My feelings about the Swype keyboard on my phone run hot and cold. Hit and miss. Love and hate. Throw in another cliche here if you wish.

Here’s the thing… it’s SO mind numbingly easy to write with the Swype keyboard. Using only one hand, tracing the path of the word, and most of the time, the correct word comes back. That most is the big caveat here, though, and the reason I sometimes despise the Swype keyboard. For example, when I tried to write “sometimes” just now? My keyboard thought I wanted to say “Dungeness”. Ah, yes, and flagrant typos abound. If I hadn’t caught it just now, and then missed it during review… well, you’d have the quality of posts that I’ve been achieving with the first versions that have gone live on my blog recently. Shameful, error ridden posts with incorrect words and typos scattered throughout. I know some of you have seen them. I assure you, these are not Freudian slips, but rather, Swype’s clever method for determining just what it is I’m trying to type.

It’s most likely user error. Sloppy fingering, incorrect spelling or some other reason that lays the blame squarely with me. But I’d like to lay at least some of that blame on the fact that Swype seems to be missing a critical common sense component. I mean, really, “Dungeness”? How often is that word really used in common conversation? Aside from crab fishermen, that is. Enough that it’s a more likely candidate than “sometimes” when a similar pattern is drawn? I highly doubt it.

I’ve tried other keyboards, and consistently return to this one. It fits me well, despite the time I spend correcting errors. Hey Swype developers, can you add a feature to help fix this? Maybe learning a user’s commonly used words? I love the keyboard, but see above for my gripe. Thanks! :)


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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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