One of the main features of iOS 8 is the improved Apple keyboard and support for third-party alternatives. Apple iPhone users will appreciate the improved Apple QuickType prediction, but there is even more to explore.
Android users moving to iOS 8 will appreciate seeing keyboards they have been using for a while now also available for their new iPhone or iPad. Developers have been quick to jump on supporting iOS 8 and we have seen regular updates to continue to improve the iOS 8 experience since launch over a month ago.
Let's take a quick look at the pros, cons, costs, and likely user for each of the top six iOS 8 keyboard options. Feel free to chime in with your preferred option and also let me know if you found more than the six I have highlighted in this gallery.
Swype was one of the first alternative keyboards for Android and comes to us from Nuance. It's backed by powerful predictive technology and is one of the most stable keyboards available on iOS 8.
I first installed it on my iPhone 6 Plus, but I moved on since I didn't realize it had press-and-hold alternative keyboard support. I found out later that I just needed to change the theme to see that that functionality was there. Make sure to use the black theme to see the alternative characters you can easily access.
When I first installed Swype and didn't see it had press-and-hold support, I looked for an alternative. The best keyboard I found was TouchPal. It is a wonderful option and since it's free I recommend you give it a try.
SwiftKey is another staple keyboard I used on Android devices. I tried it on my iPhone 6 Plus, but when I found it didn't provide the quick access to all of the alternative characters from the main keyboard, I uninstalled it. You do get press-and-hold access to common punctuation.
Adaptxt is a powerful iOS 8 keyboard that will appeal to those using multiple languages.
Fleksy looks to be a basic keyboard for iOS 8, but it's more about simplicity than basics. I understand Fleksy users actually set text entry speed records using this keyboard on Android.
Apple improved their own keyboard in iOS 8 so that QuickType is actually enjoyable to use. I go back to using the Apple default when I no longer feel like swiping around and want the most stable experience since third-party keyboards sometimes lock up.