The best keyboard apps for Android: Type and swipe securely

Update: Updated with new recommendations!
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Is the pre-installed keyboard on your smartphone a bit too small for you to use comfortably or it does not offer voice input capability? Then you should definitely download a keyboard app for your device. At NextPit, it is a fact of life that we churn out thousands of words daily, which places us in a good position to recommend you the best keyboards for Android in the following article.

Have you ever typed on someone else's smartphone and only make mistake after mistake? That's right, virtual keyboards are totally individual and therefore you should definitely find a keyboard app that suits your fingers. There are many alternative keyboards for Android in the Google Play Store, but most of them are not that good.

Since we write a lot throughout the day, we have already tried a large number of these virtual keyboards out. Therefore, you'll find our selection of the best Android keyboards below. Before we get begin though: Although there are keyboards for iOS that can be installed later, most iPhone users rely on the Apple keyboard by default.

There is so little interest in this matter on the iOS front that we will focus solely on Android. However, if available, I also include the link for iOS. Beyond that, I welcome your tips in the comments at the very bottom of this page.

Jump to:

  1. Gboard - The best all-rounder
  2. SwiftKey - The best swipe keyboard
  3. Typewise - Keyboard with a clever concept
  4. Simple Keyboard - Offline keyboard for more data protection
  5. Chrooma - For design fans
  6. Tenor - A GIF keyboard
  7. Facemoji Keyboard - An emoji keyboard

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Gboard - The best all-rounder

If you use a smartphone with stock Android, you don't even need to install Gboard. Google's in-house keyboard shines with a good mix of customizability and a highly capable feature set. At the same time, the software giant relies on its know-how for personalized word suggestions and some additional tricks.

When using Gboard at its simplest, you can either choose a classic on-screen keyboard, activate a swipe mode with "Glide Typing", make voice inputs, and even use handwriting recognition. Upon activating one-hand mode, the keyboard moves to the left or right side of the screen for your thumbs to reach it easily.

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Gboard combines a wide range of functions with a sleek look / © Google / Screenshot: NextPit

If you were to take a closer look at Gboard's settings, you will also open up Pandora's Box. You can customize the design of the keyboard with your own colors and images or even adjust the duration of long keystrokes. Other unique features are a clipboard and the possibility to use an alternative to Apple's Memojis via Bitmoji.

If you've never tried Gboard out, you should. If you are reading this article as an iPhone user, you can also use the keyboard on iOS. Just follow these two links:

SwiftKey - The best swiping keyboard

From one software giant to the next: SwiftKey is currently developed by Microsoft and is one of the first Android keyboards where you can "swipe" words out. You do not need to tap each individual letter, but rather, swipe your finger over the various letters on the virtual keyboard. SwiftKey then manages to form entire words and sentences surprisingly well.

Microsoft continuously analyzes the entered text and even changes written words when it is followed by certain words. If the swiping is not reliable, you can of course still tap on individual letters to enter them.

SwiftKey is highly recommended if you like swiping on your phone / © Microsoft / Screenshot: NextPit

By the way, the customization options of the Microsoft keyboard are just as diverse as those found on Gboard. You can choose from a variety of themes and adjust key tones and vibrations precisely. The possibility to log in to the Microsoft account and connect the dictionary to your Windows PC is also another useful feature.

SwiftKey also offers a clipboard and you can find emojis as well as stickers and GIFs in the emoji area. SwiftKey is available for download for both Android and iOS at the links below:

Typewise - Keyboard with a clever concept

Have you always had problems typing on the small and rather fiddly virtual keyboards so far? Then Typewise comes across as highly recommended! This is because the keyboard follows a completely different concept, where it arranges the letters in a hexagonal pattern. As we know from the clever bees, this is primarily about one thing: saving space.

