Just got done doing a quick test of a new Android keyboard (for my phone) called 8pen. That isn't a typo...they have an 8 at the beginning of the word open.
It is a really cool concept. The keyboard is laid out in a X pattern, and you use circular motions to type. Note that I said it is a really cool concept...typing on this keyboard is INCREDIBLY slow. It took me almost 4 minutes to type a single tweet. That is too long. I am sure that over time, I will be faster on it, but it is such a difficult learning curve that I don't predict I will stay with it much longer.
Which brings me to the stock Android keyboard....It Sucks. With a capital S. I hate it. I have never had any success typing on it.
My first Android phone was a Motorola Backflip. I hope someone got fired over that abortion of a phone. It was awful. I sold it within a couple of weeks of getting it. It was so crippled, and the screen was tiny; it was terrible.
So, I upgraded to the Nexus One, which is truly an amazing phone. I love it...it does everything I need it to do...except type! I hate the keyboard more than anything. Google and Android, if you are listening, this is the one thing that Apple, hands down, does better than you. I can't tell you what a refreshing breath of air it is to type on my wife's iPhone 1G. It rarely lets a mistake through, and I rarely have to hit backspace.
On Android, I consistently have to backtrack to fix a mistake because the space bar is too small, or the autocorrect jacked with me for the umpteenth time.
I am sure this post will get plenty of response from my brother in law, the ultimate Apple Fanboy. I still love my phone...but I hope that the newer versions of Android will address this very glaring deficiency. I would use my phone a lot more if I could freaking type on it!