WRIO Key­board

Should you kick QWERTY key­boards to the kerb?

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - GARY MAR­SHALL

Many key­board apps prom­ise to make your typ­ing faster

and more ac­cu­rate. But can they make your typ­ing 70% faster like WRIO claims?

WRIO is de­signed to ad­dress four con­cerns on smart­phones: mis-hit­ting keys, in­cor­rect au­to­cor­rect, slow typ­ing, and dif­fi­culty reach­ing spe­cial char­ac­ters and emoji. Its so­lu­tion uses hon­ey­comb keys and two thumb but­tons in­stead of a space bar, with swipes to cap­i­talise let­ters or delete.

WRIO’s keys are cer­tainly eas­ier to hit, and swip­ing works well for spe­cial char­ac­ters. While mus­cle me­mory means you’re all over the place to be­gin with, it doesn’t take too long to get used to the lay­out. For us, though, WRIO is more un­com­fort­able than QWERTY and we found it quite painful to use at times.

There were com­pat­i­bil­ity is­sues too. The de­vel­oper warned us that some third­party apps haven’t been op­ti­mised for the iPhone 6’s larger screen, trun­cat­ing the key­board lay­out, but on the even larger iPhone 6s Plus we en­coun­tered the same is­sue. If you have a smaller iPhone model it’s worth check­ing out.

Cap­i­talise, delete and use spe­cial chars with a swipe.

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