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8Pen Keyboard Available in the Market

Remember 8Pen, the really interesting keyboard replacement we wrote about yesterday?  Well it’s now available in the market for right around $1.58.  I had a chance to test out 8Pen yesterday and planned on doing a video to give you guys an idea of what to expect, but for certain reasons did not.  Would you all like to see it in action before buying?  It’s definitely an acquired taste to say the least.

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Cheers Josh and Donnie!

  • I spent a couple of hours playing with it & I just can't imagine I'll ever be faster with it than Swype (1-handed Droid X)

  • blu3bird

    well, after using it for a few hours, i'm now even better at swype. So thats a plus. But I did refund it. I don't have the time to learn another keyboard.

    I don't even want to think about people who text and drive with this app.

  • The Confused One

    my friend and I started using 8pen and neither of us can find the “#” symbol?

    • blu3bird

      click “?123” the the “up arrow”

  • I can't believe the number of people whining about a measly $1.58, I could find that much in my couch. Seriously, these developers go out and completely redesign touch screen mobile text input, and you losers will sit and bitch that there isn't a trial version. You have 24 hours to get your refund, and if you miss that mark, you're still out less than 2 bucks. Not to mention, all of this after the praise and excitement of yesterday. Stop whining and give innovation a shot you fickle bastards.

  • this looks gay ill stick to my swype

  • Jakepenumbra

    Will not pay before getting at least a three-day trial out of it.

  • Joshua

    the video yesterday got me interested but I'd like to see a free trial period first.

  • robbrown

    I bought it …$1.50 is worth it just for kicks to play with it, and to reward them for trying something innovative.

    I think it will probably die, UNLESS….

    …they figure out a good way to teach people to use it. Make a sophisticated tutorial/game out of it. Make it possible to play with on the web (using your mouse, rather than finger on touchscreen, has advantages for learning it….you aren't covering up the letters with your finger).

    I actually think it is a much better way to enter text compared to qwerty arrangements….even better than a physical keyboard on a phone. It's just a long learning curve, and really frustrating at first.

  • Rodeojones000

    I'm always interested in trying out keyboard alternatives (even though I always go back to Swype). But I don't like the idea of having to pay for it right off the bat. I'm not sure 24 hours would be enough time to get to understand this keyboard. Why not release a free trial version that expires after a few days or a week and then give the option of purchasing the full version if we like it? I'll be passing on this one.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    can 8pen spell

    C O N V O L U T E D

    • Trombone Dixie

      looks like auto-correction can.

  • Jjuanic73

    I like it. It works pretty cool.

  • i do not get how to get to the second teir of letters.. c,d,r,u,h etc..

    • mathees

      you roll your finger two sections in that direction.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3OuCR0EpGo
      skip the first minute

      • Ok i am the type that uses message ease for my one hand typing. . I dont get why everyone likes usin the samthing all your life, ilove trying innovating things… kudos for doing something that hasnt been done before, i typed this using 8 pen and have now learned where all the letters are and this thing is pretty damn speedy … quit complaining and try something new

  • Peterg75

    Typing on an 8pen now. Not bad at all. And for only 1.58 give me a break! Stop crying and give it a shot. It is a little like caligraphy.

  • Ok so, I bought it. IMHO, I gotta say, its soo cool!!!!
    I'm going to try it for a week straight and see if I really love it. Otherwise, Swype is right there for me. 🙂
    Guys, before you start making bad comments about it, just try it for a day or too!

    • mathees

      couldn't agree more. im doing the same thing

  • chicken13

    I went for it. I like it. Will take some getting use to. I have always used keyboard

  • Tried it 2.4min!!! Refunded! No thanks….. keeping Swipe …..

  • Jager07

    Or, better yet, use SwiftKey and type full sentences with less than 10 keystrokes.

  • I just installed it. There does seem to be quite a bit of a learning curve. I think if I keep it as the default keyboard for a week or so I can get used to it. Because my finger covers up a significant portion of the letters I feel like I need a printed card I can look at with all the letters on it–at least through the learning stage.

    Although in the video they show a user using their index finger, that seems to take a long time. I've been using just my thumb and that seems more natural and faster too. By using my thumb, the gestures become similar to using a track ball. If I use my index finger then I'm moving most of my hand; if use just my thumb I'm moving just my thumb–less movement means faster text entry.

    • So, I printed a screenshot from the video of all the letters. I uploaded the image if you want to print your own: http://imgur.com/lSYMa.png

      Looking at this does make it a lot easier. It also means that I can type on it without looking at the keyboard, which is something that I really want to do and where I think this keyboard shows much promise. If anyone can type on any other Android keyboard (including Swype) without looking at the keyboard, I'd like to hear about it.

