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SwiftKey Keyboard

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If you're not familiar with SwiftKey, it's a Google Play Editors' Choice app, and it won the coveted Most Innovative App award at the 2011 Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona, Spain. What sets it apart from other keyboard replacement apps is its capability to understand not just patterns in your typing, but also how words work together. This makes it scary good at predicting not only the next letter you need to type, but also the next word, sometimes even before you begin typing it. What's more, Swiftkey can continue to learn from your e-mail, SMS, and even social media accounts (if enabled), so it gets noticeably better at making predictions as you use it.

More than just a new set of keys, though, SwiftKey offers a full set of tools to improve the efficiency of your typing. Under the settings menu, you'll find a list of quick tips and typing statistics where you can see how many keystrokes SwiftKey has saved you, how many typos it's corrected, and more. Plus, there's a nifty "heatmap" that shows how accurately you type and on which keys you tend to make mistakes. You can even share these statistics via Android's share menu, if you like, though this feature is probably more useful to SwiftKey's marketing team than it is to you. Lastly, you can customize the keyboard for your typing style, change the color scheme, and even adjust key height to suit your tapping needs.

The newest version of SwiftKey comes with an improved UI, a larger spacebar (thank goodness) and a smart punctuation function that rolls out punctuation choices when you hold down the period key. These tweaks, while they may seem minor, help significantly to reduce errors and speed up your typing. There are also two new themes -- "Cobalt" and "Holo" -- so you can customize the look of the keyboard to your liking.

Also, SwiftKey now offers Smart Space, an almost magical technology that understands when you accidentally omit or otherwise screw up spaces in your typing. With Smart Space, you can actually tap out an entire sentence without spaces, and have the Smart Space technology correct you as you go.

Between the phone and tablet versions of SwiftKey, most of the features are the same. Both support dozens of languages and offer the same customization options. The tablet version, though, does let you switch between a normal keyboard and a split keyboard when in landscape mode. This split keyboard pushes the letters close to the edges of your tablet (by putting the number pad in the middle of the screen), which lets you more easily type out words with only your thumbs.

Overall, I can't recommend SwiftKey highly enough. With all its customization options and its scary-smart technology, it can help improve your typing accuracy considerably, which is worth the premium price. Plus, its predictions will certainly help with your speed. If you're still not convinced, you can, of course, try the free version (phone | tablet) for up to one month, before making your decision.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best keyboard on the market"

    January 7, 2013  |   By goatperverter

    Version: SwiftKey Keyboard 3.0.0.266

    Pros

    -fast
    -best keyboard
    -very good response time
    -no lag at all

    Cons

    -not enough themes!!!

    Summary

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Keyboard. Probably the best one on Android"

    December 15, 2012  |   By TheCIScommander

    Version: SwiftKey Keyboard 3.0.0.266

    Pros

    It's fast, it looks great, the autocorrect feature works like a charm, and being able to customize it is a great feature.

    Cons

    There's an occasional lag, the period button is too close to the space button, and the .com button that appears when typing into a website makes the space bar way too small.

    Summary

    Other than some very minor flaws, this keyboard is an excellent addition to any android phone. With its speed, accuracy, and personalization features like rapid typing or slow typing make this easily the best keyboard on android.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful at auto corrections but not so great at speed"

    June 22, 2012  |   By Jammonkey

    Version: SwiftKey Keyboard 3.0.0.266

    Pros

    The keyboard is very spacious and is very precise. I love the heat map it comes with which shows what letters you need improvements in accuracy with. The keyboard also has some cool customizations.

    Cons

    I have a t-mobile galaxy s2 and found that the keyboard is having a really hard time keeping up with my typing speed. I'm not a super fast typer yet the vibration is always delayed and the keys highlight after I have already moved on to a new letter. Usually the auto correction can find the mistakes I've made because of this but sometimes it doesn't catch the mistakes with small words. This also skewes up the statistics it shows on my accuracy as it says I'm always being corrected when in reality IT is the one messing up. This gets quite annoying. I also wish there were more themes. 5 themes just isn't enough for such a high class keyboard especially when two are the exact same except different colors.

    Summary

    Overall I love the general mindset of the keyboard. It learns from you, corrects mistakes beautifully, and even looks great but until the lagging with the keys stop, I can't say it's a favorite.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Keyboard for a phone hands down"

    June 22, 2012  |   By sunman277

    Version: SwiftKey Keyboard 3.0.0.266

    Pros

    After a few days of average use you will find yourself only using the predictions that is gives you. What more can you ask for from a keyboard AI.

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Summary

    Just try it out you wont be disappointed since you can try is free for a month anyways

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