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Vox Vocis – Star Meissa Album Review

If anyone hasn’t done so already, check out the review of the ‘ debut album In The Arms of the Sun by Vox Vocis. That album completely blew me away and made me jealous because if I could somehow go back in time, that would be the album made. When I caught wind of the news that the band was recording their second album, I was extremely excited. I am happy to say that the band did not disappoint. This will be a breakdown of the entire album track by track . Continue reading Vox Vocis – Star Meissa Album Review

1byone Bluetooth Keyboard with Multitouch pad

The 1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard  by 1byone was sent to me as a review so I will review as honestly as possible. This entire review is being typed with this keyboard on my HTC One M8 using the Android App Jotterpad

When I received the 1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Multi Touchpad, I was very surprised initially by the box of the Bluetooth Keyboard. It was really clean, flat, and well packaged. Inside the box was just the keyboard with a small instructional pamphlet on how to connect the keyboard to your Windows machine or Linux or Android device. I was able to get this device up and running within a minute after I inserted the Triple A batteries needed. I do wish that the back panel for the keyboard where you insert the batteries was easy to remove, but it only took me an extra 30 seconds. Due to the keyboard’s stainless steel back plate, it feels a lot heavier and feels all that more durable.

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The box it came in, simple and clean

Upon placing the keyboard on my desk, I realized how low the profile of the keyboard really is. It is slightly angled towards the user due to the battery compartment. I liked this because the keyboard is really thin, so the angle of the keyboard works well for the user. It is also worth noting that this keyboard also has a track pad with a two button click implemented into the keyboard. This is the first, and potentially only, keyboard I own that has a track pad embedded into it. It works surprisingly well once you adjust the sensitivity of the mouse to make it a little faster.

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I initially synced this keyboard to my laptop for day to day use, but quickly found that it would be better used on my phone for quick note taking in class and on my tablet for larger tasks during class as well. The fact this keyboard has a track pad in it makes it easier to use my tablet without the need of an external Bluetooth Mouse. The keyboard itself is very comfortable and I find it to be just as comfortable as the on-board keyboard on my Lenovo Y510P. The keyboard that I received with my Winbook 802 Windows Tablet was much too small for my fingers to efficiently type, but this keyboard is a happy medium comfort and efficiency.

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Stainless Steel Back adds some nice weight

The keyboard is also very responsive and I like how the keys feel as if they do not bottom out forever. On old Dell keyboards and the older USB keyboards, the keys were large so you could feel them bottom out, but since the keys on this keyboard are flat, you don’t feel them bottom out as much. This is great for me because this resembles my laptop’s keyboard even more, making it easier for me to type. I was also able to successfully test the function keys on the keyboard as well. By holding the function key and pressing the corresponding ‘f’ key, I was able to open my email, pause, play, rewind my music and increase and decrease the volume of my phone. I found these functions to be very helpful in operating my phone when I didn’t want to physically click the buttons on my phone and if I wanted to quickly check my email or go to the desktop of my phone.

I do have a two, although very minor, issues with the keyboard though, the first being that it is not rechargeable. Now, I have not fully drained the battery on this keyboard yet, and I have used it for two-three days pretty consistently, but I do wish it implemented a rechargeable battery cell so that I could charge it over night or with a power bank and not have to worry about buying batteries. The second is that the letters looks very cheap on the keyboard. I dislike the fact that I can see the black outline around the keys. If you click on the image to your right, you can see the outline on the C and F key quite well. It is very minor, but I think it is meant to be there so that the keys do not fade away.

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Dark outline of the keys is quite visible here.

Besides that issue, the keyboard is an absolute $23 price tag it is sold for. I currently use a CM Storm Quickfire Pro Mechanical Keyboard with my laptop, so I am much more accustom to mechanical switches than I am membrane, but if I ever have to use my tablet or phone outside to write our paragraphs or for note taking, I am definitely tossing this into my bag.

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Fleksy Keyboard Has Gone Free! But What’s Fleksy?

In the past couple days, the popular keyboard app Fleksy has decided to go free in order to increase their userbase. It’s my personal keyboard of choice, and I have been using it without complaint for the past six months, but what actually is Fleksy?
One of the greatest things about the Android OS as a whole is that you have options. The user is not tethered to the same calendar, photos, camera, or even Twitter app anymore. You have the option to switch at any time. Keyboards are no different. Now I started with the stock keyboard on my Samsung Galaxy S III and then went on to the stock keyboard Cyanogenmod offered in their CM 10 and CM 11 versions of the ROM. After that I switched to Swype, Google Keyboard and eventually Fleksy. I’ve tested SwiftKey, Minuum, and touch pal. Nothing comes close to the usability I get with the Fleksy keyboard.
I initially selected Fleksy because it was the only keyboard to let me have my enter button back on the bottom right as opposed to the silly emoji icon that I never use. As I user it more, I found that Fleksy offers what other keyboard don’t offer and that’s gesture typing. The term gesture typing in this case is not to be confused with Swype where the user drags their finger from letter to letter to create words. In this case, it is swiping to the left to delete, and swiping up and down to go through the autocorrect options. Although it takes a little getting used to, you will find that your words per minute, WPM, will greatly improve.
What I liked about Fleksy the most from the get go was that the letters were large. I know there are some users that want their keyboards to take up as little space as possible, but I like the larger keys because it helps reduce error for me. Error is then terrified even further with the fantastic autocorrect that Fleksy offers. I have not the slightest clue how it is nearly as accurate as it is, definitely has something to do with intense algorithims, but I enjoy it thoroughly. I find that although I miss swyping, I type faster with Fleksy. The gestures are intuitive and easy to pick up. If you swipe up on a word, you can automatically add it to the dictionary.
Fleksy offers themes for the user, but I was never really into it so never delved into it besides picking the black keyboard theme. It may be a tad gimmicky, but Fleksy also has badges. They are simply for aesthetic purposes to show progress in areas such as auto correct, typing with the invisible keyboard and so on. Nothing that really breaks ground, but a nice touch
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My favorite feature of Fleksy is definitely the extensions. These extensions add extra, free features to Fleksy. Again, most of these are gimmicks, but they do prove to be useful. For example, the one extension I have on let’s me swipe on my keyboard to add a number row. This makes my life easier when typing in numbers because now I don’t have to click an extra button to get to the numbers. Another extension lets me add certain apps as hot keys so that I an quickly jump to them. I have my email, texting, app store, and writing app all hot keyed so that I can quickly get to them when needed.
Fleksy is simple at its heart. There are no external ads that plague the app and it is quite easy to use. It is definitely different with its gesture typing, but once you get used to it, your overall speed in typing goes up dramatically.
Here is a gif of me typing on the keyboard and using some of the functions that I described above. I do not know why the keyboard looks skewed. The accurate depiction of the keyboard is in the screenshot above. As you can see the gestures take a little getting used to, but it becomes second nature after you use it. Here is a link to the Google Play Store for Fleksy.