iPhone X Those who used Androids before, was the typing harder than IOS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cuzo, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. cuzo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    I notice that IOS Keyboard types way better for me, I make too many errors on Android period regardless of keyboard I use (Swiftkey, stock google, flesy, cheetah) none compare to the typing experience on IOS phones.

    Even the smaller 6s was more accurate for me to type on as opposed to the larger android phones.

    Am I alone on this or just typing too fast?
  2. 2ndHalfCor macrumors newbie


    Sep 23, 2014
    I’ve had a slew of Android phones, including some of the best like the Note 9. I’ve never had an Android phone that was as easy to type on as any IOS keyboard right down to the SE. IOS does a better job at correcting errors and seems quicker at registering keystrokes. So I think your observation is warranted.
  3. cuzo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    I'm beginning to feel the exact same way. I tried hard but I gotta go back too many times to correct errors.
  4. GrumpyMom macrumors G3


    Sep 11, 2014
    I’ve only had trouble with Android keyboards on this forum. I find text keeps changing sizes. It usually happens when I go back to make corrections. I’m not sure what’s going on there. I’m good with either iOS or Android keyboards. I think autocorrect is better on iOS though.
  5. Ravenbrook macrumors newbie


    Dec 30, 2015
    Typing on Android was much easier for me. I used SWIFTKEY for my keyboard. Unlike the stock iOS keyboard they have a Comma key. I can't imagine why Apple doesn't have one on the main screen other than so many kids these days have no idea where to put one, not to mention punctuation in general. I downloaded SWIFTKEY for iOS and it's OK. If you long press the Period key it will bring up other options, one being a Comma. Maybe if I use it longer the predictive word suggestions will get better. Overall the iPhone seems to be a better experience but not for me when it comes to the keyboard.
  6. aldo82 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    I was on iphone way back in the 3G, 3GS, 4days and have been on android ever since until picking up a XS Max 4 weeks ago. I tried all the various keyboards on android and settled on Gboard. I have to say that I find the iphone keyboard way better. I do miss having a comma key on the main side and having email addresses predicted but apart from that I seem to make fewer mistakes and the experience is more enjoyable. I used top of the line Samsung phones for the last few years and I am surprised to find a difference in typing experience.
  7. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    Not an answer to your question. But, I use voice dictation as much as possible. Extremely accurate for me.
  8. wildwhiskeywolf macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2018
    I like the feedback of the iOS system a lot more. The keyboard feels much more responsive than any android phone I’ve used.
  9. aakshey macrumors 68000


    Jun 13, 2016
    Any iOS device has a better keyboard than any non iOS device. Period.

    The same goes for overall UI and UE. With iOS always being the one with the cleaner and relatively minimalist design.
  10. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    i used to swype alot, it was quick and well done. had to learn type slowly again with ios because 3rd party keyboards didnt work well with ios and swype wasnt good - dont know do they work now any better... android keyboards were great. i hate that i cant see special characters on ios keyboard. this sucks...
  11. user1234 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    I actually find that I make way more errors on my XR than I did on my Nexus 5X. The thing I miss most about my Android phone is the typing experience. Gboard was great on that phone and I could type quickly with very few mistakes. Now I'm way slower even after a month of typing.

    I don't use the iOS keyboard though, I use Gboard. Gboard had improved the situation but it's nowhere near as good as it is on Android. The iOS keyboard does not have QuickType suggestions in swedish still so it's a no go. I also use swipe typing a lot so that's great with Gboard.

    The greatest thing with Gboard though is that I can have two simultaneous dictionaries at the same time so that I can seamlessly switch between swedish and English on the fly. I probably type 80+% in English. If I switch languages in the iOS keyboard the layout will also change (the å ä and ö characters only show in swedish) including the spacing. This makes using muscle memory difficult. I feel that the iOS keyboard is a mess when it comes to multi language typing. I do miss the spacebar cursor control from iOS keyboard though. Something Gboard for Android does have.

    So in short, no it's way now difficult for me to type with iOS than Android.
  12. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    I agree with you completely. Typing with iOS is a lot easier.
  13. kargurin macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2015
    iOS still can't get swiping right. I can type faster using Gboard on Android.
  14. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    I had a Galaxy Note 3 back in the day and typing was a pretty constant struggle.
  15. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I downright suck at typing on any mobile device and I've used just about every flagship since 2010!
  16. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
    About the same for me. Glass is glass, no difference there.
  17. cuzo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    Straight typing accuracy iOS destroys android though. Way more accurate key strokes and gboard still has a way to go to match iOS.

    Cheetah on Android isn't bad and swiftly took a step back with the period insertion issues.

    Stock iOS keyboard just kills Android period. Keep in mind it will be easier to type on a 16.9 keyboard as opposed to 18.9.
  18. Petrophas macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2018
    I love using Androids, recently had an S9 and Pixel 2. Typing was definitely worse probably due to touch latency.
  19. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Yes. I’ve always used swiftkey on android but I’ve tried other keyboards. None of the keyboards that I’ve used on android were as accurate as the iOS keyboard.
  20. kingston73 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2015
    I use Gboard as well, love the swiping vs typing
  21. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I haven’t tried any recent android phones. The ones I’ve seen in the past all had more perceptible lag than an iPhone. I’ve wondered how people tolerate that.
  22. user1234 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    I have only used Google Nexus devices for the past 5 years before going iPhone and they had no lag while typing that I noticed. Unfortunately some OEMs like to ruin the experience with a bunch of unnecessary crap.
  23. Boltface macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2018
    I just came over from the 6P and I find the XP more difficult.

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