N8 tips & tricks: Improve your QWERTY keyboard experience
Yesterday I wrote a post listing the 20 things I love and 5 things I don’t in regards to the Nokia N8. I personally love the fact that Nokia personnel reached out to me regarding the things that I personally don’t like at the moment as it shows me they really do care and are listening. I don’t consider myself that important for Nokia to pay so much attention to, but appreciate their assistance.
After Chanse Arrington reached out to me via Twitter to offer the following comment, I tried what he said and would like to give him a hug 😉
For the best experience on N8 in landscape keyboard options turn on word completion, prediction, and text correction to “show suggestion”
I figured out how to enable what he suggested and saw that I had just tried the prediction on method at first and found that to be a failure. I will list the exact steps below because it isn’t as simple as you might think and IMHO the N8 units should come setup like this out of the box.
You might think you just go into settings and find something for keyboard to make these selections, but you would be wrong. The hidden settings sprinkled throughout the operating system is one area that Nokia needs to address in the future, but since I am a geek I know to keep hunting until I find what I need so here is what I recommend you do with your N8:
- Launch Notes and tap to create a new one.
- Rotate your N8 into landscape orientation. This MUST be done to access the proper settings.
- Tap the 3 line key between the forward arrow and return key.
- Tap Input options>Activate prediction.
- Again tap the 3 line key.
- Tap Input options>Settings.
- In here tap to turn on word auto-completion, text correction level to high, and text correction mode to show suggestion.
I am not positive about the correction level at high, but it sounds good. I have to admit that after making these selections the landscape QWERTY keyboard is indeed much better.
However, I tried to make it clear in my post that the keyboard itself isn’t that bad, but it is the way it is implemented where you have to jump into a completely different keyboard entry area out of apps to enter text and there is no smaller QWERTY in portrait mode.