I remember when Android 1.5, Cupcake brought the soft keyboard to my G1 and from that day on I stopped using hardware keyboards for I knew that eventually, there would be one soft-keyboard to rule them all. According to our users, that one keyboard is none other than Swype.
This month we polled our readers on which of the top 4 keyboards on the Android Market and the 3 installed on Samsung smartphones was their favorite.
Among our users, Swype was crowned the most popular with 31.58% of the vote. Swype is still in its beta stage and can be downloaded from their website but if you have a Samsung phone such as the Galaxy S II, the keyboard comes pre-installed and ready to use! SwiftKey X came in at second with a quarter of the vote–one of the most comprehensive keyboard we have ever seen. The highlight of SwiftKey is its ability to pull data from Gmail, Twitter and Facebook and use it towards text predictions on your phone.
The stock Samsung and Android keyboards came in at 3rd and 4th place with 17% and 13% of the vote respectively. Having extensively used both I can say that while they are pretty barebones, they have excellent key response and accuracy. Based on this result it is obvious that users prefer Swype out of the 3 default keyboards and Swiftkey X out of all the Android Market keyboards.
Do you guys agree with this distribution? What do you consider the best keyboard out there? Have any suggestions for keyboards to review? Leave us a comment below!