Swype - alternative keyboard for iOS
And here is the legendary app Swype. Why is it legendary? Because thanks to its developer, the company Swype Inc., the world has another trademark Swype, which has become a common name, as once Pampers or Xerox. Swype is a combination of the words swipe and type, which became the name for method of inputting a text.
In any case, now the "swype" is used in many apps, so the founder will have to do his best to keep up with the competitors.
Traditionally let’s start with the covers. There’s no possibility of adding the user’s image, and the choice of installed ones is quite narrow.
There is a comma and a period; additional characters are available only in one keyboard – a dark one. But technically, other covers have additional characters too, you should only "tap" on the special button.
Actually, about swype. The method works in the same way as in other keyboards. "Hey where are you" can be typed with no efforts in 2-3 seconds, for more complex and rare words the dictionary is used.
The only difference we noticed is non-trivial use of swype. For example, to select some additional character, you can press the "? 123" and holding your finger, slide to the necessary character. A comma – from the button with a comma to a spacebar, everything non-stop. After some practice and memorizing the location of characters, you can achieve amazing results in the speed of typing.
Language selection is performed by a long "tap" on a spacebar. The keyboard’s settings can be accessed only from the keyboard itself – by "tap" on the company's icon and selecting "gears".
The list of settings is standard. In general, the keyboard is quite good, but it has nothing special to be distinguished among the competitors. If once it was the only one to offer “Swype”, now it doesn’t have such an advantage.
TapTap Keyboards – the simplest keyboard for iOS
We’ve run out of the loud names, so now let’s take a look at less famous keyboards. One of them is TapTap Keyboards for iOS 8. We liked availability of the Russian language and the most flexible settings of covers.
Actually, this keyboard is the simplest of all the apps, included in our review. There are no additional characters, periods or commas, or swype - nothing. Only problems with hitting the Shift key in the Russian layout.
The only thing that can attract the user – the settings of the cover. At first glance, there is nothing particular, even the option to choose your background is not available.
However, you can choose the color that can be the envy of ai.type Keyboard or Swype. However, we have not managed to establish the difference between the "colors" and "themes". Either the developer confused something, or overthought. So you can create your own design only for the classical (according to TapTap Keyboards) form of the keyboard.
In the settings among all the "likes" only keypress sound can be found. There is neither auto-capitalization, nor a period by double tapping of a spacebar, to say nothing of word prediction.