One thing I’ve always loved on Android is keyboards. The ability to chop and change your keyboard, and now we have a wide variety of keyboards, all promising different things. Today, I’m comparing TypeSmart, Tio, Etaoi against SwiftKey. Each keyboard has it’s unique features, so I’ll be fair on them.
TypeSmart is a keyboard which boasts a lot of customization. You can change a lot of things including the default currency, including Contacts in suggestions, themes and swiping. There’s also shortcuts, which are a nice feature! Typing wise, it’s nice with the swipe-up for numbers, and that could prove to be a useful feature. Prediction wise, it feels fairly standard to me but for some people that it good enough. Also, you have a customizable button, which can provide many things such as Google Speech-to-Text, Translation and arrow keys!
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Tio is an odd keyboard, as it’s very small but has a full qwerty layout. I found using it is quite difficult, but it feels like one where you have to use it for a while to make it work. There is no suggestions bar, which makes it even more difficult and on my screen, it’s right on the edge of the device making it awkward to hold. The actual prediction isn’t too grand as it doesn’t allow for the shortcuts to work very well at all for me, usually changing the word before the shortcut can go through. Also, it doesn’t look too grand to use, but that could be easily fixed.
Etaoi is another one, however it scraps the whole QWERTY system, for one which it believes is more simple and easier to use. Starting off, the application is nice and simplistic, but I don’t like the lengthy tutorial pages, which don’t navigate with swipes like you would expect them too. However, it’s easy to get the hand of. Just swipe out how many spaces from the big letter, or tap for that letter. Or swipe up or down to accomplish different tasks. It feels like it’s nice and efficient, but yet again it just sticks at the bottom of the device and it needs raising a bit for me to use efficiently. I feel it has potential and is a neat option.
|Swipe to remove:||Yes||Yes||No||Yes (on blue key)|
|Easy to start using:||Yes||Yes||No (difficult to use)||No (No app icon and bad wizard)|
|Rough time needed to love:||1 month||Couple hours||At least a month||About a month|
|Trail:||1 month||1 Month||N/A||Limited features|
|Price:||£2.49 (Phone edition)||£2.35 (or free if you win the competition!)||Free||£1.99|
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