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Finding the right keyboard for your Android device

Feb 15, 2012

One of the great things about Android devices is the ability to personalize them. We can change home screens, wallpapers, widgets, and ringtones, but probably one of the most popular items to customize is the keyboard. There are many, many different styles of keyboards available for Android devices. Below are the keyboards I have tried and find work well.

tablets. The keyboard options include word prediction, spell check, language and dictionary management, to name just a few. TouchPal is very similar to SlideIT, where you can slide your finger across the keyboard instead of traditional typing.

On the keyboard layout, there is a small switch where you can turn word prediction on and off. Also there is a handy bar which has a set of buttons for input settings, general settings, arrow keys menu and voice input. This bar makes it very easy to change settings. The slide feature works fine in both portrait and landscape mode. I did find the keys a bit cramped in portrait mode though. TouchPal Keyboard is a nice option for those who do not want to spend anything on a keyboard.

So many keyboards and so many options, which do you choose? With all of these keyboards (and probably many others), you have the option to download a free demo before making any commitment. Do that. Try them out, see which style, layout and options work best for your typing style. No matter which you choose, all represent a noticeable upgrade to the stock keyboard. Let us know which keyboard(s) you have on your Android device.

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Larry Sullivan


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