One of the coolest things about moving into the Android world from Apple was third-party keyboards. My iPad soft keyboard certainly works, but after Swype and Swiftkey, it just seems limited.
When I saw news about the Minuum keyboard, I was excited. I liked the idea of how little screen space it would occupy. I also wanted to see how they managed their claim of working well with large fingers. I’ve got small fingers, and I don’t have trouble with most keyboards, but I’ve known plenty of guys with large fingers who suffer from “fat fingers on keyboard” syndrome.
Unfortunately, so far it hasn’t lived up to what I was hoping for.
Let’s start, however, with what it does well. As you can see from the screen shot, the “keyboard” is a bunch of tiny letters at the bottom of the screen. If you want to maximize your screen, this keyboard does that well. Its predictive ability is pretty good. Type out a word by hitting mostly close to the letters and it’ll figure out what you want. So what’s the problem? Well, with Swiftkey, I’ve gotten spoiled. Unless I’m tapping out an odd word, I rarely need to enter more than two or three letters. And it’s predictive ability is so good that sometimes it will figure out my next two to five words. No tapping required, other than selecting the word I want.
Punctuation is a pain. See those tiny punctuation marks? I’ve never been able to select one. Possibly I’m doing something wrong, but it’s frustrating. You can get a period by adding two spaces, but I’ve not had any luck at entering any other punctuation.
You can enter a “precise typing” mode by long pressing the keyboard, but it only hangs around for one word, and I had a tough time entering numbers and symbols in that mode.
Speaking of spaces, notice the lack of a space bar? You enter a space by swiping to the right, which works. Most of the time. Also, no Enter button? Right. You add a carriage return by swiping up and to the right. I can get it to work, but it usually takes me two or three tries.
Admittedly, I haven’t used it for a long time. I’m sure most of my problems would go away with more practice. But I’m not motivated to practice because my other keyboard options were more user friendly as soon as installed. I got the hang of Swype in just a few minutes. Practice made me better, but I was functional with it quickly. I’m not patient enough to get to that point with Minum.
At $3.99, it’s kind of expensive too. Swype is currently $.99 and Swiftkey is on sale for $1.99. I think they are both better deals.
Anyone else use it and love it? Happy to entertain alternate views. It’s got an average 4-star review on Google Play, so my experience may not be typical.