DroidWars: Keyboards – Q1, 2010

commaThe seemingly ill-fated series I began over ten months ago for PhoneDog (only to abandon it two months later), DroidWars, is back, baby! And while I can’t promise I’ll stick to a rigid schedule, I plan on posting these pretty regularly – at least until someone gets angry about the name, at which point I’ll tuck it away for a week or two, come up with another predictable phrase, and relaunch it as a new segment!

The original idea behind DroidWars was that I would compare similar, priced apps from the Android Market and not only offer you my personal decision on which was the victor but hopefully provide enough information to facilitate you in formulating preliminary judgments of your own. Occasionally, I like trying out a lot of different apps, but not always. Sometimes I just want to get things done. I hope Droid Wars helps a few people out in that regard. For this segment, I will be including free apps as well as paid, just because there are so many to choose from. In cases of total saturation, it isn’t just the saving of money that makes DroidWars worth while, but the saving of time.

Alternative keyboards have long been a fascination of mine – since before Google’s virtual kb was dropped via Cupcake. The Android Market served as a venue for delivering solutions to problems that Google had yet to address and that’s still – albeit to a lesser extent – the case today. While I’m growing fonder of the stock Android QWERTY as the OS progresses and ships on better hardware, I still find myself wandering around the Market, seeking the best alternative.

So which one is the ultimate replacement? Are any worth settling on permanently? Well, the answers to each of those questions depend on personal preference. And with new keyboards being released so regularly, I doubt if I’ll ever find a “permanent” virtual typing solution. The world of Android changes far too fast. That’s why I’m titling this post, “DroidWars: Keyboards – Q1, 2010.” By next Summer, the task of selecting a keyboard replacement may be a different ball game. Anyway, I hope this installment of DroidWars will save you a bit of time and money.

Let’s get to it.
First App: Smart Keyboard

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