02-25-2010 06:10 PM
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  1. jdwx's Avatar
    Didn't quite see this in a search, so, I'll bite.

    I'm pretty much running with the Native, Better Keyboard w/oil slick skin, and SWYPE. The latter two seem to be my most used.

    They all have their good points I guess, and I'm still on the fence among them.

    Among these (or any others I'm oblivious of for that matter), any pros/cons that anyone cares to discuss that might be interesting?

    Does the native do stuff the others like Better Keyboard really don't? I don't use it much and I see a lot of people go back to it. Any reasons?

    I know I love SWYPE but it really drives me crazy with whacky predictive words and it seems to slowly get polluted with weird words I can't delete. And, just plain does weird crap under some conditions. If it's dictionary was highly (and easily) editable to get rid of the stupid stuff, I'd probably LOVE swype the most.

    If you're bored.... Discuss?
    02-20-2010 09:46 AM
  2. Jared DiPane's Avatar
    Well lets see.

    I started off hating both the on screen and physical keyboard so I went to see alternatives. In the process I think I downloaded every one of them. Swype was cool but predictive text display bothered me. SlideIt was a great alternative (available in the market) with a nice look but low resolution for some reason. Then I tried better keyboard with the Oil Slick skin, liked it but kept trying it. Smart Keyboard has multitouch, kinda cool but no corrective text or anything, so no go for me.

    I am now back on the stock on screen keyboard and after toying with all the rest I have a new found love or it. Also love the physical keyboard more now.

    My $.02
    02-20-2010 10:08 AM
  3. corydunbar's Avatar
    I'm a big fan of all of the stock keyboards and have found no reason to change. Virtual (portrait and landscape) and the phyisical all serve me well. I love how good the spell check/predictive text is on the virtual portrait to counter act those micro buttons. They're as small as a BB 8330's but at the same time they have no physical indecator for eaach button. But I have grown to love it for its purposes. Mostly quick texts and text fields while web browsing (passwords & usernames) other than that, I prefer the physical over the vertual landscape, it leaves more screen space and I'm just way more accurate on it. If I'm less concerned about mistakes for long texts I am faster with the vitual landscape though. So I am just a big fan of all of the stock keyboards. Way to go motorola!
    02-20-2010 10:11 AM
  4. jdwx's Avatar
    So, sorta two votes on the native being the one. I seemed to see that before. I may have to work that one again. I freaked on it when I got the phone and got everythig else I could and haven't really used it a lot since I got more cool with the phone. I need to check it again.

    Physical... I just can't deal with the top row... fingers seem too big and I get LOTS of mistakes, plus no spellcheck/predictive and that is sorta needed for me with these a bit I think. Been trying to use it more and more in hope of maybe finding love...
    02-20-2010 10:22 AM
  5. prometheus's Avatar
    I use swype. Thee are many times when it just does weird stuff for no discernible reason. On the whole it's pretty good.

    I would suggest anyone unhappy with the predictive text features - press and hold the swype button and mess around with your settings. It's very customizable.

    So, put me down for + 1 for swype
    02-20-2010 10:36 AM
  6. Jared DiPane's Avatar
    I use swype. Thee are many times when it just does weird stuff for no discernible reason. On the whole it's pretty good.

    I would suggest anyone unhappy with the predictive text features - press and hold the swype button and mess around with your settings. It's very customizable.

    So, put me down for + 1 for swype
    I liked Swype, til I found out how much of a memory hog it was. Have you checked the file size in your applications menu?

    I used it for a week, and it was nearly 10mb in size, no reason for it to be so large. I dont need it to store my custom words without a way to delete them.

    SlideIt worked much the same if you can deal with the lower resolution image on the screen but I also found it to be more accurate and a nicer presentation of the words it was predicting.
    02-20-2010 10:40 AM
  7. simp_10's Avatar
    I used swype and was really able to type quite fast and accurately. I agree with prometheus, check your settings and adjust them to allow more/less accuracy with the predictive text. Most of the time I never had the predictive text pop up as it recognized the word I wanted. So +1 for Swype.

    On another note, due to root I use the stock so I simply run my finger across the keyboard to bring up Speech to text. Working great so far but without it, definitely Swype for me.
    02-20-2010 10:52 AM
  8. itzperch's Avatar
    I LOVEEEEE Swype and could not see myself using anything else.....even if it is a mem hog
    02-20-2010 10:52 AM
  9. Jared DiPane's Avatar
    I LOVEEEEE Swype and could not see myself using anything else.....even if it is a mem hog
    Have you tried SlideIt?
    02-20-2010 10:54 AM
  10. jdwx's Avatar
    Was wondering abou the SlideIt... Heard it wasn't so great compared to swype. I'm pretty fluent with swype. I'll just have to try it myself. Downloading now...
    02-20-2010 10:54 AM
  11. Mohawk3's Avatar
    I typically use swype, but am testing out slideIT just in the case that swype doesn't work when the Droid gets updated to 2.1. I didn't hate the original keyboard, but I greatly prefer the swype / slide method of text input.
    02-20-2010 10:57 AM
  12. entwined82's Avatar
    Native in portrait or landscape is real nice. I feel like I make more mistakes on betterkeyboard but I do switch back and forth once in a while. I love the compact qwerty, Moto really dropped the ball not including one of these by default.
    02-20-2010 11:00 AM
  13. prometheus's Avatar
    Slightly off subject.... regarding memory issues: most people who are concerned about memory use are blackberry refugees. I don't know if that was the case from the poster above.

