Fleksy for Android review – how to become a type-fu master!


Developer: FleksyDownload: Android, iOS
Genre: ProductivityPrice: Free 30-day trial / $3.99

There are many keyboard apps competing for your fingers' attention in the Google Play store. And upon first launch, Fleksy (free for 30 days, $3.99 after) gives the impression that it was made specifically to catch your sights and plant itself firmly in the place of whatever keyboard you were using before.

The first thing that the Guinness-certified “world's fastest keyboard” does is to prompt you to enable it. And the second thing is to make you pronounce it as your new default keyboard. A friendly tutorial follows, which makes for a quick, pleasantly confusing acquaintance with the keyboard's abilities. The experience compares to touring a richly stocked store with an incredibly enthusiastic salesman. Your eyes are wandering everywhere. You feel curious and joyful. Then you earn a badge.

We know you are coming to Flexy for the keyboard, and we'll get to that in a jiffy. But the way in which Flexy employs game mechanics to not only get you attached to it, but also guide you through its ropes, is remarkably clever! The badges you'll earn aren't exclusively tied to achievements, although there's plenty of these in the list. Some badges let you unlock additional keyboard color themes by sharing something on social media - be it the app itself, or a neat and detailed infographic of your typing performance and usage habits, generated by Flexy on the spot.


Other badges are tied to features of the keyboard itself. Connecting it to your social media profiles earns you a badge and lets Flexy analyze your writing style, which supposedly leads to more accurate typing. As the developers are probably ready to start rapid-firing fancy mathematical formulas and algorithms at us the moment we ask for details, we won't dare disagree. But if you're worried about Flexy snooping inside your mailbox, don't - personalization happens once, and only manually after.

Although at this point you are already a Flexy Expert with a badge, the tutorial from the beginning was merely a learning demonstration. To really study the keyboard, go to the Submit Feedback menu, and browse the knowledge base. Since Flexy is all about gesture control with minimum time spent on stroking keys that aren't letters, the knowledge base is a very handy reference for the gestures it supports. Here's some of them - flick right to Space, flick left to Backspace, flick up from the bottom left corner to Shift, drag right from the left corner to bring the Symbols keyboard, or drag left from the right corner to bring out the Emojis -as usual, the ones built-in are more than you can handle.

Gestures aren't the be-all, end-all, of course. But thanks to them, writing is a breeze. To really get how Fleksy makes you feel like a touchscreen-typing wiz-kid, launch the World Record Challenge from the main menu. Fleksy exerts zero performance pressure as you begin typing complex sentences with the speed of one hundred mistakes a minute. It finds the right words 99.9% of the time no matter what gibberish you entered in the hurry. This is made possible by a vast built-in dictionary and an algorithm that makes sense of both the letters you entered, and of how your fingers moved to type them. Mighty impressive!


If the right word isn't automatically inserted in the text, but has appeared in the list of suggestions instead, just flick down. Flick right twice, and you get a full-stop and interval, or flick down immediately after you flicked right, and you will change the punctuation like you did with words. Long press on the letters, and you get the special characters layout to drag your finger and select symbols on.

Overwhelmed? Obviously, there is quite the learning curve to Flexy, but if you really spend time with it, you'll become a type-fu master. You can potentially reach a monster level of typing speed and accuracy where your finger movements become a coordinated blur. At that point, you might consider the next challenge, which is learning the Invisible Keyboard! We're not even joking - Fleksy has a completely invisible mode where you don't see anything but button presses as you type.

Alas, as with the rest of keyboard apps, the prospect of keyboard mastery mostly comes with the assumption you're typing in English, or at least, a very popular language. Something more exotic, like the beta Bulgarian keyboard, won't yield you the same world replacement efficiency, although the gesture controls still make up for faster typing.


Unsurprisingly, Fleksy is quite flexible when it comes to customization. The 'Advanced' menu lets you toggle options such as automatic correction of errors, deleting words by swiping left, auto-capitalization, and more. You can also define the swipe length, or swap the Enter/Delete buttons. As for the 'Look & Feel' options, that's where you'll select a new color theme (all are pretty), toggle a Case-sensitive layout, and adjust typing sounds and vibration feedback. Just the options you need - nothing more, nothing less.

