Keyboard-Relief 2. An accurate keyboard app for fat thumbs
Aug 12, 2013 10:44 AM –
Keyboard-Relief 2 is a new and innovative keyboard concept that removes the tiny keyboard buttons with bigger ones, despite limited screen space. It does this in a clever way; you tap a larger button with multiple letter choices on it, then those letters appear on screen allowing you to simply select the one you want. While you do sacrifice productivity (it takes two taps per letter) if you persistently make errors (maybe you’ve got big thumbs?) this might be the solution you’re looking for.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Very simple to use!
- Helps you set up and add the keyboard to use!
- Great for big-thumbs and inaccurate typers!
- You forgo much in the way of productivity.
Keyboard-Relief 2 is a new approach in Android keyboards. Current on-screen keyboards are typically ‘QWERTY’ with few additional layouts. You have the likes of Swype, Swiftkey and Google’s own 4.2 keyboard which offer swiping (where you swipe over the letters and allow the keyboard to accurately predict what your intended word was) but this aside, there’s not a massive amount of variety.
Arguably, the make-or-break of a good keyboard is its accuracy and speed at which it can be used. Currently the options available sway toward speed, allowing its intelligent software to contextually predict the word you want, misspelled or not. This is obviously only going to have a percentage of accuracy and might not suit all users. If accuracy is the most important to you, and you would happily sacrifice speed, then Keyboard-Relief 2 is perhaps the answer.
With Keyboard-Relief 2 essentially gives you just 9 large buttons to choose from. These each include a grid of possible letters from that section, for example a-i or s-z. Once you tap on that tab, you then have those selections in front of you; a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, and i… and so on. You can then choose the letter you need for entry. The strength of this is that typing is very accurate, the weakness is that it takes more time to tap twice to get just one letter.
The app is pretty easy to use although it might take a bit of getting used to if you have always previously used normal keyboards. The app comes with several themes and colours so there is some nice customisation to be had if you want it. In addition to letters and numbers, the keyboard includes all the traditional symbols and even multiple languages available.
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Themes (1)
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Themes (2)
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Search
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Down to letter selections
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Language choice
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Nine keys
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Select
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Enable
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Settings
Keyboard-Relief 2 – Choose input
If you value accuracy over speed, this is certainly a useful application. It resolves a problem you might not even consider or notice but I’d guess there must be a market for accurate and thumb-friendly typing.
Ease of Use:
The app is terrifically simple to use although it might take some adjustment to get used to it. The keyboard is well laid out and simple to navigate. I especially like the way the app guides you through setting the keyboard. As explained in our Android 101, setting keyboards can be a little tricky but Keyboard-Relief 2 guides you through the process really well.
If you like the functionality of the app, you would be using it whenever you type something; emails, text messages, updates, searches and more.
I felt the keyboard design was a little simplistic and not as sharp as other keyboard solutions I’ve seen. The themes are a nice touch but there are some curious choices. However, if you very specifically want an image of the Hudson river implanted on your keyboard, you’ve come to the right place!
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