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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Will/Do You Use The Multi-User Support In Android 4.2?

There's an absolute plethora of keyboard options available for Android devices - in today's poll, phones in particular. You can use the Android (AOSP) keyboard, the stock manufacturer keyboard that ships on your phone, or one of the hundreds of third-party options available in the Play Store. And if you go third-party, there are all different styles, from quirky options like 8Pen, to trace-based keyboards like Swype, and traditional predictive tap-based choices such as SwiftKey.

So, what do you use on your phone? Manufacturer, Android, or third-party keyboard?

(A few notes, since I know these questions will crop up: if you're running a Nexus device, you're using Android. If you're running an AOSP-based ROM, you're using Android. If you're running a custom ROM based on a manufacturer skin, you're probably using manufacturer. If you're not sure what you're using, it's probably manufacturer. If you're using a themed keyboard, choose the option it's based on. In other words, use common sense when choosing.)

What Type Of Keyboard Are You Using On Your Android Phone?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    ASOP 4.2 keyboard set to PC mode.

  • SAI

    Hacker's Keyboard FTW (especially on SSH connections and terminals)!

    • digi_owl

      This! Having the arrow keys are invaluable!

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    Swype all the way! At least until the new Swype like Swiftkey X comes out, then I will try that one. But so far, I can't get away from Swype.

    • http://twitter.com/WarDraker Hary Ayala

      swype makes typing just so easy...

    • mackarel

      swype is the least demanding on-screen keyboard.
      you don't have to look at screen all the time to type. just remember the swype pattern will do most.

      I often text sms while walk in hurry, and so far I can only do that using either:
      1. Physicial keyboard.
      2. Swype.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    SwiftKey, baby. And it will only get better with Glow. The prediction is simply unparalleled.

    • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

      Flow*

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Haha, it's been so long I forgot what it's called already, and the pretty glow it leaves when you swipe... it made sense.

        • Román Rodríguez

          I use SlideIT keyboard, I really like to swype instead of typing. Haven't tried SwiftKey, though. Is it good?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            The best, IMO.

          • Wam31

            Couldn't agree more !!! Been using it since the free Beta. I now use both paid versions (phone + tablet).
            What it does, basically, is allowing you to roughly hit the region around the key you want to hit, repeat that for each letter and it figures out what you wanted to write.
            Using it is just awesome. The level of prediction is just outstanding. And that's because it not only knows the words you usually use (without having to add any, as it learns from your texts/mails) but knows the way you make sentences, so that predictions are not just words, but rather what would make sense as the next word.

            The ONLY annoying thing IMO, is the automatic spacing. I want to handle where I put them. Really annoying...

    • IamTheFij

      I've been a big SwiftKey fan but I'm giving the 4.2 keyboard a shot. Not bad. I do prefer the prediction and punctuation settings in SwiftKey by far though. Very excited for Flow as I've been trying to get used to sliding with this keyboard as it is.

    • tyguy829

      unparalleled prediction lol *Flow XD

    • coversnails

      Have to agree its so nice to get brilliant predictions, the thing i like the most though is the option to add arrow keys, they're invaluable, no idea why so many keyboards shun them

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Absolutely. I can't use keyboards that don't offer arrow keys.

    • mgamerz

      I've tried using swiftkey (for like a month), and I hated it. I really tried. It loves autocorrect and it always screws up what I'm writing. I tried the other option and then it never typed what I wanted. Gave up on it. 4.2 keyboard is great.

      • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

        AutoCorrect is optional; you can turn it off in SwiftKey's settings screen. The prediction still works with autocorrect off.

    • Larizard

      Is Flow going to be a free update to us who already bought SwiftKey?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Free update.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          And it damn well should be considering that "Swype-functionality" was the top of the Swiftkey idea bank for months, all in all though I am glad to see it though because it means Swiftkey can be my primary keyboard.

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Don't forget the long-press for symbols on Swiftkey. That's the only reason I'm not using the 4.2 keyboard right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/htmlspinnr Rick Johnson

    AOSP, but only because it has the smallest memory footprint for my memory-starved Nexus S running JB. Love SwiftKey3 otherwise.

  • Stephan

    I absolutely *love* the 4.2 keyboard!!

