Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The Minuum keyboard, through its simplicity, improves your touchscreen typing. Existing keyboards leave you barely enough screen to interact with your apps, and you can't enjoy typing on them. Minuum eliminates the visual clutter of archaic mobile keyboards by adapting the keyboard to a single dimension." You have to watch the video. This is yet another example of a strength of more open platforms - like Android - that often gets overlooked: the ability to experiment with core aspects of the operating system. Whenever someone says there are no Android-exclusive applications, they conveniently overlook things like this. No other platform has stuff like this, and I certainly miss this experimentation on my 8X.
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Needs dictionary
by torbenm on Tue 19th Mar 2013 09:43 UTC
torbenm
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2007-04-23

This is not essentially different from using a numeric keypad to type in SMSs: You need a dictionary to make it effective. While this is O.K. for "normal" text, it becomes cumbersome when you need numbers, special symbols or if you need to write in another language (or, worse, a mix of several languages).

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RE: Needs dictionary
by Lobotomik on Tue 19th Mar 2013 14:20 in reply to "Needs dictionary"
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2006-01-03

And even with a single language, it tends to work like shit with conjugations, declinations, diminutives, augmentatives, aggregations, similar words with different diacritical marks, and all sorts of root modifications that kick the program out of the dictionary.

My iPhone 4 was particularly bad in that respect. I had to either forgo checking completely or have the keyboard choose the word it wanted, which was EXTREMELY agravating, especially when using two languages. If the wrong dictionary was chosen, or accidentally switched, quite a long stream of very irritating nonsense could be spewed out before I noticed. Correcting it could be painful, with a cursor control that was horrendous, especially when operating close to the top of the screen.

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