Feb 11, 2015
Years ago, I left Palm for snazzy, compact productivity animal known as the BlackBerry Curve. It had programs, companion desktop software and, most importantly, the best physical QWERTY keyboard in existence. Man… no need for false modesty here: I was BEAST. One handed goodness, email command became my hobby.
In short, at that point, I knew nothing could tear me away from using a BlackBerry device. By nature, I love to try out new forms of technology, but with regards to a main productivity tool, I simply did not see how I could find something as natural to use.
I remember getting my hands on the original iPhone. Fantastic concept, but pecking on glass was something I just couldn’t cotton to. I did meet people that were proficient as it, but I couldn’t replicate my physical keyboard typing speed on it.
Then, one day, I tried out Swype, a beta third-party keyboard, on the now-ancient HTC Hero.
I was blown away by the “swiping” concept, which allows a user to glide fingers across the keyboard to form words instead of conventional pecking. The built-in dictionary can be tweaked, and the recently added phrase correction is a great touch. The app also supports Dragon Dictation, multiple languages, emoji, themes, cloud-supported custom dictionary and more.
With a little practice, I was able to start swiping with ease. Now, I can use it single-handedly with either hand, which is great functionality to have. The voice key is another tool I use extensively, and I admit that I actually change the theme of the keyboard based on how I feel.
This was the one app that allowed me to fully adopt a new platform. Trust me when I say that is pretty major. At the end of the day, there are several worthy competitors, and i have no problem trying them out. frequently, even.
In the end, I keep coming home to Swype. It all but defines the term “addiction.”