The advent of the smartphone and the emergence and increasing popularity of tablets has changed the way people communicate. Voice-calling has almost taken a backseat, with a lot of users primarily using their handhelds for internet browsing, email, and some, even for writing complete documents, spreadsheets, etc.
Capacitive touchscreen technology and the increasing size of smartphone screens has made it easier for users to type long messages, emails, and notes on a full QWERTY virtual keyboard. Remember the time when typing a “C” required you to tap the 2 key on the phone number pad three times, in quick succession?
Unfortunately, for many consumers, touchscreen keyboards aren't that easy to use, and most users are quite unhappy with the stock keyboards available on their devices. This has led to the emergence of many third-party virtual keyboard applications. Apart from just providing a full keyboard, these apps are also smarter, featuring word-completion recommendations using built-in dictionaries, swipe and slide features for easy typing, and, in the case of tablets, thumb keyboards for typing on the much larger screens.
Today, we'll talk about some of the best keyboards available for Android smartphones and tablets. Here are are few things that you will need to know about the video:
Let's take a look.
SwiftKey X is one of the most popular third-party Android keyboards available on the Google Play Store. It boasts a number of useful features, including:
As you can see, Swiftkey X features comprehensive settings options and customization abilities, which make it one of most popilar keyboard apps in the Play Store. You can download the keyboard from the Google Play Store here (phone version) and here (tablet version) for $2.99. There is also a 1-month trial version available.
SlideIT is a keyboard app with swipe capabilities, a la the Swype keyboard, where you “slide” from letter to letter to type out a word. Features include:
I use the SlideIT keyboard, but I personally find the slide function quite difficult on the larger screen of a tablet, but very convenient on my smartphone. You can download the keyboard from the Google Play Store here. It is currently on sale for $0.99. There is also a 15-day trial version available for free as well.
The Thumb keyboard, as the name suggests, is ideal for thumb typing, which is especially useful for tablets. It also features a lot of advanced functions that improve productivity. Features include:
As you can see, it has multiple optimization options for devices of all sizes and types, and is certainly very easy to use. You can download the Thumb keyboard for $2.99 from the Google Play Store here.
Logitype uses a groundbreaking technology that moves and resizes keys while you type to accommodate your typing style. The layout also mimics a PC keyboard, which gives new users a sense of familiarity and ease when typing. Features of this keyboard include:
If you find standard keyboards uncomfortable and are looking for a close-to-PC experience, this is the keyboard for you. You can download it for free from the Play Store here.
If you're one of the many unlucky Android users still stuck on an older version of Android and looking for a slice of Ice Cream Sandwich, this is the keyboard for you. Features include:
You can download ICS keyboard here.
Below is a video of all the keyboards that we showed you above. If you are looking for a specific keyboard to check out, here are the timestamps for each one:
What are your thoughts? Are there any other keyboards that deserve to make this list? Let us know in the comments section below.