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  • Wider Landscape Keyboard Not One But Five!
    Well as I was cruising the AppShopper site I noticed that there was a app for a landscape keyboard.... which Apple should have included with our iPhones in the first place....

    Not only was there one app released BUT five of them in a short time and only two of them have feedback.....

    Now I am trying to decide what one I should buy... what one is the best for the money..... three of them are $1.99, one is $0.99 and the last one is $4.99

    Take a look and let me know what one your going to buy?

    1. Wide Email..... $1.99


    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...289274499&mt=8

    Write emails using the wider, landscape keyboard, which is easier and faster to type on than the vertical keyboard in Mail. Compose quick emails or long letters to distant friends while holding the phone sideways. The horizontal keyboard has wider keys that are easier to see and to hit, even for people with big thumbs. Write the email then, with one tap, transfer it to Mail to add recipients and send it.

    Also good for writing longer notes to yourself, or for jotting down part of a story, paper, or article when inspiration strikes, then emailing the text to yourself.

    Features:

    Use wider, horizontal "landscape" keyboard to write emails
    Works for replying to emails from Mail, including reply all (see below)
    Turn phone to any orientation (even upside down!) and interface rotates
    Save drafts to finish later great for writing long emails to friends
    Automatically saves copies of sent emails, just in case
    Automatically saves drafts if program is interrupted, e.g. by home key

    You still must send the email through the built-in Mail program. Just tap "Send to Mail", add recipients, and send. To reply (or reply all) to emails in Mail, first choose reply from within Mail, and when the compose window comes up, quit Mail by pressing the home key. Open Wide Email and write your reply in a new draft with an empty subject line. When you tap "Send to Mail", your message will be inserted into the reply email, ready to send!

    2. Lettera...... $1.99 <------- Don't care for this one myself --------->


    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...289247074&mt=8

    Enjoy old-fashioned writing on your iPhone and iPod Touch, with this replica of an Italian modern design classic. Type on a full-sized keyboard, send your friends and co-workers beautiful, elegant notes with a touch of personality.

    Features

    - Touch-type your notes on the screen
    - Enjoy the typewriter sound effects
    - Use the iPhone accelerometer to start a new line
    - Share your notes as beautifully formatted PDF pages
    - Choose among different paper textures and colours
    - Use your notes to compose emails in Mail application
    - Choose between US and Latin keyboard

    3. Sideways...... $1.99


    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...289146621&mt=8

    Make a lot of typing errors while authoring email?

    This application is for you.

    Optimized for typing with your iPhone or iPod Touch held horizontally (landscape orientation), Sideways presents a wider keyboard, giving you extra room for increased typing speed and fewer mistakes. Tap the action button and send the text to Mail.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    - Wider keyboard for better accuracy and increased typing speed.
    - Text is saved between launches.
    - Tap Trash to delete current text.
    - Action button for sending to email or restoring default help text.

    SIDEWAYS TIP
    Sideways can also be used to reply to or forward an email. Start in Mail and initiate the reply or forward. Open Sideways and type your text. Then just tap the "Send to Mail" action and the text will be inserted into the already-initiated message.

    COMING SOON
    - Multiple Pages of storage
    - Send text to Twitter (and possibly other services)

    4. TouchType....$0.99


    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...288916937&mt=8

    This application allows users to compose and reply to email messages in either portrait or landscape mode. Once typed, messages can be sent to the iPhone's Mail application for dispatch.

    5. Compose...........$4.99


    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...290987348&mt=8

    At last: compose new emails with a large keyboard in landscape mode.

    If the small size of Mail's keyboard gets you down, fire up Compose and go horizontal! Big keys and more space means you can type faster.

    Then, at the push of a button, send your newly-composed message to Mail, where you can address it and mail it wherever you need.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Wider Landscape Keyboard Not One But Five! started by thetoothfairy View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by theetoothfairy View Post
      Ok.... with the money I won during the contest I bought these apps so that I could give back to this forum in some way.....

