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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 47113x
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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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