Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:10 AM   #76
ChrisTX
macrumors 68030
 
ChrisTX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Texas
While I love using Swype on my GS3. I can honestly say I've never made so many typing mistakes on a smartphone in my life as I do on the GS3. I'm a fairly rapid typer on the iPhone but with Android it's all slowmo unless I'm happy with spelling, and grammar errors which is not my style. SwiftKey3 is terrible, and even Swype causes me to make mistakes. The only keyboard I've found to be flawless like iOS was the Jelly Bean keyboard. But I hate the warning messages you get say that they could be collecting personal data such as cc#'s, Internet passwords, etc...Seems kind of sketchy to me. I love Android, but they keyboard situation is one area that to this day still frustrates me.
__________________
Thanks Steve for all of the awesome technology!
Proud owner of an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, First gen 15" MacBook Pro, iPad 3, Apple TV, Prototype iPhone 6+, and numerous iPods.
ChrisTX is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:20 AM   #77
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisTX View Post
While I love using Swype on my GS3. I can honestly say I've never made so many typing mistakes on a smartphone in my life as I do on the GS3. I'm a fairly rapid typer on the iPhone but with Android it's all slowmo unless I'm happy with spelling, and grammar errors which is not my style. SwiftKey3 is terrible, and even Swype causes me to make mistakes. The only keyboard I've found to be flawless like iOS was the Jelly Bean keyboard. But I hate the warning messages you get say that they could be collecting personal data such as cc#'s, Internet passwords, etc...Seems kind of sketchy to me. I love Android, but they keyboard situation is one area that to this day still frustrates me.
Swiftkey 3 is terrible? How so? Genuinely curious. Cause I'm a big keyboard fanatic and in my experience, Swiftkey 3 is phenomenal and easily bests the iOS and Android stock keyboards, and any other keyboard I've used (I've used them all: Thumb keyboard, Smartkeyboard Pro, Better Keyboard, etc.)

Also, not sure what warning you're talking about.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:38 AM   #78
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Flow is great. I'm typing with it now. Swiping is pretty accurate. As good as swipe I would say. The non space bar typing isn't as reliable though. But it is still beta. It's nice to be able to switch right back to thumbing too.

Flow is having a lot of trouble getting "it's" for me though.

Cool beta so far.

Ultimately going to wait for it to come out of beta. For now it'd a nice alternative especially during one hand use.

Last edited by onthecouchagain; Dec 6, 2012 at 08:44 AM.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:43 AM   #79
Doc750
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
I can't get swift key 3 to do sentences without errors.
Doc750 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:48 AM   #80
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doc750 View Post
I can't get swift key 3 to do sentences without errors.
What phone are you on? Also are you giving Swiftkey a chance to learn how you type? I think Swiftkey prediction feature is actually a bit overrated so I wouldn't entirely rely on it. Once in a while it'll predict and finish the rest of your sentences for you and those moments are great but most of the time it won't.

What you should try to do is have it learn as much as it can from your typing and just allow the auto correction to do its thing. It's by far the best auto correction system out there. I honestly have trouble typoing. It gets what I mean no matter how crazily I thumb or how fast I type 99% of the time.

Also check your settings. You can make it suit your typing style. For example "accuracy" vs "rapid" typing.

This entire message was thumbed out from my phone using Swiftkey. Very effortlessly.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:52 AM   #81
ReanimationN
macrumors 6502a
 
ReanimationN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Australia
SwiftKey would never work with Boat Browser when I tried it. It may have been fixed since, but it was a dealbreaker when I tried it, as it refused to autocorrect anything I'd type in the browser (and I didn't want to ditch the browser). I dumped it and went back to the stock Jelly Bean keyboard (and all its frustrations).
ReanimationN is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 08:57 AM   #82
mattopotamus
macrumors 604
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I actually really like the IOS keyboard....when I had an android phone I looked for knock offs, but could never find a good one. While it may not let you add words to your own dictionary, it learns what you type and stops auto correcting those words.
mattopotamus is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:01 AM   #83
ChrisTX
macrumors 68030
 
ChrisTX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Texas
Quote:
Originally Posted by onthecouchagain View Post
Swiftkey 3 is terrible? How so? Genuinely curious. Cause I'm a big keyboard fanatic and in my experience, Swiftkey 3 is phenomenal and easily bests the iOS and Android stock keyboards, and any other keyboard I've used (I've used them all: Thumb keyboard, Smartkeyboard Pro, Better Keyboard, etc.)

