After years of being locked to Apple’s keyboards, iOS users have been blessed with support for third-party keyboards since last year. Most iPhone enthusiasts are a bit wary of using a non-Apple keyboard, but for very odd reasons. The most common I hear is that people are “used to” what they have been using for years.
While it’s true there is a learning curve to using other keyboards, I can tell you it will change your experience for the good. The thing is that there is a long list of keyboards in the Apple App Store. And to be honest, most are crap, so we have put together a list of third-party keyboard apps that will blow the Apple keyboard out of the water.
You didn’t think I would leave this one out, right? Swiftkey has become one of the most popular keyboards around, and for very good reasons. This keyboard is comfortable to use and offers great tools. Some would go as far as calling it magical.
This is because the app would seem as though it has mind-reading powers. Its prediction software is insane! And it helps that the application learns from your typing habits, so it becomes adapted to you. You can also have it analize your social networks and other services to give it a learning boost.
I started using Swiftkey years ago and haven’t gone back, guys. This is literally my very favorite keyboard out there. It’s also free, s you might as well give it a go.
Fleksy is a whole other level of awesomeness. It has a stunning prediction system too, but that is hardly what makes it an outstanding keyboard. This keyboard is very good looking and customizable. It even supports extensions, which allow you to do things like add a number row, send GIFs and more.
This keyboard is a pleasure to use. It’s also only $0.99, but it’s very much worth it.
All these keyboaards are awesome, but Minuum believes that in order to really innovate on input you have to completely change the way you look at keyboards. The issue, they believe, is that we continue to treat these keyboards as if they are typewriters. Minuum takes advantage of auto-correct technology to take things to another level.
Don’t you hate it that your keyboard takes nearly half of the screen? Minuum solves this by pushing all the keys down and giving you a simplified view of your letters. You can then type in the general location of the keys and have the prediction software take care of the rest.
Of course, you can also use a full-size keyboard, if you so choose. Give it a try, but be aware that this is one of the most expensive keyboards out there. It goes for $3.99!
Maybe what you want is your keyboard to look good. If that is the case, my favorite option is TouchPal. It does support awesome features like gesture typing and strong predictions, but what makes it awesome is the level of customization it offers.
There’s a wide selection of colors and themes available. You can even customize your own, with beautiful images and different color pallets.
Swype was once a commodity that only a select list of devices offered. This keyboard became a luxury to have, as it wasn’t available from the Google Play Store (back then named the Android Market). Some people bought specific phones just to have this keyboard… and now even iOS users can get their hands on it.
I believe the app has been very well replaced by competitors now, but those of you who love Swype’s finger dragging technology and fun themes can now get a hold of the app for just $0.99.