      I think the developers need to create a learning game to help people learn where all the letters are. Because the most common letters are in the center, it should probably start with the clock-wise quarter-circle characters (i o e .), then the counter-clockwise quarter-circle characters (y , t a), then mix them all together. It could then focus on the half-circle characters and so on until all the letters are learned. Even without a game, I think this is the way I'll practice. I remember that one of the old Palm OS keyboard (perhaps FITALY or MessageEase) had a game like this to help the user learn the layout.

      • Peterg75

        Thanks for the image, very helpful

      • STEEELISKT

        I have used Shapewriter for a while now, it seems that you can be less accurate then Swype and it'll pick up the correct word. Only took me about of week of practice and it works VERY well, as long as you have a good idea of how a QWERTY keyboard looks in your head you really only need to see the first letter and then quickly trace your lines.

        I know it was pulled from the market, I haven't searched for it in a while but it was kind of hard the last time to find, let me know if you want to try and can not find, I can send a copy.

        YEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Right_Center

    Give us a free trial… without that, you won't find any success with this app because of the steep learning curve.

    • Low023

      All things on the marketplace have a 24 hour Trial period.

      • Right_Center

        I know …but its not enough time for this concept.

      • Right_Center

        I know.. but that is not enough time to try out this new concept to any satisfactory level.

  • Laura

    Granted a free trial would be ideal..but really guys $1.58.. I have that in change at the bottom of my purse.. I downloaded it this morning..once I get used to where the letters are positioned this keyboard may not be half bad… I think it might be worth the $1.58.. Although we'll see if this keyboard starts to remember typos like swype does (so annoying and yes I know you can delete them…still annoying)

  • Gebinsk

    After playing with it for a while I think it's awesome. I could definitely see myself becoming so used to the layout that I could type without looking. And the idea of using gestures to replace words is really smart, and actually saves a lot of time. Those of you who are discounting it immediately really should give it a chance. Spend some time with it, like I have, and I think you'll like it, too. Use the tutorial, for chrissakes! Swype is a good keyboard, no doubt about that, and now they have some real competition. Plus, that competition is using a totally unique format, which should make the keyboard wars even more interesting.

  • Ragemedia

    I think the real beauty for smething like this is that after some time with this youcould use it with out having to look at your phone. that is if you could take the time to learn it

  • mathees

    i just want blind type

  • fgonzo98

    A demo would be nice…but a free trial would be even better! Why move away from Swype?

  • El El Kool J

    Nice no trial period… FAIL!!

  • Ajbanach

    paid $199 for phone on contract, pay $70 /mo to Big Red for service… $1.58 BFD.

  • Mark D

    It has a big learning curve but hey, I'll give it a shot!

  • Trying it out. It definately needs predictive text, my biggest obstacle is remembering where the letters are. Major learning curve, but the more I use it the more I like it……..and its $1.58, you dont wanna know how much my college budget goes on trying out new hair products 🙂

  • Bthomasltd

    You know, I find it hilarious that people are hung up about spending 1 dollar and 58 cents on an app. You spend that much on a soda atthe drink machine at work or a drink and a pack of M&M's! And all of that gets wasted in your body anyway. How about spending 1 dollar and 58 cents on something that could be productive and perhaps make your texting habits easier and more simple. Plus, you cannot return a soda and M&M's in 24 hrs after trying it. You can with 8Pen.

  • Agreed. I might still give this a try, but because it's so different I have my doubts that it will catch on, especially if people have to pay for something they don't think they'll use.

    See, Swype has alternative keyboards down. This is a whole gesture for each letter while Swype shows all the letters at once and you simply swipe from one letter to the next to the next in an already familiar QWERTY format. Plus you can type like normal if you need a word that isn't in your dictionary. I'm all for devs getting paid, but they need at least a trial version if they hope to make a decent splash with something so radically different.

  • Gadtitgurl

    I'm pleased with Swype

  • fallofshadows

    I can't even imagine taking the time to get used to this. I'll stick to ShapeWriter (Swype isn't on DInc, not that I've been able to find)

  • Jsmuli2

    ill wait for free version, until then shapewriter all the way baby!

  • Ragemedia

    I bought this to give it a shot, and so far it is not too bad. It will totally take some getting used to, but after an hour or so I know where most of the letters are and can type pretty fast. I don't know if I will keep it or not but 24 hours is better than nothing

    Typed with 8pen

  • I can tell potential buyers this: 24 hours is indeed enough to determine if 8pen is a keyboard for you. I took me 20 minutes to uninstall this frustrating abomination and get a refund. I also have a suggestion for 3qubits, the developer: release a series of educational videos, like Swype did, that properly explain how to use your highly original keyboard. Also, when you introduce it to the world, it would've been better if you didn't totally dismiss the much-loved QWERTY layout on touchscreens, since it obviously works well for millions of people. Another marketing approach would have been preferable.

