An Android keyboard alternative with amazing word prediction and advanced customization.
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Pro Highly acclaimed for its constantly improving prediction engine
The prediction engine of SwiftKey is continuously being improved by using data from social networks, text messages or even emails from the user's device. Predictions appear above the keyboard as soon as a letter is typed. By adjusting to the user's writing habits and style, it really helps to save time when writing.
Pro Can be customized with plenty of themes available
Swiftkey offers a wide range of different themes to add personality to your keyboard (some are free.. others paid for via in app purchases).
Pro Can be resized to as large or as small as you want
You can choose between five different sizes to resize the keyboard.
Pro Has a large number of languages available
Has 61+ languages available that can be downloaded. So chances are the languages you need will be available.
Pro Multiple simultaneous languages
Keyboard can integrate multiple languages into one seamless autocorrect engine.
Swiftkey is free to download and use, though there are in app purchases to unlock more features.
Pro Can be customized to have a numbers row in easy reach
Users can optionally display a number pad above the keyboard.
Pro Can be undocked
The feature may seem odd but the ability to undock the keyboard is extremely useful in certain situations. For example when creating content or using difficult websites.
Pro Fast access to Emojis
When users type the name of the desired Emoji, a small list will come up where the right one can be selected.
Pro Supports Google voice dictation
Even though SwiftKey is a third party keyboard, Swiftkey still uses the preferred Google voice dictation.
Pro All the typing information saved from SwiftKey is synced across devices
Any learned words, phrases (inc. email addresses) will be backed up to the cloud and available across multiple devices.
Pro Gestures typing or tap typing
Swiftkey supports both popular methods of typing. Either way the methods integrate perfectly with the predictions featured above the keyboard.
SwiftKey is competely ad-free.
Pro Users can view in-depth usage statistics
SwiftKey will even provide you exciting data about how you type such as a heatmap.
The more you use SwiftKey, the more your heat map will transform from perfect circles into blobs where you tend to press. From the Heatmap you'll know where you tend to make mistakes and how SwiftKey is improved. Other stats provided include:
- Distance flowed in meters
- Keystrokes saved
- Typos corrected
- Words completed
Pro Various convenient layouts available, also for tablets
Among the layout choices is a split keyboard which anchors each half to the lower corners of the screen, where one would naturally hold a tablet device while typing, with the option to place a dedicated 10-key number pad in the unused space between them.
Pro Social Account Integration for learn new languanges
Pro Cloud Backup
Con Privacy, automatically saves unknown words
E.g. passwords entered in plain text fields, place names, people names etc.
Con High data bandwidth usage
This product consumes several MB per week, sometimes per day. The fact that SwiftKey doesn't fix the bug despite many similar reports is not really reassuring.
Con No language separation or weighing
If you load several languages, you can choose any keyboard for any of them, but it won't help the recognition algorithm, which insists on giving other language words in the most absurd situations.
Again, no help from their support to arrange the situation.
Con Themes are in app purchases
Like most third party keyboards, Swiftkey offers tons of themes but of course they cost money and have to be purchased through the app.
Con The smallest layout is too big
Con High processor/memory usage makes it unusable on older devices
SwiftKey is extremely resource-intensive compared to many of its competitors, and will often lag even on high-end smartphones.
Con Swipe recognition not as smart as Swype
It requires much more precision, if you miss one letter you have little chance of having the desired word, which makes it difficult to use in some situations.
Con Predicting and inserting word combinations faulty
Recent update enabled Swiftkey to predict short word combinations. In principle this should be quite convenient, but so far it turns out this new algorithm is defective and way too aggressive. Too often it inserts combinations that are completely meaningless, or inserts English combinations in Dutch sentences or the other way around. Has almost doubled the amount of corrections needed.
Con Bought by Microsoft
Will undoubtedly lead to less innovation.