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  • 4iThumbs Overlay - A Tactile Keyboard for your iPhone


    One the biggest features that might sway a heavy texter away from purchasing the iPhone might be it's lack of keyboard. With no real feedback except for some sounds and visual cues, the iPhone keyboard can serve to be quite the pain in the *** if you do alot of typing on your Phone.

    Still to this day I have Blackberry users squeel about how their BB is better because it has a keyboard or how the BlackBerry Storm's feedback is way better than the iPhone. While all of this may be true, as always, we iPhone users have lots of options.

    Although this is probably something I would never use due to the fact that I do NOT want to carry around a bunch of screens. One thing in my pocket is enough.

    4iThumbs has created a tactile overlay for your iPhone keyboard providing real time feedback and as the website says, you can even type without looking. (I doubt that)

    Esesntially the i4Thumbs overlay has small little bumps where the keyboard would be. Although the pictures and video show an overlay designed for portrait mode, there is also a landscape version of the overlay as well. Of course this could serve to be a pain in the *** if you want to switch back and forth, but nonetheless, the option for a tactile keyboard on the iPhone does exist.

    You'll be happy to know that the 4iThumbs overlay is easily removed at any time to enjoy your games without some weird button layout. Their website boasts that the screen is one of the strongest protectors and has anti-glare built in. They also dub it as your "personal trainer".

    The screen is $15 and only includes ONE type.

    Check out their spoof commercial below. Albeit a little cheesy, but delivers the point.



    This article was originally published in forum thread: 4iThumbs Overlay - A Tactile Keyboard for your iPhone started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. BLOWNCO's Avatar
      BLOWNCO -
      looks pretty lame
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      ya.
    1. SourAppleFan's Avatar
      SourAppleFan -
      useless... another object to hold onto in your already full pockets! what about landscape mode? and having to take it off to web-browse and use apps?

      okay, so landscape AND portrait mode... so you have to switch between the two. and the fact you have to carry in on the back, stupid. guess if you'd rather have a keyboard than a protective rubber case, leather pouch or hip case it COULD be an option
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Hahaha I agree with all of you. I would never use this, but hey, its an option for the picky mofo.

      Quote Originally Posted by SourAppleFan View Post
      useless... another object to hold onto in your already full pockets! what about landscape mode? and having to take it off to web-browse and use apps?
      there is apparently a landscape version available.
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      i can already type without looking at the keys so i covered in that area =)
    1. ianbroste's Avatar
      ianbroste -
      Quote Originally Posted by playboii View Post
      i can already type without looking at the keys so i covered in that area =)
      Same
    1. isham.padron's Avatar
      isham.padron -
      I love modmyi but I can't stand it when they hurry up to post information and get names wrong like i4Thumbs when it should be 4ithumbs. Someone needs to proof read these before posting. I think it's a great idea but it doesn't work form me.

      Even the web link to the site is dead...
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Pretty dumb. I can type faster on my iPhone the the vast majority of BB users and with the same or better accuracy. On top of that you'd have to get both the portrait and landscape versions if you wanted to type with both? Stupid.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      it's http://4ithumbs not http://i4thumbs.com/
      (wrong link in the article)
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by isham.padron View Post
      I love modmyi but I can't stand it when they hurry up to post information and get names wrong like i4Thumbs when it should be 4ithumbs. Someone needs to proof read these before posting. I think it's a great idea but it doesn't work form me.

      Even the web link to the site is dead...
      Haha, my bad on that part. I thought I had corrected it. fixed Now. Was a lack of sleep last night on my part. For the most part, you'll see proper spelling out of me, but thanks for noting! Appreciated
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      i dont want any more junk in my pocket. Lame.
    1. vish4488's Avatar
      vish4488 -
      Mehhh...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      bleh
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      Lame....
    1. carlos916's Avatar
      carlos916 -
      ehhhh
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      sorry why would you want to attach something on the back of your iphone?! stupid...
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      sorry why would you want to attach something on the back of your iphone?! stupid...
      ahahaha I couldn't agree more!
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      I guess this is revolutionary for blind iPhone users...although they would need help applying the thing...aw forget it. It is useless really.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Not for me...
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      *shrugs* i dunno, i think it could be cool. especially if/when you have extended writing to do. Now i wouldn't pay 15 bucks (and you don't get both, thats just for portrait, the set of 2 is $20), but i might consider buying this if it was a cheaper, i mean i dont' care how you dress it up, it is just a piece of plastic. but i'd pay $5 and throw it in my bag for use one day when i need to type for an extended period (maybe a long beejive session, or writing a paper or something). def not attaching it to the back of my phone though lol