How to type fast on your smartphone (Android, Windows Phone, iPhone)

How to type fast on your smartphone (Android, Windows Phone, iPhone)
Some of you will likely have heard this one before, but it's an interesting bit nevertheless: Did you know that when Apple released the original iPhone back in 2007, BlackBerry execs were mostly unmoved by the threat we now know it represented? That's right, and more to the point, they made sure to draw attention to what they felt was a feature Apple had all wrong – the software keyboard. Fast-forward to today, and it becomes obvious that the iPhone was onto something.

This is not to say that software keyboards don't have their problems. Whether it's the lack of tactile feedback or something else completely, it's fair to say that a very big part of the consumer base has trouble typing correctly, let alone quickly. So much so that we're willing to bet that at least some of you have wondered if they can do something to not only make the process more bearable, but also to increase the rate at which you churn out words and send them flying to the other side. Luckily, we know of at least two ways you can achieve that, and we'll be sharing both with you. Best of all, they're pretty much universally applicable, regardless of whether you're using an iPhone or an Android/Windows Phone handset.

Interested? Of course you are – you use your darn smartphone 24/7 and could do with a little less hassle. Jump right in!

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13 Comments

1. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

If it was John V then I would have typed "hey guys this is Johnnnnnnnn V from phonearena" Lol.. Just kidding.. I'd say swipe is better.. But I neither use both

7. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

it will be, Joooooohnnnn VVVVVVVVVVVVV .....

14. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Man, you just made my day :D:D:D Hey there it's Joooohhhnnnn VVV. from phonearena ggguuuuyyysss.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I kinda miss the gesture typing on ol' Symbian days. Never used keyboard on the Tube, gesture typing or multitap for me. But swiping today is better. What could be the next?

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I really like Fleksy. Super responsive, great gestures (after you get used to them) and looks very cool+ it has neat customization options. Great keyboard, though not for everybody.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I am really used to Word flow™ keyboard on my Windows Phone. The suggestions are perfect and it recognizes words perfectly,it also suggests emojis too! Maybe that's just me though :)

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Mine dont suggest emoji but I must admit the windows keyboard is pretty slick. My typings a bit slow because of my device Lumia 520 but it types far faster and more accurately than my android device.

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Unfortunately, Wordflow is English only... It works well but should be implemented for all languages.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

^ This

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I use speech to text, in fact I used it to write this sentence. It is simply superior for typing on a mobile device.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Double that... I text, note, and write using voice... unless it's not a comfortable spot in public or something... I can text/email a paragraph from locked screen before anyone can unlock phone, open text, type it up, press send... just seem a more natural direction...

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I still think that a landscape slider keyboard is the best for accuracy. I have never needed auto correct until I had to use touch screen keyboards.

21. siddig

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

You are definitely right! The iphone till now offer the best software keyboard on any smart phone ever, i mean ever if you fan of apple or not there keyboard is the best of the best. It is perfect in English and Arabic and most unnecessary languages too. But others are augly and focus on English only.

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