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INPUT: PocketCM SIP Keyboard for thumb-use with HTC Touch
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 23.08.07 - 11:46:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 46844x
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We all love our HTC Touchs, Xda novas or however they are called, right? Yes, we do - we do until we have to enter some text, doesn't matter if it is texting a SMS message, writing an E-Mail or whatever. As great as HTC's Touch interface is on the first level, on the second level it's pure Windows Mobile Professional again which means you have a soft input panel (aka SIP aka keyboard) which is, more or less, not finger-friendly (Not to say useless. Ever tried to enter 0000 if you want to pair your Touch with another Bluetooth device?). Well, there is a new finger-friendly keyboard in town called PocketCM Keyboard and it's now available in version 0.5.

If you have an Apple iPhone, you might know already how this SIP works, if you don't have one, here are some highlights:

  • It can be used with fingers
  • It triggers the key when your remove your finger from the screen, not when you press it
  • It's a standard Windows Mobile SIP, so to use it you have to select it as the input method and therefore it can be used in (almost) any application

Furthermore it has such nice features like:

  • Tap and hold symbol key for 500ms and quick symbol will appear, choose your symbol and release (perfect to quickly tap a ? or ! without switching the layout)
  • Build-in copy/cut/paste (press enter key for 250ms)
  • Customizable design and localizable keyboard layout

Bellow a short video demonstration with my O2 Xda nova (sorry for the German UI and German suggestions):

Well, that's quite impressive and such a keyboard should be part of the HTC Touch default configuration. The original Windows Mobile SIP is way too small and cannot be used without a stylus but with PocketCM Keyboard, you can leave your stylus in the device.

Not sure if the way the keyboard works (entering the letter by releasing the key) infringements any Apple patents so better grab it as long as it is available and best of all - it's free, even if the developer kindly asks for donations.
Well done, these kind of applications shows what is possible with Windows Mobile devices and HTC should consider to license it for their HTC Touch and all following TouchFLO devices.
By the way, the same developer is also working on a pretty nice looking Contacts replacement, again finger-use friendly, called PocketCM Contacts.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Bobadilla on 24.08.07 - 08:56:20

Just to mention, I don't love HTC Touch - in fact, I "hate" it. I think that when HTC announced that on the 5th of june, a revolution in the PDA/Smartphone market would take/took place, they really tricked and made a huge scam! Now, I feel releaved to have said this wink Perhaps its a step towards another interaction, but at this stage it's just eyecandy + a very small baby-step. It's a long way to the moon! wink

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.08.07 - 10:19:57

Hey, I'm sure after you have installed this keyboard, even you will love your Touch! wink

Posted by Mark R. on 24.08.07 - 19:16:05

I have had the Touch for a while now. I really think most of the TouchFLO is a gimmick except for the scrolling of webpages and emails. The who cube is worthless to me.

I continue to use Happy Tapping Keyboard and I created better looking keyboard then the ones that came with it. Mine are posted on xda and HoFo.

As for PocketCM Keyboard, the premise is good but I have been trying it since version 1. I dislike the suggestion box personally and many have asked him to remove it and he will not. Hopefully one day something will come out that is the perfect virtual keyboard.

I am over my Touch, I miss 3G too much. The fact that the Vogue will be out and have everything this Touch should have came with is a slap in the face to me.

Posted by Charley on 24.08.07 - 23:40:46

I agree with that; the vogue should have been the touch.

Posted by Muff on 25.08.07 - 16:26:03

Don't get it. The HTC Vogue is the the Touch, just with CDMA instead of GSM.
Or are you guys talking about the HTC Nike?
If so, even then I don't get it! Why having a hardware keyboard with a TouchFlo device? Just add a Qualcomm 3.5G chip to the Touch and I'm happy. Anyway, I love my Touch! smile

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