  • Lane252

    ok w8 this download link doesnt work Keys what the deal, ill be the ginny pig to buy and try and report but theres no correct dwnlod link…this sucks donkey dick

  • Here's the thing. It is one thing to try to revolutionize something that causes people problems. It's another to try to revolutionize something that works pretty well 90% of the time. I would almost rather buy a keyboard that said it read my mind them something that I would have to change the way I input data on every other device known to man. If they text input won't translate to any other device (ATM, Desktop, Notebook, tablet) then it probably won't be a good fit on my phone. Think about this interface on a 10″ tablet… your arm would get tired!

    • balthuszar

      they probably wont release this on a tab…the main focus of this keyboard is how tiny a qwerty keyboards keys are on a 3.5″ screen…i've seen numerous comments on various cell phone blogs about people's fingers being too big to type on the touch screen…this keyboard will alleviate that problem…having said that, i'm not paying for this keyboard until i have the chance to try it

  • I would like to see a video, im just curious.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Let me get this straight, instead of using Swype to trace a short path and get the ENTIRE WORD I want, this keyboard lets me trace a short path to get just the LETTER I want? Damn, that's revolutionary.

    • MattPru

      THIS was the exact comment I left in the Market, just before I uninstalled and refunded. It is completely inefficient. Developers really need to use common sense before wasting their time, and ours, before throwing crap this bad out there.

    • MattPru

      THIS was the exact comment I left in the Market, just before I uninstalled and refunded. It is completely inefficient. Developers really need to use common sense before wasting their time, and ours, before throwing crap this bad out there.

  • Mrdat

    Hmmmm. Gesturing motions for each letter vs. swyping through words… I don't see how it can be faster.

  • Jclemm5445

    just got it…it seems crazy right now, but i said that w/ swype. i'll try it for a couple days.

  • This keyboard is making me feel dumb! I still at the part where they teach you to type the word “you”. ahahahaha

  • real difficult to learn the positions of all the keys, BUT once learned I could see this having potential.

  • Franz

    Can't try it before buying it. Fail.

    • you can try any app without buying. Android Market gives you 24hrs before charging your card officially.

  • Tuna

    Yeah 24 hours to test a keyboard isn't that long especially something that's so different…. and Yes video

  • Wayne W.

    Yeah 8Pen needs to offer a trial for this, I'm not paying for something I MOST probably will dislike since it is out of my 20 year qwerty keyboard comfort zone.

  • scorpion77

    I think a Video an a free trail is a must .. look at the other keyboards out there they just started to charge people now an they still offer free ones .. Good luck to them doing like this ..

  • No trial? Will stick to Swype, was so excited about this one, but not paying anything before trying it.

  • Imap4u

    I would like to see it put through its paces before buying… but I could always try it for about 24 hours and decide I guess! Gotta love the Android Market!

  • Stephen D

    I'll stick with Swype. This is one of the worst ideas for a keyboard I've ever seen.

  • KleenDroid

    NO trial = NO 8Pen

    • Maizekid

      Agreed.

    • Maizekid

      Agreed.

    • Farfignuten

      I thought you have 24hrs to try it on the Android market.. You can uninstall and get your refund.

      Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

      • KleenDroid

        While that may be correct, many apps allow a trial to decide if you want to purchase. If you decide to purchase it to give it a try let us know what you think.

  • superchachi

    I wonder if marketing 101 would teach that immediately charging people to depart from a 200+ year typing format is the best way to get results.

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that you can uninstall and refund within 24 hours right? This keyBORED is not my thing, but if I was interested, I can’t see how $1.58 is a deal-breaker. Especially knowing that I can return it within 24 hours if it doesn’t look promising. I just don’t see a problem here… YMMV. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think it’s a deal-breaker. I just don’t think it’s the best way for them to get dependable feedback on what’s supposed to be THE way to “type” on a phone. If I were the devel, I’d give a free 30 day trial to see how much it’s used and how that relates to purchases vs. getting frustrated (or no) feedback when 24 hours isn’t long enough to comprehensively learn something new. Example – I hated Swype the first 3 times I tried to commit to it. And I still don’t love it. Now whether that says something about me or Swype, it tells them something. Pardon the analogy, but maybe devels could look at potential customers like d^ug dealers do – give a little away to get them hooked and then have a customer for life. Well, at least until Betty Ford. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think it’s a deal-breaker. I just don’t think it’s the best way for them to get dependable feedback on what’s supposed to be THE way to “type” on a phone. If I were the devel, I’d give a free 30 day trial to see how much it’s used and how that relates to purchases vs. getting frustrated (or no) feedback when 24 hours isn’t long enough to comprehensively learn something new. Example – I hated Swype the first 3 times I tried to commit to it. And I still don’t love it. Now whether that says something about me or Swype, it tells them something. Pardon the analogy, but maybe devels could look at potential customers like d^ug dealers do – give a little away to get them hooked and then have a customer for life. Well, at least until Betty Ford. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        the learning curve is so great that you cant get a real grip for the keyboard within 24 hoirs

