Can’t Be Tech. Swype Must Be Magic!

No matter how sloppy my swiping seems to me the program follows it! How is this possible?

A few days ago I wrote about my continuing impressions with my Samsung Galaxy S2 cellphone. Among my peeves was the virtual keyboard. It sucks. Is that enough to the point? And yet tonight I think I’ve found a solution… and it must be magic.

I’ve started using the Swype keyboard. It’s very different. Instead of tapping out the letters one-by-one you swipe your finger from letter-to-letter never lifting it off the screen.

No matter how sloppy my swiping seems to me the program follows it! How is this possible?

Seriously, I have no idea how this can work and work as well as it does. Originally I didn’t want to try it because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I could not have been more wrong.

I’ve demonstrated swyping to a few people at work. They each leave the conversation slack jawed!

I suspect this is an underutilized app because people just know it can’t possibly work.

11 thoughts on “Can’t Be Tech. Swype Must Be Magic!”

  1. I too use the Swype feature on my Samsung Android. It is amazingly accurate. I would say 99.9 % of the time it is accurate. Another feature you may want to check out it the voice recognition. It types the words you speak into message form. It is a feature available where ever you would normally use the keyboard. To use it simply click on the picture of the microphone at the bottom of the keyboard. The key to using voice feature is to talk slowly. You will be amazed how accurate it also is. Android just seems to get better and better. Get ready for a release next week from Amazon called “Fire”. It is a tablet that is guaranty to give Apple’s iPad a run for their money, and it is only $199.

  2. I love you Geoff – but apparently I am unable to swype—I text badly but I swype worse!!! Perhaps my birthday IS really catching up with me!

  3. I switched to the Swype™ keyboard a few months ago and have not looked back. Even with the discipline-specific vocabulary I use in my posts and texts, it has learned my entire vocabulary and about 90% of the time makes the correct choice when there’s any doubt.

  4. I have been using Virgin Mobile the last 5 years or so, got tired of the contracts and high costs. About 6 months ago I bought the Android LG Optimus (169.00 out the door no contract) I pay 60$ a month for unlimited everything and the phone came with swype. I too had “issues” with the text screen having been using a slide out qwerty keyboard for about 3 years. I was very discouraged and ready to go back to my old phone until I tried the swype feature. Now I find I love my phone even more… it just took me about 3 months of hating texting to try it:) Swype rocks! Very few “mistakes” and I don’t think I will end up on using it =o)

    1. From Swype’s site: Double Letters
      Swype usually knows if you want a double letter in a word without your doing anything special, but you can help Swype recognize you want a double letter by scribbling slightly or making a loop on the letter. For example, to get the “ll” in “hello”, scribble (or make a loop) on the “l” key.

  5. I wish I had known this before I purchased my Droid with the slide out keyboard. I could NEVER text with the virtual keyboard, leaving me frustrated and in need to actually type my messages. I will be sure to check this feature out for my next phone!!

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