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March 30, 2011 12:59 PM Subscribe
Recommend a text-message app for my Droid Eris. The key: phonepad-oriented T9 AND intuitive word-completion in one.
posted by herbplarfegan to technology (16 answers total)
Because I can't stand to use QWERTY with a thumb (and have no idea how anyone could) I use the virtual touch-pad.
Believe it or not, I prefer my old phone's "real" touch keys, which I could use with two thumbs without looking, but on touch screen can crank through pretty fast thanks to T9.
The problem that I have.. well, it shows up in many ways. First, I have to teach the dictionary reams of words, from "woops" to "damn." No biggie, I guess, but the list goes on:
The phone often doesn't know better than to suggest only "bookq" and "bookr" when I want to say the word "books."
If I'm trying for "restaurant" and I miss, or mis-type a digit, it comes out "resultsamt."
And, most of all (if we can fix only one thing, it would be this): It isn't intuitive about context for anything. If I'm trying to say "the kind of cycle" and it goes through as "kid line me awake," eyebrows quite predictably go up (I am 100% sure this sort of error is going to show up in a court case, which will then be highly publicized for it).
Yes, I watch the screen; yes, I catch it most of the time-- but it takes time, it hiccups my train of thought, and most importantly, it makes me look like a schmuck when it does go through with the errors.
Currently I use Handsent SMS (which I found out about through an answer right here on AskMeFi; I was looking for a message'r that didn't send & receive text msg pics in a one-pic slideshow, which Droid's default 'Messaging' does).
I am looking for a messaging app that knows enough to prioritize T9 predictions so that I never have to be thought to be saying "that sounds book [cool]!"; "in co [an] hour"; or "when'll you be good [home]?" again.
Bonus feature: These are real errors that I actually sent to people in text msg's. Words that I tried to say are on the left.