    Anyhow, what are you worried about? I have like 70 + apps, I hardly ever check available memory, when I do, I always have about 60%+ available. I never get random reboots, I never get old messages deleted, I have zero lag, don't use any silly app killers - so, without being argumentative, who cares about memory? This isn't a blackberry - let go.
    02-20-2010 11:02 AM
  14. DeeMat's Avatar
    My vote is still for Swype. Even as a beta application, it works great. In my case, I have kept it over ShapeWriter and SlideIT.
    02-20-2010 11:27 AM
  15. thebizz's Avatar
    HTC keyboard it's great
    02-20-2010 11:42 AM
  16. entwined82's Avatar
    Slightly off subject.... regarding memory issues: most people who are concerned about memory use are blackberry refugees. I don't know if that was the case from the poster above.

    Anyhow, what are you worried about? I have like 70 + apps, I hardly ever check available memory, when I do, I always have about 60%+ available. I never get random reboots, I never get old messages deleted, I have zero lag, don't use any silly app killers - so, without being argumentative, who cares about memory? This isn't a blackberry - let go.
    I'm running with 96MB of space in use typically.

    I've had SMS messages deleted once (last night actually) but after that I switched to ChompSMS just to see how it is and if it'll be any better. So far I prefer it, we'll see if messages clear out.

    I still had the HTC mogul mindset. 64MB of RAM, down to 28 after boot. I was constantly running a memory cleaner app and killing processes. Even on Blackberry I did the same (running 96MB with ~20MB free 99% of the time). Its a hard thing to stop when so many phones require so much maintenance just to get through the day, now I can't believe a phone actually doesn't need all of that but sure enough the Droid lasts without major tweaks. Just a lot of battery charging since I'm constantly playing with the phone.
    02-20-2010 11:48 AM
  17. that1bb's Avatar
    All stock for me. However, I am looking forward to MessagEase being developed for Android. I know they are working on it.
    I remember MessagEase from when I had a Palm. It is great for one handed use. Not quite as fast as two hands using the stock keyboard, but if you do a bit of one handed typing, it should be worth the look. It does take a bit to get used to though. Cheers!
    02-20-2010 11:50 AM
  18. Cory Streater's Avatar
    My favorite alternate keyboard is SlideIT, but I still find myself going back to the stock keyboard a lot. With Swype it seemed like I spent more time correcting things than it was worth.
    02-20-2010 11:53 AM
  19. MowDownJoe's Avatar
    Stock is good in landscape. Portrait? Urgh...
    02-20-2010 11:56 AM
  20. prometheus's Avatar
    Well, I just downloaded SlideIT. I know I need to use it for a little while before making a fully informed decision. But, initial impression is... Did a 3 year old design the graphics? Why is it such low resolution?

    Are you kidding me? "downloaded" wasn't in the dictionary. By the way, typing "wasn't" wasn't easy, 8 keystrokes for a 5 letter word.

    Come on, "keystrokes" isn't in the dictionary, seriously?

    I'm thinking, fail. But, I am intrigued by the "shortcuts" option.

    Seriously? "shortcuts" isn't in the dictionary.

    I'm done, fail, uninstall. Hey, whaddaya know... Uninstall isn't in the dictionary either. SlideIT has the vocabulary of a drunk monkey.

    PS: I MUST be using this wrong. NO ONE would endorse this if it's as bad as my experience. So, what am I doing wrong?
    02-20-2010 11:59 AM
  21. Cory Streater's Avatar
    lol @prometheus... you're right, none of those words you mentioned above are in the dictionary, but overall 99% of the words I typed were in there, and if they aren't you can add them pretty easily. In fact I just typed this entire post with it and didn't run into a single snag.

    As far as the resolution, the only thing I can think of is that it was designed for lower resolution devices, and that the final release will have high res options, because yes it does look bad.
    02-20-2010 12:06 PM
  22. darreno1's Avatar
    I used swype for a while but it was missing auto-capitalization features and for short messages it didn't seem much better. Also it's a total pain with punctuation IMO. So I tried a few of the others and settled on better keyboard. So far it seems to be best for me.

    Edit: I said better but I meant smart keyboard.
    02-20-2010 12:29 PM
  23. simp_10's Avatar
    I used swype for a while but it was missing auto-capitalization features and for short messages it didn't seem much better. Also it's a total pain with punctuation IMO. So I tried a few of the others and settled on better keyboard. So far it seems to be best for me.
    To cap a a letter you slide your finger above the keyboard. It does take some getting used to but they have a nice tutorial that helps with some functions.
    02-20-2010 12:45 PM
  24. darreno1's Avatar
    To cap a a letter you slide your finger above the keyboard. It does take some getting used to but they have a nice tutorial that helps with some functions.
    Thanks I still have it installed so I might give that a try.
    02-20-2010 12:49 PM
  25. prometheus's Avatar
    I used swype for a while but it was missing auto-capitalization features and for short messages it didn't seem much better. Also it's a total pain with punctuation IMO. So I tried a few of the others and settled on better keyboard. So far it seems to be best for me.
    I'm not familiar with better keyboard other than it's extremely skinnable - please explain what the advantages are.

    I use Swype, but I'm not in crazy about it. I think I could get used to slideit - mainly for the super cool availablity of shortcuts. -- that's kinda like the auto text functionality in blackberry (which is one the ONLY things I miss from bb)

    So, why should I try better keyboard?
    02-20-2010 12:50 PM
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