5-TILES Keyboard

5-TILES Keyboard


(4 stars)


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5,000 - 10,000 downloads

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

"The weird keyboard"

Reviewed by / Jun 29, 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 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!


EABC Layout - 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!


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.


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!


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.


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.

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Comments and ratings for 5-TILES Keyboard
  • (66)

    by James C on 01/12/2014

    Not an efficient way to type

  • (66)

    by lissie monicatti on 09/11/2014

    its a shame this app hamstrung itself on poor user interface and communication. one can't learn to type with something so esoteric. why not include a demo mode and training app directly inside?why fish for every little thing? only the devs know, and they're great but I need more to go on than just promises.

  • (66)

    by dswagakid on 02/11/2014

    This is a great app but it is difficult to learn keystrokes especially numbers and symbols and is tedious to type with. It would be very suitable for smartwatches and Google Glass. I prefer using SwiftKey because I would choose simplicity and efficiency over screen display. Also you have to use "go" located in the cheat sheet to search as swyping down on the green key doesn't work on Chrome.

  • (66)

    by Stewart Venters on 31/10/2014

    I love this keyboard in portrait mode. But it seems incompatible with my favourite game castle clash when in landscape mode. Until that is fixed I can't use this keyboard. :-(

  • (66)

    by Kathe Cardinal on 31/10/2014

    I just this installed You're Intriguing Keyboard. I haven't used it yet as I have a coupled of questions before I, "Hit the Keys. Are there instructions in the app. that tells what colored key{s} do what? It sounds like people are confused & don't know. Maybe, {if they aren't they could be in next update. I wasn't too swift w/ "Slide KB. The Voice Person that taught me had to go Over & " Infinity

  • (66)

    by Roberto Duglio on 28/10/2014

    Yellow green red red up red down blue yellow are you kidding me??!!!! How this is faster than typing letters. But it looks good though

  • (66)

    by Steven Sester on 13/10/2014

    I am by no means proficient with it yet but what an elegant way to input with one thumb! It is really nice to have just five keys. I never would have gotten started without downloading and doing some of the training exercises so think about doing so too. Learning mode and cheat sheets are stellar too! Only problem noticed so far is suggested words do not display when phone is rotated to horizonta

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