three days ago I installed Pleco on my new Android device (HTC Desire S) and have been playing around with it quite a lot.
For almost two years now I have been using Pleco on my Samsung Omnia i900 with Windows Mobile until I bought a new phone last week.
I have to admit I was a bit sceptical, I have seen Pleco on the iPhone and it just did not compare with the Windows Mobile version.
(first of all, no thumb or finger will ever be as accurate as a pen; secondly I bought my Samsung in China so it came with a chinese Windows Mobile version).
So far I am pretty happy with my new Pleco. Here are some things I noticed (after reading this whole thread):
When I switch on suggestions ("second chars on tap") for HWR it seems to work at first. But then I noticed the following: when, for example, I write the
character 我 I get the suggestions 们，国，的 and 家。By tapping on 国 it admittedly appears in the input field, but when I tap on it for a second time, it
transforms into 战. When I tap on 们 it also appears in the input box, a second tap transforms it into 我. A second tap on 的 or 家 also gives me completely
different results (sometimes replacing the character, sometimes adding extra characters). In my opinion it should look like the following:
I type 我 into the HWR field, select it and get the suggestions. A tap on any of those suggestions should be put after the 我. So if I tap on 们 but then decide
to replace it with 家 the input field should show 我家.
My chinese Windows Mobile hand writing recognition (三星手写, as I just found out) also had suggestions for written characters but managed it a bit differently. After a tap on the suggestion it displayed suggestions for the tapped suggestion, like going deeper into a directory.
Plus, what I really would like is a list of 8 instead of 4 suggestions. People using Android should check out this input system, I am also using it in Pleco: https://market.android.com/details?id=c ... rch_result
My second complaint would be that I cannot access single characters from multi-character words or whole sentences. For example: when I look up the word 喜欢 in the PLC-dictionary I get the example 我喜欢热闹. In my WM version I could simply access the character 闹 by tapping on it. But when I tap on it in the Android version it selects the whole word 热闹. I know that I can look up the meaning of 闹 in the definition screen, but it still is complicated somehow. I really liked how you could select all different characters (i.e. in the examples) in the WM version and thus just look up the characters you wanted to look up, but in this version no marking at all is possible (would it be hard to implement the possibility of marking one or multiple characters and then looking them up?).
Lastly, I want to second the idea of closing the popup definition screen by tapping the back-button on the Android device instead of closing Pleco completely.
I also wanted to ask which dictionaries will be included in the final version. I sure loved the ACE on Windows Mobile, and used Guifan almost as often.
I really want to thank you for this great program and I am grateful for the way you are letting users participate in the development process.