Dell Streak app quick review: Thumb Keyboard

This quick review was written by Brodie Duncan.

Thumb-kb-review-bdThere are many third-party keyboard apps in the Android Market that work nicely with the Dell Streak. Jenn gave us a quick look at some of them last year (see here) and since talked about what is my personal favorite: Thumb Keyboard.

What I love most about this keyboard is that it is so cleverly designed to help improve accuracy. Since using it, I've only ever misspelled a word once, and that was while  typing a 49-character code. And believe me, I type a lot on my Streak and I do mean a lot.

I worked out that one day, I typed more than 2,500 words, which is around 15,000 characters, with no misspellings. That is pretty good for a thumb typing on an on-screen keyboard in my opinion.

Thumb Keyboard is very customizable and features 7 different layouts: standard, split – large, and split – compact for phones; and 4 layouts for 5", 7" (2 layouts here), and 9-10" tablets. You can also customize the app to use different layouts for portrait and landscape mode. In addition, you get 12 different themes: Honeycomb, iPad, Wood, Glass, Gingerbread, Nuance, Honeycomb City, Digital Red, Galaxy Tab, Black, Windows Phone 7, and Dark/Light Gray. That means you technically 77 different keyboards!

Thumb-kb-qr My personal favorite combo is the 5" tablet layout with the Gingerbread theme. You can use any combination, of course, but I think the 7" or 9-10" tablet layouts make it difficult to type.

If you're looking for a new keyboard for your Streak and haven't already tried it, then I strongly encourage you to spend €1.19/$1.65/£1 on Thumb Keyboard.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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