5-TILES Keyboard

5-TILES Keyboard


(3 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
5-TILES. The keyboard designed for touchscreens
The 5-TILES keyboard takes up 70% less of your smartphone’s screen compared to the QWERTY keyboard, giving you more space to see what truly matters. Consisting of only 5 large keys, that better match any finger size, result in greater accuracy, fewer typos and enhancing the typing experience on your touchscreen.

It’s fast!
With a little practice you can achieve the same speed as on your old keyboard, even surpass it, becoming a true “typing Ninja”.

Use it across all your devices

5-TILES is specifically designed for touchscreens, therefore it’s compact, with a simple and understandable typing logic. It is adaptable to any screen size, making it the only keyboard which you can use across EVERY touchscreen device - from tablets to smartwatches.

Learning Mode
We know that 5-TILES is something new for you, therefore we have developed the "Learning Mode". This feature shows which letters can be typed after you press a key. The "Learning Mode" is the default mode after installation. Slide up on the yellow key to switch it off.

Cheat Sheets
In order to help you become a master of the 5-TILES keyboard in a very short time we have created the “Cheat Sheets”. Slide down on the orange key to see the typing combinations for all characters.You can navigate between different cheat sheets pages by sliding left or right. Once you tap the desired character, a keyboard animation will show you how to type it.

How it works
Check the step by step guide on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c32sREkbxwM

The 5-TILES keyboard has only 5 keys, each key containing 5 or 6 letters. The letters are distributed in alphabetical order, making it easier to find the letter you want.

On each key there is one underlined letter. These letters can be typed with a single tap. This happens with the letters "a" (Blue key), "g" (Green key), "m" (Yellow key), "s" (Orange key) and the red button is for space.

To write all the other letters check the position of the letter you want to type in the row of letters of that key. For example the letter "b" is the second in the row of the blue key, so you must hold down the blue key and slide your finger to the second key (green key). The letter "c" is the third in the row so you must hold down the blue key and slide your finger to the third key (yellow key).

This logic applies to all keys

Easy, right?

You will see that the letters "u" and "z" are at the top of the Orange and Red keys respectively. These letters can be typed by simply sliding your finger from the key upwards.

With the 5-TILES keyboard you can also write numbers from 0 to 9, punctuation symbols, special characters for 9 different languages and symbols with specific swiping sequences.

You can also use the 5-TILES keyboard to edit your text without having to touch the screen, such as delete a letter, delete an entire word, delete all text, redo or undo text, copy and paste text and many more options directly from the 5-TILES keyboard.

Word Prediction/Dictionaries
Before going any further we want to be completely transparent with our users.. Everything stays on your phone.

The 5-TILES keyboard contains a predictive dictionary that will learn from you as you type. The dictionary is activated by default but 5-TILES works 100% without it so you can turn it off at any time. We DO NOT collect or analyse any data, everything stays on your device.

Activating the 5-TILES Keyboard
After downloading, you will find the app in your applications’ list or on the main screen of your phone. Tap on "ACTIVATE" on the initial menu, then select as your preferred keyboard by pressing "SELECT". With these 2 simple steps your keyboard is ready to roll.


And many more coming soon!

Recently changed in this version

Added: second word prediction, abbreviation mode, high contrast skin.

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Comments and ratings for 5-TILES Keyboard
  • (48)

    by Aldri Fajar on 06/04/2015

    The button placed widely so finger should reach it too long..

  • (48)

    by James DeGlove on 18/03/2015

    Want to use this for touch typing, Tend to get too many instances of a word thinking it is completed when halfway through for that. Words double-completing seems to be an issue sometimes, especially with apostrophied words from the suggestions. Latest update is the last straw - it would be fine if the auto-predicted word was always highlighted for overtyping (or this could be disabled). Ability to

  • (48)

    by Sophia Shapira on 14/02/2015

    Clearly the developer never did even the most rudimentary study of the frequency of letters - or else 'e', the most common letter in the English language, would not have the most difficult stroke on the board. And if at least the option of custom layouts were allowed, I could have fixed this for my *own* purposes!!!

  • (48)

    by G M on 08/02/2015

    Running Jelly Bean. I activate the app and select it as my keyboard of choice but when I go to use it my old QWERTY keyboard keeps coming up instead. Disappointed. Devs please fix cos this sounds promising.

  • (48)

    by Tyler F on 08/01/2015

    Pretty cool, i definintely need practice. Needs an easy tutorial or something though.

  • (48)

    by James C on 01/12/2014

    Not an efficient way to type

  • (48)

    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.

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