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thedeejay

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Aug 16, 2012
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Toronto, Canada.
Is anyone else finding their experience using third party keyboards quite terrible? I'm really hoping by 8.3 it's smooth but at this moment its terribly slow and glitchy. Sucks because I've gotten so used to using Fleksy :(
 

Ardmanz

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Jul 12, 2013
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I'm using swype and have been since I got my 6 and haven't had any lag related issues.
 

sethlution

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Dec 13, 2011
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I've used Swype, Swftkey and Fleksy interchangeably and I don't notice any noticeable lag at all. I'm on a 5S by the way.
 

BrettDS

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Nov 14, 2012
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Orlando
I agree with the others. I've been using Swype almost exclusively for the past three or four weeks and before that I tried at least three or four other third party keyboards and I never noticed any lag.

I have seen other keyboard issues though. Occasionally the keyboard simply doesn't come up or it magically switches to the Apple keyboard for no reason. It's been getting better with each iOS update and I'm on the iOS 8.2 beta right now and I haven't had any issues in the last day and a half.
 

highlightshadow

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Oct 11, 2012
182
0
With 8.2 is the alignment issue gone in messages too?
As in if you have a picture from someone and a message the scroll is misaligned to not show last message

I'm getting sick of having to relaunch messages all the time because of this and the keyboard > stock issue
 

macduke

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Jun 27, 2007
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I try the third party keyboards about every two weeks and they always have problems so I disable them again. It's just not worth it at this point for me. Is the issue device-specific? I have a 6 Plus.
 

Agent-P

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Dec 5, 2009
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The Tri-State Area
They've gotten much better since launch (probably due to a combination of individual updates and iOS updates), but sadly they still haven't quite met that level of everyday usability for me. I keep SwiftKey, Swype, and TouchPal installed so I'm notified of updates and I try them out every so often. I'm hopeful they catch up with Android keyboard quality soon.
 

daijholt

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Jun 14, 2013
1,113
343
Wales, UK
The biggest issue Ive had is in spotlight search, custom keyboards lag behind the search bar when popping up and sometimes don't show up at all, leaving me with a search bar and no way to type in it. Ive been using SwiftKey almost exclusively, because its a damn good keyboard.
 

Armen

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Apr 30, 2013
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Los Angeles
Is anyone else finding their experience using third party keyboards quite terrible? I'm really hoping by 8.3 it's smooth but at this moment its terribly slow and glitchy. Sucks because I've gotten so used to using Fleksy :(

I have more trouble with Fleksy bringing up the keyboard blank then I do with Swype.

Also, does iOS Fleksy have the fullscreen keyboard like Android? I'm guessing no.
 

CrAkD

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Feb 15, 2010
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255
Boston, MA
ive given up on fleksy i like the swiping but when im trying to type something quickly and the keyboard refuses to pop out i want to smash the phone in a million pieces. so i uninstalled them.
 

Armen

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Apr 30, 2013
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Los Angeles
ive given up on fleksy i like the swiping but when im trying to type something quickly and the keyboard refuses to pop out i want to smash the phone in a million pieces. so i uninstalled them.

especially in messages. Fleksy either freezes or comes up blank. annoying actually considering its a pretty cool keyboard.
 

Stuntman06

macrumors 6502a
Sep 19, 2011
961
5
Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
Third party keyboards on iOS are a terrible experience if you type in landscape like I do. The landscape bugs with third party keyboards I have tried are all the same and pretty much makes them totally unusable for typing in landscape.
 

thedeejay

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Original poster
Aug 16, 2012
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Toronto, Canada.
I agree with the others. I've been using Swype almost exclusively for the past three or four weeks and before that I tried at least three or four other third party keyboards and I never noticed any lag.

I have seen other keyboard issues though. Occasionally the keyboard simply doesn't come up or it magically switches to the Apple keyboard for no reason. It's been getting better with each iOS update and I'm on the iOS 8.2 beta right now and I haven't had any issues in the last day and a half.

I try the third party keyboards about every two weeks and they always have problems so I disable them again. It's just not worth it at this point for me. Is the issue device-specific? I have a 6 Plus.

The biggest issue Ive had is in spotlight search, custom keyboards lag behind the search bar when popping up and sometimes don't show up at all, leaving me with a search bar and no way to type in it. Ive been using SwiftKey almost exclusively, because its a damn good keyboard.

