As we are writing this review, we are swiping our fingers across a small bar on the bottom of our screen and as we swipe, this sentence is typing out before us.
WritePad does a great job of striking a balance between the digital screen and the pen on paper. Without question, if you like to write longhand, this app is for you.
Concept and Functionality
Like many handwriting recognition apps, WritePad uses shape recognition technology to determine the figures you’re jotting onto the screen and which letters they most resemble.
Some people find writing notes much more handy than typing out on a small keyboard, as is evidenced by the popularity of pen-enabled phones, phablets, and tablets such as the Note series by Samsung.
You pretty much have to be a handwriting input kind of person for WritePad to appeal to you, but it works well for those who are seeking that style.
In our tests, we found the app to be relatively accurate in determining which characters we were attempting to write. The app provides a slate of common character shapes in the settings menu which allow you to designate which types you are not likely to draw to help refine the accuracy of the app.
It will learn over time how you tend to write words to become more accurate as you go.
In face, we observed an improvement in just the short amount of time we spent with the app so we have no reason to believe that someone who purchases the app would not have a much better experience than ours.
As a full keyboard replacement, the app has a robust set of features to both assist with the handwriting side of character entry and give you options to supplement writing.
No handwriting recognition app can ever hit 100% accuracy, so WritePad includes a correction bar above the writing section which suggests what it thinks you might have written just in case it didn’t get it right the first time.
You can also designate shorthand and common phrases to save you time on things you’d enter frequently like email addresses or phone numbers.
WritePad also has a full slate of languages in its database so you are not limited to just English language composition. The current version supports 11 languages, including Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Swedish, and Spanish.
Add to that some interesting tricks like a calculator which will provide the answers to simple equations you write and a quick keyboard you can switch to when necessary and you’ve got a fully functional handwriting app.
We have been very impressed by the accuracy and feature slate of WritePad.
Handwriting recognition isn’t for everyone but nonetheless, we give this app a solid recommendation.
For those who enjoy using this input method we think you’ll have better luck using a stylus, but however you choose to use it you’ll find that WritePad has the “write” stuff.
WritePad requires Android 3.0+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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