Seems to me that one must retrain themselves to write according to the rules set up by 8pen. To make the letter "g", for example, one moves the finger up and then to the right in a circle passing three lines and back to the center. Why can't one just form the letter "g" on the screen, and let the software do the work of interpreting the letter. Sort of like handwriting recognition?!! What a unique idea! Then we don't have to retrain ourselves, just invent some intelligent software to do the work.
But there are some potential advantages to the 8pen way. For instance; once I got used to entering 'the' I could enter the whole word with a single gesture only slightly more complicated than some letters. This is very fast, and while it certainly isn't true of every word the layout does place many of the common letters and combinations within easy reach.
The payout of 8pen will come when the letters become second nature. At that point entire words can be entered in one continuos motion.
Swype style keyboards can do this already and I think they are intrinsically faster, but they depend heavily on prediction. That means you always have to slow down and tap keys individually when entering unusual combinations, at least until they have been trained. These days when acronyms and l33t have all but taken over casual texting you could end up doing a lot of training.
a trial version would be good.. i have been using it since it was made available, but REALLY need more than 24hrs to get used to it. not that it takes 24hrs worth of learning, i just don't type enough in 24hrs to give it a fair shot... the only trick is remembering where the letters are, once you get that, it is really really fast. i like it a lot.
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I downloaded it last night and typed a few messages with it. I'm actually diggin it. Its not gonna be as easy to learn as swype but I'm not giving up on it. If nothing else, its kinda fun to use.
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go figure, after I paid for it and didn't return in time. it was interesting to learn, I got the hang of it, but I like the on screen QWERTY keyboard better. I think it'd take too long for me to get so used to it to make it faster than the regular.
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