A simple & elegant keyboard that comes with a handful of extensions and customisations making this one of the personal keyboards around!
Various extensions to satisfy your requirements and well as amazing autocorrection. Gestures increase your typing speed as well as being intuitive and easy.
In App Purchases (£0.63 - £1.98 per item)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Few have dared to reinvent the keyboard. Many have just tried to fine tune the experience, with varying results. Fleksy is a keyboard that has been fine tuned for the better and is now used my many Android users.
From the very moment you download the app you are greeted with the elegant design of the keyboard through the tutorial. Doing most of the work for you, it showcases how well the autocorrect feature works as well as introducing to you some of the gestures that it brings (more on this later).
After completing the tutorial, the real fun begins. You can dive into the settings menu and customize your own personal experience. Choose your own custom theme (or even design your own), add an extension and choose the size of the keyboard.Themes are are a great way to bring something new to your screen and to keep things fresh. With a large collection of well designed themes, you will be sure to find the perfect colour or pattern. Some of the themes require you to purchase them, but do so if you really must as the vast array of free alternatives will be sure to satisfy your needs.
Extensions are available for the keyboard that add new features that may not be required by the average user. One of extensions comes pre-enabled and is called the GIF keyboard. This extension is for those that like to communicate with people via GIFs and emojis rather than words. Another great extension is the ‘invisible keyboard’ that completely removes the keyboard and gives you the maximum screen real estate. In this mode, only the bottom row of the keyboard is visible whilst the backspace and shift key are slightly transparent for easier use. There are a few extra extensions, but you can read about them here.
Lastly, the actual typing experience. In the settings, you can choose the size of the keyboard and whether you prefer it with or without a spacebar. Minimal mode removes the spacebar and is gesture activated, so you don’t have to go into the settings every time. Pulling two fingers down on the keyboard will put it in minimal mode and up to go back to the standard layout. The beauty of this keyboard is that a spacebar is actually not required as it has been replaced by a quick gesture. Swipe to the right for a space and twice for punctuation. What if I need a question mark you ask? Well by swiping up or down you move along the predicted word list and can change a full stop into a question mark with a few swipes down. This can also be used with words incase you’ve made such a horrible attempt at typing the word the autocorrect feature gets it wrong and you need to change it quickly. Swiping to the left acts as a backspace and is very intuitive to use. The autocorrection of Fleksy is superb and will handle a large majorly of your spelling mistakes. Gestures make the experience more fluid and enjoyable.
During my testing, I came about a few problems that may have been due to my lack of coordination, but I feel must be addressed. Very often I would activate a gesture without meaning to and would have to go back to delete it. Also, words did not autocorrect if you placed punctuation after a word. Some slight problems, which I doubt would turn any user away if they got used to the keyboard enough.
It is a great keyboard that, with its impressive number of extensions and autocorrect features, proves it can be a user favourite for those with an Android device. Sure, the lack of swipe functionality, as featured in SwiftKey and other keyboards, will turn some users away, but what it does bring to the table heavily outweighs what it lacks. The design and fluidity of this keyboard make it a must for those of you who ‘tap’ type.