Phraseboard – keyboard-dictionary for iOS
The main idea of the app is implied by its name - using of pre-prepared phrases in the conversation. Phraseboard can’t be used as the main keyboard, its role is secondary. Actually, it is hardly possible to consider Phraseboard to be a keyboard – it’s rather a dictionary.
The point is: Phraseboard contains an editable list of categories: Personal, Family, Friends, Work and so on. In each category there are phrases that can be changed or new ones can be added.
During the conversation, if suddenly we’d like to use a pattern phrase, we switch to Phraseboard, go to the necessary category and select it. Basically, it can be convenient if you often provide your email address, Skype nickname, the number of WebMoney purse and so on. "Sorry, I'm busy, call back later" - is not the only variant of using this application.
However, iOS has its own tool - shortcuts, which can be used practically in the same way. Though it’s not so convenient, but is quite enough for a couple of phrases. However, Phraseboard, as a specialized tool, is much more functional in this respect. Other question - if it will find enough followers.
PopKey – keyboard with images for iOS
Another additional keyboard, this time with an entertaining function. It offers GIF images on different topics. Actually, why not? Especially if the chosen picture will make your interlocutor laugh.
You can download your GIFs to use them in the future. It may be not necessary, since the range of pictures on various topics in PopKey is wide enough.
However, you need an access to the Internet to use all the opportunities of the app, though a minimum set of images is available in the mode "offline"
Adaptxt - keyboard with specialized dictionaries for iOS
The developers of Adaptxt keyboard describe their product as an adaptive one. It means the following: you have access to specialized dictionaries, which will help to identify correctly the right word, when using swype typing. There are dictionaries on various topics: business, finance, sports, IT industry, medicine, and so on.
At the moment there is a lack of Russian dictionaries: only business dictionary is available for download now. The choice of developers is a bit strange of course, taking into consideration a huge number of businessmen, who try to find in App store a keyboard, suitable for making business letters to their colleagues or subordinates. However, in the near future the list of dictionaries is likely to be changed.
Two covers are provided: traditionally, a dark and a light one. Swype, auto-correction and predictive text are also available.
It is very convenient to use swype with text shortcuts. The list of shortcuts is named in the keyboard settings. Later it’s enough to slide your finger from the button "123" to the necessary key to get the text. In our opinion, it’s a wonderful solution, the main thing to remember here is the keys location.
In general, the keyboard is worth considering, though, in our opinion, at the moment it is still incomplete and calls for updating : there’s a lack of additional characters, opportunities of cover edition and naturally, dictionaries.
In general, we are not surprised. The most advanced apps are represented by well-known developers, which can make a good team for serious work on their product. These are ai.type Keyboard, Swype, TouchPal and SwiftKey. We give our preference to ai.type Keyboard, as the best-equipped keyboard, in spite of the fact that it doesn’t have swype. For those who recognize only swype typing, we recommend Swype and TouchPal.
Compared with the native keyboard, third-party apps do not differ too much. The most significant differences are in displaying additional characters and input method swype. It’s up to you to decide whether you need it or not.
A very useful option of keyboard’s resizing is available in ai.Keyboard, although this possibility is most relevant mainly for tablets, or at least for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As for the covers, this advantage is doubtful, because each new keyboard copies the native interface, which is rather good, as we’ve already mentioned.
Additional keyboards are also interesting, but their application scripts are limited and will suit not every user.