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What is the BEST Android keyboard?

THE CONTENDERS

Smart Keyboard PRO
Swiftkey Keyboard
Better Keyboard
Android 2.3 Keyboard
Swype

Smart Keyboard PRO - $2.73



Pros:
  • Fastest at typing due to great keypad spacing
  • iPhone keyboard skin, no matter how you feel about the iPhone the virtual keyboard is hands down the best. This is not a perfect replication of it, but it is pretty close.
  • Gesture features, swipe down to hide keyboard among others
  • Good prediction & spell check
  • Customize, customize, customize
Cons:
  • A little bit of a lag with the first few letters when you open an app
  • Not super pretty
  • Not Free
  • Input sound does not match exactly click

Swiftkey Keyboard - $1.99 (On Sale so this could go up)



Pros:
  • Excellent prediction, many times you don’t have to even type the word, just tap it
  • Beautiful interface design with the latest update, it looks like it belongs
  • Gesture features, swipe down to hide keyboard among others
Cons:
  • Same lag issue when first starting an app, this might be an Android issue
  • Keys are a little small and harder to hit than Smart Keyboard PRO
  • Not Free
  • Not as customizable as the others

Better Keyboard 8 - Free


Pros:
  • Customizable
  • Pretty Fast other than initial lag
  • Gesture features, swipe down to hide keyboard among others
  • Free
Cons:
  • Prediction is just in testing for now, seemed pretty decent
  • Same lag issue when first starting an app, this might be an Android issue
  • No next or enter button
  • Key placing slightly more cramped

Android 2.3 Keyboard (Gingerbread)


Pros:
  • Free
  • Built for Android
  • Very fast
  • Simple & Clean
  • Excellent key spacing
Cons:
  • Limited customization

Swype (When Available)


Pros:
  • Very cool concept
  • Very fast once you get used to it
  • Fun to use
  • Very clean & elegant
  • Free if available
Cons:
  • Learning curve, it’s very different than a regular typing experience
  • Not available for all devices yet (depends on carrier & manufacturer)

THE WINNER IS:


The Android Keyboard that I have chosen to use for my day to day use is, the Android 2.3 Keyboard (Gingerbread). I find the spacing is excellent & it has minimal to no lag. In short it is just a very simple & elegant keyboard. It is the keyboard that should have come with Android all along.

My runner up was Smart Keyboard Pro. I used this keyboard for months before the 2.3 keyboard was available. It was a very fast & reliable keyboard with a lot of customization options.

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