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Old December 22nd, 2012, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Let's face it, the stock HTC keyboard sucks. I have an HTC Evo V 4G and I grew sick of the unreliable and otherwise unintelligent predictions of the stock keyboard, as well as its unresponsiveness. I'm now using GOKeyboard, which I like for the most part, but the little bar between the text box and the keyboard pisses me off and I can't figure out how to get rid of it (if it's even possible). Any recommendations for a smart, reactive and responsive keyboard? I do not mind spending a few dollars if I will never have to deal with keyboard problems again. Thank you.

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Old December 22nd, 2012, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried hacker's keyboard? It's my fav. Or if you want something fancier try the TouchPal keyboard it seems pretty nice. Oh and both are free on google play.

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Old December 22nd, 2012, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Let's face it, the stock HTC keyboard sucks. I have an HTC Evo V 4G and I grew sick of the unreliable and otherwise unintelligent predictions of the stock keyboard, as well as its unresponsiveness. I'm now using GOKeyboard, which I like for the most part, but the little bar between the text box and the keyboard pisses me off and I can't figure out how to get rid of it (if it's even possible). Any recommendations for a smart, reactive and responsive keyboard? I do not mind spending a few dollars if I will never have to deal with keyboard problems again. Thank you.
The only keyboard app I use is swiftkey . Very responsive and the predictions are always spot on.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 06:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Two recommendations:

Swiping gesture keyboard: (beta.swype.com)
swype is one of the original and still the best at swiping keyboards. Very accurate compared to others, voice-to-text works well - as does word predictions and the ability to edit the user dictionary. I have tried touchpal and SlideIT also in this category.

Swiping or tapping: (SwiftKey - The best-selling Android app of 2012)
There's a reason why swiftkey is always ranked #1 in paid apps in the Play store. As I type it is on sale for $2 instead of the usual $4. It now has a "Flow" beta version which is its competitor version to swype and will be integrated with the regular product once the beta is over. It has really really good to great word prediction and excellent voice-to-text. It is also very good at accuracy of keystrokes/sliding.
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I used Hacker and Swift Key. While Hacker has much more customization, I chose Swift Key because of it's word predictions. And if you're retyping a phrase, the whole thing pops up in the predictions.
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Downloaded swift key and really like the accuracy and simplicity. Predictions are also spot on 99% of the time, and the other 1% is because the words aren't in the dictionary (yet). One problem, swiping isn't working. How do I fix this? I can't seem to find it in the settings.
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Downloaded swift key and really like the accuracy and simplicity. Predictions are also spot on 99% of the time, and the other 1% is because the words aren't in the dictionary (yet). One problem, swiping isn't working. How do I fix this? I can't seem to find it in the settings.
Swiftkey Flow is still in beta. You download it as a separate app for now. Once Flow is released it will be an option with regular SwiftKey.

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My vote to Swift key!!
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Swiftkey Flow is still in beta. You download it as a separate app for now. Once Flow is released it will be an option with regular SwiftKey.

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Forgive me if this is a silly question, buuut...

If I buy SwiftKey (it's on sale for $1.99 so I think I might) now, when it gets updated will that eventually include the swiping feature you mentioned? Or will I need to purchase a separate app for that?
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S W Y P E. End of discussion.
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Keymonk keyboard is really good at swyping and gets good reviews in the web, that's how I found it.
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Forgive me if this is a silly question, buuut...

If I buy SwiftKey (it's on sale for $1.99 so I think I might) now, when it gets updated will that eventually include the swiping feature you mentioned? Or will I need to purchase a separate app for that?
I believe they plan on including it.



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Old December 27th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I tried the free version of Swift Key today based on recommendations here & found it to be okay. Granted I didn't use it a lot but I personally didn't see that much difference compared to my stock HTC DHD, other than, Hooray, I could get rid of the stupid Voice Icon, which I never use but now & then activate with an errant press. But what really turned me off Swift Key was that it was using 30 MB's of RAM when active, which seems like a lot, for not much difference. I don't know how to find out how much my stock keyboard uses as it isn't listed in Running Apps. There is an HTC Touch listed, but it only uses something under 2 MBs. If Swift Key were that much better or much much lighter, then I'd be more interested. I've looked at & tried a few others including the custom HTC IME Keyboard, but it crashed on me too many times. I'll try a few more just out of interest. Thanks for the recommendations.
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