Any speed typists who used swiftkey back to stock kbGeneral


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  1. Jeffruby

    Jeffruby Well-Known Member

    I consider myself a fast typist (especially on a phone)and have used stock, swype,and swiftkey. Finally settled on swiftkey as I really liked the size and the predictions. However, now on jb, I notice more that my sentences and words are much more frequently garbled with inadvertent spaces and errors. Almost feel like its not true multi touch. Maybe notice its a bit slow to respond.

    So I have found myself using stock jb keyboard and finding it much more effective. (However have next word predictions off so that I can still use punctuations from top of keyboard). The fact I can I can use true multi touch for symbols and Use a non dictionary word, then back up and have it reappear is great!

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  2. lordj

    lordj Well-Known Member

    I've used all the major alternatives and still think the stock keyboard is the best.
  3. slyd

    slyd Well-Known Member

    Funny, I went back to SwiftKey after trying the stock keyboard for a few months. For me, SwiftKey is much better with its predictions.
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  4. Jeffruby

    Jeffruby Well-Known Member

    You know what has specifically been driving me nuts with SwiftKey is that the option for space bar to simply auto correct is gone. Now it auto completes. Big difference. I find some small words get transformed into larger words too often.

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  5. Droid_Genius

    Droid_Genius Well-Known Member

    I am stuck on swype and 8pen(over a year of use) I mastered them both but Swype is my go to keyboard BUT i will say I got the swift 3 when it was .25 and it is a correction beast and like it as well
  6. DWasilew

    DWasilew Well-Known Member

    I love Swiftkey, but find the stock keyboard to be pretty effective. The word predictions are the main difference between these two. Swiftkey is still the best for that.
  7. blahblahyoutoo

    blahblahyoutoo Well-Known Member

    Stock is good, but the lack of customization is what drove me to swiftkey.
    I like being able to set the long press delay, the alt keys on every key, swipe left to delete word, down to close kb, etc.
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  8. rg7718

    rg7718 Active Member

    Tried them all, and I too have always gone back to stock. But I agree with the above post, the ability to adjust the long press delay and swipe to delete are awfully nice. If the stock keyboard had those 2 features, it'd be downright perfect for me. It still gets the job done for me nonetheless.
  9. metal571

    metal571 Well-Known Member

    Honestly I'm a rapid typer that uses both prediction and auto correction heavily over accuracy, and SwiftKey actually overall fairs a lot better because of this. It is a lot better at predicting what I'm trying to say even if I don't type it very accurately, so I've stuck with it. I do miss the ability to put in punctuation in one tap though instead of a slide from the stock keyboard.
  10. veccster

    veccster Well-Known Member

    Here's a couple questions I have for you serious typers...

    Using SwiftKey...how do you type in "At .55" without the period being moved next to "At". It wants to complete the sentence. I had to add a couple periods and use the scroll keys to delete.

    Also, when a word is auto-corrected (or auto-predicted) and you click on it, the suggestions are only the other predictions. It does not show the originally typed word. So if the word is not in your dictionary, you have to retype and it select it from the predictions before moving on. Once you move on, the original type is no longer kept.

    Example...type f#ck and let it autocorrect to "duck". When you click on duck, it only shows you other suggestions related to duck.

    In Swype, clicking on an auto-corrected word will still show the original text that you typed - along with the other suggestions.
  11. aurora40

    aurora40 Well-Known Member

    I don't use auto-correction, but the period stuff is annoying. You just have to go back and put a space there. It's not quick, but I guess it's not a common case.

    I am thinking about going back to stock because the Swiftkey voice keyboard seems to require a data connection. The stock JB keyboard does not.
  12. veccster

    veccster Well-Known Member

    Have you compared to Swype? I used all 3 but found Swype to be the best.

    It is nice that the stock JB keyboard doesn't require data. With ICS on my GNex (and it's weak radios), I would frequently get the 'data connection required' message when trying to voice search or text.
  13. metal571

    metal571 Well-Known Member

    I find I can type a lot faster on SwiftKey than Swype. Swype doesn't quite know what I'm trying to type more often than SwiftKey. Also the act of Swyping to me is slower than typing very quickly and letting the automatic correction do the work. I can Swype very fast, but my fastest Swyping is still slower than medium speed SwiftKey typing.
  14. veccster

    veccster Well-Known Member

    I don't swype either - well maybe 5% of the time. The most recent Swype keyboard integrated tap typing with word prediction. Like Swiftkey, it learns from your typing.