    • TK

      Is there a way to add and delete words from the dictionary? I loved everything about it except typing the same words dozens of times

      • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

        Type the word (by tapping, not by swiping), and before going to the next word, tap that word at the prediction bar (chances are the exact word you typed is sitting there along with prediction words). A message will ask you to tap again to add the word, do so.

      • Stephan

        Settings > Language & Input > Personal dictionary > The + button on the top.
        Just type in the phrase you want. To save the word just press the "<[settings logo]" .

    • Jesus Urrabieta

      I think the support for non-English languages is very bad, no matter if you type or swype.
      I'll keep swype for a while I think.

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    SwiftKey. Just love it!

  • adi19956

    :( Not option for the "My phone's broken so I'm just sitting here having fits about when the Nexus 4 will next become available on the Play Store" crew

  • Łukasz Zając

    Will use AOSP when I grab my shiny new N4 :) Which is about to happen in hm, half a year I suppose. Now I use SwiftKey which is quite a miracle because Swype is too sluggish for me.

  • Jays2Kings

    Using 4.2 Keyboard, then back to Swiftkey when Flow comes out.

  • David M Whittley

    Messagease. It may take a short while to get used to but it is a keyboard with a layout designed for the age of the touch screen. The querty is an almost 200 year old and designed to be operated with 9 or 10 digits. It does not belong on a smartphone. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. All coders should love this keyboard.

    • mesmorino

      And what about the rest of us who aren't coders?

      Anyway, the qwerty keyboard may be old and designed to be operated with both hands, but it's a legacy thing- due to it's effectiveness for touch typists (on full sized keyboards) or finger typists (on smartphones and tablets and pdas), it's made its way into virtually EVERY facet of input and interface technology. We're not suddenly going to get rid of it because the simple fact is that it doesn't just work, it works *extremely* well, AND is multi-adaptable not just to different technologies, but to different interface styles as well, while being relatively comfortable to use

      You can use it on phones, computers, tv screens, tablets going ALL the way back to the original ink and paper typewriters with the manual carriage returns. Messageease is a one trick pony that not only has its own learning curve, once you master that curve you can't easily transfer the skill to other devices. On the other hand, once you learn how to type on a qwerty keyboard, you know how to type full stop.

      Of course, that is just my opinion :)

      • digi_owl

        Funny thing is that qwerty is designed to slow typing down. This because it was designed to counteract typewriter heads getting tangled by giving them the travel time they needed to return before another head crossed its path.

        • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

          This notion that qwerty was designed to slow typing down, and is therefore slow, always strikes me as odd. Whether or not it slows typing down would be obvious by comparing it to other keyboards, and people who are proficient at dvorak or other keyboard styles don't seem to type significantly faster than people who are proficient at qwerty. Even if it was designed to slow typing down, doesn't mean it actually succeeds to any noticeable degree, and I don't think there's anything showing that it does.

        • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

          I think it's slightly different than this, and is perhaps a nuance. The letters were positioned to minimize the colliding of the heads. That is, two letters often typed, one right after the other, are positioned to not strike each other, but instead to allow the letters to be typed rapidly. This layout is then not particularly optimized for speed, or even convenience.

      • David M Whittley

        I am no coder. However I realised a few months back when I help translate another app that being easily able to input ever letter or sign without first having to press another button should be a time saver for some that writes code.
        I agree with you completely when you say that messagease is limited to just touchscreens whereas the querty isn't but i still think it is far more suitable to use on a touchscreen. Both for one handed writing and speed writing.
        Each to their own.

    • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

      As a coder, no. I tried it and, while it was surprisingly fast for a keyboard I've never tried before, it was also surprisingly fatiguing for me to use. Also, there's no solid IDEs for mobile devices yet, so coders can't code on phones anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    90% of the time I use Swype, the rest 10% is SwiftKey, quite never AOSP or stock.

  • amplwp

    Using Swype beta on both my Galaxy S3 and my Nexus 7.

  • http://twitter.com/branaja Branimir

    multiling keyboard.. :)

  • Finaldeath

    I use thumb keyboard 4. I barely do any typing on my tablet so i don't need any fancy features.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Um... physical keyboard. Need an option for that.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We are looking for software keyboards. Even if you have a hardware keyboard, you still have a software keyboard installed, and that's the one this poll is after.

