One of the things that bugs me most about my Android phone is the keyboard. It just doesn’t seem to be nearly as good as Apple’s.
I’m not sure if it’s because Android’s keyboard has more keys on it, because they are closer together, or if it’s the touch screen, but it’s giving me a hard time.
The good news is that you can replace the Android keyboard. So I’m now on a mission to find a good replacement.
So far I’ve checked out three: ThickButtons, SwiftKey and Swype.
ThickButtons is nice as it tries to predict which key you’ll hit next and then makes those buttons bigger so they are easier to hit. I like this idea and it seems to work well.
SwiftKey tries to predict the word you’re typing and, once it knows that, then it predicts what word you’ll type next. I have to say, it is pretty good at it too and saves a lot of typing.
Swype is the fancy new kid on the block. All you have to do is swipe your fingers from one letter to the next and when you’re done, it’ll figure out what word you were spelling. It works pretty well, however you have to know where the keys are on the keyboard. Otherwise you feel lost. I think if you used it enough, it’d be a huge time saver.
Have you replaced the keyboard on your Android phone? If so, what did you choose?
I have to say that having a keyboard replacement seems like a really good idea. However I’d be happier if I didn’t have to worry about it at all.