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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.

  • EricD

    I love how thumb keyboard offers so many different layouts for all my android devices!

  • Casketdude

    The customization of the keyboard gets my top vote...

  • zappyzap

    I tried the thumb keyboard, but didn't really like it. I guess my favourite part was that it was easy to uninstall.

  • PezLee

    I like the idea of a split keyboard, but when I got Thumb Keyboard a while back I realized that on a phone's screen, the keys are too small for me to accurately type. I would love to give it a try on a larger screen.

  • http://twitter.com/kevbotmcguire Kevin McGuire

    Am love thumb keyboard becuz it puts all da numbahs inseeds da meddly of da kayburd. Yay beensaft!

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.khoo Randy Ashar Khoo

    I enjoy the split keyboard. It's easier to type than other keyboards.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jmotyka07 jeremy motyka

    I dont have a tablet so i havnt gotten to try Thumb Keyboard yet but if i win a nexus 7 ill be sure to give my thoughts!

  • C McAllister

    the keyboard itself looks nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003761880012 Sarah Polk

    Much easier than other keyboards on other devises!

  • http://twitter.com/toamn R Bryce

    best feature is that numbers are on the top row of the keyboard.

  • Gwanatu

    Hey I'd love to get a Nexus 7 and try that thumb keyboard out!

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Best feature? Split keyboard of course!

  • Josh

    Best feature is it makes typing on a 10" tablet more like typing on a phone, no 2 finger typing. Though on the Nexus 7, that isn't really too much of an issue.

  • Jordan Hall

    Looks great

  • muggy

    Thumb keyboard has a very convenient layout for tablets!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Prfndhatrd Jordan Ellingson

    THUMB KEYBOARD + Nexus 7 = Makes sense.

  • bDIS

    It's just so easy to type with...

  • YankInDaSouth

    I guess I been doing it wrong :-/ Never tried TK ... but this article has my curiosity peeked!! May give it a try!

  • Sven

    The best feature is that you can use the Keyboard really big. When i type, i don't need much of the screen, a bigger keyboard is just awesome!

  • poqeteer

    Actually I like the arrow keys... I think all keyboards should have them.

  • Ben Napper

    I like that split keyboard. Makes it actually usable on a larger screen.

  • http://twitter.com/psyOPs_ psy/OPs

    i'd love to say what my favourite feature is but i only have android on my phone, so there's little point using thumb keyboard on such a small screen. but if i had a tablet! .. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/GlorifiedSlum Miles Guilford

    The thumb keyboard is awesome ! Had it on my HTC Flyer back in the day. I hope I win...!

  • Tuck

    Thumb Keyboard is amazing. I've used it on my old nook color. It keeps every button within easy access of your hands, without having to play twister with yourself.

  • Dominic Lalonde

    there is a lot of costomizable option and i love the two space bar

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonkrauser Jason Krauser

    Love this app.. Been using it on my Transformer Prime for a while now.

  • jrrl

    aside from usuability, the UI is pretty sleek. Much nicer than some other keyboard alternatives

  • Joe Minarik

    I like the layout of the Thumb keyboard!

  • badri

    layouts i love it makes type easily many other keyboard i use my index finger here i use my THUMB

  • kevlar

    Fav feature of thumb keyboard is how many diff options it gives you. Makes it better than a reg keyboard

  • http://www.facebook.com/nate.ledwith Nate Ledwith

    I love thumb keyboard cause it means I don't have to listen to my parents complain about how they can't type on their tablet anymore :-P Also it makes my typing that much easier.

  • amerzul

    Thumb keyboard is easy,slick and very responsive compare to other keyboard. plus, its a QWERTY keyboard which is easy to remember. Lets not forget the two spacebar. I hope that helps. Really want a nexus7

  • sMt73

    I can type with one "Thumb" on my GS3!

  • Mike

    The thumb keyboard seems neat. Curious how well it works.

  • MadCatVT

    The best feature is the split keyboard. Nothing better than that.

  • Regulator60

    I love this kind of keyboard. It makes testing a breeze.

  • jxwolf1

    Favorite feature of thumb keyboard? Usable for people with fat gorilla fingers like me.

  • Remo

    because opposable thumbs is what helped us gain supremacy of this world.
    thus its the best way to type.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=845206551 Jeff Pilgram

    I love the idea of typing with thumbs on a tablet, it's so much smoother than having to lay the tablet down and type on it like you would any other keyboard. So easy and it's one of the cheapest (good) alternative keyboards out there!

  • Tommy

    Using only my thumbs!!!!!

  • Jared

    favorite feature is ability to change themes and fits all screen sizes with ease.

  • DavidH

    Haven't tried thumb keyboard yet, but I sure will when I get my nexus 7.

  • Cait

    It's a really creative solution to a really frustrating problem.

  • Jeremiah P.

    Best feature is the split key layout. It seems more ergo and helps type faster with two hands

  • pouxonu

    the keyboard makes typing a breeze instead of reach it has it easily accessable for each thumb love it

  • K

    Faster than swyping

  • http://twitter.com/serialplague Moop

    I don't know the best feature as I use stock Jellybean kb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nestor.maciel.50 Nestor Maciel

    The best feature of Thumb Keyboard is that the keys are spread out enough so typing is easy.

