App Update: Why I Ditched Swiftkey for Swype

A few months ago, I got the latest Android OS upgrade for my Samsung Galaxy S II X and along with many fellow Android users out there, I immediately began lamenting the new built-in keyboard. At the time, I took to Google to start researching alternatives and after some searching I decided to give Swiftkey a try.

I fell in love.

Swiftkey was great: it used Swype, the keyboard layouts were slick, it was way more reactive than the new default Android keyboard, it had built-in autocorrect and this incredible predictive text feature which learned your most common sentence formations and would try to predict your next word, and it had a multi-lingual feature that could decipher the language you were writing, and switch dictionaries accordingly, on the fly. Fancy!

So I used it for the entire month of the free trial and then... I was over it.
The more I used it, the less responsive it felt.
The autocorrect was often wrong, but I would only notice after I hit "Send".
The constant switching of languages meant that it was constantly inserting French in to my English and vice versa.
It was driving me crazy: I was making more DYAC errors than ever.

So when the trial ended, I moved on.

When I had written my ode to Swiftkey, someone had asked my why I didn't just download the official Swype keyboard. So, off I went and did just that. And three months later, I haven't looked back. It turns out that all the bells and whistles were fun but in the end they got in the way of my biggest user requirement: speed. Swiftkey's slight lag and the resulting errors might have been enough to drive me over the deep end. (I got pretty close toward the end.)

Swype isn't entirely perfect (I'm still prone to the odd DYAC, but far less often that when I was using Swiftkey) and I'm still on the lookout for the next best thing, but when the month-long free trial ended... I bought it. And that's saying a lot. I've only ever bought a handful of apps (I try to get everything done with free apps, and usually can) so this was a big commitment on my part.

It also meant that a retraction was due: all that love for Swiftkey was misplaced, it turns out. It definitely has its audience, based on the number of downloads in Google Play, but in the end it just wasn't right for me.

For now, I'm a Swype girl and definitely happier.
For now. ;)

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