So I finally got Swype on the Nokia N8, however, just as I was afraid, there is no portrait keyboard! That is classical Nokia, release something that works half-way well. But don’t get me wrong, Swype might come with portrait mode in the future, but we can’t tell for sure. The Swype I got is official, I downloaded it from the Ovi Store by tricking it to believe I was using a C7 – because Swype is available right now officially for the C7. So those who say I am criticizing something before it is available, just think of it like this: if you had a C7 and had “legitimately” downloaded Swype, you would get landscape mode only, yeah, frustrating. And who Swypes in landscape mode? It is the most inconvenient thing to do since you have to slide your thumb on a very wide surface, is just bad design and ergonomics.
Anyway, to get Swype on your Nokia N8, just follow these steps:
1. Go to http://store.ovi.com/content/58438/ and select your phone to be a Nokia C7. Then select “Send to a Friend” and send the link to yourself.
2. After you receive the SMS on your N8, open the link. You should now be in the Ovi Store, seeing the Swype app. Just download it and wait for it to be installed.
3. Make sure it finished installing, and restart the N8. Now go to “Apps” and you will find Swype right there.
4. I don’t remember well if you have to turn on Swype on the menu from the last step, but you can play with the settings. Anyway, you will know Swype is on when you rotate the phone to landscape and see the keyboard is now different. And like we told you already, no portrait Swype…
Hopefully Nokia will make Swype available for the N8, and with portrait mode too. We’ll keep you informed!