It takes some getting used to, but it is something different: Typewise! / © Typewise / Screenshot: NextPit

The individual fields are rather large and Typewise has also changed the layout. The QWERTZ layout, which is common in Germany, has been modified in such a way that, according to the developers, results in 85 percent fewer incorrect entries. However, Typewise does need some getting used to.

I type using the ten-finger system on my PC, so I can't really get used to Typewise, even after a long period of familiarization. Try it anyway if you don't like virtual keyboards.

Simple Keyboard - Simple offline keyboard

Gboard and SwiftKey work best when you share personal data to improve swipe input accuracy and app performance. However, this might turn you off when it comes to typing personal messages or chatting about your banking accounts and passwords. A good offline keyboard to use would be Simple Keyboard that provides that additional layer of security and privacy.

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Simple Keyboard works offline! / © Simple Keyboard / Screenshot: NextPit

Simple Keyboard doesn't ask for any permissions from you and is aimed at those who "just want a keyboard". Without any frills, Simple Keyboard is smaller than 1MB in size and the app also comes without any ads. The developer also assures you that emojis, GIFs, a spell checker, or swiping will never make it into the app.

Visually, Simple Keyboard is extremely minimalistic in design and you can choose from six different themes. The keyboard is not available for iOS, but for you can download it for free on Android via the following link:

Chrooma - For design fans

Chrooma is one of the lesser known keyboards on this list, but it is one of the most customizable. However, you either have to unlock various features via in-app purchase or pay a one-time fee of $2.49. If you want to sync the keyboard settings between devices, you will have to sign in with your Google account.

But even without using or paying for the Google account, Chrooma can be customized in various ways and offers many features. For example, you can decide whether you want to use the swipe input or the classic keyboard. The word predictions work well, but it is not always perfect. Of course, Chrooma supports emojis and there is Night Mode (Dark Mode) support to boot.

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Chrooma's app supports gestures. / © NextPit

It is nice that settings can be accessed via gestures. You do not have to go to the app's menu to switch to one-handed mode, for example. You can also quickly change the color of the keyboard.

Tenor GIF Keyboard

Tenor GIF is probably one of the funniest keyboards on this list. Because the name says it all: it's all about GIFs. And Tenor displays them pretty darn quickly, so you don't have to wait for them to load only to find that you have to adjust your search term.

It differs from the other apps in this list in that it doesn't offer its own keyboard, but instead extends the keyboard you've chosen. Then you can search and paste a GIF directly from there. Just type # and a search term or search for a related GIF.

With Tenor you can use GIFs everywhere / © NextPit

I use it in conjunction with Swiftmoji. This allows me to access GIFs and emojis at any time, as I swipe to include them in my messages (or type them out). If you don't use Swiftmoji, you can still search for GIFs by tapping the icon next to the trending tap in the Tenor GIF popup.

Facemoji Keyboard

If you love emojis, then Facemoji Keyboard is a good choice. Because this Android keyboard offers you over 3,500 emojis, as well as GIFs, stickers and more, which you can send to your friends. The selection is so large that you'll never have to write messages with letters again.

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That's a lot of emojis to choose from! / © Google Play Store

The app also tries to predict which emoji you'll need next. There's also an emoji quiz that quizzes you on what the emoji messages mean.

What's your favorite keyboard for Android?

Have you already tried out the keyboards mentioned or do you already know about Gboard, SwiftKey and the rest mention here? Do vote in our poll on which is the best alternative Android keyboard:

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Do you have any other tips and recommendations for us? If so, let us know in the comments and tell us which keyboard you type best with. And remember that no one has the same fingers and of course everyone can choose their own keyboard app!

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  • Kimberley M. Williams Dec 26, 2019 Link to comment

    SwiftKey is very good for English Typing. But for Devnagri I prefer Gboard.

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    Deactivated Account Oct 30, 2019 Link to comment

    SwiftKey is very good for English Typing. But for Devnagri I prefer Gboard.

