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Last Updated: August 5th, 2012

If you haven't already picked up a Nexus 7, then you're missing out on what's easily the best Android tablet on the planet. And I don't say things like that lightly.

So, you poor Nexus 7-less soul, here's you chance to snag one for free. Thanks to our friends over at Beansoft, we have a few (read: three) 16GB models to give away. For free. To you.

Thumb Keyboard

If you don't already know who Beansoft is, pay attention. They make one of the best tablet-optimized keyboard that you'll find on the market: Thumb Keyboard. If you have a tablet, and you haven't at least tried TK as your software keyboard, you're seriously doing it wrong. In fact, it's one of the first apps I install on any new tablet I get my hands on, including the Nexus 7.

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Speaking of, Beansoft just yesterday pushed an update to Thumb Keyboard that brings a much better layout on 7" tablets like the N7. The update also brings Google dictation integration with continuous voice recognition, a one-handed keyboard, and other new features such as gesture options.

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As you can clearly see, Thumb Keyboard makes typing on any larger display a much easier task thanks to its intuitive split-key layout.

It's just not for tablets, though: it also makes a very good keyboard replacement on phones, because, simply put, it's a pleasure to use.

Giveaway

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Okay, so now that you know who Beansoft is, let's talk about the Nexus 7. I'm sure by now you all know what the N7 is all about, but I'll humor the two of you who are unsure with some specs:

  • Display: 7" IPS LCD 1280x800 (216DPI)
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 3 at 1.3GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce ULP
  • Memory: 1GB RAM / 8GB (6GB usable) or 16GB (estimate: 14GB usable) storage
  • Cameras: 1.2MP front
  • Battery: 4235mAh
  • NFC: Yes
  • Ports / Expandable Storage: mUSB / none
  • Thickness: 10.5mm (.41")
  • Weight: 340g (12oz)
  • Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The contest is now over. Here are the winners, selected at random:

  • Alejandro Esteban Esparza-Sandy
  • Jeff Ratte
  • Jack Lechow (disqualified for not meeting the entry requirements)
  • New winner: Robert Robbins

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Of course, specs only tell half of the story. As I've already said, though: this tablet is simply amazing. I've used almost every Android tablet on the market, and I easily call the Nexus 7 my favorite. It's just that good.

So, how do you win? Hit the widget below and follow the steps! Unfortunately, due to shipping restrictions, this giveaways is available for US residents only.

We try to make all giveaways available globally, but sometimes that's just not possible. There are many variables at play when we host giveaways, including shipping, import laws, and sponsor conditions.

Good luck!

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidGoat Matt

    I love the versatility of Thumb Keyboard. I can set it up different ways for different size devices to make each as easy to use as possible.

  • Rinkesh621

    I still have to try a thumb keyboard but this looks promising. I'll give Beansoft a try if I win!!! :)

  • Joe Menard

    I would love to play around with jelly bean and get updates pushed the day they are released :) it would be a nice change instead of being restricted by manufacturers

  • M,ferlitsch

    I have small hands, so thumb keyboard is great when i don't have my tf201 docked

  • Adam

    I have thumbs!

  • Xavier Arroyo

    If I i win the nexus 7 thumb keyboard would be the only thing I use!!! I really hope I do but if someone else wins I'm sure they deserve it:)

  • Luke

    Interesting new keyboard option to check out. Probably better than swype for a larger device.

  • Antony

    my fav feature of TK is the ease of typing and google dictation integration. I don't need to install swype anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bginsbarg Brian Ginsbarg

    I REALLY need a tablet

  • Jeff

    I love how you can actually type with the thumb keyboard without learning new methods of input like swiftkey.

  • http://twitter.com/Astabh Asta Hansen

    The thumb keyboard is great for short thumbs, even on a 7" tablet I struggle reaching all the letters with a normal keyboard without letting go of the side.

  • TJ C

    My favorite feature is the split keyboard layout and the customization options.

  • PudgyPanda

    I love Thumb Keyboard's split layout.

  • abhele

    bone stock!!

  • Kyle Saiki

    A thumb/Swype combo would be nicer...

  • Anthony

    It's much easier for those with shorter thumbs to type.

  • quadshock

    It's a different style of input. This means a whole subset of people can find their most comfortable and efficient method of input

  • stephen s

    I like the how you can customize it.

  • jgheld

    I love how easy typing is with Thumb Keyboard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emil.omir Emil Omir

    I love how you can customize the keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593387642 George Rudgers

    My favorite feature of Thumb Keyboard is the key layout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cody.robinett Cody Robinett

    Makes typing on my tablet a ton more rapid and smooth.

