keyboard comparison: swype vs SwiftKey vs thumb
I finally got my xoom yesterday so I decided to do a comparison of these three alternative keyboards for the xoom.
Swype: works nicely in portrait but in landscape the input field takes over whole screen. Don't need to lift finger and in portrait there is not a long distance to swype so its very usable. The landscape mode requires too much fingers dragging though.
Swiftkey: nice tron esque theme. However in splitmode the keys are too small and leads to lots of error. The full keyboard mode is nice for when the zoom is laying on a flat surface. A bit laggy though, hopefully future update fixes that.
Thumb keyboard: my personal favorite. Can easily type with thumbs, key sizing on 7 inch tablet mode is very nice. Very fast and responsive.
Overall: swype is the best for portrait mode, and thumbkeyboard is the best for landscape use.
Feel free to add your own comments on which keyboard you prefer.
- 03-31-2011, 04:26 PM #2
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- 03-31-2011, 04:56 PM #5
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I've wondered how Swype would work on such a large screen. I love it on my DroidX but I don't like using it in landscape because it's so far to go to each letter.
I'm hoping that at some point they allow Swype to come up in the lower right corner (or left depending on your preference) at the same size that it would be on a phone. That way you wouldn't have to give up half the screen to a keyboard and you could use one hand to type. Maybe it wouldn't work too well but I would like to see them try.
- 03-31-2011, 04:58 PM #6
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- 03-31-2011, 08:22 PM #8
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Yeah the stock keyboard is nice if the Xoom is laying down and you're using it like a regular keyboard. If you're holding it up, it's not so easy.
I just downloaded the free Tablet Keyboard, definitely going to take some getting used to.
I also have the free SlideIT. Not very efficient on a tablet. It's decent in portrait mode, but in landscape you have to swipe so far. Swype may be better if it were the same size as it is on a phone, placed in a corner.
- 03-31-2011, 08:50 PM #10
- 03-31-2011, 09:14 PM #12
- 03-31-2011, 09:48 PM #13
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Am I the only one that is using Slide-It on my Xoom? It is freakin' awsome! The latest update allows you to adjust the height of the keyboard (little tiny up/down arrows in top left of keyboard). Portrait and landscape can be adjusted independently. Also, in landscape, I keep the gestures (G) pad open on the left which shrinks the keyboard horizontally to the perfect size.
Yes, the keyboard is not really optimized for this size screen but it is still MUCH better than Swype and any of the other keyboards.
Along with great accuracy, I love adding my own "shortcuts" so can slide my name (long) or any of my email address for a quick fill function.
100% usable for me.
- 03-31-2011, 09:56 PM #14
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