  • marco sarli
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    Oct 26, 2019 Link to comment

    Swiftkey absolutely

  • Albin Foro Mar 6, 2019 Link to comment

    I dislike the prediction / autocorrection features and switch them off (I get SMSs regularly from a family member whose iPhone is intercepting and making nonsense of what she writes.) Some years ago I bought Smart Keyboard (Dexilog) for the things I do want: 1. a number row, and 2. nearly all "special characters" by long-press on the main keyboard. Its basic themes are attractive. (I won't use Google's or OEM keyboards, for privacy reasons.)

  • Alessandro Paolino Jun 8, 2018 Link to comment

    With App "User Dictionary Plus" you can import into your device words you actually use and get them auto suggested during the writing. So you can speed up your typing.

    How? It learns new words from your Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Gmail, SMS and so on..

    It's available on Google Play

  • Seppo Tiainen Dec 10, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm interested in an input method with even larger keys which means it cant be qwerty. I'm experimenting now with ComboKey Plus that allows typing with one hand, the same hand holding the device. It has no autocorrect or prediction but hitting the keys is easier on the other hand.

  • Aston Calvin Aug 21, 2017 Link to comment

    I consider Slash Keyboard which you haven't mentioned in your list. It has a few unique features along with the basic ones. It delivers built-in search option for YouTube, Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook and others.

  • Reg Joo Aug 8, 2017 Link to comment

    Even with the stock keyboard(Except for the way it handles capitalization), keyboards have come a long way. Functions are greater to a level that sometimes, I think that it's overdone. If the stock keyboard would stay away from appleish functions(capital actions), it would be all that's needed, you can change the look with substratum, to rival any other aesthetic look of other keyboards, and voice functions can be handled by assistant functions.

  • storm Aug 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Gboard had been my preference. Simple, yet fully featured, fantastic gesture typing, at least in English.

    • Ron Josiah Aug 8, 2017 Link to comment

      I second this! I tried some of the top rated keyboards but to me Gboard is the perfect fit for me. Gesture typing really is awesome on this keyboard.

    • Dean L. Aug 11, 2017 Link to comment

      Agree, Gboard is the one I go to as well. Does everything I need. And I sometimes use the speech features for when I can't type.

      • storm Oct 25, 2019 Link to comment

        I'm a Gboard user. Now if only I could turn off emojis, stickers and gifs.

  • Andrew Burgin Aug 7, 2017 Link to comment

    Samsung keyboard is now available to download from the play store,hope we get different colour keyboards at last from Samsung to compete with the others

  • Imam Bilqisthy Jun 19, 2017 Link to comment

    Fleksy Is the best keyboard, the design is very modern, very smooth, the layout is also modern, unfortunately the development of the application stalled

  • Angela K. Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

    I Have ai.type keyboard plus. Best ever. This is the paid one but the free one is excellent as well. So much to customize in it to make it yours. Tried so many and found this the best

    • Robert Oct 16, 2019 Link to comment

      I used it for a few weeks and really liked it. Then it got blocked with a message from Google Play (I downloaded it through Aptoide).

  • Tyler Anthony Mar 5, 2017 Link to comment

    Google Keyboard is the best IMO... I've tried ALL them, but always come back to Google (Sony's Keyboard is pretty close!)... Top 5 Android keyboards IMO: #1 Google/GBoard - Can't go wrong
    #2 Sony Xperia Keyboard (find modded ver if don't own a Sony phone) - Close 2ND to Google and awesome keyboard in own right
    #3 Ginger/Chrooma - Chrooma is like Google Keyboard, but I still prefer Googles feel/responsiveness...Ginger Keyboard is top 3 best, If not #1, but the price to unlock full potential is steep/ridiculous...
    #4 SwiftKey/Swype - Personal opinion on this one... I like both, but not enough to switch from Google or Sony
    #5 Flesky/Minimuum - Want to like these keyboards, but without swype/gesture typing, it's hard to love them...