      • mesmorino

        The Nokia 3310 doesn't have a software keyboard. #noschoolliketheoldschool

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          What does the Nokia have to do with Android?

          • mesmorino

            Absolutely nothing. On the other hand, it's a phone that has a hardware keyboard... without a software keyboard. Moving on....

      • h_f_m

        Why not change the associated image to a virtual keyboard. People don't like to read, they like pictures. :)

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Tried them all, keep coming back to Swype. If they'd move that voice input button away from the period, I'd declare it perfect.

  • Ionuț Leonte

    TouchWiz keyboard - has Swype-like functionality, decent-ish prediction and most importantly supports handwriting. There really is no competitor for it on the Note 2.

    • Kyle Miller

      I agree. And Note's keyboard has a numerical row. Love it.

  • http://twitter.com/lean6rtj2 lean6rtj

    I'll switch between Swiftkey for normal thumb typing, and Swype for typing with the G-Note 2 S-pen like i am at the moment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mika.saarela Mika Saarela

    I used to use mostly Swifkey in my Nexus S but the keyboard in my new Note 2 is just absolutely amazing.

  • Sagar

    I'm using the stock keyboard on y Xperia S, love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pursley.dallas Dallas Pursley

    I use SwiftKey because of its prediction abilities but the 4.2 keyboard is easily the best stock Android keyboard yet.

  • http://Tablet-Market.de/ Sebastian

    Swiftkey. Try 4.2 but the predictions are nowhere near...

  • humzafar

    TouchPal.. love their T+ layout... with two alphabets and a number in one key..

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I use Swype on my phone since that's stuck on Gingerbread. But I use the stock keyboard on my Nexus 7 and 10. By far the best keyboard I've used.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miCc117 Micheal Banning

    swype all the way

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    SlideIT keyboard...

  • jusatin

    Don't have a android phone anymore, I'm using the stock Asus keyboard on my TF300, has everything you could ask for.

  • bungadudu

    Thumbs keyboard ! The best !

  • JonJJon

    I'm using Jelly Bean Keyboard by VLLWP

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's the opposite for me - I can mash out random crap without even looking, and it'll understand what I'm talking about most of the time, way better than any other keyboard. Plus missed spaces are no longer an issue, that part works quite well too.

      • JonJJon

        I may switch back to Swiftkey again at some point, I like being able to pick and choose and change all the time, it's one of the things I love and appreciate about Android regardless of phone make (SGS3 here), I'm not big and don't find swiping-style typing any good for me but the text prediction on Swiftkey is pretty sweet.

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    this poll should have had more options

  • anzensepp1987

    Since 4.0 I'm using the built in AOSP-keyboard on my G.Nex. Although in my opinion the normal typing (not the "swyping") functionality slightly decreased in 4.2.

  • Robert

    SwiftKey3 on rooted Galaxy Nexus and I go back and forth between SwiftKey3 and Stock AOSP on rooted Galaxy Tab 2 both running CM10. SwiftKey unfortunately is interfering with Kingston Office on the GTab (some features don't work correctly, but work fine with stock keyboard). I'm waiting on my invite to try SwiftKey FLOW. ;-)

  • h_f_m

    I used to use swype a while back but switched to stock not long ago, I'm really digging the 4.2 keyboard on my GNex. The only thing I don't like is that the dictionary won't allow me to add profanity. :) swore swype did if I recall.

  • John

    Love SwiftKey but hate that it takes up 35-50 MB of memory. Will always use it no matter what

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.watkins.7 Rob Watkins

    SwiftKey all the way.

  • Wrapper

    This should have been broken out more - I reckon swiftkey would've been really high. I still miss my G2/Desire Z keyboard, unbeatable.

  • yarrellray

    I love the keyboard on my Galaxy Note 2. The build in Samsung keyboard has vastly improved and has swipe also it's a great added feature. I still miss swift key but will wait till later to download. I am enjoying to many things on the Note 2 to worry about third party keyboard or anything third party for that matter....

