The best alternative keyboards for Android
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Not long after starting to use it, you will notice that not only can it predict your whole sentence without having to type more than a few letters, but it has also adapted to your writing style and most used words as well. How good is it? Well, it's been the constant number two paid app in the Play Store for a while now, and always an Editor's Choice. There is a 30 day trial version, which is more than enough to get you hooked up, and there are resizable tablet modes with splits as well.
You don't even need to be precise, it'll still get it, and that's the best part of this input method, making entering text input faster than anything, even a physical keyboard. You can now even enter words from two languages at once, and you can adjust the long-press delay, vibration duration, keyboard height and mini left/right keyboards in landscape mode.
There is almost no aspect of the typing experience you can't customize, skin and switch quickly to when needed. Even though lacking a bit on language options and swipe functionality, Smart Keyboard Pro will still make you forget the default Android keyboard ever existed.
7. GO Keyboard
It also has a dizzying array of options how GO Keyboard can look and behave, which are somewhat perplexing, though, and the keyboard is not that stable on many devices, plus there are a number of ads that pop up.
It lacks a bit in the skinning department, but still has a lot of very cool themes, allowing you to quickly change the A.I. Keyboard to look exactly like the iPhone's, or the one coming with Windows Phone. It supports many languages, and learns from your writing habits as you go along.
Automatic punctuation and correction fix those somewhat, but it's an entirely different story when the fat split layout of Thumb Keyboard is under your fingers. Helpful in portrait, but perfect for landscape mode, this keyboard can be used on phones and tablets alike with great precision, and has a regular mode too. The only drawback is a somewhat limited language support compared to other offers.
It is also good for the more popular languages, too, covering automatic correction, auto-text and user dictionaries.
1. Aeires (unregistered)
SwitfKey all the way. I used to rely on Better Keyboard until I ran across SwiftKey.
6. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Swiftkey 3 an jellybean keyboard for me. if jellybean keyboard prediction + swype= awesome
15. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Swiftkey for me as well. Best prediction out there. Most of the time I only need to type the first word and it predicts the rest of my sentence. GENIUS!!!
4. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I'm using Smart Keyboard Pro.
And Go Keyboard sucks btw!
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I use stock ICS keyboard. still the best for me. I'm waiting on JB.
8. Hammerfest (Posts: 368; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Seriously... THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED!
Then again, I type too fast for autocomplete/prediction anyway, so it works PERFECT for me!
Oh, and unparlelled functionalty...
9. sonisoe (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 May 2009)
ive tried numberous keyboards, i think a number of the above, and A.I. is the best to my experience...its accurate, super responsive, and "key-pressing-animation" is great making the keys sort of bounce when you press 'em... the others, while also use a similar animation, lag...
16. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Swype converted my kids mother from being a physical keyboard fanatic. Its my fav one too.
HTC tried something similar on the Rezound....it doesnt even come close.
12. yenic (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
I own Swifkey3, I never really liked it. Though it is better than the stock keyboard. I used Swype for a long time but found inconsistencies between how it worked for text messages vs browsers. I use FlexT9 as my primary keyboard (in swipe mode), it does swiping better than Swype and I haven't found any 'beta' issues that can pop up in Swype.
Everyone is going to have their opinion but I've bought 2 keyboards and of course Swype is free, and I'd buy FlexT9 again. I swipe out messages fastest and most accurate using FlexT9. Check it out, it really should've been on this list.
17. tomchamberlin (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)
No joke. I've tried most of the phone-appropriate keyboards on this list and found something missing... something I'd change about all of them. Not so with FlexT9.
This keyboard, leveraging speech recognition by Nuance, takes THE BEST DICTATION of ever. It will transcribe with startling accuracy absurdly long tracts of your speech. Forget the stock Android speech-to-text... and even if you've used Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software, you have never seen anything like what FlexT9 is capable of.
Unless I'm in a crowd where talking to my phone would make me look crazy, I don't touch anything other than the transcribe button with the Nuance logo. But when I do need an on-screen keyboard I'm never let down by FlexT9's swipeability, and it's darn good at predicting the next word in any situation.
My rating: Pure dope (which is maybe seven stars out of, like, four or five possible stars.)
14. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I'm still using swype as swiftkey still doesn't support my country's language.