The awesomeness of SwiftKey 3 keyboard

Following the recommendation of my brother, I’ve installed the SwiftKey3 keyboard on my Google Nexus.  And I have to say that it’s worth every cent of its 0.85 EUR price tag (there is a special offer currently too).  I’ve tried a few keyboards until now and, I’ll be honest, I was skeptical of its prediction powers.  After all, each person’s language use is different, and I mostly use English when I write, and it’s not even my native language.


But all my worries and skepticism were for nothing.  It does work and it works wonders.  The secret, of course, is that SwiftKey 3 learns your language from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, SMS, and blog’s RSS feed.  I first added Facebook and Twitter and didn’t see much of an improvement.  But after it learned from my SMS messages and Gmail, it got much better.  The moment I gave it this blog’s RSS feed, it became nearly perfect in predicting what I was about to say.  So much so that it would suggest the next word I wanted to type before I would even type a single character.  Like with visual arts, I can’t really find the words to describe how awesome that feels.

I am still getting used to it being so good – after all the other keyboards’ predictions it takes a bit of time.  But even so it already saves me plenty of typing.  Which is a good thing always, but on the mobile device – doubly so.

And before you ask, yes, there is something that I wish it did better.  I wish it had a better layout for the Russian language keyboard.  While it’s usable, the keys are smaller and harder to hit.  However, it still compensates the inconvenience with a better Russian text prediction too.

Much recommended!