  • Ocktopus

    The split keyboard layout

  • Tony Le

    Some of my favorite features of thumb keyboard is the split keyboard and the customizations.

  • http://www.tetonmtb.com/ Dana

    haven t actually tried it but i sure would on that n7

  • Jake

    the number pad is the best feature, for spreadsheets on the bus

  • http://twitter.com/xJacobSRx Jacob Spaid

    My favorite feature is the seperated keyboard for my transformer. the 10 inch screen makes it very hard to type on a regular keyboard, and with the separated style of Thumb Keyboard it is perfect, can reach all the buttons very easily.

  • http://twitter.com/ckrtsqrl ckrtsqrl

    Love the simplicity of it, the ease of use.

  • Jeff

    been a swiftkey user for awhile but thumb keyboard looks nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebalsa Eduardo Balsa

    Finally someone competes with swiftkey...!

  • pepperonijack

    My favorite feature is the fact that it is usable when holding the tablet in landscape, as opposed to the default keyboard. I also like the fact that they use the space in the middle to give you more keys, unlike Apple's split keyboard.

  • Brandon

    Great tablet integration.

  • Matt Adams

    Thumb Keyboard works for my big thumbs.

  • Angel

    Awesome keyboard better than stock and swiftkeyboard

  • keddren

    I've been using swiftkey for a while. May have to give Thumb a try.

  • http://twitter.com/HIiamDAVE Dave Lu Chiu

    the split keyboard!

  • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

    I like the great theme options.

  • Nathan

    Thumb keyboard makes tablets more ergonomically friendly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amorel21 Albert Morel

    Being a 7 inch Tablet, It makes it very easy to use the keyboard with two thumbs, which attracts me to this tablet, aside from being awesome.

  • turbotke

    The thumb keyboard works wonderfully and feels so natural. Basically like a physical keyboard!

  • Chris

    my favorite feature of thumb keyboard is the various layouts they provide you for use on different size screens, that way i can use it on my kindle fire/epic 4g touch/ Transformer prime.

  • ilikemchubby

    very nice

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    Never had an Android Tablet, I'd like to use Thumb Keyboard, one handed keyboard sounds interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1477083966 Luchismo Omsihcul

    Exciting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1477083966 Luchismo Omsihcul

    I love that I have arrow keys easily available on Thumb Keyboard!

  • Ryan Powell

    The thumb keyboard is the perfect layout for typing. The spit-key layout layout couldn't be any better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Morales/100001410912688 Joel Morales

    The different keyboard layouts available! Makes typing on a over-sized phone feel normal :D

  • http://twitter.com/ace2die brandon houtz

    I want one to go with my Q and my galaxy nexus

  • Ed

    Thumb keyboards are good idea for tablets.

  • mckooter

    Makes my Note n7000 a little more manageable...

  • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alan Patel

    Thumb keyboard makes it much easier to type on the tablet, especially a 10 inch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636165701 Zaeem Shahzad

    It is really fast and easy to use! I love it! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott37800 Jonathan Scott

    Even the clumsy can use it.

  • moon

    Cool! I want to try a tab

  • aj34

    the split keyboard is the best

  • Christopher Rowe

    Love Thumb Keyboard, and have been using it on my tablet from the get-go.

  • colonelangus007

    One hand usage is too kool

  • http://twitter.com/lauraperalta Laura Peralta

    It is really fast and easy to use!

  • colonelangus007

    Me luv this long time

  • http://www.facebook.com/humberto.verdugo1 Humberto Verdugo

    Thumb Keyboard is way better than SwiftKey!

  • imbakhle

    Thumb keyboard is extremely nice for tablets. The stock keyboard isn't that well laid out for it

  • Helen

    Liking the various layouts available on the thumb keyboard, should be very nice on the tablet!

  • MirosÅ‚aw Jurdeczka

    Great Keyboard plus great Tablet hmmm those it mean my thumb is going to have a lot of clicking? hope so

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507041011 James McPartland

    I would love to try it! Thumb Keyboard would be my first download!

  • http://twitter.com/Rudybikerpunk Rudy Acosta

    Feels normal :)

  • LongRun

    My favorite feature of thumb keyboard is it just feels right. It's the natural way to type for Tablet sized devices.

  • http://www.jeffratte.com/ Jeff Ratte

    My favorite feature has to be support for tablets

  • Charlie Wardlow

    The feedback is just right on these keyboards

  • Matt

    The best part is the split keyboard?

  • Andres Hernandez

    I'd love to check out the one handed keyboard

  • Chris

    Thumb Keyboard is quite a bit more comfortable to type with than the stock one.

  • Mario

    I want!

  • fiola256

    split keyboard makes it easier to type from thumb.

