My favorite (the best?) text input method...

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by Scubamike, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Scubamike

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    The best method for text entry that I found for my Droid X is TouchPal. I used to use this for Windows Mobile back in the day and this was almost a deal breaker for me getting an Android phone. Luckily it was indeed available. I can type as fast or faster using this than I can on a regular computer keyboard.

    One of the other users here pointed out that it requires an internet connection and a warning pops up upon installation that says your input might not be secure.

    The manufacturer says this input method connects to the internet only to update the text prediction dictionary. I love this keyboard, but I don't input sensitive passwords with this entry method... because I'm a little paranoid. I know that sounds scary to some, and myself as well, but it is a good enough keyboard that I use it as my primary and thought I would share this, apparently, little-known keyboard with everyone else.

    Give me your thoughts. Let me know if any of you appreciate this thread.

    Here is a youtube link of me using it on my DX.

     
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    Thanks for the post. I downloaded it from the market and gave it a try. Seems pretty neat. It'll probably take a bit getting used to, but definitely seems like a nice alternative to the stock keyboards!
     
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    The two fastest methods that have worked for me is Swype and the voice to text feature. Long ago someone posted a phrase to use and I use that phrase all the time to impress folks.

    Whether in Colornote, a text message or an email you can click the little mic graphic and speak into your phone, as fast as you can, "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" and it spits it right out into the text box and even has it all spelled correctly. The downside is you aren't always in a place where you might feel comfortable talking a message out loud to send to someone. Other than showing off I always use Swype.

    For anyone used to the 3x3 phone pad who could text fast, the above video looks like it will be a good one for them.
    Nice post and presentation with the video!
     
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    Speech to text is, by far, the fastest way to input text. The only reason I don't rely on this, besides not being able to talk in all situations, is the absence of proper capitalization and punctuation. I am extremely O.C.D. when it comes to that sort of thing, much to my chagrin.
     
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