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App of the Week: SwiftKey X

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 9, 2012

2 min read

When I get a text saying ‘were r u im waiting 4 tgat coffee’, I lose my mind.

I’m a stickler for grammar and yes, that extends to sending grammatically correct text messages too. Before pressing ‘send’ on an SMS, punctuation is a must and spelling a no-brainer, but unfortunately I don’t always have the patience to battle with that tiny virtual keyboard.

So, here’s how SwiftKey X – a keyboard app for Android phones that works whenever you type – has changed my texting life. I can hit practically anywhere on the keyboard and somehow it deciphers what I want to say. ‘Ghznks giv yjsy’ becomes ‘Thanks for that’ like magic!

App of the Week: SwiftKey X Ok so predictive text has been around a while and isn’t that exciting I know, but this little app also knows things like ‘for’ often follows ‘thanks’ and adds missing apostrophes and spaces after commas. Genius!

It writes for me too which is clever, but unfortunately not always accurate. I tested this functionality by giving it the first word of a message and letting it choose the rest, here’s what I got: ‘If you have any nail polish I can borrow? I am a beautiful person.” Admittedly, I did send a friend a message asking for nail polish a week ago, but the beautiful person thing, albeit very flattering, was all SwiftKey X’s idea.

According to my stats, since using SwiftKey X four days ago, I am 32 percent more efficient at typing, I’ve saved 3,143 keystrokes and it’s corrected 1,089 typos.

There is one downfall to the app that has made me want to throw my phone against a wall. If I forget the app automatically puts a space after a full stop and accidentally insert the space myself, which I regularly do, it assumes I’ve accepted its next word and starts my new sentence for me with ‘I’ or ‘The’. Granted, this isn’t the end of the world and my phone probably doesn’t deserve to be smashed for it, but it is annoying.

It’s not the most exciting app in the world, but it definitely makes life easier. If you know of another little gem like this one, I’d love to hear about it.