Keyboard Woes. WTF?

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    Keyboard Woes. WTF?

    So what were they thinking when designing the new keyboard? we all know there isn't a lot of room for it holding the phone vertically anyway.

    1) Some of this valuable real estate is consumed by a key that offers to set up Swipe. Why? Shouldn't this be a menu item? It takes a 'return button' press to get back to the keyboard. If I don't what this 'feature' (obviously I don't) why do I have to deal with it when I accidentally press the key?

    2) The 'Sym' keyboard sets up the numbers like a desktop/laptop numbers 10-key. This is designed for faster data entry, and requires 3 fingers. This just can't be done on a phone.

    3) it takes 2 key strokes to enter an apostrophe? How is that remotely practical. Maybe the Swipe button should have been this character? Just how is this an 'improvement'.

    4) No more double-space as period, spell correction (not that turning the text background red and unreadable was a good way to indicate it). Yes, Swipe is supposed to make auto fill possible, but the other 'advantages' of it are not welcome, nor conducive to texting in the previous style. And the Swipe key doesn't go away.

    5) A key to decide if you want to use English or Spanish? another wasted key. Why isn't this on the menu? How many people are bilingual AND will want to switch back and forth in the same text?

    And the worse one. The design was not setup and approved by one person. It took a committee to approve the changes.

    This goes beyond the general peeve I have with os upgrades. I bought the phone because I liked the way it functioned, easy of use, etc. If it works why change it?

    What's it take to get the 'old' keyboard back? Buy another phone?

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    Which keyboard are you referring to? Swype is a separate keyboard from the android keyboard. You can just select the stock Android keyboard using the IME switcher, which should pop up in the notification bar once the keyboard is launched.

    Or try a third party keyboard, there are tons of them, but my personal favorite is SwiftKey.

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    long press in any text box until a menu pops up (a couple seconds). Then choose input method > android keyboard/stock keyboard (not sure how it shows off the top of my head). Or like leach said try a 3rd party app like swiftkey.

    Do you know what really pisses me off about swype? K.D. Lang is in the swype dictionary so every time I try to reply "k" it changes it to K.D. Lang. Seriously? K.D.Lang needs to be part of a stock dictionary?
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