  • Bruce Gavin Ward

    personally i hate qwerty, and find it ridiculous, now that type writers have entirely disappeared, but i can't find a keyboard i like - prefer Dvorák , but can't find one; going to go on another search now that i've been reminded.

    • mesmorino

      Typewriters may have disappeared but their descendants- keyboards- haven't. I'm curious as to why you find qwerty ridiculous though.

  • Owewil3225

    did they release a apk or something for the 4.2 keyboard yet? i know when i went to get it as a app it wasnt compatible.

  • http://albonglass.ro/ Alexander

    Smart Keyboard Pro for me is the best keyboard. I purchased it last year along with SwiftKey and other keyboards and after some time I decided it's the best for me. But you should try them all and decide on the one you like :-)

  • KyoKeun

    Been using Swype since forever but now I'm in love with 4.2 keyboard! Good work Google!

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    4.2 keyboard for me

  • Dan Monzelowsky

    I've been using AOSP since GB rolled out, and I couldn't be more pleased with the latest in 4.2.

  • Barry Fruitman

    The predictions in TypeSmart 2.0 make SwiftKey look like a total joke. Seriously. And it has way more features and options too. http://bit.ly/typesmart/

  • Joseph Cascio

    Thumb Keyboard!

  • cy_n_ic

    Im still using a theme gingerbread board on my jellybean devices. Its about time i looked around for a themed jb one. I like that one too.

  • http://twitter.com/2LadyDi Lady Di

    SwiftKey all day, every day. It corrects hashtags. Who can beat that. Plus, the arrow keys are so needed and I love'em.

  • BrainOfSweden

    4.2 AOSP is really good, but it doesn't support swedish in the ports that I've tried, so for now I'm using Swype since it's pre-installed on the Samsung ROM. And I must say that I like it. I like the idea of swiping, so much faster than regular typing on a portrait mode QWERTY, and Swypes's features are pretty good.

  • MrRtd

    The top three for me:
    1. Swiftkey
    2. TouchPal (it's free)
    3. Smart Keyboard Pro

  • Laborin_HK

    Stock 4.2 keyboard. Really like the swiping. I much prefer using the stock one to keep my phone clean and not having a variety of other keyboards installed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    The stock keyboard on my Nexus 4 is super comfy for typing and swiping. I don't see myself changing it.

  • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

    I used Swype for ages, then I switched to Swiftkey X when it came out. When 4.2 came out I switched back to AOSP and I don't think I'll go back unless Swiftkey Flow is significantly better.

  • TechGuy21

    swiftkey b^tches . bought both version

  • Jon Garrett

    Stock, they all suck anyway--none of them are very accurate, even on the large screen of my Galaxy Note.

  • Jerry Heiselman

    I use Swype on my phone and AOSP on my tablet. My tablet is an AOSP-based 4.1.2 ROM, so it has the new spiffy keyboard that I love. Phone is still Gingerbread :(

  • Nathan J

    I use my Bluetooth keyboard when I have it and I want to do any serious typing on my phone. If you can get a real Bluetooth keyboard -- not the Newegg $15 special that looks like a QWERTY phone with the screen snapped off, but rather one that looks like a laptop keyboard, it really is pleasant to type on. Even better, mine has the Android buttons (and CTRL+ALT+DEL reboots the phone). So it's very nice.

    On-screen, I use Swype, but I don't use the latest. I use the version just before they took out deleting whole words by long-pressing. This is also just before they reset everyone's user dictionary. For a while, Swype tried to get me to upgrade, but they have since given up on me, and I don't even see the option anymore. Not that I want it. I have the latest on my CM7 nandroid, and it has improved, but the one in my AOKP nandroid (currently flashed) is much better. It has some bugs that will never be fixed, but it's more than usable in a pinch.

    As for SwiftKey, I love the idea of it, but SK says I'm unpredictable. It can't predict me at all. I used it for a month and it almost never could guess my next word. I'm afraid that if it could, my thoughts and ideas would feel artificial if I were using suggested words more often than not.

  • JG

    I'm a big fan of gesture style typing. So the built in Swype keyboard is almost always on my Droid X. Occasionally I'll switch to 8Pen for a slightly different style of gesture typing.

