There is something about swiping through words with Swype, TouchPal, or FlexT9 that really speeds up the touchscreen typing, and text prediction of SwiftKey (along with FlexT9, TouchPal, and others) is rather nice as well.
Ford what it's worth, Crackberry Kevin tried a bunch of keyboards on the Android leg of his Mobile Nations world tour and decided on SwiftKey 3. He did say that he decreased the long press time and after he did that he really liked it. (A good tip by the way.)
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Will the Android native keyboard (or any of the others mentioned here like SwiftKey) allow for 'Word Substituion' like BlackBerry has? For example, if I type the letters "ie" and then press the space key on my BlackBerry, it will automatically insert "i.e.," or "th" inserts "Thank you," and I can add these myself.