  • William Wolley Feb 13, 2017 Link to comment

    Typany is perhaps another keyboard that should be on the list. It is very simple to use and has quite good auto-correction as well as word prediction, well, at least in English. There is a lot of things that you can customise on the keyboard. And above all, it is super small and is never a burden for your limited storage.

  • Pierre Hummer Feb 2, 2017 Link to comment

    Bah! Give me a REAL qwarty KB. One that does exactly what a PC or 'nix KB does. That's "Hacker's Keyboard" If you're a PC user or (especially) a programmer/coder, this is really the only choice. And it's free -and- NO ADS! just be sure to also install the (separate) companion dictionary apk.
    -= Hummer =-

    • Robert Sep 23, 2019 Link to comment

      I like the fact that it has no ads. I have been using it for a few weeks now, but the keys are too small for me, leading to a lot a typos to be corrected. I also find it a hassle to have to switch back and forth when I need to include numbers. Then, I have only been able to find a good functioning dictionary in English, none for the other languages in which I write.
      So....still looking for one that works well for my needs.

  • We and Tech Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Look This Video For Best Android Keyboard . How To Download It . Also Its Revewes.
    Search This In The Youtube Best Keyboard Apps For Android 2016 | 2017 : Type Faster And Have More Fun by we and tech

  • Anna Tan Dec 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I have tried lots of keyboard apps, but in my opinion, recently released Typany keyboard is the best. No ads, all free and plenty of bright and colorful themes, much more better than Go keyboard.

    • We and Tech Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

      Look This Video For Best Android Keyboard . How To Download It . Also Its Revewes.
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  • Demetris Nicolaides Nov 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Fleksy is the best and fastest. I wonder why there is no mention of it.

    • pintas m Dec 6, 2016 Link to comment

      Indeed... Fleksy is the fastest i've seen. It entered Guinness for christ sake!!

      • We and Tech Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

        Look This Video For Best Android Keyboard . How To Download It . Also Its Revewes.
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  • Knowledge Power Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Fleksy keyboard best one very fast and easy....

    • Robert Oct 19, 2019 Link to comment

      But no number bar above the letters :-(

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    Deactivated Account Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung keyboard is great today. Secondary for me is SwiftKey

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  • Jota Eme Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I am a former Symbian Belle user and spanish is my native tongue. In spanish, we use letters with diacritic marks (á, é, í, ó, ú, ü), and we also have the "ñ" which is a letter by itself. Besides that, we also use opening exclamation and question marks (¡, ¿).

    The "ñ" is handled fine by most keyboards with spanish layout, but the problem comes with the diacritic marks and the opening marks.

    In all these keyboards (Google included), in order to type a character such as "á", you need to long press "a", then wait for the popup to appear, and then choose between 10 different characters including "ã", "ä", "à", "å", "æ", "ā", "ą", which aren't used in spanish at all. Would it be too hard to show a dedicated dead key "´", so typing "´"+"a" would give us "á"? It worked great in Symbian and made the typing flow natural.

    When I start a sentence (after a period and a space), all letters in the keyboard turn to capitals, and that is a great time-saver. But the question mark key remains like "?" instead of "¿", and the same with the exclamation mark. Therefore, if I want to write a question, I have to press "?!☺" to make the keyboard layout change, then press "?", wait for the popup to appear, and finally choose "¿". Would it be too hard to include the "?" and "!" keys in the main layout and make them automagically change to "¿" and "¡" whenever a sentence begins? It also worked great in Symbian.

    Finally, whenever you want to edit what you're typing (for example, in the middle of a word) you have to either touch *exactly* that position or -if you are a Google keyboard user- you have to slide across the space bar to make the cursor move. Would it be too hard to add two arrows (left and right) to position the cursor? Guess what: it also worked great in Symbian.

    So, three simple things:
    1. Diacritical dead key(s).
    2. Smart question and exclamation marks.
    3. Cursor movement keys.