    And the ability to click on an auto-corrected word to get the originally typed word seals the deal for me.

    If you type in "F#ck this keyboard", it will correct it to be "Duck this keyboard". Then tap "duck" and the first prediction is the originally typed "F#ck". This comes in handy when typing names.

    Stock keyboard does not offer any suggestions when tapping on a previously corrected word.



    Lastly, Swype offers 4 predictions + the word being typed. So there are essentially 5 suggestions shown above the keyboard.
    SwiftKey only shows 2 predictions + the word being typed. So just 3 compared to 5.
    Stock keyboard is the same as SwiftKey - just 3ic suggestions total.

    I'm not here to bash SwiftKey. I used it for the past 2 years and have the paid version. I just want others to know that the new Swype has features that are better.


    Only area Swype lacks is the ability to have directional keys. I love being able to move the cursor with the SwiftKey keyboard.
  15. metal571

    metal571 Well-Known Member

    I agree highly. Basically what we need is a keyboard with arrows, lots of suggestions on the bar, and punctuation otherwise. Then swiftkey's quality of predictions combined with a swyping mode and tap a word to correct functionality. If only such a keyboard existed.
  16. aurora40

    aurora40 Well-Known Member

    I had Swype on an Optimus V, but haven't used it since that phone. I didn't really care for the actual swyping, it doesn't suit how I type. Also I had issues typing things where most of the letters are on the same row (like 'pour', etc).

    I use voice about 25% of the time, so I'm sort of torn. I do like the great prediction of Swiftkey, but the JB voice keyboard is excellent. On my ICS tablet I can change keyboards from the notification bar (pressing the keyboard icon while the keyboard is up). That doesn't seem to work on my GNex for some reason. That would solve the problem for me.
  17. edcooper714

    edcooper714 Well-Known Member

    After watching people use Swype I NEVER though I would be able to use or like it.
    However, after spending a few minutes learning to use it the way it was intended to be used I'll never give it up.
    I've been using it for a bout a year and can type ALMOST AS FAST AS i CAN SPEAK.
    I have big fingers too.
    Just one man's opinion.
  18. idic

    idic Well-Known Member


    There's a setting for this - I think it is to do with whether you choose speed typist or careful typist. Speed typist will tend to auto complete, whereas careful typist will tend to auto correct...
  19. metal571

    metal571 Well-Known Member

    There's an option for what the space bar does in the settings separate from this setting, look for it.
  20. polstein

    polstein Well-Known Member

    Sorry, just noticed this thread.

    I also tend to jump from keyboard to keyboard every few months, often from Swiftkey to a sliding keyboard - none ever seem quite perfect.

    One you might want to try is Keymonk. It has the advantage of using two thumbs like Swiftkey but with the sliding action of Swype. Check the video at Keymonk keyboard - world record for fastest SMS - YouTube

    I'd had a little problems with the fingers kind of colliding in the middle, but might need more practice with it.
  21. Jay3

    Jay3 Well-Known Member

    I find in impractical to use both autocorrection and the suggestions from Swiftkey. I turn off autocorrect, and often use the suggestions, almost with the rhythm of a space bar.

    I wish it were easier to choose one of the suggestions but make it plural or add punctuation to it.
  22. umataro42

    umataro42 Well-Known Member

    I know this is an older topic, but I've recently been taking another look at my keyboard options...

    I'm currently trying SlideIT, which was suggested on another keyboard topic, and it does have a lot of the best of both. The gesture typing is nearly as accurate as Swype, and you can add arrow keys (and themes) like Swiftkey. There's a free 15 day trial version, I'm on day 2, but so far I like not having to compromise between what I like in Swype and Swiftkey, and it offers some things the others don't.


    I think if you choose a suggestion, and then backspace to it, you'll then get added suggestions for the word you chose like plural, conjugation, and apostrophes (I'm pretty sure this was on Swiftkey and not Swype).
  23. keefer2k4

    keefer2k4 Well-Known Member

    have you tried smart keyboard pro with and use the t9 style keyboard...I love it much faster than anything!!
  24. umataro42

    umataro42 Well-Known Member

    I never really got the hang of t9. My 2 phones before the GNex were a Droid, and an Env2, both of which had a physical keyboard.

    The gesture typing turned out to be easier than it always looked to me from commercials, it was just a matter of finding a keyboard that could read my gestures accurately. Swype was the best, but SlideIT comes pretty close and had other options Swype doesn't - arrow keys, and themes being the main 2, but I also like having a period button when I'm on the number layer.

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