The "New" Top 5 Android Keyboard Apps

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We have all seen these lists before. Every so often you see a top 5 list about some type of application. This isn't my first top 5 keyboard app either. But that is the beauty of Android. There are always new keyboards being added to the market, and some of the best get put into our top list.  Sometimes the keyboard that ships with the phone isn't right for us. We can head to the market and see what is available. Without further ado, here is our newest Top 5 Android Keyboard Apps!

Touchpal – Touchpal is actually a very smart keyboard. It is available in up to 20 languages and it utilizes a sliding keyboard. There is a QWERTYY keyboard, a number pad and a couple of other layouts that can be switched   by swiping to the left or right. The text prediction on this is actually very good. Many times it offers up the word you are typing so that you press the word you want before you are done typing. This app is FREE until September 30.

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Better Keyboard – This app is pretty neat and it is skinnable so you can make this more custom. The buttons are larger which makes typing a bit easier. You can also get to the settings menu by long pressing on the 123 key. This app is $2.99 and once you buy the app you can download free skins.

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Swiftkey – This app is in BETA right now and is free. Swiftkey is a simple QWERTY keyboard that utilizes text prediction to speed up texting.  So far it seems to be very accurate. Give this one a try and let us know what you think!

Swype – Swype is actually one of my personal favorites. When I first saw this program I was very interested, but I didn't think it would be easy. I was wrong, it is very easy. I am truly amazed at the accuracy of this program. Swype is a QWERTY keyboard that lets you type by doing exactly what its name says, swyping. You move your finger across the keys without lifting and it types the word for you. This app is in closed BETA but the developer occasionally opens it up to new users. It is starting to come standard on new phones like the Droid X.

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SlideIT –  SlideIT is a newer program out and it is identical to Swype. You slide your finger across a QWERTY keyboard and the program shows the predicted word. Like Swype, even if you hit the wrong letters it has a good idea of what word you meant and offers it up.  This app does support multiple languages which you can download from the Android market. There is a free version available as well as one for purchase. It is unknown what additional features you gain with the paid version.

The best part of all of these keyboards is that we have a choice. We can choose to stick with our phones stock keyboard, or we can look for something that suits our style. Go out and give one a try!

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