Tap vs Swipe vs Voice: How do you type?

Tap vs Swipe vs Voice: How do you type?
Modern smartphones are so customizable that they can cater to just about every need you have. And this doesn't include just apps, themes and functions, but different ways to interact with the device, too.

This stretches out all the way to typing, and most people have their own way of doing it. With or without predictive text, stock or custom keyboards, portrait or landscape, the options are more than we can count. But the main difference between typing methods is the main input method itself.

So, which one do you use – do you tap every single character, swipe swiftly across your keyboard, or take the lazier approach and use your voice to dictate your messages? Do make sure to comment with the reasons behind your preference.

How do you type?

Combined Tap + Swipe
Other (Comment)



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Tap and quite often - Voice, specifically when there's a whole sentence or a paragraph that I want to text, or input... Also, because I know more than one language, but only learned to type in English - nearly always use Voice to text in another language...

2. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

This is so funny, at this point in time Tap, Swipe and Combined scores are 55%, 18% and 24% respectively. Shocked to see that people just can't make use of the productivity features that mobile platforms provide.

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Maybe because alot of users around the world doesnt have their language supported. Or maybe they feel stupid talking to their phone...who knows...

23. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You hit the nail on the head talking about unsupported languages I know someone that doesn't swipe for this exact reason. I only find the talk to text useful when driving. I find it disturbing to other people that are around a lot of the time.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tap + swipe + suggestions.

11. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This. Swipe first though if I can spell the word. If I know the word and not totally sure how to spell it, I'll tap.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

1st and 2nd language - tap 3rd language (english) - swipe

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

English is your 3rd language? My respects.

5. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Tap and voice.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Shiiiit, I use all of them lol.

9. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Swipe and suggestions make life so simple and fast

10. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Tap for me. In my case I need a specific aspect ratio to do this, I can't seem to adjust to it on certain screen sizes. Dexterity issues.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Went from keyboard to swype... never could do the tap... leave that for iphone. they still dont know they can swype on their phones now. I show my friends and they are all googly eyed

13. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Been swyping since 2010. Voice while multitasking.

14. jeffpom

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Tap and Voice. Tap most of the time - Voice quite often... driving, doing other things.... And usually when it's voice and I'm busy - it will be via Siri.

15. 842867

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Other: Blackberry Bold 9900. I can type book chapters on it. Ain't giving it up. My GS5 is for play and entertainment.

21. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Yo, that 9930 keyboard is legendary.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Other: Physical Keyboard on my BlackBerry PRIV that also has "flick" typing and swype, and the physical keyboard on my BlackBerry Passport with "flick" typing. Like comment #15, I can type book chapters with the physical keyboards.Very rarely use the virtual keyboard on my PRIV, but when I do, it's tap, flick and swype. Tap on my iPad Pro.

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Do you find it faster to type on a pkb more than on a vkb? Are pkb comfortable to use? Thanks in advance.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

I definitely find it faster to type on a pkb as opposed to a vkb, and with far less mistakes. The feel of the physical keys under your fingers allow for better muscle memory when typing, imo. And with the way BlackBerry designs their pkb's, they are extremely comfortable. The "flick" typing on the pkb's of the Passport and PRIV add to the experience on their pkb's. The feels of the pkb also allows for a better typing experience if your attention gets diverted from the keyboard. Typing on the Passport is better than typing on the PRIV, do to the bigger keys on the Passport and the design of the phone. When typing on the PRIV, the bottom lip of the screen when slid up is very close to the top row of keys, and can be a bit uncomfortable for some. I've gotten used it. Some people find the keys in the PRIV to be cramped, but it's the same pkb as on the BlackBerry Classic in terms of design, and I was blazing fast on the Classic. That usage of the pkb in the Classic helped me get used to the pkb on the PRIV, even with the bottom lip so close. I'm blazing fast on my PRIV as well. And hey, my pleasure in answering questions and sharing my experiences with tech. It's what we should all be here for, in additions to learning/reading about tech.

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Thanks for sharing. I'm intrigued by Blackberry devices due to their unmatched software and security and the pkb is really a unique piece of hardware. But unfortunately they're not available in my country. Thanks for giving me your time.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anytime. What country are you from? Maybe the availability of BlackBerry devices their will change for the better with TCL/BlackBerry Mobile now handling the brand for most parts of the world.

22. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Saudi Arabia. I saw a couple of BlackBerry devices during my last trip to Dubai 2 months ago like the DTEK60 and the PRIV in a couple of shopping malls their. It's either wait to land in my country or buy it from Dubai. Only time will tell.

24. aelliott

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2010

I use all three. Mainly I use swipe but I know that some words it will not get, especially technical or less-commonly used words (though it does have the ability to learn); so, if I know or suspect that the phone will struggle to recognise a swiped word I pre-empt by tapping. But I also dictate quite a lot. Overall, probably 60% swipe, 35% dictate, 5% tap.

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