by Shane Roberts
It’s been a long time coming, but finally 3rd party keyboards are available for iPhone and iPad. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the idea of 3rd party keyboards, basically they allow you to type differently, or input different content. The keyboards are available on the App Store, some are free, some cost a dollar or so, and here are some that I’ve used thus far that are worth checking out.
Swype is one of the original 3rd party keyboards that has been available on other phones for a while. Conceptually, it’s rather straightforward. All you do to type is swipe from letter to letter to create the word you’re typing, and Swype recognizes which word you’re typing and enters it for you. Swype works really well, and is rather simple to use with a little bit of a learning curve. The cool thing with Swype, is that you can easily add words to its dictionary, if it doesn’t recognize whatever it is you’re trying to type. Swype is also more customizable with different skins that can be applied to the keyboard, and more to come. Swype has a couple bugs right now, but is a very good keyboard.
Swype is 99¢ and is a great option to consider. Check it out on the App Store by clicking here.
SwiftKey is a great 3rd party keyboard and is similar to Swype. You type the same way, but there are some minor differences with how it works. SwiftKey has a bit of a better predictive suggestion ability than Swype, in my opinion, but it’s not as customizable with just a couple keyboard themes. SwiftKey is much more of a straight forward ‘swipe to type’ keyboard, but it works very well. SwiftKey also employs something called ‘SwiftKey Cloud,’ which will basically let you take whatever settings, habits, whatever, from device to device as long as you’re logged in. Additional features will be coming to SwiftKey, just like Swype, in the coming weeks and months.
SwiftKey is FREE and is a great keyboard. Click here to see it in the App Store.
Riffsy GIF Keyboard
Who doesn’t love to send a good GIF to convey feelings or to make someone laugh. Well, Riffsy GIF keyboard is something you need to add to your keyboard options. Check out this video explaining it…
GIF Keyboard is also FREE and is a must have for people that love to share GIF’s. Click here to see the keyboard on the App Store.
There are other 3rd party keyboards on the App Store, go check them all out, because there are some with different colors, sizes, abilities, etc. All these keyboards work on both iPhone and iPad, all you need is iOS 8.