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A.I.type Keyboard Plus running on an HTC Desire HD

It might sound silly but I'm truly in love with my mobile phone. As you might have learned from this website, the phone is an HTC Desire HD. The device's hardware and specs are great and the Android OS can be customized down to the finest detail to work and respond exactly how I want it to.

To make it even better - I like to have what I consider to be the best apps, too.

A.I.type Keyboard Plus is one of the best keyboards I've found. There are so many keyboards available that it really is necessary to try them all to find out which one works best for you.

After using A.I.type Keyboard Beta which was originally available on the Android Market (now Google Play), I contacted A.I.type to see if they would send me a copy of their full Keyboard Plus version to try out. They kindly obliged and I'm happy to be able to show some screenshots including the extra keyboard themes which come with the Plus version.

While using the Beta I realized it didn't include the green `A.I.type' theme which I'd seen and really liked.

Here it is below..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - A.I.type theme

It looks great in landscape mode too..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - A.I.type theme - Landscape mode

For anyone creative and wanting that personal touch, there is a custom theme available which you can change to your heart's content. Here is the default version..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - default Custom theme

Not disliking clouds too much, I decided to add a background with some clouds and a babe..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Custom theme with custom background

A.I.type Keyboard Plus allows you to change all sorts of colors from buttons to text by using the A.I.type Fun Factory's layout and color settings..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Input options

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Fun factory screenshot

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Fun factory screenshot 2

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Fun factory screenshot 3

There's even a color changer to help you choose the color and transparency you are looking for..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Fun factory color changer

Moving on more from style to functionality, here are some screenshots of the main Settings screens:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Settings - screen 1

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Settings - screen 2

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Settings - screen 3

I'm not a particularly fast typist on my phone but with this keyboard it is easier. I like to rely on and enjoy the usual things like keypress vibration and sound. Here is a theme which makes the keys a little bigger. This is the `Full size buttons' theme..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Full size buttons' theme

Of course you can go bigger too in landscape mode..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Full size buttons' theme - landscape mode

At first, before I started playing with settings, I wondered where the comma was. Fortunately, you can add it to the bottom row via the `Bottom row keys selection' screen.

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Bottom row keys selection

Let's look at some more themes..

This is the `Windows 8 -Tablet' theme:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Windows 8 Tablet' theme

This is the `Android gingerbread' theme:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Android gingerbread' theme

This is the `iPhone 4' theme:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `iPhone 4' theme

This is the `Windows Phone 7' theme:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Windows Phone 7' theme

This is the `Android basic' theme:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - `Android basic' theme

Here are some other visual touches from the A.I.type Keyboard Plus experience:

Keypress Popup: (Optional via settings)

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keypress popup

Caps Lock:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Caps Lock

Number screen:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Number screen

Alternate characters:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Alternate characters

Return or Enter key:

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Return/Enter key

Here is the cool Cut, Copy & Paste option screen with Read aloud button!

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Cut, Copy and Paste screen

Below are some screenshots of the Keyboard Theme selector..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - A.I.type theme (available in the Plus version)

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - iPhone 4 theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Full size buttons theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Android gingerbread theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Windows 8-Tablet theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Windows Phone 7 theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Android basic theme

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - Custom colors theme

The attention to detail with this keyboard app is excellent. For example even the theme preview images change in accordance with your keyboard bottom row settings..

A.I.type Keyboard Plus - Keyboard Theme selector - accordingly adjusts to bottom row key settings

The latest version released in December (2011) even comes with a live Christmas theme. Now you can type, jingle and watch the snow fall.

A.I.type Keyboard Plus with Live Christmas theme

Conclusion

There are many things to like about this keyboard. I like the way it looks, reacts, sounds and allows me to type pretty quickly. The attention to detail throughout the app is excellent. We can reduce the bottom row options to make the space bar bigger.

Two thumb typing in landscape mode is possible. It has a Copy, Cut and Paste edit screen, and at the touch of a button it even reads the words you've typed!

Although I'm not a great user of text predicition, I've noticed it is very good and many people on Google Play say that this has the best text prediciton they've experienced.

Anyway, needless to say I am enthusiastic enough to go on forever with screenshots and other details, but appreciating I'm not getting paid for doing this and the weekends are only so long, I recommend you try the Free version or grab the Plus version via Google Play.

A.I.type Keyboard Plus is now my full-time keyboard.

As I write this review - A.I.type Keyboard Free is available (for free) which allows unlimited use of the keyboard functionality (including skins, graphics and customization), and 10 days of text prediction, auto-corrections and auto-text.

Upgrade to A.I.type Keyboard Plus to keep using predictive services beyond that point.

A.I.type Keyboard Plus is $4.82.

A.I.type Keyboard Free:

A.I.type Keyboard Free - QR Code (Google Play)

A.I.type Keyboard Plus:
A.I.type Keyboard Plus - QR code (Google Play)

A.I.type Tablet Keyboard Free:
A.I.type Tablet Keyboard Free - QR code (Google Play)

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