Should you kick QWERTY keyboards to the kerb?
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.