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The 5 best swipe gesture typing keyboards for the iPhone

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The 5 best swipe gesture typing keyboards for the iPhone
Promises about virtual keyboard technologies that will make you taller, smarter, richer, and increase your typing speed to that of a secretary during the Great Depression, are a dime a dozen these days. However, there is one in particular that has proven itself over and over to be faster than simply pecking on individual keys. The so-called gesture typing, pioneered by the likes of Swype, lets you simply slide your finger from a letter to a letter without lifting it off, and the intended word appears automagically. 

The algorithms of these swiping keyboards are so good now, that you don't even have to be particularly careful to drag your finger exactly through the letters intended, but only slide from one general letter area to another, and the phone would correctly guesstimate the word you want in a jiffy. This has made the method so much faster than hitting individual keys with two thumbs, that once you master it out, it's simply hard to go back, especially on a smaller phone - you can simply swipe out a reply sentence with one hand without letting go of the wheel, for instance. 

We kid, but Android users have been enjoying this swipe-style of gesture typing for a while, from the original Swype, to the most popular SwiftKey keyboard implementing it in full force. Ever since iOS 8, Apple opened the floodgates of third-party keyboards to show up on its venerable iPhone, too, and you can now enjoy gesture typing there as well - take a look at which apps are offering the best swipe-type experience in our roundup below.

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posted on 19 Jan 2016, 07:57 2

1. buccob (Posts: 2489; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Reminds me of 2011 when I had to download third party keyboards for gesture typing...

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 08:35 3

3. Daniel.P (Posts: 105; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


You still have to, if you want to use slide-typing on anything outside of the 26 languages supported by Google Keyboard :)

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 10:50 4

6. buccob (Posts: 2489; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


what do you assume I speak? Ancient Egiptian?... common that is just a lame excuse... It's been a couple of years already since Samsung, Sony, Nexus and probably other devices backed Gesture typing into their own keyboards...

In fact, the Sony I am using is able to Gesture type automatically in up-to THREE languages at the same time... and in my experience it works incredibly good for TWO at the same time....

Don't get me wrong, it's good to see Apple adopting this feature and users able to have more options... but still in MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, it reminds me of 2011... Now my devices come with spectacular Keyboards with all the features already built in.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 14:11

7. The_Innovation (Posts: 603; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I wonder though, why Ancient Egyptian out of all the possible languages?

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 14:11

8. The_Innovation (Posts: 603; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


He is just bitter. It's ok.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 09:48 1

11. Brewski (Posts: 306; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Every phone I've had since 2010 has had Swype automatically installed.

Get off your iHorse.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 08:26

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


The guy in the Nintype-video has an amazing voice.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 09:45

4. Shocky (Posts: 2063; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Still using Swype, it's the best.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 10:01

5. Unordinary (Posts: 993; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


You should try Nintype if you're open to something different. It's really awesome.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:27 1

9. Ronnnie (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)


Always found the 3rd party options on iOS to be laggy and no where near as good as the Android offerings. The recent update to swiftkey that I've been using has been a great improvement, and the keyboard is a lot smoother now. I'm hoping that Microsoft develops their wordflow keyboard for iOS. Imo wordflow is the best keyboard on a mobile device, it's one of the things windows phone have right.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 05:23

10. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Nintype is the best. Two finger swiping is crazy awesome and there are just so many amazing features.

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