Openmoko keyboard mockup

Jan Henkins jan at
Tue Jan 6 03:46:15 CET 2009

Hello there,

Pascal d'Hermilly wrote:
> With 2008.12 release, a well working finger-friendly keyboard is the 
> most critical missing feature for me.
> I've made a mockup of a keyboard that I think would make things a lot 
> easier to type.
> I don't have the skills to code this, but please. I really need a good 
> keyboard to be able to use my openmoko.

I fully agree that we need a proper finger-friendly keyboard. I'm sure 
that it is planned, and I can sort-of remember that the Matchbox 
keyboard has big enough keys to be a lot easier to use than the Illume 
keyboard. Here are some other keyboard examples:

A weird keyboard on M$ Mobile (yech!):

Iphone keyboard styled like the Macbook Air (now this looks the business!):

Blackberry's Iphone keyboard ripoff:

All of them have nice big buttons and share a simple layout. The FR's 
screen is big enough even in portrait mode to accommodate a keyboard 
like this. The Illume keyboard, as excellent as it is (thanks Raster!!), 
is fiddly to use without a stylus. I would like to not have to use a 
stylus to compose notes/emails/sms. For terminal use (and using VI) a 
more complete k/b is of course justified, but for everyday use we need a 
nice finger keyboard.

Jan Henkins

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