As a whole, Flexy is a powerhouse of a keyboard app. It's extremely polished and a delight to use. The only side-effect is that it's so good, it might spoil you into the habit of typing complete gibberish and still getting away with it if you become dependant on the app. So watch where those fingers are going, soldier!

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Powerful gesture controls
  • Word replacement engine works 99.9% of the time

Cons

  • Word replacement engine works only 99.9% of the time
PhoneArena rating:
9

Developer: FleksyDownload: Android, iOS
Genre: ProductivityPrice: Free 30-day trial / $3.99



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20 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Tried it before, but...Hmm...I still prefer Swype! Swype user since the Symbian "era".

6. Plexicle

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Swype would be perfect without that garbage Dragon speaking input. If they let me use Google's engine, I'd be all over it.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You can change that via Xposed if you're rooted.

14. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

If you give this keyboard enough time(maybe a few days), then nothing compares in terms of speed, it also looks great.

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

how can "Word replacement engine works only 99.9% of the time" be a pro and a con at the same time?

3. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

We want 100% :P

4. yep_its_ed unregistered

My OCD can't handle how close the word suggestions are to the actual keys. I can't stand it.

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

SwiftKey all the way. Top notch text prediction is the one thing I look for in keyboards and SwiftKey is the best in that department.

11. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 2014

For me personally it depends on the phone actually. My old phone i found swiftkey to be a better autocorrect with a few errors once in a while, but fleksy on my LG G3 gets it right almost all the time (not going to try to quantify these terms, just know there is a significant difference) and the gestures make fixing the few errors alot faster

15. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I really wonder how phonearena tested this. My 2 weeks of real-life usage showed me that its word replacement engine is the worst of any keyboard I've ever used. Things like "evne", "shepe" aren't corrected.

19. Browns5127

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2015

The review said it was 99.9% accurate, which means that 0.01% of the time it will get its predictions wrong. This should not deter people from using the app though, as by no means can the same be said of Swiftkey's predictions; which I have used and as I've stated before you cannot misspell every word and still expect to get the word correct.

20. Browns5127

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2015

The review said it was 99.9% accurate, which means that 0.01% of the time it will get its predictions wrong. This should not deter people from using the app though, as by no means can the same be said of Swiftkey's predictions; which I have used and as I've stated before you cannot misspell word and still expect to get the word correct.

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

SWIFTKEY FTW

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

SwiftKey is best...... Tried lots of keyboard, but never uninstalled swiftkey even once, and within few minutes i was always back to swiftkey......... Now iphone users will also experience swiftkey soon.....

10. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

swiftkey can not match swype! Its not intelligent enough, you miss a single pattern and the word predicted is totally wrong

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

SwiftKey is better for thumb typing. Swype is better for gesture typing. I use SwiftKey when thumb typing in landscape. I use Swype when gesture typing in portrait.

12. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 2014

I really like the fleksy interface. It isn't as mature or feature rich in some areas as swiftkey, but on my new phone it is much more accurate and the gesture system makes it my favorite keyboard. I do miss typing with swype or flow or drawing input or whatever you call it sometimes but that was something i only did once in a while. I can't wait till Fleksy gets more feature rich but for now it is still the best for me.

16. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

How the HELL is this keyboard even still relevant? It is the biggest POS I've ever used and so cumbersome and annoying. I signed up for the beta because there was so much hype and have tried it 5 separate times and every single time uninstalled. I want to believe it's good but it just isn't. SwiftKey is 10x better at predictions and speed in my opinion

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And still the keyboard providers in Android have no security sandbox. All of them steal your data. And Android L doesn't fix this. For the most part, Android L is just Lame.

18. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 2014

I think people fail to realize that often times how you type and what kind of mistakes you make really changed the auto correct accuracy. On my Motorola droid razor maxx hd I couldn't stand fleksy, but on my new g3 it is a godsend.

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