Top 5 Best Third-Party Keyboards for iOS 8

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If you’re looking for a great third-party keyboard to use in iOS 8, you have plenty of options to choose from. Here are five of our favorite keyboard apps.

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1. KuaiBoard


KuaiBoard (formerly QuickBoard) – Type text. Quicker.KuaiBoard (formerly QuickBoard) – Type text. Quicker. To know when new updates are available, please sign up for the KuaiBoard mailing list at kuaiboard.com/, or follow @kuaiboard on Twitter (twitter.com/kuaiboard). Thanks for using KuaiBoard! Designed and developed by @kevinwo (twitter.com/kevinwo).2014-08-26T21:14:18Z

We’ve talked about KuaiBoard in the past, back when it was operating under the name QuickBoard. You can see an example of how this app works in the video above, which uses the QuickBoard name.

KuaiBoard is a cool keyboard option to have on your iOS device because is makes it easy to type those little snippets of text you use frequently throughout the day. Addresses, credit card information, and email signatures are just a few examples of the the time-saving inserts that KuaiBoard can cover. If you do a lot of business, shopping, or emailing from your iOS device, this app will save you a ton of time every day.

Download it here.


Pros:

  • Priced at 50 percent off for a limited time
  • TextBoard part of the app lets you quickly insert one line or many paragraphs
  • MeBoard part of the app lets you insert contact info quickly
  • LocationBoard part of the app lets you send your current location to friends with one tap
  • Great interface

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • Switching between three parts of the app can be tiresome
  • App is on Version 1.0, may have some undiagnosed bugs
  • Some users might prefer a more colorful interface
  • There’s no “EmojiBoard” in the app: great for some, but others might wish there were more Emoji-related features

  • 2. SwiftKey


    VideoVideo related to top 5 best third-party keyboards for ios 82014-09-18T11:01:34-04:00

    SwiftKey sticks out for its robust learning features and user-friendly interface. See how it works in the video above.

    A big update earlier this year introduced a ton of new features, including the SwiftKey Store, with 30+ new themes and counting. Additional new features include Emoji prediction and learning, as well as a new prediction engine.

    SwiftKey has been called a “mind reader,” as the app is capable of learning your writing style based on your messages from your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo, and SMS. Your language can be further enhanced daily by using Trending Phrases, which are based on current news and trending Twitter topics. This keyboard app may be a little too smart for its own good.

    Download it here.


    Pros:

  • Has a great associated app for note-taking
  • Accurately learns your language peculiarities
  • Enable up to three languages at once (ideal for people from multilingual backgrounds)
  • Multiple layouts that can be undocked and float
  • Awesome app community

  • Cons:

  • Some users dislike voice options
  • Some users report app is slow to learn some apostrophe and capitalization quirks
  • Can have some issues when using a physical keyboard peripheral with this app
  • May not be compatible with all apps
  • App runs slowly on older phones

  • 3. Fleksy


    Hands-on with Fleksy (predictive keyboard) for AndroidHands-on with Fleksy (predictive keyboard) for Android by Robert Nelson for Android Community2013-12-05T20:45:15Z

    Check out SlashGear’s hands-on video with Fleksy above. While this review does feature an Android phone, it still gives iOS users a great idea about the app’s capabilities.

    Fleksy is so good, they claim that “you can type without even looking.” Fleksy is also a great keyboard for iOS 8 users because of its deep customization features, multilingual features, and cool gesture controls.

    Fun fact: The official Guinness World Record for fastest typing on a smartphone was broken with Fleksy on May 2014.

    Download it here.


    Pros:

  • Awesome interface
  • Intuitive, learning keyboard
  • Saves time and reduces frustration
  • Less expensive than some other apps on this list
  • Set to your preference: QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, even DVORAK or Colemak

  • Cons:

  • Some popular languages aren’t supported quite yet
  • Themes require IAP
  • Some features (like disabling autocorrect) can be hard to find in the advanced settings menu
  • Some users find predictive features to be better in SwiftKey
  • May take some time to master all the ins and outs of the app interface

  • 4. Minuum


    Frustrated by autocorrect? Try the Minuum Keyboard for iPhoneMinuum, the little keyboard for big fingers, is finally available for iPhone! Watch this video for a quick glimpse at Minuum's best features. Download Minuum at itunes.apple.com/app/minuum-little-keyboard-for/id9149689342014-09-17T17:08:51Z

    See how this keyboard app works in the video above.

    Billed as “The Little Keyboard for Big Fingers,” Minuum is ideal for people who are frustrated by both autocorrect and iOS 8’s innate ability to “guess” what word you’ll be typing next. The best part of this app is arguably mini mode, which lets you keep typing in the app that you’re in, but also allows you to see more of that app while you type. Typing data is stored locally on your device, with Minuum promising “We do not collect typing data remotely and will not do so without first asking you.”

    Download it here.


    Pros:

  • On sale for 50 percent off as of this writing
  • Lets you type quickly
  • Mini mode lets you see more of the app
  • Gesture shortcuts
  • Easy to delete words from the dictionary

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • English only
  • Improved iPad support “coming soon”
  • Limited themes (but more on the way)
  • More expensive than other paid apps, even with the current discount

  • 5. Keymoji


    iPhone 5S iOS 8 Keymoji Third-Party Keyboard – ReviewKeymoji iOS 8 Keyboard – First Look iTunes App Store Download: itunes.apple.com/app/id886476394 Do you want your own special iOS / Android app review? goo.gl/BsDraL Or do you want your own tech product review? goo.gl/ANarGb For special videos that will fit your needs check this out: goo.gl/lBh0Sq Please help support my channel by using the Amazon…2014-09-18T14:33:56Z

    See how this keyboard app works in the video above.

    If you’re an emoji addict, then you’ll love Keymoji. Just type the words you want to say, and the app converts your text into cute emojis. It works very well, even with words that are hard to express as emoji symbols. This keyboard extension works within any app. If you can’t stop sending emojis, this app is going to be your new favorite thing about iOS 8.

    Download it here.


    Pros:

  • Free
  • Lets you submit your definitions
  • Keymoji doesn’t collect any personal information or conversations
  • Saves time
  • Handles complex words with aplomb

  • Cons:

  • Grant Full Access setting required to unlock best features
  • Success of emoji autocompletes based on user data
  • Brand new app, may have a few undiagnosed bugs
  • Not appealing to emoji haters
  • May only be appealing to people who use emojis heavily

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