    I am sure that it will benefit non-english speakers in general.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    • Fran Jarsa Dec 10, 2016 Link to comment

      Your best choice would be messagease... It is actualy the one I use for the exact same reason. Por los acentos en las vocales, la diéresis... Porque supuestamente pones el teclado en Español y salen mil caracteres que no pertenecen al idioma... Messagease está adelantado en ese aspecto

    • We and Tech Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

      Look This Video For Best Android Keyboard . How To Download It . Also Its Revewes.
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    • Timothy Dutton Aug 1, 2017 Link to comment

      I use SwiftKey for typing in Spanish and it works rather well with a few customizations. The first setting I adjust is the long press duration - I change it from 500 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds. Next, download and turn on the Spanish language pack of your choice (European or Latin American Spanish).

      SwiftKey uses an elegant solution to providing punctuation without cluttering the keyboard with extra keys: question and exclamation marks are accessed by long pressing the period, so there are no dedicated keys for these punctuation marks. As such it is just as quick and easy to create the "¿" and "¡" as "?" and "!" - and especially quick with the shorter long press activation setting.

      Accents are quite easy. The auto-correct and prediction engine works very well, especially if you turn off the English language pack leaving only the Spanish language pack on. As you type you can select the predicted word with all accents correctly placed. Where the word is ambiguous you do have to tap on the word you want when both the accented and non-accented words are real words. For example, "se" vs. "sé", "como" vs. "cómo". But type a word that only has the accented form, such as "tambien", and it is automagically changed to "también" without any extra key press. You can even enter the predicted / autocorrected word before you finish typing it and sometimes it is predicted and you can enter it before you even START typing the word.

      As an alternative to using the predictive engine for accents, you can use long press for accents. The custom setting for "long press duration" is what makes this work so well for me. 250 ms feels to me like it is very quick and responsive, but not so quick that I accidentally trigger the long press function when I don't want it. After using 250 milliseconds anything longer feels extremely slow. Built in keyboards and other keyboards that do not let you change the long-press duration are missing a key feature in my opinion. In settings you can turn on or off "Long press to see all available accents". With this setting on you will see all accents for all languages when you long press a key (for example, "á", "ã", "ä", "à", "å", "æ", "ā", "ą"). If you make sure this is OFF and Spanish language is ON, you will ONLY see Spanish specific accent marks ("á", "ú", "ü", "ñ", etc.).

      Also in the settings you can turn on cursor keys.

      You may like it. I certainly do. And I find it satisfies for me all of the concerns you raised. The only one it doesn't do exactly as you have outlined is the smart punctuation. But with the quick long press duration, I can get to "¿" and "¡" just as quickly as "?" and "!".

    • Angelopap Nov 23, 2018 Link to comment

      The same problem with the diacriyics I have in greek. Try multiling o keyboard. If there is something missplaced, you can change it. Plus, it enables scrolling between the letters with the sound keys.

  • Vasanthan GK Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    No one love the Swiftkey..Swype Dragon have the best predictions than any of the other Keyboards..

  • Andrew Burgin Nov 14, 2016 Link to comment

    New Fancykey is very good as you can make one of your photos into a keyboard plus personalise other parts of the keyboard

  • Carmelo Rivera Nov 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I use a modified apk of the Xperia keyboard on my Nexus 6 and I love it. Very smart and intuitive. My second favorite is LG's keyboard.

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    Deactivated Account Nov 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I've tested: ai.type, SlideIT, Swiftkey, TouchPal among others, none was as good as the old Swype in my Symbian days. Swype in Android it's no free, so I just came back to the JellyBean keyboard, which I like over other keyboards in recents Android Versions.

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  • Michele Oct 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Messagease is the best IMHO. Not many people knows it. Messagease is smart and keep in consideration that a smartphone keyboard cannot be an ordinary keyboard. It has a higher learning curve maybe, but no typing errors will occur, and is fast. And if you want to practice you can download a game to play with it.

