Swype keyboard review

I was using the trial version of SwiftKey. At the end of the trial period I had to decide, buy it? It was good, but i was not convinced. Typing was still a clunky affair. Suddenly the real Swype was released. After such a long beta period.

I’m amazed. Using Swype, the keyboard becomes a non-issue. It is almost 100% accurate on most approximately correct gestures. The word prediction does not get in the way and since it gives more than three potential matches for each word, one can usually spot the desired word.

Of course, it is not perfect. For example, starting on the wrong first letter of a word is invariably a problem with gesture based keyboards. I want to type “quick”, but I started my actions on the “b” key, thus I get “buick” and related options. That is ok, perhaps, we don’t have artificial intelligence in keyboards yet.

But, correcting a word is not the best; you click on it and you get an edit cursor. This is fine, unless you want to re-swype. To re-swype the word you have to click and hold the text until it gets fully highlighted, then you can re-swype. Since swype is the text input mode, I would expect that touching a word would select it for re-swyping, if you need to edit it, the second touch would change mode. Not a big issue.

Another problem I have with it is finding the non-alphabetic characters. Where the heck is “-“? Not easy to get to. And, the font size of the alternate characters above the keys is just too tiny and too faint on all the keyboard themes.

2 thoughts on “Swype keyboard review”

  1. Let me get this straight: You started typing “quick” from the polar opposite end of the keyboard, got exactly the word that you literally typed (Buick), and then you say that’s a problem?

    Just making sure I understand this correctly.

  2. Igor:

    Good catch. I phrased it incorrectly and left out steps. My complaint is that invariably one will begin on the wrong first letter of a desired word. And, so with the current solutions, the list of word options will be based on words that begin with that letter. The example was an extreme case. In some cases, Swype’s algorithms is capable of showing “near” words that don’t begin with the same letter.

    What is really very very bad is that if you hit the back key [x], the whole word is gone; you can’t edit the last few letters unless you first space, then use the back button. Yes, I realize the smartphone form factor is very limited.

    Thanks for the great feedback.

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