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Old 09-15-2006, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would a modified build of the Suretype algorithms not be a useful and logical inclusion to the QWERTY model BlackBerrys? Suretype offers context sensitive predictive text and spellchecking ... why not include it in the OS build for the QWERTY models as well as the compressed-keyboard models? Imagine the speed and accuracy with which you could compose text if the BlackBerry were actively (and correctly) finishing your words for you as you type! Adjusting the code to accept inputs from a full QWERTY keypad wouldn't be difficult from a software design perspective ...

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I think it would be difficult to know when to hit space. Suretype you can hit space after typing the whole word, on QWERTY you would have to type enough letters then space.

It would have to be very good programming.
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Old 09-15-2006, 08:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i think "corrective text" would be a better descriptor for SureType

the best "predictive text" programming i've seen (on a wireless phone) is a tie between MOTO's iTap and SonyEricsson's T9. iTap will offer bigger words for you to select, but you will still need to tap out 3 to 5 letters to narrow your choices. SE's T9 will allow you to cut your taps down to 1 or 2 strokes with a nudge of the joystick, but for your personal, added words. also, the SE software will allow you to fully edit your personal dictionary, whereas iTap will bump out the earliest-edited words for new additions.

SureType is definitely one of the better performers in text-entry assistance applications, but honestly, i couldn't name one specific version to be the best. (although WordComplete from the PalmOS platform comes pretty dang close...)


anyway, i haven't obtained my own 8100 yet, but this news is good to read!
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Actually, I was thinking the same thing. Of course it would have to be adjust for QWERTY keyboard, but it's entirely achievable. Anyway, it's a great plan and I suspect that RIM will see the benefits in the someday. BTW: I test drove the 8100 today and it will be staying in the store and not in my butter fingers.
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i think "corrective text" would be a better descriptor for SureType
SureType definitely isn't corrective text. Anyone who has mistrained SureType can confirm this.

Personally, not having SureType is specifically why I selected the 8700c as my device of choice. I think it predictive text would be a good option to offer people on qwerty models (provided that it can be disabled) but I personally have no need for it. Then again, I'm a fast thumb typist.
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