Android: The Minuum keyboard has been floating around for a while in beta, but now the developers are finally ready for a general release. For those who haven't heard, the Minuum keyboard is the smallest, most compressed keyboard around, giving you lots of screen real estate back while you type.
Like most onscreen keyboards, the trick is in the autocorrect. Minuum compresses all the letters on the keyboard down into a single, staggered line. You don't have to file down your fingers to type though. If you hit in the general area, Minuum will get the gist and insert the correct word.
While it might take time to get used to it, it's great to have all that space on your screen while typing. Considering the average size of smartphones these days and the percentage of the screen that keyboards take up, there's a lot of room to reclaim.
For those who aren't keen to switch to a compressed keyboard all the time, no need to worry. With a simple two-finger long press, you can switch Minuum to a typical, larger mode. The app has a 30-day free trial version on the Play Store. Once that trial is up, you can spring for the full version for $4.