      I bought Sideways.... after you install the app there is the directions in how to use it on the screen.... you can tap the recycle bin to delete the directions.... then you type your message and then tap the email text and it will load the mail program and everything that you typed will be in there..... I felt there was some hesitation within the keyboard with this app... not much but felt some....

      Its nice and works well.... BUT ONLY WORKS FOR EMAILING!!!!!!

      Now for TouchType.... after I installed it and loaded it the screen was blank and I could start right off my typing my letter.... then hit the email text everything went smooth as well.... when you are typing your letter with this program the typing was blue in color but once it was transfered to mail it was black.... with this program if you want to remove your typing and start over all you have to do is tap the clear button....

      This program ONLY DOES MAIL ALSO.... but felt a smoother run with it..... no hesitation...

      Over all both are nice if you need this type of keyboard and I like them but I like the TouchType better... and the best part for all of you is its the cheaper one!

      I also have seen that the TouchType is selling better as there is more feedback for the two of these... probably because everyone wants what is cheaper.... and I also see within the feedbacks in itunes people are requesting that they make this work with SMS

      BUT you must load these program first to use the keyboard in this fashion and then it will transfer you to mail..... you can not start your email message out first with mail.... as you will not be able to access the keyboard.....

      Ok don't ask me what I am going to do with all these keyboard apps... LOL but bought Wide email as well....

      It does the same thing as the other two... no hesitation within the app...... once again this is only for EMAIL.... NO SMS guys!

      So far all three are really nice.... btw none crashed either on me....

      Its really something that they come out with five all at once.... I wonder why this is? Now we are seeing a price war start.... whats next?

      So far get the cheaper ones.... I am not disappointed at all with them...



      I am sorry Rob.... I do not have winterboard or I would be more than glad to help you out here...... maybe some wonderful person will help add to this thread and give us input.....
      Props on a good review!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Honestly I would just give things a little more time. Sure Apple has had a lot of time already, but as of previous no competition. Now we ave android and BlackBerry Storm. Both coming out with guns blazing. (I need to figure out how to get myself a Storm). No ifs and or buts if Apple continues not giving what people want they will fail.
      You know I was thinking this myself as I have been getting tons of information on these two new phones that are coming out soon.....

      The BlackBerry Storm may just win the hearts of many iPhone users.... I think many of us that started from the start are tired of waiting for what we feel is important on our iPhones.... and we all know if we want a nicer camera we will have to wait for the next iPhone to get that... but the other stuff people want shouldn't be hard to give us through software updates....

      What really got me was the new Calculator... what the heck did I want that for? I have no use for it period... the original one was fine for me....

      Just because the iPhone is the iPhone people will move on because the other phones will offer people more of what they want.... that is the hole thing about the competition of the phone world right now....

      Who can come up with everything that consumer wants!

      My son came over last week with his BlackBerry.... and I must admit... its a nice little phone.... I liked it because it didn't have Windows Mobile on it....

