Unless you have the finger-action facility of the most digitally dextrous of texting teens, chances are you spend far too much time either checking over, deleting and rekeying before sending messages or apologising/explaining to the recipients afterwards. Even with the likes of SwiftKey installed, mistakes will still be made as virtual keyboards will do as virtual keyboards will do. Well, not quite all…
This is Slice Keyboard by Istas Technologies, a whole new, innovative take on typing for 7-inch and over Android tablets that does away with, well, anything keyboardy.
Eschewing the standard QWERTY fare for six circles and a blank home row, Slice is designed for you to keep your fingers fixed firmly on the screen at all times, theoretically allowing you to whack out your words with stringent spelling and perfect punctuation without ever having to look at the keys at all.
But, while this means a return to touch typing and, consequently, that lost combination of speed and accuracy, it does also mean you have to memorise where all the characters are and, ultimately, learn a whole new way to type.
As trained journos we here at LOA can, of course, not touch type. So, with nothing to un-learn, we gave Slice a bash and, while early attempts ended in an utter mangling of the English language, after an hour or so things began to fall into place with ever increasing ease. Whether this will see Slice become our input app of choice in the future only further practice will tell, but if you’re sick of sending mistyped and misunderstood missives, go grab it from Google Play for £3.11 and give it a go yourself, then come back and share your thoughts with us below… hopefully we’ll be able to read them.