On-Screen Keyboard

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    On-Screen Keyboard

    I'm trying decide between a Nexus One and a GSM Milestone. I would prefer a Nexus One, but a lot turns on keyboard issues. Unfortunately, I can't get my hands on a Nexus One.

    I went to a Verizon store and tried out a Droid, bith the physical keyboard and the onscreen keyboard. The physical keyboard is not great, but usable. The onscreen keyboard seemed overly sensitive. I could barely tell I was touching the screen. It may be because I'm used to a Nokia touchscreen keyboard with haptic feedback, which I think the Nexus One has. However, I found the Droid screen a little hard to use.

    Now I understand that any onscreen keyboard takes time to get used to, but I would appreciate impressions of it from Nexus One users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hook View Post
    I'm trying decide between a Nexus One and a GSM Milestone. I would prefer a Nexus One, but a lot turns on keyboard issues. Unfortunately, I can't get my hands on a Nexus One.

    I went to a Verizon store and tried out a Droid, bith the physical keyboard and the onscreen keyboard. The physical keyboard is not great, but usable. The onscreen keyboard seemed overly sensitive. I could barely tell I was touching the screen. It may be because I'm used to a Nokia touchscreen keyboard with haptic feedback, which I think the Nexus One has. However, I found the Droid screen a little hard to use.

    Now I understand that any onscreen keyboard takes time to get used to, but I would appreciate impressions of it from Nexus One users.
    For me I found the onscreen keyboard okay and got use to it very easily.

    The Nexus One also has a haptic feedback which you can turn off / on.

    BTW... there's a recent keyboard app called 'swipe' that makes the typing experience great, which if you get a chance to use; I'm sure you will agree!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bishop6 View Post
    ...there's a recent keyboard app called 'swipe' that makes the typing experience great...
    Searched for "swipe" in Market and nothing by that exact name came up?

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    Sorry it's not a market app, however...

    Best Keyboard for Nexus?

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    it should be swype

    The application is called swype - its not officially released yet - its still in the beta testing stage. Its installed on Samsung's Omnia II and I believe they have a few videos on youtube demonstrating how it works.

    There are also ways of getting the beta version through non-official channels...

    There are two alternatives: slideit and shapewriter. Both offer text input by sliding your finger over the keys instead of tapping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksoze View Post
    The application is called swype - its not officially released yet - its still in the beta testing stage. Its installed on Samsung's Omnia II and I believe they have a few videos on youtube demonstrating how it works.

    There are also ways of getting the beta version through non-official channels...

    There are two alternatives: slideit and shapewriter. Both offer text input by sliding your finger over the keys instead of tapping.
    Thanks for correcting my spelling on Swype...

    If you check the link I posted up, you can easily download it and try; as myself and a few other members did, and though it's beta this version works well on the Nexus!!

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    Looks like Better Terminal Emulator ($3.99) uses the Swype keyboard, so that's one way to get it. NRR (no root required.)

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    This is the link I used...

    All you have to do is sign up and they will send download instruction via email.

    https://beta.swype.com/android/create/

    Free app!!

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    I like Swype but rarely use it. Its really good for one handed texting, but I always text with both hands usually.

    I have the HTC Sense keyboard modded on my phone, but I find the autocorrect to be too uh..... punctual? For my taste? Ahaha. The dictionary corrects EVERYTHING and the auto period after words gets annoying.

    I still am using Smart Keyboard Pro as my main keyboard. Decent multi-touch and its uber fast to type on.
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    Thanks everyone for your input, I really appreciate it. I just pulled the trigger on a Nexus One for AT&T. :D

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