When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses. Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate. However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog's Smart Keyboard Pro.
Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction. Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers. The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly. Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.
If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it. Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.
I can't remember the last time I used the stock HTC keyboard that came preinstalled on my Evo, but I can tell you that I absolutely hated the arrow keys that did nothing but take up space. HTC Evo 4G owners will remember typing.like.this.until.they.got.used.to.the.off.center.spacebar. Smart Keyboard Pro doesn't suffer from any of the issues that plague the stock HTC keyboard, but still, some users were asking for a longer spacebar, and Dexilog has responded. SKBP users now have the option to eliminate the voice, and period/comma keys, and in turn, add a healthy bit of length onto the spacebar.
You're not at any real loss either, as the comma is still available in the commonly used punctuation bar that appears after you've pushed the spacebar. And of course, a double tap on the spacebar inserts a period. If you've disabled the voice key, you can find it at its new home on the ALT keys screen.
Prior to the addition of the longer spacebar, I had no issues with SKBP in landscape mode. In portrait orientation however, accidental presses of the keys surrounding the spacebar weren't uncommon, so the huge increase in spacebar size is definitely welcome in portrait mode.
And there you have it folks. The longest post in history about a spacebar.