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ThumbKeyboard 1.5a
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

If there's one thing an Android power user really appreciates, it's options. I personally enjoy having a myriad of different apps to choose from for a single task so that I can find the one that best suits my needs, one of which is typing.

By now, we all know that there is no shortage of keyboard alternatives for Android users to choose from, but truly great and innovative keyboards can be somewhat hard to come by. If you like typing with two thumbs, though, I think I've found the perfect keyboard for you.

Thumb Keyboard is an input method that, at first, looks a little bit intimidating. It has an unusual layout that was designed to optimize two-thumbed input, which left a lot of room for some of those extra keys you normally have to hit the symbol button to access.

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As you can see, this layout will prevent your thumbs from hitting each other while you're typing. The layout pictured above is the "Compact" layout and takes up about half the screen. If you want even more options, there is also the "Large" layout:

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As with any other keyboard, long-pressing will give you even more options:

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There are also a couple other layouts geared toward tablets, as well as a standard QWERTY:

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All in all, I really like Thumb Keyboard. It is very responsive, its text prediction is great, and its layout makes it easy for me to type, even with my large, oddly-shaped thumbs. I didn't experience any major issues, but the developer is still improving the keyboard and adding new features on an almost weekly basis. I think that Thumb Keyboard really could become one of the major players in the software keyboard game, especially if this level of development is kept up. The only thing I'm really longing for at the moment is a voice button, but, at this point, I'm willing to live without it - Thumb Keyboard is that good.

Thumb Keyboard is available in the Market for $1.36. You can grab it here:

Thumb Keyboard

Thumb Keyboard is a comfortable keyboard for thumb-typing on the Phone ánd Tablet. By using a *split* layout for both portrait and landscape mode this keyboard facilitates easy and natural thumb-typing on small and large screens.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • Brian

    <3 Thumb Keyboard on my Archos 101 :)

    • Brad Ganley

      Awesome! I was hoping to get a response from someone who'd used it on a tablet.

      • Hal Motley

        It's also my No.1 favourite keyboard on my Galaxy Tab 10.1!

  • Jim

    Hrm, nice quick review. I wasn't aware of this keyboard until now. I'd be interested in checking this out, but I hate paying for apps that I don't know if I'll like or not. Wish there was a "trial/lite" version of this some how. Oh well..

    • Denbo

      I agree but I splurged for the 0.99 euros anyway.

      It isn't "bad" to use and I 'think' I can type faster with it than with the keyboard I use now (the default). Oddly enough my biggest problem is I can't see the keys I am typing as easily with this keyboard. My hands get more in the way.

      I find the landscape mode to be on par with the default keyboard. Portrait is where the difference is.

  • Erik

    There is a lite version! It can be downloaded here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=830772

    It's almost 3 months old and misses a lot of features, but the basic idea of having 2 half keyboard on top of another is still there!

  • http://android-zone.com Pete

    Been using Thumb Keyboard on a 7inch tablet (HTC Flyer), and it's great in portrait and landscape modes. Good enough for prolonged typing, such as articles in Google docs.

    The pics here were all taken on the same 7inch tablet

    Thumb keyboard pics