      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      Props on a good review!
      Thank you!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by theetoothfairy View Post
      I liked it because it didn't have Windows Mobile on it....
      Windows mobile is the greatest abomination this (cell phone) world has ever seen -_-
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      i just played with the demo of irealsms...its a really great app but im a college kid and i dont have a job right now because im too busy with baseball after class so i dont really have a lot of extra money to spend on something like this even though i would like to...and i know 8 bucks isnt that hard to come by but its not really a necesity for me to have this. So the only thing i dont like about this is the price tag... I hate how most of the good apps now are requiring purchase... I liked it better when jailbreaking was just getting started and everything was free because it was a just big happy modding community and everyone enjoyed sharing apps with each other... just my thoughts though, maybe if i knew how to make apps i would get greedy and put a price tag on them.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by howlett15 View Post
      i just played with the demo of irealsms...its a really great app but im a college kid and i dont have a job right now because im too busy with baseball after class so i dont really have a lot of extra money to spend on something like this even though i would like to...and i know 8 bucks isnt that hard to come by but its not really a necesity for me to have this. So the only thing i dont like about this is the price tag... I hate how most of the good apps now are requiring purchase... I liked it better when jailbreaking was just getting started and everything was free because it was a just big happy modding community and everyone enjoyed sharing apps with each other... just my thoughts though, maybe if i knew how to make apps i would get greedy and put a price tag on them.
      Very few people do anything for free once they know they can make a buck
    1. Dingle777's Avatar
      Dingle777 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ripped53 View Post
      Hello....what about for text messaging? It would seem so obvious.
      SMS Landscape!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAD THAT FOR AGES! U GUYS ARE SLOW!!!! look on Cydia for IREALSMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its champ!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dingle777 View Post
      SMS Landscape!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAD THAT FOR AGES! U GUYS ARE SLOW!!!! look on Cydia for IREALSMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its champ!
      Would like to try this out myself but my iPhones are virgins... never modded either one of them yet.....
    1. reppin4you's Avatar
      reppin4you -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      +1
      +1
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by theetoothfairy View Post
      Would like to try this out myself but my iPhones are virgins... never modded either one of them yet.....
      time to pop those cherries my friend. your missing out!
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Iman07 View Post
      time to pop those cherries my friend. your missing out!
      yea man everyones doing it!
    1. unlockme's Avatar
      unlockme -
      Quote Originally Posted by Iman07 View Post
      i totally understand what your saying my friend but theres really nothing you, we, us can do about it. if you dont wanna pay for iRealSMS then your really SOL. i dont mean to be rude but the option is out there for people to try and $7 bux aint that much to spend u know. charge it on ur credit card, ull never know you bought it. im not like spreading the word because i work for irealsms or anything i just think that people have been complaining about something that has really been solved. sure its not perfect and can use some work, but it does the trick for me. i can text in landscape mode, thats all i ever wanted and i finally got it. sziklassy is soo right! there was never any competition. apple didnt need to speed stuff up cuz there was nothing that could beat it. but with the release of android, things might change. but until then, either buy the app that does what you want it to do or just be quite and wait like the rest of us. now....back to texting my friends, IN LANDSCAPE MODE!

      i tried irealsms and wasnt all that impressed with it. i have no problem paying for apps, especially 7 bucks, i just like the simplicity of the native app. i'm gonna try out irealsms again because that might be the only cure for the non-landscape sms blues!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Iman07 View Post
      time to pop those cherries my friend. your missing out!
      As much as I try to help this forum out I would not know where to even start to mod my phones here..... LOL

      And I do not like to ask questions either as it upsets some.... and I would have to know exactly what to do before I even took a chance... LOL

      I know... what am I doing on a mod forum? There is tons of other info that I have picked up here and shared as well.....
    1. wildgene789's Avatar
      wildgene789 -
      Can this be use for text messages because i barely use my email only texting
    1. coachballfirm's Avatar
      coachballfirm -
      some of you need to learn how to read>>>>>
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by wildgene789 View Post
      Can this be use for text messages because i barely use my email only texting
      No... this can not be used for text messages.....
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      so why the he11 cant they make one for sms????

      who gives two p00ps about email?
      email, i sit and think about what i want to type.
      sms is a quik and instant message. i need to do it fast! like with the sidekick!
      WHAT THE CRAP APPLE????
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      i just use iRealSMS it work great. landscape texting all day
    1. mr.sparky's Avatar
      mr.sparky -
      I have the wide mail keyboard not a big fan of it to much work if you ask me it's a good thing I didn't pay for it
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      oh come on APPLE give me a break!! this should of came with the FW update or should of came with in the first place..alot of people wanted this but now you have to pay for it.. disappointed

      this just shows you how money hungry they are!!!!!!
    1. wildgene789's Avatar
      wildgene789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by coachballfirm View Post
      some of you need to learn how to read>>>>>
      i tried to delete my post because i saw the answer right after i posted.