  • Daniel

    typing when you do not have another hand to hold the phone.

  • http://twitter.com/LaChanga Christina Solorio

    Love the fact that the split keyboard makes it easier to type, better than pecking at the screen with and index finger! :D

  • Jared

    Favorite feature of thumb keyboard is simply the ability to type with your thumbs on a tablet. Very important for tablets. Not so much for a cell phone. Also the ability to scale

  • http://twitter.com/chandradithya Adithya Pc

    Thumb keyboard is so easy to use on tablets, its the most convenient keyboard i've ever used on tablets, makes typing as simple as typing on phones

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.te.7 Alex Te

    ive tried thumbkeyboard before and its quite cool! its a tough one between swiftkey and thumb and i often go back and forth between the 2!

  • nazrac123

    Been using thumb keyboard for a while. comfortable with just using the 2 fingers!

  • Marco

    Double spacebar yeah!

  • Wes Crank

    Thumb Keyboards takes a bit of practice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000675292698 Alexander Kizlenko

    :3

  • Lateef

    My favorite part of thumb keyboard is that I feel comfortable using portrait mode to text

  • JustinB_74

    Way easier than stock on my thumbs

  • Kev

    I love the themes for thumb keyboard!

  • ET3D

    Non-US resident with relatives in the US okay?
    As for Thumb Keyboard, I can't really comment, because I don't have a tablet. Maybe I can get one here. :)

  • http://twitter.com/RodN3 Roddy Neff

    Love the keyboard layout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dondrick Don Lane

    I like the spacing of the keyboard best.

  • James Murphy

    My favorite feature is the ease-of-use.

  • Manuel

    complete keyboard with two fingers? cant get any better

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlosmiguelbraga Carlos Braga

    Didn't tried yet, but I'll give it a shot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eclipticsight Ecliptic Sight

    I don't use thumb keyboards just the default.

  • Nic Hilgendorf

    So easy to use, it's second nature.

  • andrew

    i just want the nexux 7

  • Alex

    my favorite is how easy it is to use the keyboard. easy is good

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Star-Sizu/100000944071562 Star Sizu

    Feature is to able to hold it with both hand and in a steady way.

  • Johnny

    thumbkeyboard. nice addition.

  • http://twitter.com/shelton9071 Mike Shelton

    I love the sleek futuristic design of the keyboard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003007078100 Michael Brunger

    I love the split screen mode. Best feature.

  • Rocco

    My favorite feature is the split keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aleyda-Rojas/100001166449522 Aleyda Rojas

    Pick me

  • Ryan

    The thumb keyboard is excellent on the phone and I'd loved to use it on a Nexus 7.

  • http://www.facebook.com/white.n.az Craig White

    Most intriguing feature is integration with voice so I can edit what I dictate

  • http://www.facebook.com/manolis.krestas Manolis Krestas

    It was my first ever app that i bought...

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Is this available in EU?

  • maxrebo

    I love using Thumb Keyboard on my Xoom since I can type much much much faster while laying on the couch and holding the Xoom in landscape mode!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    nice tab

  • http://www.facebook.com/Unghiutza Sergiu Pahontu

    My fav feature is that it's well calibrated and very very usefull

  • Jon Helsel

    I like all the customization options

  • Aaron

    My favorite feature is simply just being able to type on a tablet as easy as a phone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bosox1814 Jerod Day

    I like how you can edit the keyboard to fit your own needs.

  • Jay

    The best feature is the way its colored. It helps to better identify the different sections of the keyboard.

  • Matt

    Never used thumb keyboard, never had a tablet to use it on. One-hand keyboard sounds interesting though.

  • Bryson

    My favorite feature is it is for thumbs, and I am all thumbs.

  • edjca

    I love the split keyboard feature. Perfect for a 7 inch screen that's not too big or too small.

  • http://www.alandesigns.co.cc Alan

    The thumb keyboard feels natural and comfortable to use. :)

  • Young

    Just the fact that it's actually optimized for thumb typing should be enough of a fav feature of mine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Okiki-Famutimi/578745734 George Okiki Famutimi

    The best part is that this is the first keyboard I've ever seen that separates the keys in such a way

  • Ata

    Its just better than old keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/foamman Brett Silverman

    It's a keyboard...what's not to like

  • Joe Anderson

    Split Keyboard FTW

  • Marvin

    Favorite feature is the split keyboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Anderson/562548405 Michael Anderson

    The best feature is the many split and layout options , Simply amazing :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.ribas.9 Charles Ribas

    alright

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phanos-Sofroniou/1415447191 Phanos Sofroniou

    My. Favorite feature is the custumizabillty it's extremely convienient and make for one of the best keyboard experiences

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000600123139 Michael Beeton

    the split kb is kewl!

  • staknhalo

    The best feature of Thumb Keyboard is that it makes it comfortable/not awkward to use a tablet or other touch screen device!

