[App-Review] Siine Keyboard a New Intuitive Way to Input Text
A new imaginative Android keyboard has blown onto the Google play- ground. And a very interesting way of typing out those texts. Named Siine, pronounced (Sign), it offers three different ways of entering text. Alongside the regular QWERTY keyboard, there are also a number of quick shortcut menus for times, dates, and regularly used words [...]
A new imaginative Android keyboard has blown onto the Google play- ground. And a very interesting way of typing out those texts. Named Siine, pronounced (Sign), it offers three different ways of entering text. Alongside the regular QWERTY keyboard, there are also a number of quick shortcut menus for times, dates, and regularly used words and expressions.
Each of these is context-aware and so adjusts to help you form phrases by hiding words once you’ve used them already, and give you two create buttons that allows you to input three text lines of nine characters maximum. There’s a “stress” mode, if you can’t speak to someone and need to generate a speedy reply, Siine has a menu of icons that, with one press inputs words or phrases like “sorry”, “can’t talk now” and “call you right back”, this is where you can have a special set of three phases on each of your buttons, if you get my drift!
We downloaded the keyboard, onto a HTC Desire, and while it was good for my chubby fingers in landscape mode, it was not so good in portrait. OK this happens quite a lot to me but it’s something I’ve had to get use to. The QWERTY section of the keyboard is comfortable to use, with large well-spaced keys and haptic feedback should you want it. However, you will have to watch typos as it does not give you suggestions like Go Keyboard, Swype or Swiftkey X might do but, what they have achieved is a dynamic keyboard. The lack of a shift key is confusing at first, all you have to do is hold down a letter to produce its capitalized version. There’s also no caps lock here, which is a shame.
Now just watch the video.
Now the more intuitive features of the keyboard, we really like are the speed you can input time and date, which is an amazingly fast and a very simple idea. The inbuilt calendar is a very good idea which lets you and, for me one a like. The quick words show potential, but to be truly useful will require some setup on your part, for names and more uncommon words and phrases. The app’s available for free in the Google Play app market, and currently only supports English with more languages coming soon.
I would like to see the auto suggestions and the, what seems like a backward step, having the emoticons to be standardised i.e., and not (^_-)
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