1. jstkdn's Avatar
    Ok, so here's the situation:

    I'm a current Android user who is seriously considering a switch to iPhone 4. HOWEVER, I currently have a choice in what virtual keyboard I use. I go back and forth between Swype and an HTC mod keyboard from XDA forums that allows me to use T9/phone keypad, which I'm very quick/fast/accurate with.

    So, question: Are there any quality, functional, keyboard alternatives for iPhone 4/iOS?

    As petty as a feature as this seems, I can see it being a major factor in my decision to come to iPhone 4.

    Thanks for your help/input!
    03-10-2011 02:24 AM
  2. munchkinsdad's Avatar
    I haven't seen one yet that isn't buggy or breaks some of the iOS functions. Of course the phone has to be jailbroken if I'm correct. I'm still looking for a good one.
    03-10-2011 06:45 AM
  3. jstkdn's Avatar
    That's the impression I have, too. I don't necessarily mind jailbreaking, as I've rooted and unrooted so many times I've lost count, though root access isn't required to put a new keyboard on Android.

    I've still got some time to decide, so here's hoping that someone does know of a way and can give both of us some insight!
    03-10-2011 12:01 PM
  4. jstkdn's Avatar
    Anyone have any info on this yet? I can order iPhone 4 on Tuesday.
    03-11-2011 03:38 PM
  5. Ipheuria's Avatar
    If it's that much of a deal breaker then don't switch. There's a case that has a slider keyboard that connects via BT. I don't think you will find any acceptible alternatives. I can tell you that if you're open to it the onscreen keyboard is easy to get accustomed to and love. It's definately a subjective thing though.
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    03-11-2011 05:42 PM
  6. jstkdn's Avatar
    First of all, THANK YOU for being blunt. I appreciate it.

    I know about the case with a slide out keyboard, and I'm not into that, on screen is the way for me. My only concern was that the T9 made/makes it uber simple to text one handed. It's not a "deal breaker" but it's definitely on my "wish list."
    03-11-2011 05:52 PM
  7. Ipheuria's Avatar
    lol I figured it might sound rude. Do a search for my username I'm not trying to be rude. I was just saying you really sound like the keyboard is a deal breaker. I know some people are passionate about keyboards. So I was just saying if it's a deal breaker don't switch. This is my honest opinion because it's not like Android doesn't have the things the iPhone has that's why I said it's subjective.
    03-11-2011 07:38 PM
  8. munchkinsdad's Avatar
    I really dislike the landscape keyboard. keys are spread out way too far! But I type one handed all the time in portrait mode. It's pretty easy, and I can type faster on it than my BB.
    03-12-2011 06:36 AM
  9. jstkdn's Avatar
    Bit the bullet and ordered my iPhone today. It will be here tomorrow by 10:30AM. Glad to finally join the family after 4 years.
    03-15-2011 09:26 AM
  10. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I see my rudeness didn't deter you Have fun and let us know what you think of it and the keyboard.
    03-15-2011 05:46 PM
  11. jstkdn's Avatar
    I see my rudeness didn't deter you Have fun and let us know what you think of it and the keyboard.
    Not at all. I don't come to forums to be babied. I come to get input from the community, regardless of how they put it. I actually like that you didn't coddle me. The "deal with it" actually went a long way.

    Thanks again!
    03-16-2011 01:33 AM
  12. Ipheuria's Avatar
    lol I really didn't mean it that way but I am glad you still got the iPhone. I'm always interested to hear what people from another platform thinks. I tried FroYo for a month myself.
    03-16-2011 07:07 AM

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