Android’s Best Touch Screen Keyboards of 2011

December 19, 2011
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Our user market has expanded relatively large over the passing years. With Google’s announcement of over 10 billion application downloads on the Android Market, it is no surprise to see a rivalry, obtaining best in its category.

Installed in all of our Android touch screen phones is a virtual keyboard. Now, depending on the workmanship of the software, the stock keyboard may be rubbish. However, do not fret. Android Authority is here to offer you an inside look at the best downloadable keyboards.

Swype Keyboard

First available on the Samsung Omnia II around two years ago, Swype interface provides a fast, and efficient way for modern users to type, or in this case, “Swype”.

Engineers believed that simple typing on a touch keyboard was just too slow for the average user. It also required much use before receiving more correction skills. With the introduction of Swype, users got a second look at keyboards by simply sliding their fingers on the appropriate keys, lifting only on new words.

With incorporation of error-correction algorithms, the “Swyping” keyboard is currently known as the fastest way to text on a touch screen phone, holding a Guinness World Record place of 25.94 seconds.

Overall, the performance is excellent. Swype mainly focuses on key features of quick entry more than style. Even though its design has a modern feel, developers could have added a theme feature for a more characteristic touch.

According to its Wikipedia page:

Swype currently ships on devices such as, Nokia N950, Samsung wave s8500, Motorola CLIQ, Motorola CLIQ XT, Motorola DEFY, Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC HD2 (T-Mobile USA version,) T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile MyTouch 3G 3.5 mm Jack and myTouch Slide 3G (the latter both by T-Mobile USA). It also ships on the Omnia II mobile handset, manufactured by Samsung and distributed by Verizon Wireless. The most recent additions include the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000 and Nokia C7, as well as the Samsung Droid Charge.

Windows Phone 7 Styled Keyboard (3rd Party: XDA)

I believe that a majority of us Android fanatics laugh at the incoming consumer market for Windows based devices. Even though the operating system isn’t “quite there”, a themed keyboard takes a different view.

Available on XDA, you can get your hands on the free keyboard application. With perfectly fitted letter tiles, this app shows itself as a competitor. Infused with an accurate voice and impressive correction feature, this third party based keyboard seems to compete with market based apps with ease of actually spelling a word!

On the forum page, users have the advantage to obtain three versions: Low resolution clarity, and two high resolution clarity keyboards (One with the “DROID” word imprinted on the spacebar, the other without).

The keyboard provides a dark exterior for those looking for an input method that doesn’t stand out from their software. The application is 3rd party, which means it IS NOT verified by the Android Market. However, XDA provides quality builds, but just in the usual case, please, download at your own risk.

 

Adaptxt Keyboard

First released on Windows Mobile devices in 2006, Adaptxt provides users with a rich, and intelligent experience for keyboard input. What makes this keyboard on the top list is mainly because of the design linguistics.

The keyboards design consists more of an efficient standpoint rather than style. Keys are spaced accurately, however, they are not too big so that more room is acquired for advanced accurate typing.

Along with the effective typing lies more user ease. Adaptxt provides international users a choice of 53 languages. Here are a few of the following languages supported by the free keyboard software: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Filipino, French (CA), French (FR), German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

All in all, the keyboard is probably the most favored of all the keyboards. This is due to its fast and smart word prediction and error correction. However, styling is poor, due to the lack of any color or theme customization on the keyboard. But then again, this keyboard is all smarts, no gimmicks.

Android Keyboard

You know it, you might love it. The Android keyboard is essentially the introduction to more intelligent keyboards on the Android OS. Many design variants are found; some well-built, some not.

Depending on your device, you may receive a certain Android keyboard, in difference of size, color, and software. There is not much to say about the Android keyboard, as it is usually on defense of other competitors. In all honesty, if the Android Keyboard (‘s) were great, this review would most likely not be relevant to the other keyboards listed.

Round-up

All of these keyboards in fact have their ups and downs. As most people are probably looking for style, along with a well-built typing method, I think the Windows keyboard is for them.

But, if you do not like the Windows feel, go for the challenge and use Swype. And, say if you do not like the challenge, but still want efficiency, then just go with Adaptxt.

These keyboards are all about personal preference, and what YOU need. So, what do think about the keyboards? Do you think there are any other that should be listed? I would love to hear your comments, and also wish you a lovely holiday season!

[Source: Adaptxt, XDA, Swype]

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