  • a.sabbatini91

    I think the thumb keyboard is nice because it lets you use both your hands, in a certain measure like you would do on a physical keyboard-

  • warxpigs

    Favorite feature is split layout.

  • http://twitter.com/ianyarborough Ian Evans Yarborough

    I like Thumb because split keyboards are the only thing that make tablets useable for text entry.

  • DGroot

    Natural feeling and no weird thumb twitching, aching and cramps. Definitely better than swiftkey!

  • Hunter Petit

    My fave feature of the Thumb Keyboard is that you don't have to try to stretch ur thumbs (and nearly dislocate them) to reach keys on tablets.

  • Jean-Luc Noblet

    I lovvvveeee this new tablet can't wait until it gets to Belgium

  • http://www.facebook.com/falgun.shah Falgun Shah

    Ease of Use

  • Matthew Callier

    My favorite feature of thumb keyboard is that it makes typing easier.

  • Thierry Nguyen

    Haven't tried Thumb Keyboard on my phone, but it works great on my Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • http://www.facebook.com/briandshipley Brian Shipley

    The best feature of a thumb keyboard is the ability to actually press all the keys with your thumbs!

  • alberto

    my favorite thumb keyboard feature its thats just feels very good to type with it, fels really natural

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.w.hurst Kevin W Hurst

    No more dislocated thumbs.

  • Paul Foryt

    I like thumb keyboard because it just makes sense not to use a phone keyboard on a tablet.

  • Alex Brunetti

    Thumb keyboard has a great tablet interface.

  • josh curtis

    It easy peasy lemon squeezy to use !!:D

  • curry1

    My favorite thumb keyboard feature is my index finger gets a break!

  • AJ Sorenson

    Much more natural feel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joecascio2000 Joseph Cascio

    Been using Thumb Keyboard since it first came out, I love it. The pinned text option is such a time saver.

  • Kai Kohlbrand

    I like that it looks easier to use on a tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adavismerocks Andy Davis

    I haven't tried this keyboard yet, but every time I see it I want to try it just a little more.

  • http://www.justanotheriphoneblog.com brandon

    My favorite feature is that I'm not stuck trying to reach into the middle of the screen. Having the keys separated to the sides is killer!

  • JaseYANG

    My Favorite feature of thumb keyboard is it makes it easier to type on a tablet and has numpad

  • Matt

    I enjoy the customization of the keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RecitaleTheFallenOne Tony Willis

    so who won?

  • Dylan

    clearly it just makes things a hell of a lot easier

  • http://www.facebook.com/yangeryanger David Yang

    thumb keyboard... sweeeeeeeeettttttooo

  • Adrienne Union

    I confess, I have tried it yet, but I will if I win the tablet. :)

  • Geoff Johnson

    I love it!

  • Nick S.

    My favorite feature of thumb keyboard would definitely be the customization options. It ignores the "my way or the highway" approach and lets you choose a much easier typing option.

  • Andrew

    I really like the ability to split the keyboard to make typing MUCH easier.

  • itamar

    the idea of such a kind keyboard and the numbers & arrows that are in the middle :-)

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    The split keyboard makes it what it is to me...easy to use on a 10 inch screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    sooooo want =)

  • EvoWayne

    I love my thumbs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/unholy.altarboy Sean Leonard

    I just downloaded Thumb Keyboard the other day, and decided to give it a shot. It's ggod. I like it alot. On par with Swiftkey to me. :)

  • Waleed Chaudhry

    I love the layout of thumb keyboard on my 7 inch galaxy tab.

  • alex

    The thumb keyboard practically makes it as versatile as a phone keyboard.

  • MattXB

    The greatest feature of the thumb keyboard is how much easier and quicker I can type on my 10" tablet. I can't imagine trying to do it without it anymore. It is a must have for any tablet owner.

  • Andy Stetson

    Favorite feature is the fact that all the buttons are easy to reach with your THUMBS!!!

  • http://twitter.com/betafan7 betafan7

    Natural typing without shifting the tablet in my hand.

  • intyleritrusted

    Never used it, looks awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Austieb7 Austin Baroudi

    My favorite thing about the thumb keyboard is how much easier it is to type with!

  • Bob Gamble

    I haven't tried thumb keyboard but it sounds interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608309376 Derek Richard Dudley

    Thumb keyboard rocked on my old Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • http://twitter.com/joedb1 joedb1

    yep, mine too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003706335592 Jens Aiden Astrup

    The suspense is killing me...

  • bachinphx

    Congratulations to the winners!!!

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    Just found out right now (need to check my spam filter more often). Thank you Beansoft & Android Police!

  • Rob

    woot i am a winner!!

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