  • George-Gabriel Ungureanu Sep 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I've tested many of those and i've sticked to RedrawKeyboard. I think it's the perfect combination between emojis, keyboard themes, fast and easy typing, stickers, language packs and other features. Plus it's the only one that offers real time translate and doc sync.

  • Samantha Edwards Sep 9, 2016 Link to comment

    I prefer touchpal to other keyboards specially lg keyboard sucks ass.
    But if you like your own choice for different fonts and emojis. Then FANCYKEY KEYBOARD IS FOR YOU.

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    Deactivated Account May 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Personally I recommend EasyType keyboard although it is only for iPhones. It's a new keyboard and has amazing scrolling features I haven't seen in other keyboards.

  • Leandro May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Typing fast and security are both concerns for me in the keyboard.

    I'm trying McAfee Secure Keyboard and so far so good.

    Simple but has some incognito features that prevent the keyboard to log anything and and a screen filter if you are typing something sensitive. Few languages support. Worth to try.

    • Shelly In Full Bloom Carver Jan 17, 2017 Link to comment

      Thanks for the tip on screen filter and typing sensitivity info. I didn't realize I could find something to cover those needs. Take care

  • CJ Brown Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Google Keyboard - I will stick with this keyboard app because it does the job (and has the emojis)

    TouchPal - I have noticed the teens using this keyboard app (especially if all you do is type in emojis vs typing words out (lol)

    Smart Keyboard - this used to be my favorite keyboard app (the Tron legacy theme was brilliant) 'til it went to shite

  • Patrick T Clark Apr 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Why is Ginger keyboard app left off all the best keyboard lists? My favorite was Swype until the free trial period ended, I don't have a credit card so I couldn't pay the measly 99¢ that it cost. So I needed a fix, I tried Swiftkey but it typed to slow for me, and didn't offer enough customization options for my taste. So I tried Ginger keyboard app and am sold. It's free, great features, great customization options,etc. It's almost perfect.
    It learns from you, like Swiftkey, it's got all the features the other" best" apps have, including swipe typing, or gesture typing. It's by far better than any on this best of list, even better than my former favorite Swype, and the king, Swiftkey, IMO!

    • Victoria Jun 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Download the Google Rewards app. You answer 5 second surveys and earn Google Play credits. I haven't had to pay for apps in quite some time.

  • bukek siansu Apr 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Xperia keyboard and swifkey, both are best performance for me.

  • Diego Marchetti Mar 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Nice article. I agree that even if they are all good stock keyboard replacements they perform best in different way of usage. To me the most important thing is the language dictionary. I like to write swyping between the letters, and even if I do like SwiftKey, using Italian dictionary I found Swype my perfect companion. If I can use two thumbs to digit, Flesky is the way to go.

    • Andres R. Mar 30, 2016 Link to comment

      I also like the facility to have sets with two concurrent dictionaries, EN(UK)/ES or ES/EN(UK), 1st one has priority on first words shown.
      And just long pressing the space bar you can choose the set.
      In my case I also have French.

  • lianne john Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Quite a list!

  • Michele Motta Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    The thing I love most about the TouchPal keyboard is the "T+" layout option which mimics the old Blackberry "sure type" style. It's like qwerty, but there's two characters to each key. It's surprisingly easy to type using the very intuitive predictive text. I almost can't go back to pecking out each individual letter.

  • Andy Brady Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Unfortunately it's only available on the Priv, but the BB touch keyboard is amazing. It's basically a smarter easier version of swiftkey.

  • Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I love sony keyboard.

  • Da Ni El Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Forget the keyboards.
    Look at how good the website looks. Damn!
    I want one!!!!!!

  • Paolo Mar 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Fleksy > Swiftkey > Google >>>> Touchpal. Believe me, Touchpal is next to garbage against Fleksy.

