App Review: 8pen – reinventing the keyboard wheel

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  1. TwerpPoet

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    Been done, of course. Graffiti, while not perfect, is usable after only a short training period.

    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.
     
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    They need a trial version, they're going to miss many potential users without one. Awesome idea though.
     
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    IMHO, perhaps the 'inventor' of 8pen realized that it won't take off as THE app for touchscreen data entry and wanted to get as much money for his effort ASAP before the glow dims and the reviews from frustrated users dribble in. Graffiti seems to be a much easier alternative without the steep learning curve.
     
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    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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    8pen FREE

    Just so it's in this 8pen thread, the app is now free on the market. I'm gonna give it a shot to see if it seems worth learning.
     
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    Y'all already gave up on this right? It was soooo broken.
     
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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.

    Swyped from the BIGGEST BADDEST machine on the planet
     
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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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    I said from day 1 that if they were truly trying to be innovative and replace the qwerty keyboard for phones, then they would make this available for free. If it caught on, they would make their money on it. I tend to agree with one of the previous posts about them trying to make a quick buck while they could. Now that they've made it free, I've downloaded it to try it out. I could see where this might be better than a regular soft keyboard, but I don't think it can ever replace swype for me. It's too easy to type entire words with swype imho. I see what they're trying to do, but I just don't think it will work. I won't uninstall it. I'll give it a fair shot. I just don't have much faith in it being beneficial for me in any way.
     
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    The whole idea of 8pen is ridiculous, learning a completely new layout!

    We already know a qwerty keyboard well, so with swype you are "learning" nothing, just applying what you know which is obviously much more user friendly.

    I agree with the other poster, I think 8pen promoted itself here and in other forums, and sold it for a buck a pop just for people to try it. They then had such a difficult layout to understand that noone could really figure it out within the 24hr refund period.

    Scam.
     
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    I love 8pen. I see that now it is free on the android market. I also agree with one of the comments posted there. It says that with the proper advertising, 8Pen has the potential to be the next big thing. Or even revolutionize the virtual keyboard for all future cell phones.
     
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    You'll have to pry Swype from my cold, dead fingers............unless this turns out to be better! lol
     
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