Also, not sure what warning you're talking about.
I make tons of spelling, and grammar mistakes with SwiftKey3. Unwanted button presses, and just messy overall layout of the keyboard make it a mess for me. Not a fan of the clutter on the keys like numbers, pronunciation marks on the keys etc. I know a lot of people love that keyboard but it was a mess for me. I used it for 2 weeks before I found Swype.
And as far as the warning message goes. Every Android keyboard upon installation gives a warning about the keyboard potentially logging data, and key strokes.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Doc750 View Post
I can't get swift key 3 to do sentences without errors.
THIS!
__________________
Thanks Steve for all of the awesome technology!
Proud owner of an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, First gen 15" MacBook Pro, iPad 3, Apple TV, Prototype iPhone 6+, and numerous iPods.
ChrisTX is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:05 AM   #84
Beeplance
macrumors 65816
 
Beeplance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Singapore
Guess I'm one of those that are too used to the iPhone keyboard. Almost always certain to make mistakes when typing on an android keyboard.
Beeplance is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:11 AM   #85
FlatlinerG
macrumors 6502a
 
FlatlinerG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Seriously, how lazy are you that you're complaining that you have to lift your thumb to message any one of your friends almost instantly using your $700 cell phone.

First world problems much?
__________________
Late 2011 MBP 13"
2TB Time Capsule, 2nd Gen AppleTV
16GB Black iPhone 5, 32GB Black iPad 2
...and many more.
FlatlinerG is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:14 AM   #86
mattopotamus
macrumors 604
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlatlinerG View Post
Seriously, how lazy are you that you're complaining that you have to lift your thumb to message any one of your friends almost instantly using your $700 cell phone.

First world problems much?
You do realize this entire forum is first world problems?
mattopotamus is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:11 AM   #87
Beeplance
macrumors 65816
 
Beeplance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Singapore
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattopotamus View Post
You do realize this entire forum is first world problems?
Come to think of it, YES IT IS
Beeplance is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:12 AM   #88
FlatlinerG
macrumors 6502a
 
FlatlinerG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattopotamus View Post
You do realize this entire forum is first world problems?
Yeah, but the OP just seems so oblivious to that fact.
__________________
Late 2011 MBP 13"
2TB Time Capsule, 2nd Gen AppleTV
16GB Black iPhone 5, 32GB Black iPad 2
...and many more.
FlatlinerG is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:45 AM   #89
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisTX View Post
I make tons of spelling, and grammar mistakes with SwiftKey3. Unwanted button presses, and just messy overall layout of the keyboard make it a mess for me. Not a fan of the clutter on the keys like numbers, pronunciation marks on the keys etc. I know a lot of people love that keyboard but it was a mess for me. I used it for 2 weeks before I found Swype.
Unwanted button presses? Not sure how that happens...

Having punctuations on the keys is one of the best features. It allows for faster access to symbols/punctuations.

Oh well. Fair enough. Glad you found a more suiting alternative. Choices are nice.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 10:51 AM   #90
daveathall
macrumors 68000
 
daveathall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Yorkshire
I am not a big texter and really didn't find much wrong with the iOS keyboard, once I moved to Android I didn't like the stock keyboard of the SGS3 but I would find it very difficult going back to iOS after using Swiftkey, Swype, Jelly Bean Swype and now Swiftkey Flow. I can text much faster and with greater accuracy than I ever could before.
daveathall is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:27 AM   #91
3bs
macrumors 603
 
3bs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beeplance View Post
What the heck? Got this kind of uber feature??

Welcome to Android for me, I guess
Yeah Android is awesome
3bs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:37 AM   #92
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
There's a coincidentally relevant article on PhoneArena today: "Damn You Auto Correct Picsk 2012's 11 Funniest Texts"

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Damn-...ts_id37384#11-

These days, most of these are faked, but don't forget what keyboard gave birth to this internet phenom. That's right, the iOS keyboard. The one that still hasn't changed.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:39 AM   #93
mattopotamus
macrumors 604
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I do like the way, I think it was swiftkey 3, ask you what type of texter you are. I use two thumbs and rely on auto correct
mattopotamus is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:49 AM   #94
cynics
macrumors 604
 
cynics's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by onthecouchagain View Post
There's a coincidentally relevant article on PhoneArena today: "Damn You Auto Correct Picsk 2012's 11 Funniest Texts"

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Damn-...ts_id37384#11-

These days, most of these are faked, but don't forget what keyboard gave birth to this internet phenom. That's right, the iOS keyboard. The one that still hasn't changed.
Add siri's awesome dictation to the equation and you are asking for trouble.



