07-29-2010 07:29 PM
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  1. bluger's Avatar
    Does anyone here have a strong opinion about swiftkey versus swype? I've been using swype for a while. It's much better than stock (though I didn't try the HTC keyboard). At the same time, I'm not so blown away as to think nothing will be able to compare. Because I'm old and lame, it takes me longer than I'd like to admit to unlearn one keyboard and learn another.
    Thoughts?
    07-14-2010 07:05 AM
  2. ElCartelDR's Avatar
    At first Swype was perfect for me but recently it hasnt been working as well for me but its still faster than the stock keyboard.

    I just installed swiftkey this morning and its really good so far. Sometimes I dont even have to enter a leter and it will know what i want to write. I will need more time with it to see which one is better overall.
    07-14-2010 07:08 AM
  3. Dukins's Avatar
    Im not much of a swype fan. I tried it for awhile, but my memory is not that great LOL. I cant remember what functions do what on swype. I do remember one and thats circle a particular character to double the letter.

    Swiftkey so far as been pretty good. Have 2 gripes, it doesnt have a dedicated microphone symbol for voice to text and that the keyboard is light colored IMO. I tried to type "harder" and it keep putting "farmer" that was frustrating, but I think as time passes it will conform to my writing style.
    07-14-2010 07:42 AM
  4. Lorak's Avatar
    I liked swype when I had it. But since I am not in the closed beta, I decided to give swiftkey a try. Works pretty well, and have no complaints with it either.

    Both of them take a bit of getting used to though.
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    07-14-2010 07:43 AM
  5. jeffreykime's Avatar
    I just installed swiftkey and have one grips. I can't bit space twice at the end of a sentence to get a period. Any suggestions.
    07-14-2010 08:18 AM
  6. fraz's Avatar
    have been using swype for awhile now and tried swiftkey this morning... uninstalled it just now and went back to swype because i felt like it was faster for me.
    07-14-2010 09:08 AM
  7. Civ2boss's Avatar
    I've used both since I got the Evo a month ago, but I still can't decide between them. But yeah there's no microphone button on either of them which sucks! I think I'll always just switch around depending on my mood.
    07-14-2010 09:25 AM
  8. ectoren's Avatar
    I am liking swiftkey except for one thing.....I can't seem to figure out how to put the question or exclamation mark.
    07-14-2010 09:39 AM
  9. gregg37's Avatar
    I am liking swiftkey except for one thing.....I can't seem to figure out how to put the question or exclamation mark.
    They key for both is on either side of the space key. Hold that key down for the ! or ?


    Love it except for the same failing swype has. No dedicated voice to text button. /uninstall
    07-14-2010 09:47 AM
  10. ectoren's Avatar
    They key for both is on either side of the space key. Hold that key down for the ! or ?
    [slaps forehead] D'OH!


    Love it except for the same failing swype has. No dedicated voice to text button. /uninstall
    Oh. You are right......I'll keep it for a week and see.
    07-14-2010 09:51 AM
  11. gregg37's Avatar
    Yep. That's the second keyboard I really love, but have to do without because they overlook one of the most remarkable features of the Android OS. I text a lot while driving, and not being able to use voice to text is a pain in the bunghole.
    07-14-2010 09:58 AM
  12. Gelst's Avatar
    can someone please xplain to me how Swype or Swiftkey work ?

    I am really confused, I have Swype on my phone and I am not sure how it works or what it is for. When I pull up my webbrowser in the bottom of the left hand corner I can see the icon ... I am not sure what to do from there. I thought swype was to allow me to type or text faster but It doesn't work when I pull up my txts..
    07-14-2010 10:22 AM
  13. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    can someone please xplain to me how Swype or Swiftkey work ?

    I am really confused, I have Swype on my phone and I am not sure how it works or what it is for. When I pull up my webbrowser in the bottom of the left hand corner I can see the icon ... I am not sure what to do from there. I thought swype was to allow me to type or text faster but It doesn't work when I pull up my txts..
    Search the forums for threads on swype, or just google it. That'll be a lot easier than trying to explain it here.

    I got my Evo the day AFTER the Swype beta ended. So I haven't used swype. I just got Swiftkey last night and so far I'm liking it. I'm still a little faster on the Droid X multi touch keyboard, but I think that has more to do with Swiftkey still learning my habits. Hopefully Swype will open the beta back up or release the final version so I can give that a try.
    07-14-2010 10:35 AM
  14. sethjk's Avatar
    can someone please xplain to me how Swype or Swiftkey work ?

    I am really confused, I have Swype on my phone and I am not sure how it works or what it is for. When I pull up my webbrowser in the bottom of the left hand corner I can see the icon ... I am not sure what to do from there. I thought swype was to allow me to type or text faster but It doesn't work when I pull up my txts..
    It's an entirely new input method- Have you installed Sqype? Have you activated it in settings? have you selected it as your keyboard under input method? have you taken the tutorial? Do all of those and you'll understand how it makes inputting text easier in almost all instances- IMHO
    07-14-2010 10:40 AM
  15. coopdro's Avatar
    Swift is pretty cool. The screen is too big in my opinion for swype (my preference). I like the text prediction so far.
    07-14-2010 12:13 PM
  16. VDub2174's Avatar
    I really like Swype so far, been getting used to it since I got in the beta. I still downloaded SwiftKey to try out. From what I hear though, Swiftkey is a good app to have.
    07-14-2010 12:41 PM
  17. Cory Streater's Avatar
    SwiftKey is my favorite keyboard so far. I would highly recommend that people don't spend 5 minutes using it, decide they don't like it, and then uninstall it. Try it out for at least 1/2 a day and then make a decision. You find it guessing your next word, sometimes without even hitting the first letter of the word. It really is pretty amazing technology and has a lot of potential.
    07-14-2010 01:44 PM
  18. stoneworrior's Avatar
    I just tried swiftkey, it took me a whole ten seconds and I did a long touch input on the dialogue box to go right back to swype. swift key is going bye bye. I would love to have voice input on swype though. I wonder how many people know you can toggle between keyboard by just long pressing the dialogue box though? That's how I go back and forth to get the voice function when I want to use it.
    07-14-2010 02:08 PM
  19. anicholas7's Avatar
    I just installed it and it is amazing how it predicts your next word. My only gripe is that the keyboard seems a little smaller in portrait mode than the stock keyboard, but in landscape mode its good.
    07-14-2010 02:21 PM
  20. willsurg#AC's Avatar
    I have to admit that I went back to swype. I tried swiftkey for the day and just missed being able to swype, and I did'nt like swype when i first installed it, it took about 2 days and then got it. Probably the same would be true for this, however i'll just keep swype for now,
    07-14-2010 03:10 PM
  21. FireFighterChen's Avatar
    It's not swype...but handcent messaging has a pop up reply, pretty much just pop ups ur message over whatever you're doing. This lets you reply directly back, or "x" out of the reply and it closes the window so u can go back to what you were doing. With this pop up reply, there is a microphone for voice to text option. Swype + handcent = perfect for me, i get the swype keyboard the handcent voice to text option. I reply to texts pretty much immediately every time, so the pop up works really well.
    07-15-2010 03:49 AM
  22. WarER4X's Avatar
    Swiftkey, in my opinion, seems like it would be very well received by folks who were, at one time, heavily reliant on the predictive text of feature phones that don't have anything other than a standard number pad. With that method of typing, if you want to get any speed benefit, you have to pay attention to what the software is predicting you word to be while your in the middle of typing. In other words, if you don't pay attention to what it is predicting and you just keep typing out the full words, you get no speed benefit from it. This is why I'm sticking with Swype, because once I get on a roll typing out a word, I'm not paying attention to what the software is predicting it to be while I'm in the middle of typing it. Such an approach requires my brain to switch between locating letters on a keyboard and checking the word prediction with the addition of each new letter... type a letter, check the word choices, type a letter, check the word choices, etc, etc, etc. No thanks, I'll stick with Swype for now.

    -SR-
    07-15-2010 07:57 AM
  23. Nebilim's Avatar
    Swiftkey, in my opinion, seems like it would be very well received by folks who were, at one time, heavily reliant on the predictive text of feature phones that don't have anything other than a standard number pad. With that method of typing, if you want to get any speed benefit, you have to pay attention to what the software is predicting you word to be while your in the middle of typing. In other words, if you don't pay attention to what it is predicting and you just keep typing out the full words, you get no speed benefit from it. This is why I'm sticking with Swype, because once I get on a roll typing out a word, I'm not paying attention to what the software is predicting it to be while I'm in the middle of typing it. Such an approach requires my brain to switch between locating letters on a keyboard and checking the word prediction with the addition of each new letter... type a letter, check the word choices, type a letter, check the word choices, etc, etc, etc. No thanks, I'll stick with Swype for now.

    -SR-

    did you even try Swiftkey for that long??

    i have been using it for a day now and i love it. its fast nice UI. i dont use the voice to text so that doesnt really matter to me. ive tried swype and i noticed a speed issue as well as the "swipe" feature is not all that flashy. PLUS swiftkey is in the "first" beta it has potential. swype tries too hard to be fancy with unimpressive results. as for now Swiftkey is nice. try it before you knock it
    07-15-2010 09:37 AM
  24. DirkBelig's Avatar
    I've tried Swype a couple of times for a couple of days each time and I've gone back to the stock HTC keyboard each time. Its nasty habit of being absolutely certain of knowing what word you want, even if you don't agree, means you come to a dead halt as you repeatedly need to erase the word and carefully attempt to re-input it only to have it re-guess wrong. Any speed benefits are erased by fighting the system.

    I've been trying SwiftKey and while the text prediction is spooky, I've found the lag in getting started unacceptable. When I start typing, I'll be into my 2nd word when I realize it's just started several letters into the first word. (e.g. typing "Anything else you..." results in "Ytng" or similar garbage output.) After a few words it seems to warm to the task of writing, but the first few moments are spent slapping this thing awake. Also, it doesn't work with Handcent's Quick Reply box. You can tap it to death and it won't respond. I either have to switch to stock or X out of the QR and open Handcent proper.

    EDIT: Handcent proper doesn't work if you leave it open - i.e. send a text and don't switch away to another app. When you go to reply to an incoming message w/o going to the thread list, it doesn't open the keyboard. Back to stock for now.
    07-21-2010 12:17 PM
  25. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    I've tried Swype a couple of times for a couple of days each time and I've gone back to the stock HTC keyboard each time. Its nasty habit of being absolutely certain of knowing what word you want, even if you don't agree, means you come to a dead halt as you repeatedly need to erase the word and carefully attempt to re-input it only to have it re-guess wrong. Any speed benefits are erased by fighting the system.

    I've been trying SwiftKey and while the text prediction is spooky, I've found the lag in getting started unacceptable. When I start typing, I'll be into my 2nd word when I realize it's just started several letters into the first word. (e.g. typing "Anything else you..." results in "Ytng" or similar garbage output.) After a few words it seems to warm to the task of writing, but the first few moments are spent slapping this thing awake. Also, it doesn't work with Handcent's Quick Reply box. You can tap it to death and it won't respond. I either have to switch to stock or X out of the QR and open Handcent proper.

    EDIT: Handcent proper doesn't work if you leave it open - i.e. send a text and don't switch away to another app. When you go to reply to an incoming message w/o going to the thread list, it doesn't open the keyboard. Back to stock for now.
    It works just fine for me. Sometimes there is a lag in the prediction but the keyboard has never failed to pop up for me. I also use Handcent. I gave it a week and I like it, but I also the multi-touch keyboard from the Droid X. It doesn't predict but it has a good layout and I'm really fast on it. I've been using Swype for a day now and I'm getting used to it. I haven't decided which one I'm gonna stick with, but it looks like i'll be leaning toward swype (texting in portrait is so easy with swype).

    EDIT: To be more specific I have experienced your situation with Handcent but didn't have any issues with the keyboard popping up. Try the keyboard from the Droid X if you don't like swiftkey or swype, it's awesome.
    07-21-2010 12:51 PM
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