So I saw a tip from Life hacker, about a new keyboard for Android, Swift Key 3. I have been trying out different keyboard both on my old Galaxy Tab 7 inch and the replacement 8.9 inch. As far as overall screen goes, I the 7 inch was better. Why? Because it had a separate touch area for the home and back keys. Nothing has frustrated me more than have the ‘utility area’ (don’t know it’s real name atm) being RIGHT beneath the keys I press all day long. My accuracy is not razor sharp and I am a fast typer. (well, and this is fucking annoying, it kept auto correcting my words and I had to go i to the settings to change the space bar option.) Well, i woukd like to sugges to them to allow for words to be added on the fly. It was very annoying noto be able to type the word ‘typer’ at all!!(as well as ducking being the only word it would let me type there…) Well, first minor issue so far.
For me, I need a keyboard that does only a few simple things. I need arrows. Typos will happens regardless of any auto corrects. And touch screens are not precise enough to place your cursor where you want it all the time.
I also need multiple languages. Living in South Korea, knowing the laguage helps immensely to communicate and understand the world around you. Before now, the onoy keyboard that did it was the stick keyboard and it is pretty ugly and severely lacks the arrow keys. Well, it seems switching to Korean is a bit of a challenge. Not terribly intuitive but figured it out.
I was previously using the Hackers Keyboard. Mainly because it was the only one with arrows on it. Now it will be regulated to only when i use a terminal program.
The other issue with the stock keyboard is that in order to get to the @ symbol, i had to go through 3 or 4 screens on the keyboard. Really dumb Samsung for a MOBILE device that uses a lot of email!
For now, Swift Key seems to be working the best without too many glitches. (I still accidentally hit one of the arrow keys and it screws up the words, but it could be worse). We’ll see how the rest of the trial goes and then figure out if I want to pay for it.