I have more trouble with Fleksy bringing up the keyboard blank then I do with Swype.

Also, does iOS Fleksy have the fullscreen keyboard like Android? I'm guessing no.

ive given up on fleksy i like the swiping but when im trying to type something quickly and the keyboard refuses to pop out i want to smash the phone in a million pieces. so i uninstalled them.

especially in messages. Fleksy either freezes or comes up blank. annoying actually considering its a pretty cool keyboard.

Fleksy is surprisingly useful and one can type quite fast once you get accustomed to it. Unfortunately, I do notice that lag is terrible during spotlight and sometimes it doesn't pop up and reverts to the Apple keyboard. Weird!

Along with other issues in iOS 8 such as the cursor precedes the text field in messages and the status bar problem. Do Tim Cook and Jony not experience these everyday struggles that we do? That's the real question. Was excited for iOS 8 but at this point it still blows.
 

pacorob

macrumors 68020
Apr 8, 2010
2,108
506
the Netherlands
No lag issues on the Swype, Path Input 3rd party keyboards on my iPad mini2 running 8.1.1
I did notice that mainly the App Store for reviews (ofcourse after the password entering which can only be done with the Apple keyboard) still does not work good. I can type but don't see the words and the keyboard is on 70% of the screen. I always have to switch to the standard keyboard.
 

Makale.Helvetia

macrumors 6502a
Sep 14, 2014
981
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İSTANBUL - TÜRKİYE
Minuum is updated to 1.3 version and got more layouts bug fixes etc.

but i can't write a comment under a photo on Instagram.. The keyboard crashes immediately..There are not any issues with other apps..Just Instagram

can you please check it?
 

blue rocket

Suspended
Jul 28, 2010
462
198
CT, USA
Some keyboards are better than others... but I do think they are getting better. I've been beta testing Themeboard and designed a few themes for it, should be out early December... it's probably the 2nd best keyboard i've used other than the Apple keyboard, wait until you see how nicely they implemented Emoji, among other things.... oh, and it's FAST!
 

Nerdface Killah

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May 30, 2013
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0
I still see the problem where you're in messages and using SwiftKey where the keyboard doesn't even show up it just disappears, you can't even type. I have to kill messages and then restart it and the keyboard shows up but it takes it sweet time.
 

rodknocker

macrumors 6502
Jul 4, 2011
297
10
I tested different 3rd party keyboards. First of all:

3rd party keyboards often feel like foreign substance. They crash very often. And there is no support for voice dictation.


  • Apple Keyboard:
    predictive suggestions are very good, but there is no flow input and the design of the keyboard looks very outdated.

  • SwiftKey:
    has very accurate flow input, but there are only 2 designs. SwiftKey crashes very often.

  • Minuum:
    many beautiful designs. But predictive suggestions are very bad compared to the Apple Keyboard.

  • Fleksy:
    innovative gestures. Predictive suggestions are actual unusable.

  • Swype:
    Flow input less accurate than SwiftKey. But more designs then SwiftKey. Different Languages are separately and not one layout as in SwiftKey.


Conclusion of 3rd party Keyboards:
There is still some work to do. 3rd party keyboards need access to voice dictation and crashes should be minimized.
 

Agent-J

macrumors regular
Sep 20, 2014
148
38
I upgraded my 5 to iOS8 just so I could use Swype. When it works, I love it. But the Messages app crashes (no keyboard or unresponsive) about half the times I try to use it. It's not gotten noticeably better since 8.0, at least for me.
 

Armen

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Apr 30, 2013
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2,274
Los Angeles
Is anyone else finding their experience using third party keyboards quite terrible? I'm really hoping by 8.3 it's smooth but at this moment its terribly slow and glitchy. Sucks because I've gotten so used to using Fleksy :(

I have both Fleksy and Swype. Swype seems to less buggy/glitchy for me. Apple definitely needs to optimize the 3rd party keyboard API.
 

thedeejay

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Aug 16, 2012
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Toronto, Canada.
I have both Fleksy and Swype. Swype seems to less buggy/glitchy for me. Apple definitely needs to optimize the 3rd party keyboard API.

Swype is better for me as well, but I really like Fleksy and its ability to use space by swiping right and deleting by swiping left. It really speeds up the process. Especially on a device like an iPad where swiping continuously can be kind of a pain. Let's hope for fixes in future iOS versions (8.2/8.3)
 
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