BlackBerry’s all-new keyboard is going to give any and all takers a serious run for their money. For some of us, switching from BB’s rocksteady physical QWERTY keyboards to virtual options might have been an issue, but this onscreen design simply put, is brilliant! Though the upcoming Q10 might be just what a few are looking for and then some.

A revolutionary new on screen keyboard

A revolutionary new on-screen keyboard

Right from the initial impression where you see the familiar BlackBerry frets between each row of keys (this time in an on-screen avatar), you’re greeted with a sense of familiarity. Suggested words float on those frets above the next letter in the word. To insert the word, all you do is swipe up from the key. Being a two-handed typist, though, I usually ignored the suggested words (there are options where you can remove the keywords and put them in three columns above the keyboard, or turn off prediction altogether). But if you are a single-handed typist, then these suggestions, which are eerily precise in a good way, can be great to help increase typing speeds. You can type in three languages at once and the keyboard doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to auto-correct.

Here's a quick demo –

And the incredible learning of the keyboard in the matter of a day or so (and things only keep improving with time) ensured that words auto corrected superbly. But if you need to, you can still program word substitutions, which is quite helpful. For instance, “Rg” for “Regards” and so much more. Definitely a big sell for BlackBerry’s new avatar.

Swipe and type for speed typing –

On the whole, there is a learning curve here. It’ll take you a few hours to get used to it, but once you've familiarised yourself, you find the other systems painful.

Publish date: March 5, 2013 10:10 am| Modified date: December 19, 2013 10:21 am

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