Smartphones are basically content consumption devices and you enjoy watching videos, listening to music on your smartphone. However when it comes to typing be it on WhatsApp, FB messenger, texting etc. our smartphone keyboards presents variety of limitations for smooth and efficient typing. Smartphone keyboard apps have limited capabilities owing to their small sizes as compared to the physical keyboards found on your PC/Laptop. Majority of us enjoy typing on a traditional PC keyboard due to its large keys but that is not the case with smartphones.
What if I tell you that there are third party keyboard apps which can make your smartphone typing a breeze? Yes these smartphone keyboard apps actually learns as you type and auto corrects the mistakes next time. Today we will see how good these alternate keyboard apps are. Below are 5 of the best smartphone key board apps.
Swype Keyboard App
Swype is best among the lot and offers swipe or glide method for character input. Swipe or glide functionality allows you to swipe your fingers across the letters of the words you wish to type and once you remove your fingers the word appears on screen. Its not that only Swype keyboard app has swipe feature embedded, but its a fact that it has been much better implemented in Swype as compared to other keyboard apps.
The best thing about Swype is that it keeps learning from your typing habits and updates its dictionary for new type of phrases. Due to its learning nature it adapts to the common mistakes you make while typing and also creates spaces between the words automatically,thus allowing you to type faster. If you swipe too fast across screen then it might throw up some challenges, however for vast majority of use it is highly responsive and smooth. If swiping or gliding is your forte then Swype is the best keyboard app for you. If you liked swype then go ahead and download it from Google Play Store.
Swiftkey Keyboard App
Swiftkey is the most popular keyboard app found on the Google Play Store and is the closest competitor for Swype. Swipe’s one of the finest typing interface coupled with excellent swiping and traditional typing features makes it one of the best typing apps. Swiftkey also uses predictive sentence creation by guessing next word you are about to type based on your typing history. For example if you generally follow the word “What” with “are you doing” then be assured that Swiftkey app will offer you “are” as the next word to be written. Some of the commonly used sentences could be typed within seconds using this predictive feature.
There is one “thumb feature” as well which creates a partition between the left and right half of the keyboard. However I remain clueless as to how this feature will add to the overall user experience. Another thing to note here is that Swiftkey is the only fully free product among our list of 5 best keyboards. You may download Swiftkey from Google Play Store.
Adaptxt Keyboard App
Adaptxt is a keyboard app which stands apart from crowd with innovative features like allowing you post straight to Facebook and Twitter once you are finished with typing, uses GPS to give you suggestions about street name, landmarks and buildings. It has another innovative feature to keep your privacy intact which goes by the name “private mode”. It means once the private mode is enabled your keyboard app stops learning from your typing.
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One feature that needs to be worked upon is that whole of word gets deleted if we press backspace instead of individual letters and it is annoying. The best thing about Adaptxt is its customization and host of features, however it is not as smooth and responsive as Swype or Swiftkey is. You may download Adaptxt from Google Play Store.
Flesky Keyboard App
Surprisingly Flesky is the only keyboard app in our list which doesn’t employ swiping but it doesn’t mean that its a bad app. In fact it focuses on speed and accuracy with larger buttons and excellent auto correct feature. Other outstanding features of this app are keyboard shrink and making keyboard invisible. However I was amused as to what is the functionality of a invisible keyboard except for showing it off to your friends.
I found the large buttons just perfect for my fat fingers as it delivers perfect and error less typing without putting in much efforts. You can simply swipe up or down to for correcting or adding a new word to keyboard dictionary. This keyboard app will find favor among people who find swiping a bit difficult and annoying thing to do. You may download Flesky from Google Play Store.
Minuum Keyboard App
As the name suggests this keyboard app gives you the option to minimize itself. So that means it could act as both a QWERTY (when maximized) as well as a minimized keyboard app. When minimized all the alphabets sit in a line and we managed to type with reasonable ease. Due to such miniature size the chances of error typing are high so this apps auto correct feature needs to be extra sharp.
Personally speaking I don’t feel a need for such a miniature keyboard, but its interface does offer something unique and fresh. Some of you who want to stand apart from crowd and need a mini keyboard can try out this app and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. This app could definitely come in handy on smaller screens of smart watches. But if it can speed up your typing is a thing which you yourself need to look into. You may download Minuum from Google Play Store.
Well I personally like Swype very much for its silky smooth responsiveness and nearly perfect swipe typing feature. Adaptxt is another app which you should try out for its really innovative feature. Do let us know which keyboard app you prefer for your smartphone.