Keyboard on Nokia Lumia 800 – A treat on its own:
While using Android since a while, I thought gone those days when one was dependent over only one style of keyboard from the manufacturer itself as many third party keyboard are available in Android market and some are definitely better than the stock offering itslf (namely Swype and Swiftkey). But with Windows Phone, it seems to be the same case as on Apple devices, one keyboard for the manufacturer itself.
But let me tell you straight, the keyboard in Windows Phone is sure one the best I would have seen around. Definitely better than the stock Android option (though ICS keyboard comes close, but doesn’t matches it), better than iPhone Keyboard. It’s one of the best and most accurate virtual keyboards I would have used across any platform though I would have loved if it had kind of haptic feedback as we have seen on Meego N9.
The keys are slightly thinner but keyboard itself covers more than half the screen so the length of keys make up for the thinness. A dedicated button for smileys bringing up around 27 different smiley’s will be fun for the common users and sophisticated users will love to see comma and punctuation like common options always there for them.
As about auto-correct, then there are two type of options, either auto-correcting as you type (as you see on Apple devices or in Microsoft Office), or allowing you to double tap on a selection and get a few options for alterations. There will be a strip above the keyboard itself showing off the alternative words to choose from just like Android keyboard.
Another interesting part is the theme part of the keyboard. Though I am not sure that if third party could theme it but you find the keyboard changing its colors to white whenever inside some white background app like Email etc.
In short, it got whatever you might have needed from a virtual keyboard and trust me, you won’t miss any of the keyboard on any of the platform, you might have been using in past, but still I hope, someday we will see Swype like keyboards also joining the party and competing against the almighty Windows Keyboard.