She knows me all to well....
__________________
27" iMac (late 2013), iPad 3, iPhone 4S, Apple TV (3rd Gen), Airport Extreme (6th Gen), assorted Android and Windows devices
cynics is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:53 AM   #95
spyguy10709
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by SomeDudeAsking View Post
I have just discovered the swipe keyboard option on my Galaxy Note 2. This is so much better than pecking at the keyboard with my thumbs, especially when typing with one hand. On my iPhone, I could never do any meaningful typing with one hand because it was so slow and cumbersome to keep lifting my thumb. Yet another thing that Apple does that makes no sense and is cumbersome. Android just does it better than Apple for usability and common sense.
(GS1 with CM10 btw) With swype the fastest I can get is about 30 wpm. With android stock it's about 24-5, with the iPhone 5 it's 41.

All I can say. With one thumb, swype is extremely good. But my thumb doesn't reach the other side of the Note 2... so that's lost on me in that case.
spyguy10709 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 12:13 PM   #96
3bs
macrumors 603
 
3bs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Quote:
Originally Posted by onthecouchagain View Post
Flow is great. I'm typing with it now. Swiping is pretty accurate. As good as swipe I would say. The non space bar typing isn't as reliable though. But it is still beta. It's nice to be able to switch right back to thumbing too.

Flow is having a lot of trouble getting "it's" for me though.

Cool beta so far.

Ultimately going to wait for it to come out of beta. For now it'd a nice alternative especially during one hand use.
I'm having the same problem with "it's" it never gets it.
3bs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 12:22 PM   #97
onthecouchagain
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3bs View Post
I'm having the same problem with "it's" it never gets it.
Yeah. I wager that'll be up there for beta reports to the Swiftkey folks.
onthecouchagain is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 12:42 PM   #98
L!veW!r3
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Durban, South Africa.
Think "horrible" is a li'l out of line. "Lacking" or "wanting" could do better to convey a reputable argument. Notwithstanding, I believe "extra mural" features on any handheld/handset/mobile (such as MMS, SMS, EMAIL, INTERNET) and their interface, are just extras, useful extras. It's still a telephone. "Hello darling", "Hello babes". "Can we talk about our afternoon excursion?", "I'm gettin into a meetin in 5minutes, if you may please text me. I'll read and respond to it later my love.". I use an iPad for most of typing and editing and find it easy to use considering that I've been typing all my life. BUT, I find texting my wife easier with the use of Siri. Try iOS 6 (or later), you'll get my point. However, I love my wife's Swype keyboard on her Nexus!
L!veW!r3 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 01:15 PM   #99
ChrisTX
macrumors 68030
 
ChrisTX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Texas
Quote:
Originally Posted by onthecouchagain View Post
Unwanted button presses? Not sure how that happens...

Having punctuations on the keys is one of the best features. It allows for faster access to symbols/punctuations.

Oh well. Fair enough. Glad you found a more suiting alternative. Choices are nice.
Well for some reason in SwiftKey I tend to insert a lot of random periods, which tend to drive me nuts. But otherwise choice definitely is good. I want to try the new SwiftKey flow, and see how that works. That one is next.
__________________
Thanks Steve for all of the awesome technology!
Proud owner of an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, First gen 15" MacBook Pro, iPad 3, Apple TV, Prototype iPhone 6+, and numerous iPods.
ChrisTX is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 6, 2012, 02:22 PM   #100
matttye
macrumors 601
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lincoln, England
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlCKB0Y View Post
It's very intuitive and there's not really anything to learn. You just type how you would normally type but instead of lifting your fingers between keys, you just do it in one motion. It's not like learning t9 or something.
Disagree - there's a different method to it. If you start swiping towards a key, but then dither, you can confuse the keyboard. Like someone else said, you kinda have to "plot your route."
__________________
iPad 2 16GB Black (WiFi+3G) -- iPhone 5s 64GB Space Grey.
matttye is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tablets: How are android tablets compared to ipad playing movies Silver78 Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 20 Oct 31, 2013 05:00 PM
Pres. Obama compared ACA to iOS7 ... Take that Android! Mkuzmenko Wasteland 8 Oct 1, 2013 02:10 PM
Windows 8 Is Horrible, Also Done With Android Velin Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac 4 Sep 28, 2013 06:57 AM
Sony Android phones as compared to the rest? Beeplance Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 14 Dec 23, 2012 08:13 AM
You know the thing I live about iphone compared to android.. shenfrey iPhone 24 Dec 18, 2012 10:59 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC