The iOS keyboard has been virtually the same since the release of the iPhone in late 2007. IOS7 has made some changes, but they were mostly cosmetic. If you are looking for an alternative keyboard, then look no further than our number eight app on our top 10 list, which is Fleksy by Syntellia, Inc.
Fleksy is fully accessible with voiceover. The app is geared towards blind and visually impaired individuals, but sighted people can also find the app useful. Once you launch the app for the first time, you will be greeted with a pop-up that contains some of the main gestures that are in the application. The app states that it is extremely forgiving, and it backs up its comment with a very intuitive auto correction feature.
The whole premise of the app is to type into the proximity of the character you want to enter, and the app will try it’s best to figure out what you’re typing through its extensive dictionary. The layout of the keyboard helps make that task possible.
There are only three rows of letters, and no additional keys, Such as shift or the space bar. Anyone who is familiar with the standardize keyboard, should not have a problem typing what they want. After typing in the word, you’re left with a series of gestures. You have to swipe left if you want to delete a word. Swipe to the right if you wish to hit space, and if you were to swipe right for an additional time, you will pull-up the punctuation option. The app does a great job of auto correction, but there will come a time where you will Type and in correct word. When this does occur, all you need to do is swipe down for more suggestions. The menu option can be displayed by Swiping up words with two fingers. These are just some of the many features this app past to offer.
I have to admit that it took me a while to get used to typing on the app, but once I mastered it, I really enjoyed the user experience. I found that the app allowed me to type a lot quicker, due to the swiping gestures. No longer do I have to manually hit an extra key to pull up punctuation symbols and numbers. I can see why Fleksy made its way to number eight in our top ten lists. The makers at Syntellia, Inc. really came through with a unique concept, and it’s great that they have the app listed for free in the App Store.
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