Motorola Razr: The Swype app

Posted by Muscadecipio
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on Monday, 16 July 2012
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I have got to a strange impasse witth my Razr. I'm not sure if I have learnt the phone or if the phone has beaten me down.I suspect the latter. For one, there are still a whole pile of function I just don't understand.

One annoyance is that I seem to live in a hole in the ground. By this I mean that I am lucky to get ordinary cellphone reception where I live, never mind 3G. It means that every time I get the brainstorm to try download an app for my phone on the data network it is a no go. I either have to wait till I am somewhere ehere the 3G stays stable or somewhere where I can tap into a wireless connection. Since I have a home office , this is very frustrating. When I get a moment today, I need to track down a wireless router to set up at home. I use a wireless internet connection with an antenna/router bouncing a signal to a local provider through a repeater on the handily provided mountains that loom over my home town. It has proven much more stable than the Vodacom data network and being a local provider means I don't have to wait 2 hours for a consultant to be available like I used to with Telkom ADSL. A single phonecall allows me to shout at the office lady (Rochelle) or the technician (Werner) and I have had most excellent service. So as soon as I track down that router I hope to put the Razr's days of struggling to download behind me. 

Back to the Razr

One of those features that I have learnt and now can't live without is Swype app. For those who didn't know, Swype is a fast way to enter text by placing your finger on the first letter of the word and drawing a path from letter to letter. It looks like magic, but the software "guesses" the most likely words with the letter combinations and puts it on the screen. it also creates a suggestions list just below the text entry area in case it is wrong. you just tap the word you want to chage it. Wow. Thefirst time I used this it was irritating, now I can't do without it.

The Swype system even "learns" you writing style and the kinds of words you use mose fequently. You can also "teach" it - I have been tecinhg mine Afrikaans. If you use a new word over and over then it will remember the word, but you can also add words to the dictionary with a tap. The word you have typed in the text entry box is always the first word in the suggestions list. If you tap it and it is not in the dictionary then yopu can add it. Mine can now say "Ek sal nie 'n drankie later saam met jou kan drink nie".

In the beginning I pecked away at the touch screen like a woodpecker on tik to get a message together. With Swype I just go. When you pause between words it knows to put a space (mostly) and if you "glide" (the help files word) from punctuation to the space bar it sets that up for you with a space. There are a few more Swype tricks I am still learning, and if I have a criticism it is that it takes a bit of learning to get used to.

Again one of those things I suppose all you Android freaks already know, but all new to me. I only last week discovered the Swype website which is full of interesting stuff including some tutorial videos. Guess where I am heading as soon as I have searched the shopping sites for a router?

I am a 40-something computer geek who years ago decided that technology would either rule me or I would rule it. So far so good, but due to an irrational fear of cellphones i now face my greatest adventure. Learning to use my Motorola Razr

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futuresoul
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futuresoul Monday, 16 July 2012

nice read

Great to see there is someone out there who is learning , like me. Will be adding the review to the Android soon :)

redsaid
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redsaid Monday, 16 July 2012

Black Hole

Oh my worrrrd: I totally relate to this! Because *I* live in Black Hole central too (AKA Stellenbosch). Mountains are rather beautiful, but sorry for you if you want to receive anything on your radio other than MFM. I actually had to switch 3G Internet providers too, because later on, I was unable to get anything other than GPRS(!!!) at my place.

P.S. Loved the line about a woodpecker on tik, ha ha! Also how you've taught Swype to decline a drinks invite in Afrikaans!
P.P.S. If you feel overwhelmed by the Razr, console yourself with the fact that your wit is razr sharp!

Muscadecipio
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Muscadecipio Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Thanks

Thanks for the comment redsaid,usually my razr sharp wit just gets blank looks. Probably it takes an unique mind to understand it :p

I have a Vodacom contract and have spoken to them and been assured that they are installing new equipment here before October that will sort out my problem.

I love the Eikestad and miss it. I was a student there for 9 years. It has grown up a lot in the last few years but I still dream of retiring there. Not likely as it has got a bit expensive. I live in that other place that people retire to, Hermanus. We get plenty of CL people here on the weekends. They probably all dream of retiring here. Funny how the grass is always greener ...

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