There’s always been much ado about typing on an iPhone, or any smartphone. Is it easy, it is comfortable, how fast can you do it. I’ve always found this sort of funny – it’s a phone. Texting is one thing, but who wants to write a novel on their iPhone?
However, if you send lengthier emails or like to take notes on your iPhone, and you feel more comfortable with the look of a traditional keyboard, TrueKeyboard is an app that might interest you.
Right off the bat, I have to say that if I owned an iPad, I would download this app in a heartbeat. Koren Projects has gone to great lengths to create not just a keyboard, but a 3D, ergonomic keyboard that, on the large screen of an iPad, is pretty dang close to the real thing. You can customize the color of the keyboard, there are six language settings, and you can even set it to sound like an old or modern keyboard when you type. You also have a choice of three font sizes.
Regardless of what device you’re using it on, I like the look. It’s basic, with a notebook paper design and easy navigation. That being said, I don’t know if anyone could actually type on it with ten fingers on an iPhone or iPod Touch. I tried it, laying my phone flat, and had a ton of typos. Once again, that’s something no app will defeat – the screen isn’t meant to fit all ten fingers.
However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. I enjoy having the arrow buttons, and I can “finger peck” on this app faster than I could in seventh grade typing class. At the bottom of the screen you can tap “Email” or “SMS” to send your notes as email or text; while I probably wouldn’t bother with a short text, I do think this app makes emailing easier than it is within the Mail app.
And of course, you can also save your notes on the app, if you’re just keeping them for personal use. iPad owners – get it. iPhone/iPod Touch – it’s definitely worth considering, depending on how much you type on your device.
TrueKeyboard [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.