  • Phil

    I definitely need to try thumb keyboard now.

  • http://twitter.com/ws4all117 William Straton

    I like that it is optimized for tablets. It is very easy to use.

  • Andrew Bockus

    I love using thumb keyboard when it's split. it was AWESOME on my Asus Transformer, due to the large screen! :D

  • alex2aii

    I've never used Thumb Keyboard as I am a happy Swiftkey fan on my Nexus S. I would definitely try Thumb Keyboard if I won this Nexus 7!

  • http://bnb82.tumblr.com/ Bryan B.

    I would love to win a Nexus 7!

  • boonocanada

    boo no canada

  • Jason St John

    Sweet, I so want one of these and I just quit my job to take care of my infant son, so there is little chance of me buying one. **crosses fingers**

  • Esteban

    Love the thumb keyboard because is soo easy to type with it,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1217474372 Mujadad Rao

    The only thing I want to say is that there is no other keyboard on Play Store which can be matched with Thumb Keyboard...It's simply AWESOME!!

  • Seth Goldstein

    I love the ease of use and the customization that can be done.

  • cruzin_cruzing

    Thumb Keyboard, best keyboard for tablets hands down.

  • Lynn

    The split-key layout! Makes it so much easier to type!

  • Chris Majors

    I like the number keypad in the center in landscape layout- that's a good idea there.

  • Aaron

    The best feature of thumb keyboard is ease of use. The design is so sweet.

  • Robert Henry

    Whatever makes touchscreen typing easier. Sorry large fingers and thumbs.

  • Tom Dwenger

    i wish i could win one

  • del

    I love the wonderful layout of the keys. Better than any other keyboard.

  • Aaron Miller

    My favorite feature is the carefully designed keyboard. I love how it brings me back to the days where I'd be thumbing away at my physical slideout keyboard. It just makes typing enjoyable.

  • Jennifer

    My favorite feature of thumb keyboard is how easy it is to type when you're laying down! And you don't have to stretch your fingers out!

  • Alex Cervantes

    One hand keyboard is pretty nice.

  • JoeTH

    I uninstalled it once but I already put it back to my TF101. I can't live without it :)

  • http://twitter.com/BeefIsForDinner Jason Pucilowski

    Never tried it... I need to since i can't stand my S3 keyboard.

  • DrMacinyasha

    I love Thumb Keyboard's split layout. Just makes it so damned nifty to type on a 10" tablet when missing a bluetooth keyboard or dock.

  • http://twitter.com/NikTheJedi Nicholas Wendt

    I like that thumb keyboard recognizes that some people like using both hands unlike other swipe based keyboards :P

  • Un Lo

    my favorite part is being able to switch between split and full keyboard.. makes typing on my HTC flyer a breeze in landscape as i don't have to reach my thumb as far :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcabaza Dan Cabaza

    WIN WIN WIN

  • C March

    Google dictation integration with continuous voice recognition, and the customization of the keyboard.

  • Luc Hall

    I like how a thumbs keyboard makes it so comfortable to type.

  • Trisjen Harris

    I love the split key layout when typing!!

  • Skatedevil62

    Please?

  • http://twitter.com/nutzgrant Damon Grant

    Makes typing actually DO-able!

  • Skatedevil62

    Best feature of thumb keyboard is how easy it makes typing on my TFP

  • Randy Dees

    It's the only keyboard I use on a 10 inch tablet.it allows your hands to hold the tablet and use your thumbs for typing without a wide reach.

  • http://twitter.com/redblack0a Red

    Split keyboard FTW

  • dpnabais

    Only using two (or one) thumbs is great! The other thing I think is also great is the split keyboard, although I have to be a winner of this giveaway to actually test it!

  • Mike Fink

    Favorite feature is that is comfortable to use

  • Jay

    the best part of the keyboard is for sure the ease of use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricarlo.woods RiCarlo Woods

    My favorite Feature is the ability to customize the size of the keyboard. My portrait keyboard was a little to long so I just went into the settings and made it a little shorter took all of five seconds

  • Robert

    The interface, doing exactly what it is intended to do, let me type with my thumbs!

  • Joel

    I've never seen more than one setup for a keyboard. That makes it my go to keyboard for all my devices now!

  • http://twitter.com/EricErK Eric

    Themes

  • Bob Sterrett

    Well suited for my Echo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000134867810 Brent Oates

    Favourite part of the thumb board is the simple use and the way you can naturally hold any device comfortably

  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

    My favorite feature is the multiple and customizable setups for the keyboard. i love having the freedom to make it feel how I, the user wants it.

  • Kevin Yang

    full keyboard!

  • Ryan Rustong

    I love the split keyboard layout and that I can still use Google speech to text dictation. No other keyboard that I know of offers those two things in one package.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j2cool2012 Jeffrey Matthews II

    My favorite feature of thumb keyboard is the ease of typing on a large screen.

  • Joseph Castagnino

    Since my home was robbed I need to replace mine. It would be nice to win this since I never even got a chance to set up the one I bought before it was stolen

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