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The Samsung Gear S Gets a Smartwatch Keyboard You Might Actually Use

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Fleksy has created a keyboard to work with the upcoming Samsung Gear S. Will it make typing on a tiny smartwatch screen anything other than completely awkward? It's too soon to say.

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The Gear S is set to be the first smartwatch with a data connection, and Samsung intends users to send messages from the smartwatch like they do on smartphones. Having Fleksy develop a keyboard for the Gear S was smart—Fleksy makes good mobile keyboards. Still, Fleksy's keyboard may not be enough to make typing on a smartwatch non-terrible.

Gear S, with its petite 2-inch AMOLED screen, doesn't look like the easiest thing to type on for people with adult human fingers. I'd probably have an easier time typing on a girthy banana with a Fleksy keyboard projected on the side. The Gear S looks decent as far as smartwatches go, but it doesn't look leaps and bounds better for typing stuff on, curved screen or no curved screen.

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Fleksy is known its fast typing experience, and the design isn't as cumbersome and crowded as trying to cram a keyboard on a smartwatch could have been... but I'm still not sold that people are going to daintily tap their wrists instead of just using their phone.

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I agree that it doesn't look easy to type on. I have one of those old Casio calculator watches that I use all the time, but I find it difficult and it only has four buttons across.