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How can you enter text on the HTC Touch?

One of the weak points of the new HTC Touch is the lack of a good text entry system. There is a large option for the integrated keyboard, but even that is too small for using your finger and requires stylus input. I quickly loaded a couple of 3rd party applications, one that I have seen before and the other that I have used for years. They both work with your fingers and thumbs and are good alternatives for the HTC Touch. Check out the 2 minute video of Spb Full Screen Keyboard and MessagEase in action on the HTC Touch.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer on

One of the weak points of the new HTC Touch is the lack of a good text entry system. There is a large option for the integrated keyboard, but even that is too small for using your finger and requires stylus input. I quickly loaded a couple of 3rd party applications, one that I have seen before and the other that I have used for years. They both work with your fingers and thumbs and are good alternatives for the HTC Touch as you can see in my video below.

Spb Software House develops some of the highest quality software applications for mobile devices and their Spb Full Screen Keyboard is a good alternative that you may want to check out. This keyboard takes up the full display in landscape mode and the keys are very easy to press and accurately select. The keyboard is available for only US$9.95 too with a free trial available.

I have been using MessagEase from EXideas for a few years now, starting back when I had a Sony CLIE device. This keyboard method was designed to minimize the taps/presses you have to make on the keyboard and does have a learning curve. However, once you take the time and learn the keyboard, text entry is very fast and efficient. A cool feature of MessagEase is the ability to switch to a finger tap size method that lets you easily enter text on the HTC Touch with taps and slides. The keyboard takes up just over half of the display so you can still see quite a bit of the display as you enter text. There is a generous 2 month free trial and the current sale price is US$19.50.

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