The best alternative keyboards for Android
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 20, 2012, 7:30 AM
The ability to swap the stock on-screen keyboard with an alternative one is a big part of that open experience, and developers have come with some of the best ideas in the industry to improve the challenging life of the virtual typist that we all are.
Innovative input methods are pushing the concept boundaries, allowing you to reach levels of typing speed and precision attributed only to ergonomic physical keyboards before, and often surpassing them. We've rounded up a few of the best on-screen keyboards available for Android, to facilitate your search for the one and only keyboard that will suit your current needs best.
SwitfKey all the way. I used to rely on Better Keyboard until I ran across SwiftKey.
posted on Jul 20, 2012, 7:35 AM 2
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Swiftkey 3 an jellybean keyboard for me. if jellybean keyboard prediction + swype= awesome
posted on Jul 20, 2012, 8:31 AM 0
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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...
posted on Jul 20, 2012, 8:47 AM 0
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swype for the win!
posted on Jul 20, 2012, 9:54 AM 3
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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.
posted on Jul 20, 2012, 1:18 PM 0
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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.)
posted on Jul 22, 2012, 1:29 PM 0
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