I dislike misspelling words; I like that computers help in that regard. What I don't like is the auto-correct feature of the iPad. It's annoying, intrusive and drives me batty! Then I jail broke my iPad and found Inspell in Cydia. Now this is how a spellchecker should work!
Inspell ($3.99, USD)
[Cydia description] Inline spelling corrector for iOS. Uses Hunspell dictionaries to support a variety of different languages. Also, Inspell can setup shortcuts to expand frequently entered text
The most important part about this tweak is that it does not auto-correct. You are in control. If you misspell a word, it underlines it; you press on the underlined word to get a pop-up. Select the correct word and the tweak will fix your error. Here's a picture of the pop-up (with its offering of corrections):
In addition, when corrections are offered, the word is selected. So, if you decide you don't like the offers, just start to re-type the word. The misspelled word then gets replaced (no select/cut needed); it's automatic.
Here's a shot of the settings for this tweak:
But wait! There's more!
I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I didn't really notice a huge timesaver part of this tweak until the other day, when I was reading a review on it. You can set up shortcuts to have the tweak insert letters, words or even whole sentences with just one key press. It comes default with a bunch of presets already established. I didn't need/like them, so I deleted them and added some of my own. Here's a shot of Inspell's Autocorrection settings:
I've added two autocorrects for the purpose of this overview. You can see from the picture above I add the letter "m" as a shortcut for my name. So, if I type that letter and then the space bar, Inspell will "autocorrect" to add my name:
That I know of, this tweak works in every app on the iPad, to include Safari (or Atomic or iCab) web browser, the Mail app and the Notes app. It also works in the document editing apps such as Goodreader and iAnnotate. It appears to be universal; at least I haven't found an instance where it didn't offer a correction for a misspelled word. In addition, I have all of the options under Settings > General > Keyboard set to "on." Oh, and as you can see from the pictures, I have "system autocorrect" turned OFF.
Inspell also comes with an SBSettings toggle, should you need to turn it on/off. Of course, it won't help solve the their v. they're, its v. it's, or you're v. your errors - but I can't have everything. This tweak works great and it sure prevents some accidental, and potentially humorous, "corrections."