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What is the best keyboard?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by jpzsports, Jun 2, 2010.


What is the best keyboard?

  1. Android Keyboard

    20 vote(s)
  2. HTC Sense Keyboard

    28 vote(s)
  3. Swype

    98 vote(s)
  4. SwiftKey

    32 vote(s)
  5. Better Keyboard

    10 vote(s)
  6. Shapewriter

    9 vote(s)
  7. Other

    28 vote(s)
  1. jpzsports

    jpzsports Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I have a HTC Droid Eris and I've been mainly using the HTC Sense Keyboard. I like it a lot, although it can be laggy at times. I'm wondering if I should make the switch to an alternative input method. But I don't want to switch unless I'm positive it's the one I want because I plan on sticking with it and getting used to it. So far I've tried:
    HTC keyboard
    Android Keyboard

    And I've heard good things about Better Keyboard as well.

    Select you're favorite from the poll and feel free to mention why it's your fav in the thread.


  2. Swype definitely. I rarely use the physical keyboard on my droid now.
  3. rcrott1

    rcrott1 Android Enthusiast

    where can you find Swype.... i looked in Appbrain and didnt see it there...
  4. Droid-Life has it. Go there and then click on Downloads up at the top of the page.
    xpsycotikx and rcrott1 like this.
  5. I switched from swiftkey to swype.
  6. hood420

    hood420 Android Enthusiast

    See post #14, page 2: Swype? - xda-developers
    rcrott1 likes this.
  7. jpzsports

    jpzsports Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So far, Swype really has a huge lead. If you put the time into it and adjust to the learning curve, is it really the best? I guess I'll try making the adjustment. It just seems weird to think that swyping with one finger would be faster than typing with two.
  8. Rotor

    Rotor Member


    I switched to it earlier this week and as I get used to it I wonder how I ever managed without it.
  9. gasolinev8

    gasolinev8 Newbie

    With the Eris, this is a tough call for me. Performance wise, Swype is by far the best hands down. No FC's and no lag. Swype is awesome in portrait mode. However, I do prefer to type in landscape with both hands (or thumbs :D) and find the Swype layout doesn't work well for me in that respect. Better Keyboard is my fav in that it's layout works better for my typing style, however it does FC quite a bit and can be a bit laggy. The stock keyboard is sufficient but it seems I mistype with it a lot. In spite of it's shortcomings and being the least reliable keyboard, Better Keyboard is what I use most with Swype being second, only because of layout design.
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  10. MisterMixelpix

    MisterMixelpix Android Expert

    As always, I vote ShapeWriter.
  11. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    I like the HTC Sense Keyboard as it is more responsive than stock and I can use the Mic function. If Swype or Shapewriter has that option on their keyboards, I'd pick one of them. I sometime am lazy so I like to dictate into my phone, lol.

    Just a curiosity, is there an app that allows 2 keyboards to be used? I prefer Sense Keyboard for landscape and Swype for portrait mode.
  12. pwabbit

    pwabbit Android Enthusiast

    I have bounced around quite a bit. Started with Swype went to shapewriter then to Swype again. Then I tried all the regular keyboards. I have finally settled on two keyboards: 1) Smart Keyboard Pro 2) Shapewriter.
    HelgeStark likes this.
  13. pwabbit

    pwabbit Android Enthusiast

    Smart Keyboard Pro has the Mic function as well.
  14. stothy862

    stothy862 Lurker

    Just to dig this back up but I do like Swype but after some time Tap Tap Keyboard is just as good! I think you should all try it! Me I can't choose between them.
  15. stainlessray

    stainlessray Android Enthusiast

    OP, you really should have included SlideIT.... "other" was a nice thought, but many people are using it, and some say it's better than swype. That's becoming the ikeyboard to me, it's branded to death, but you can't even get a legit copy.... cus it has problems playing nice with other software.
  16. Legato

    Legato Well-Known Member

    Blindtype is the best, once it comes out for droid and iphone...saw this a few days ago on a friends FB. Just blown away

    YouTube - BlindType
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  17. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    Droid X keyboard is my favorite keyboard on Android. On another note, the Droid X version of Swype has a mic button as well.
  18. stainlessray

    stainlessray Android Enthusiast

    it can't be the BEST if it isn't even out yet. i agree it's pretty exciting, but common... NO-ONE has used it. even the reviews on it to date are all based on the video, they haven't even screened it for press yet.
  19. Legato

    Legato Well-Known Member

    I'll give you that. It could just be an app that is programmed to run and make it look like he is typing. So there is no guarentee it is that good. But really, if it is that good. It will be amazing. XD
  20. stainlessray

    stainlessray Android Enthusiast

  21. Legato

    Legato Well-Known Member

    Right now for me i cannot quit swype...like period. It is too good. So easy for me to type. So fast too. My only gripe is i have fat gorilla fingers and soemtimes it totally gets the wrong word...but i am getting better. Can't go back to normal tap tap tap unless i have to, or that blind type actually works like it looks like it does. If they could mix that with swype... XD
  22. Eurosteve

    Eurosteve Android Enthusiast

    Smart Keyboard Pro

    Offers suggestions while using the physical keyboard and gives access to numbers without leaving the onscreen keyboard (longpress).
  23. stainlessray

    stainlessray Android Enthusiast

    slideit is a gesture based keyboard also... it's free to try. i'm inaccurate as hell, it seems to always know what i want to say. quickly add oddball words, and shortcuts are sick. you can switch between taptap and slide with 1 touch, really I only use that for passwords, and mumbo-jumbo fields, where i don't want it to correct me.
  24. meyerweb

    meyerweb Android Enthusiast

    htc_ime mod keyboard. It's only 3rd party one that provides a way to control the cursor on the Evo. It also has lots of customizable features.
  25. pwabbit

    pwabbit Android Enthusiast

    Smart keyboard pro does too

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