Recently, we looked at a relatively new keyboard for Android, 8pen, who is hoping to reinvent the keyboard for the modern day smartphone.
By way of an update, I need to confess that it didn’t even last one full day on my phone. It’s a big learning curve, and I think that in this “fast food” culture, I’m not sure if 8pen is going to cut it; at least certainly not for me, I just don’t have the time.
However, someone within our community came up with another recommendation for a keyboard that was designed specifically for the smartphone in mind. So Mark, thank you!
Mark recommended a keyboard called Messagease.
As Mark quite rightly pointed out, Messagease doesn’t exactly have the sexiest marketing and perhaps even not the sexiest product visually. Although, I think it looks quite alright on my Android phone.
When I checked out the Messagease website, I must admit, I got quite excited. Their keyboard actually looked really good, so I checked out one of their tutorial videos:
Now putting aside the fact that their music and visuals aren’t exactly cutting edge, they actually have a product that looks like it works, and doesn’t have the same kind of crazy learning curve that a product like 8pen has.
This morning I installed it on my Android, and I actually really like it. I managed to send some SMS messages much faster than I managed to on 8pen, although, still slower than Swiftkey. However, this is a keyboard that I really feel that I will be able to persevere with and something that I feel will actually be very simple to pick up.
Messagease also have branched out quite a bit. They currently have apps for iPhone, Android, Palm, Pocket PC, and Tablet PC. Pretty impressive right? Plus, it’s free!
You know, I just wish someone would go in and sex that product up a bit. Give it an awesome website, a sweet product video, and tweak the UI a bit, it would be awesome and something that I feel people would actually use.
Please, Messagease, make a bit of investment. You will own the market, for sure.
Try it out, download it from your app store, have a play, and let us know what you think in the comments.