SwiftKey for Tablets beta


For all those VIP members at SwiftKey’s website, you are now eligible for SwiftKey for Tablets beta! I just tried it out myself and I must say it is much easier to use than the already good Android Honeycomb keyboard. If you know SwiftKey then you know that its auto-correct is a lot more powerful than Androids because it uses predictive corrections based on the context of the sentence structure. However, I understand some people will find that annoying (as I do sometimes as well) but there are a good level of customization on how it uses auto-correct (or if it does at all).

As for being used on a tablet, it offers a thumb friendly keyboard as well as a full keyboard. This is very handy since the Xoom keyboard is just out of reach in some areas to type well with your thumbs. Also this allows for more room for a dedicated area for numbers on screen in a easy to access way as well as dual space bars. My biggest problem with the keyboard though is two things. First, if you like looking at your fingers as you type, it will be challenging because both thumbs are out of eye distance from each other so you have to actively shift your eyes to look as you type. Also, when you aren’t looking, I find it very common to accidentally press a notification instead of the space bar (which can be very annoying if you aren’t actively looking at the keyboard as you type because you may not even notice you brought up a notification at all and go to press something else and end up opening another application all together).

But overall, I will give this keyboard a 8.5/10. I give it plenty of room for improvement, but it’s a huge improvement in my typing experience on the Xoom. I suggest everyone to try it while it’s still in beta and free.

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Ian Schwartz had written 137 articles for TEKNAMI

Hello, I'm Ian (eye-an) I was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in the fridge tundra of Minneapolis, MN USA. I graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with an AA in Audio Recording Production and Engineering. I love tech, always have since I was a little tot and what better way to know more then to tell everyone else about it also. So here is teknami (tech-nah-me) Tek for tech and nami is a derivative of namesake.

  • Corylulu

    May I suggest Android offer a feature to let users change the location of their menu bar to the top instead of the bottom, that would help me a lot. 😀