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Samsung Galaxy S2 Keyboards - Quick Review



Thanks to some feedback from one of our readers we took the time to properly asses the two keyboards that come installed on the Galaxy S2 as standard.  Having already used Swype and absolutely loved it, we hadn't really even bothered with the standard Samsung keyboard. As it turns out the standard keyboard isn't all that bad. In fact if you prefer to type with two thumbs in landscape mode it's the only real option. 

In case you haven't tried Swype yet, it is an innovative way of composing text very quickly by tapping on the first letter of the word and then dragging your finger through the rest of the letters in the word. It might sound a bit strange, but it is incredibly effective and saves a lot of time, especially when used in portrait mode.

When you're typing in landscape mode however, the standard Samsung keyboard provides a better alternative. We recently discovered that this is actually a multi-touch keyboard. This combined with the generously sized keys and the very good correction and word prediction software results in a keyboard that is easy to use and reliable.   The multi-touch feature means that if you type the next letter before you've lifted your other thumb, the input is still recognised.
 

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-1 #1 Prash 2011-06-17 10:49
Guys,
Further to your review of the two Keyboards/Keypads/Input methods on the Galaxy S2, did any of you notice the very interesting fact that the Voice --> To --> Text feature is DIFFERENT between the Samsung Keypad Input mode vs the Samsung Swype Mode...??
Basically in the Keypad mode, when tapping on the Microphone button and dictating an SMS/text message - I've experienced "Server Error" or "Cannot Connect to Server" errors at least 50% of the time - i.e. fails to translate my words to text (and I have a very clear, well spoken and slow-enough "posh" British accent ;-) )...

Whereas - when you do the same Microphone tap when in Samsung Sype Mode - it translates almost 90% of the time... AND the accuracy ain't that bad (>75%) :-)
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+12 #2 shouty 2011-07-16 09:21
My response part 1:

Are you serious? I've used the S2 for about 3 weeks now and have just lost all patience with the keyboard. The rest of the phone is fine, but the Keyboard is leagues behind the one on my old Nexus One.

Some of my main issues (with the standard keyboard):

The predictive text is awful!

1. The text bar dissapears after every word. This makes the screen jump up and down after every single word typed, an incredibly jarring experience and something that actually gives me a headache if I use it for too long!

2. It doesn't handle punctuation at all inserting full stops and commas a space after the last letter forcing you to manually delete the space or re-insert the punctuation in the right place.

More to follow.....
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+6 #3 shouty 2011-07-16 09:22
My response part 2:

3. The words it picks are definitely NOT the ones I am after, often forcing me to type the entire word before finally showing what I wanted. Also, I used to be able to type 'ill' and the Nexus would know I most often wanted 'I'll' and automatically insert it, not the S2. Its not even an option! I have to manually insert the capital and apostrophe, even then it somehow doesn't learn the word!

4. The organisation of the keyboard is also poor with common characters like commas & apostrophes hidden under the numbers pad and once selected it doesn't automatically jump you back so to insert a comma you have three keyboard presses where it should be one.

5. It doesn't learn the words I want (see point 3)

More to follow....
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+7 #4 shouty 2011-07-16 09:23
My response part 3:


6. It has this random feature where it tries to learn the word you often follow other words with. So I include the sequence 'stupid that' in a sentence once and then every time I use the word 'stupid' it tries to add 'that to the end of it. But it goes wrong. So when I type a different word and continue to write my sentence it tries to add 'that' after EVERY word! And if I try and delete 'that' it gets to the last letter and re-inserts 'that' so the delete loops and you can't get rid of it without manually selecting and cutting it. Massively frustrating.

I'll be honest, I haven't used the Swipe keyboard that much and might give it a go before I sell this phone and get the latest HTC instead, so I can at least give a full review of both. I used it a bit and wasn't impressed by the predictive text overlay it uses or the accuracy of the Swipe.

More to follow.....
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+6 #5 shouty 2011-07-16 09:24
My response part 4:

I might look to update the firmware and see if that improves things but after 3 weeks of really wanting to keep this phone all these issues have infuriated me so much all the other great features are forgotten and I want to get rid of it as fast as possible!

Can you honestly say you never had any of these problems? Is my device faulty?
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+4 #6 Kriz 2011-07-18 03:43
Shouty I agree with you 100%, espeically on point one. I HATE the text prediction as it gives me headache and I cannot follow what the hell I am typing, the phone is great but the keyboard is pretty bad (why can't they add the comma and question mark on the main layout!!).

Other issues I have:
1)When go on landscape mode the keyboard is so big you cannot view your writing space
2) There are no "arrow" buttons that you can go abck to a specific point of the sentance to copy paste.
3) No copy/paste button to highlight text and do it.

I am comparing it to my old Nokia Xpressmusicf 5800, which had a brilliant keyboard and you could easily nudge your selection and copy whatever you wanted! I am hoping to be able to install a better keyboard to fix those issues as I like the phone otherwise.
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+1 #7 moataz 2011-10-18 21:43
beside all above when writing in Arabic th ewriting direction is from left to rite !!!

when writing in facebook after several lines the last line disappeares behind the keyboard without no ability to move the screen above


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0 #8 azo0oz 2011-12-03 10:57
how can i correct the input mod to auto?
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0 #9 Oscar 2011-12-09 18:29
Quoting azo0oz:
how can i correct the input mod to auto?

When using the default keyboard there is a settings button next to the ?123 button on the bottom left hand corner.Tap it and then select XT9 option to turn on predictive text.
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-1 #10 Jarryd du Plessis 2011-12-11 09:53
Quoting shouty:
My response part 2:

3. The words it picks are definitely NOT the ones I am after, often forcing me to type the entire word before finally showing what I wanted. Also, I used to be able to type 'ill' and the Nexus would know I most often wanted 'I'll' and automatically insert it, not the S2. Its not even an option! I have to manually insert the capital and apostrophe, even then it somehow doesn't learn the word!

4. The organisation of the keyboard is also poor with common characters like commas & apostrophes hidden under the numbers pad and once selected it doesn't automatically jump you back so to insert a comma you have three keyboard presses where it should be one.

5. It doesn't learn the words I want (see point 3)

More to follow....
Geez , are people so damn stupid that they haven't tried the Android market . wake up , idiots . You can download an alternative keyboard . There are plenty of good apps for that.
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