The last time we looked at Thumb Keyboard, a third-party keyboard offering split keypad layouts for different devices, one of the 7" tablet layouts was deemed to be most suitable for the Dell Streak. It was the best choice at the time, but there was still much to be desired.
About a month has passed since then and Thumb Keyboard has undergone quite a few changes. StreakSmart reader Josef wrote in to tell me that it was just updated over the weekend to version 2.7.4 and in addition to a new theme and an option to set custom layout combinations for portrait and landscape modes, the keyboard got a new layout designed especially for 5" tablets like the Streak.
There's also a fantastic setting (added in a previous update) that lets you adjust the height of the keyboard, which is something that I think should be a standard feature of all keyboards. The one thing that can absolutely kill a great keyboard is when it takes up almost the entire screen, so being able to adjust the height immediately increases the value of Thumb Keyboard for the Streak.
This is the default 5" layout:
And here's the same layout at 60% of its default height:
What a difference!
Thumb Keyboard is available in the Market for €1 and is updated quite often. It went from version 1.8.2 to version 2.7.4 in about a month, so it obviously just keeps getting better.
If you need it, here's a tutorial on how to use a different keyboard on your Streak.