[Deprecated] 5-TILES Lite

[Deprecated] 5-TILES Lite

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

Pros
  • Tutorial
  • Originality
  • Challenging
Cons
  • Too much learning curve
  • Screentouch response should be enhanced
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Expert's Review
5.0
Worthy

"The weird keyboard"

Reviewed by / Apr 17, 2012

ETAOI Keyboard is an original way to input based on ETAOI (internationally most used letters)

First off, we want you to know that this isn't an easy keyboard to handle, at least not in the beginning. Actually, it requires power of will, otherwise you'll drop it in the middle of the learning curve. Those who achieved it say that it's a really fast-typing keyboard. I guess I'm a conservative in this regard, but I'll stay on QWERTY.

Anyway, it's always nice discovering new keyboards with original input system. ETAOI Keyboard is made up by just 5 colored keys. Its original input system allows you to input letters, numbers, punctuation and even emojis by sliding right/left, up/down. No one can discuss that this is a native mobile keyboard. The only catch lies on most of the users are use to QWERTY or similar keyboards and are reluctant to change. This is for the bravest.

There's both a free demo version (with some punctuation and other perfomance restriction) and a paid one ($1.99). Although we encourage everyone to give it a go and accept the challenge, we cannot rate it as well as others because it doesn't makes users' life easier, not in the beginning at least. And that's matters. What's more, screentouch response should be enhanced, we had some mistypings.

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Developer's original description available here
THE KEYBOARD DESIGNED FOR TOUCHSCREENS

The 5-Tiles Keyboard takes up 70% less of your phone screen than the QWERTY layout. The 5 keys are much larger and easy to reach, resulting in way fewer typos. You can easily type on touch screens of any size with just one finger or thumb. And it's fast. With a bit of practice, you'll soon be beating your old typing speeds on the phone.

Thanks to the space-efficient layout and easy-to-master logic of the 5-TILES Keyboard, this is the only keyboard you'll be able to use across ALL of your touch screen devices - no matter how small.

If you're multi-lingual, you also no longer need to switch between dictionaries to use a range of special characters. We support 8 languages at the moment, for both word prediction and letters - check out the Cheat Sheet to find your most commonly used characters. Typing is so much faster when you don't have to switch back and forth....

STOP using the keyboard invented over 150 years ago to prevent the jamming of mechanical arms - and START using the fast and efficient keyboard designed for the future!

HOW IT WORKS

Letters have been grouped on the 5-TILES Keyboard in alphabetical order, with only a slight re-ordering so that the letters that you need the most often (and the space key) are the quickest to type.

The underlined letters and the underlined 'space' are just a single tap.

All other letters are a slide across the keys - starting from the key that they are written on.

To know which way to slide, look at their location in the row of letters on the key where they are written. Is the letter you need the first in the row on that key? Slide from that key to the first = BLUE. Is the letter you need the last in the row on that key? Slide from that key to the last = RED.

An easy way to practice this is to activate the Learning Mode (LM) by sliding your finger upwards on the yellow key. Now when you touch a key, the keyboard will show you where you need to slide to. (Slide up on yellow again to turn it off).

There are some other slides-up: to delete slide up on blue (del), shift is on green, the letter u is on orange, and the letter z is on red.

There are also some slides-down: to delete a full word, slide down on blue (del word), enter is on green, move left is on yellow (arrow), and move right is on red (arrow).

And now for some more magic: slide down on the orange key to activate the Cheat Sheets (CS). VOILA! all of the sequences for numbers, punctuation, editing, special characters, and emoticons at your command!

DICTIONARIES

The 5-TILES Keyboard can be used with or without (multi-language) dictionaries. To switch the dictionaries on and off, use the combination of yellow-blue-green.

With the dictionaries active, the 5-TILES Keyboard “learns” your writing patterns to improve autosuggestion options. You can also add your own words to the dictionaries’ memory.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Type using national characters. Languages currently supported: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.

Edit text and issue commands: move between text input fields, highlight, copy and paste, even control your phone's ringing mode!

ACTIVATING THE 5-TILES KEYBOARD

Once you've downloaded the app, simply launch it from the Play Store, or from the home screen of your phone, or from your Apps list. Our handy menu will allow you to activate it on your phone in one simple step, as well as select it as your preferred keyboard and change your settings.

PRACTICE

To get the hang of typing with the 5-TILES Keyboard, we've put together a handy "Training" App, which will take you through easy-to-follow, short lessons. Additional tutorials are available for unique national characters, such as Polish.

The speed test mode will dramatically improve your typing speed while you practise typing the most common words and pangrams.

Recently changed in this version

This version is deprecated and it will be un-published, please download the pro version for free.


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Comments and ratings for [Deprecated] 5-TILES Lite
  • (48)

    by James C on 08/11/2014

    This is the future!

  • (48)

    by Anand Johnson K on 25/10/2014

    5 for innovation. 1 for usefulness on my device. The seems like a good alternative over the matrix keyboard, not really over querty and especially not over swype.

  • (48)

    by Chris Neville on 14/09/2014

    Really good idea but the learning curve is too long and I'm not convinced that the average person would find this a better substitute for their qwerty keyboard as it takes too long and too much thought to type

  • (48)

    by Peter Antoniou on 14/09/2014

    Love the idea although it's a bit difficult to use. And it would be great if it could support greek as well.

  • (48)

    by Bill Ashby on 14/09/2014

    Relearn everything you know, but it gets quicker surprising easily. Trouble doing capital F tho, and the auto—complete is a bit dim. But I am going to persevere.

  • (48)

    by MaNiSh kumar on 13/09/2014

  • (48)

    by Robert Gerrits on 13/09/2014

    Some characters like the digits are far too hard to enter. Think about all those PIN codes you've to type. The free version has far too many characters blocked to really learn the tool before deciding to buy it. Conclusion: just a gimmick.