    The Nexus 7 has the stock 4.2 keyboard. I <3 that Google added gesture typing - I think that was my fav part of the update.

    Once SwiftKey adds Flow (or whatever they're calling their gesture type) I may use it some. I got the phone version back when it was a dime & the tablet the other day during their Black Friday sale. But having to go back to a hunt n peck style of typing....

  • mattsledge

    I try other keyboards, but I always come back to Smart Keyboard Pro, with the compact view. I type fastest with it and the word prediction is spot on.

  • Francis Arjonillo

    I have no choice but to use AOSP since i text using 2 different languages. It's a hassle to keep switching languages mid-sentence.

  • R. Bambang Widiatmoko

    SlideIt > Swype

  • Steven S

    latest Swype beta (1.3) ... it is so quick and intuitive that Google is making it part of 4.2 (altho too bad they don't just get the real version from Swype) and swiftkey is going to also release an imitation (flow)

    I tried the 4.2 android version but it's just not as intuitive as Swype
    - Swype is so easy to add punctuation
    - Swype it's so easy to capitalize letters, change case, disable spacing for next word
    - Swype special gestures are so great, ie Swype from Swype-key to 5(t) key gives a full numeric keypad
    not to mention that Swype connect allows for cloud backup and sync of personal dictionary and notification of updates

    • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

      Nice! I just reviewed the Swype gesture help. Very slick stuff! Thanks for the reminder/tips!

  • defred34

    I got one called Xperia keyboard. Not really know the category of Xperia keyboards. Help?

  • dylan84

    Long time user of SwiftKey. Cant wait to try Flow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoshuaNReynolds Joshua Reynolds

    I'm using the Jelly Bean keyboard on Gingerbread. Some developer created a version compatible with 1.6+, so I get the JB goodness without upgrading.

  • DeadSOL

    Swype! Can't live without it! :D

  • Elvis Senthil

    I am using the 4.1 aosp on my 7" nook tablet and swiftkey on my 3.2" phone .
    I prefer aosp , but typing accuracy on small screen is problematic . I'm still not satisfied with error correction on either . Waiting for 4.2

  • http://www.facebook.com/skyrokerz Soumyadev Roy

    Xperia Swipe keyboard works just fine for me. Easier to add custom words and prediction is great.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Got SwiftKey from the Black Friday sales just and it is great. Used the Thumb something previously. The one from Amazon free app few weeks back. That was not too bad either. Took little bit time to get used to the odd place the backspace key though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lester.bambico Lester Bambico

    i use Thumb Keyboard, being in a country that uses a lot of local dialects that no keyboard auto correct or suggestion could provide so i had to resort to typing everything manually

  • SoWhy

    I use SwiftKey and Swype alternately ^^

  • Simon Belmont

    I use SwiftKey pretty much exclusively. I bought the SwiftKey tablet app during the Black Friday sale, since it's almost NEVER on sale.

    The AOSP keyboard is really great though. I used that on my new Nexus 7 up until I purchased SwiftKey tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/RealDaryl ♫†╠╣£ ß¡∩஥ ßáñÐí╦♫

    I use Smart Keyboard. Have done for a couple years. Tried Swype briefly, didn't feel as accurate to me.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I personally go back and forth between three keyboards: Swype, SwiftKey, Hacker's.

    I like Swype when I'm typing exclusively in one language.

    I use SwiftKey if I want to type in mixed language.

    I use Hacker's when I'm hammering commands on the Terminal or Script Editor.

    But my main go-to keyboard is... drumroll... SwiftKey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.stock.3 Corey Stock

    The Sense 4+ keybaord has got to be my favorite keyboard. I use it on my DNA, and it works like a charm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gkrynen Greg Krynen

    You forgot an option for hardware keyboard

  • http://geffchang.wordpress.com/ Geff Chang

    Nobody likes GO Keyboard? I especially find the arrow buttons useful for navigating. :D

  • Franssu

    4.2 keyboard is awesome. Before that I used Swiftkey.

  • Yvonne

    I think I'm pretty much in love with the Kii keyboard with my galaxy note 2. I swipe & it has 4 arrow keys & a dedicated numbers row, just to name a few of many many features.