  • --- Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I really appreciate having an Android keyboard with an always-accessible Delete key. (This is me pointing out that "Delete" is not the same as "Backspace".) But ai.type is the only one I've found that has one. Most don't have one at all, buried or otherwise. But ai.type is annoyingly sluggish, so I was hoping to find an alternative. The layout options in ai.type are absolutely tops.

    • Pat Feb 20, 2016 Link to comment

      I agree, but I wish I could put the delete button on the keyboard so it's accessible all of the time without having to click through 5 choices to choose it and then get back to showing the number row. It hasn't been sluggish for me, but I will probably stick with Swiftkey until I find a keyboard with the Delete key on the keyboard all of the time.

    • Andy Brady Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

      The Priv touchscreen keyboard deletes when you shift-backspace.

    • Victoria Jun 1, 2016 Link to comment

      Long pressing with SwiftKey will delete whole words rather than single letters. Makes needing a delete key irrelevant.

  • The Multiverse Dec 27, 2015 Link to comment

    "... In addition, SwiftKey is excellent at managing multiple languages and is one of the only keyboards on which you don't need to manually swap between them. Just choose the languages you want to use in the settings, and text prediction and special characters will work for all languages automatically. It's very clever..."

    This setting is also present in TouchPal; I'm actually using it as we speak.

    • Anton May 17, 2016 Link to comment

      Yes, it indeed does. But TouchPal is so bloated right now it's almost unusable. Too bad, it's been the best keyboard for me for a few years.

  • joost Dec 26, 2015 Link to comment

    On my one plus X I got swift key pre installed. But I prefer the Swype because it does a far better job in predicting my texts especially in the Dutch language which is my mother tongue. I only miss the arrows of swift on this keyboard.

  • Jason Haley Dec 18, 2015 Link to comment

    I was looking for something radically different & gave NovaKey a shot. There's a steep learning curve that will turn many people away, as well as those into emojis(I couldn't care less). I can't go back to a "regular" keyboard now, although Minuum looks interesting. It's free & worth a try.

    • Steph M Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

      Have you tried KeyMonk? (Simultaneous, two-finger sweeping). I agree with you about this list--not very innovative.

  • FmMaj9 NoName Dec 4, 2015 Link to comment

    I tried Fleksy and its autocorrect was so bad I had to uninstall it. It would fight me over acronyms and names, correcting them two or three times, and choosing a correct alternative was not the easiest. It's too bad, because I enjoyed the UI and the larger keyboard. I switched to SwiftKey and haven't looked back.

  • Dave Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    You should include SwiftKey Neural Alpha. It's way more accurate than the normal SwiftKey

    • Scott Adam Gordon Dec 3, 2015 Link to comment

      Wow looks cool. Will check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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    • Robert Oct 16, 2019 Link to comment

      Very few languages available.

  • Valencia Witcher Nov 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I use the google messenger.

  • Viktor jovanović v. Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm useing Google keyboard and I'm pleased with it.

  • Achdya Kusumah Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

    blackberry keyboard from bbpriv

  • khalil hashmi Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

    i want to buy a smartphone ...
    1)samsung note 5
    2)samsung s6 edge
    which one i should buy please tell me any one

    • Achdya Kusumah Nov 28, 2015 Link to comment

      when you interested smartphone with pen you should buy note5

    • Fat Tony Jan 10, 2016 Link to comment

      Try to google it. You get tons of links.
      " samsung note 5 vs samsung s6 edge "

    • DARK Vader Mar 27, 2016 Link to comment

      You wont use pen much the s7 edge if you havent yet

  • wasimariflone Nov 27, 2015 Link to comment

    good one.

  • Arjun Paliath Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

    When you look at the best keyboard, it should be good in almost everything a keyboard should do.
    And that for me is the SwiftKey Keyboard. Hands down the best keyboard for use on Android, which amazing features such as Flow, Next word prediction, emoji prediction and best of all multi language. The next word prediction can be personalize using your google and facebook account and the integration is so seamless that the keyboard literally guesses the next word so perfectly that you rarely type.