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that you can uninstall and refund within 24 hours right? This keyBORED is not my thing, but if I was interested, I can’t see how $1.58 is a deal-breaker. Especially knowing that I can return it within 24 hours if it doesn’t look promising. I just don’t see a problem here… YMMV. 🙂

    • El El Kool J

      Read the comments on the app in the market.. you can see that friends/family/coworkers are leaving comments…lol.. easy to distinguish between a customer and non-customer..lol..

      also I dont see myself spending most of my day to learn to use this to just get a refund of my money within 24hrs.. just silly.. so yes a trial would be way more effective 😛

    • El El Kool J

      Read the comments on the app in the market.. you can see that friends/family/coworkers are leaving comments…lol.. easy to distinguish between a customer and non-customer..lol..

      also I dont see myself spending most of my day to learn to use this to just get a refund of my money within 24hrs.. just silly.. so yes a trial would be way more effective 😛

    • @superchachi – That is just hilarious – They dont even have to create the wheel other apps showed them how and yet they still make a blunder. EPIC FAIL written all over it.

    • I wanted to try it as well, but I am not willing to pay at this point. Just seems crazy. Me trying this new keyboard should be a help to them, not me. Once it catches on and gets a lot of good feedback, then they can start charging – lol.

      • KW

        While you save that $1.58, go run out and by that $4.99 latte.

        • Ooooh Snap!

          if you love it so much, why didnt you buy it? or didnt you want to be the only one with a $4.99 latte?

  • Mth2134

    Um….can u say free trial period? This is a little too radical to determine in a 24hr refund period if it's for u. Not buying. Some things are better served if ” the first one's free” to get u hooked.

    • Mth2134

      See poweramp. Beta and trial deemed it a must buy for me

  • Scottcalo67

    really would have been nice to have a free beta before releasing it

  • Josh

    “Would you all like to see it in action before buying? “

    I'd like to try it before buying, especially since it is such a crazy departure from traditional QWERTY keyboards. I looked forward to trying it out today, but now, I do not care anymore. lol

    • I was looking forward to trying it as well, but I make it a point not to but something that I don't even know if I want it.

      Needless to say, I'll be sticking with Swype.

    • I would also like to see a trial. It definitely looks interesting but there's no way 24 hours would be enough time to get used to it and see if it'd replace Swype.

  • Scottcalo67

    I tried it and will stick with swype

  • bkj216

    Well I'd like to try it but I don't know about paying for it

  • Drew_VA

    Would love to try it, but not worth paying for (even though it's not a bad price).

  • Msombloski

    might be cool… tried it but don't see the point in getting used to this i have a keyboard

  • Izzy

    Love this keyboard im starting to get used to it xD

    • Steve

      If you put out of you mind the knowledge you have of the standard keyboard and try to conceive looking at this as a way of entering words it is remarkably easer than a standard keyboard.

      I have mediocre fine motor control (Dysgraphia) and relatively large fingers. I tried every soft keyboard on the planet, this is the first one I can use easily. It will take some time to truly memorize the character map but I’m already pretty good, and after 2 days I haven’t used my Droid’s hardware keyboard once.

  • Amiel

    f1 irs t
    (typed on 8pen)

    • CONGRATS!!! You win a shirt that says “8pen FTW”!!!

      • Anonymous

        You and these congratulations how come you are never first? LOL

      • Anonymous

        You and these congratulations how come you are never first? LOL

      • Mike

        Or if you type the shirt with this keyboard it would say “8pen WTF!!!”

        • The6hamiltons

          Awesome

      • Mike

        Or if you type the shirt with this keyboard it would say “8pen WTF!!!”

    • CONGRATS!!! You win a shirt that says “8pen FTW”!!!

    • Josh

      Bahahaha. Nice.

    • qmartman711

      you should probably keep practicing.

    • Farfignuten

      Congrats! You win a cactus d1ldo for you ass!!