Last week we first published the original demo video for the new Swype-like TouchPal Curve, and a huge amount of interest was shown in exactly how the replacement keyboard would perform in real life situations. Well we now have our hands on a copy of TouchPal Curve Beta 1. For an initial release, it’s very good. This isn’t meant to be a full review yet (that will come once a stable version is released), just a preview showcasing some of the features TouchPal will undoubtedly continue to improve upon.
The first thing you’ll notice about the new TouchPal Curve is that it looks and feels great. Everything is smooth and the graphics are clearly high quality. It may not seem this would be a common issue for something as simple as a replacement keyboard, but you’d be surprised at just how terrible some themes–and even stock configurations–look on high resolution displays. None of that here.
Once you give it a go, you’ll find button presses are accurate and predictions aren’t bad. They may not be near what an app like Swiftkey X can provide at the moment, but it’s obvious there’s a lot of potential here. And this is something we were told is being worked on as a high priority.
There are a lot of time-saving functions that become fluid as you spend more time with the app. Swiping up or down on a key lets you use capitol letters or symbols, and you’ll find handy keys placed around the keyboard for easily inserting emoticons, cutting, pasting, copying, accessing the settings and turning Curve on and off. (Which is, no doubt, what everyone would like to hear the most about).
As of right now, Curve is just good. Not great or terrible. Just good. Replicating the actions in the original demo video was not easy. But after a full day, it’s certainly getting better. The worst part by far is word selection. Again, that’s being worked on. Personally, even in its first beta form, I have converted to using Curve only. The mistakes I do find myself making are easy enough to fix. And it looks good enough to land the default spot on my Android device of choice.
That’s all we have for now. Be sure to check back for a full review of TouchPal Curve once the keyboard comes out of beta. Until then, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.