    And then the second best IMO is Fleksy as I love the gesture controls but I miss the swyping that I am used to so bad. :)

  • Wong Gary Jul 6, 2015 Link to comment

    Here is a keyboard which has PC features: Copy, paste, undo, redo, cursor move, alt text input

    RealTouch Keyboard

  • Oliver Jun 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Swift key is the best....

  • John Love Jun 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Hacker's Keyboard
    the best!

  • Abrar Jun 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Google key board is good for typing experience especially with material layout but big problem with this keyboard is, it doesn't save my custom words automatically and nor suggest like Samsung keyboard and some keyboards have taller keys like swiftkey. That's why I prefer Samsung keyboard because it perfectly suggest my all custom words and have decent key shape.

  • Andrew Albano Jun 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I use TouchPal X, is there an app that allows for color type letters instead of black over white background?

    • L.K. D. Jul 9, 2015 Link to comment

      nobody knows TouchPal, so nobody uses it
      people don't see how great this app is
      the keyboard has the best interface, the words appear under the letters and you just swipe from the letter to the space key
      it's the awesomeness this keyboard has

      and yes, you can change the letters color in the new version, just create a custom keyboard theme (open TouchPal app>general settings>themes>local, and tap the "paint" button on the lower right

      • Paul Sánchez Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

        I have used TouchPal for some time, it's a really good keyboard, you can just swipe the upper letters and write numbers, instead of maintaing pushin some case.

        But recently every day appears a gift box near the right upper corner of the keyboard, and each time it appears and I don't touch it a vibration comes out.
        It's really annoying, ok, it's free stuff, but I rather see it when I have the time for it, no each time I end a sentence. This makes me stay with the Xperia Keyboard when I recently change my smartphone.

        How can I get rid of it? Do I have to purcharse some PRO version?

    • The Multiverse Dec 27, 2015 Link to comment

      Just check your TouchPal settings dude.. There's a world of custom layers present in that section!

  • Jerry Lee Jun 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I like TypeSmart. It has a nice interface, like any other keyboard. It has the capability to add a row at the top of the keyboard for numbers, which I think is nice. It also has a feature where you can show passwords as you type them so you know a password is correct before you submit it. That is an issue I have had with other keyboards on a smartphone, you hit the wrong keys while entering a password but can't tell for sure until you submit it. It is nice to verify a password before you submit it, you can correct it first. It also has several different themes you can choose. Also, has a nice auto-correct feature.

  • Mando Jun 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I actually enjoy the Samsung keyboard. I've tried swift, fleksy, and even the Google keyboard. I actually enjoy the space of the Samsung keyboard and the fact that it's not so big, plus I don't have to press option, or sub in order to key in a number. They're on the top row at all times! Plus 😉 emojis are only long hold away!

  • Brian Olmstead Jun 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Swiftkey for the win

  • Ismaïl Abdus-Salam Jun 14, 2015 Link to comment

    For people that are comfortable with PC keyboard, Hacker's keyboard is the best. But it is not even featured in this article.

  • Amir Khan Jun 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Google keyboard is best.... :)

  • Gerardo Gutierrez Jun 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Which is the keyboard in the first photo plx

  • Grant Jan 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Swipe & Dragon - paid version. Absolute best swipe keyboard around.

  • J Gabri-El Jan 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I fell in love with HTC Sense Input on my HTC device

  • CJ Brown Jan 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Was Smart Keyboard before upgrading to KitKat from Ice Cream Sandwich (now its Google Keyboard)

  • Leonardo Jan 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Was swift key before I upgraded to Lollipop :)

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    Deactivated Account Jan 23, 2015 Link to comment

    ai. type plus?

  • Pam O. Jan 23, 2015 Link to comment


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