[iPhone, iPad] Quickly type words by swiping with Swype Input Method

20121005-013506.jpgOne of the innovative features introduced by Android is the swipe input method. Some love it while some hate it. If you are of the former group, the app Swipe Input Method – Swipe to Type is for you. But after using this app, you might shift to the latter!

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

The best way to know what this app does is to see it in action. Grab your friends droid and enable the swipe keyboard or what the heck, just download this app for free to check this feature out. Basically, this is a notes app that uses a new type of keyboard; you input text into the app by swiping from one key to another on the keyboard and the app recognizes the word you want to input based on your swipes.

Pros

  • The swipe function works
  • Touch response with the alternate keyboard is good
  • Text prediction is present

Cons

  • Free version is ad-supported
  • Text prediction is pathetic
  • Ugly design and looks
  • No integration of swipe keyboard into other apps, such as Notes or Messages app — you must copy + paste text from the app if you want to insert it into another app
  • No option to mail or save the text you type

Discussion

The attempt of this app is, obviously, to reproduce the success of Android’s Swype keyboard. However, the app shows an overall disappointing performance in all its aspects. Not only does it lack some features, but it doesn’t even do what it advertises itself to do.

The app welcomes you with an ugly plain yellow screen filled with ads. Tap the yellow sheet to start swiping. Initially, the swiping is difficult and seems that the normal typing is faster. But after some practice, you really gain speed. Although the app performs well for simple words, problems begin when dealing with complex words — the text prediction is slow and inaccurate.

Furthermore, Swype Input Method can be considered as an “app supported ad” instead of an “ad supported app”. Too many ads popup every time you open the app, along with requests of upgrade. A dedicated unlabelled button for ads is also included. Anyone who accidentally presses the button gets redirected to the ad location. Ugh.

Aside from all that, the biggest drawback to this app is there is no integration with other types of apps. In other words, the swipe keyboard is only available within this app; you must type whatever you want into the app and, if you want to use that text elsewhere, you have to manually copy and paste it. This is due to app communication restrictions in iOS by Apple and we can’t blame the dev for that. But, having an e-mail to message function (to pass the content to other apps) is surely possible but is unavailable in this app.

Conclusion and download link

What can I say about this app? Just stay away from it, that is all. If you are accustomed to swipe keyboards in Android and can’t live without them, you can check out this app. Or if you are jailbroken, you can try the Swype tweak from Cydia, which is far better. Overall, only go with this app if you are desperate.

Price: Free, Ad-less Pro version for $0.99

Version reviewed: 1.0

Requires: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with iOS 4.0 and up.

Download size: 5.2MB

Swype Input Method on Apple App Store

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5 comments

  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Coyote: It probably is but the trademark owners are unlucky to go after individual app developers.
    There is no real Swype keyboard on iOS. Not only has Swype not ported it to iOS but Apple does not allow alternative keyboards. These are the types of apps you will get.

  2. Coyote

    @Ashraf, Ah ok, I assumed the name “swype” would have been trademarked.

    But then again why are you reviewing a poor app when you said yourself there were several on the list in iTunes? Maybe one of them is the real swype keyboard, because this article not only reads poorly it reflects poorly on a company that isn’t even really involved.

  3. Coyote

    Are you sure this is released by the same company and not some copycat? All those ads and the extremely clunky look of the interface makes it look like a ripoff.

    However Swype for droid works like a charm. And maybe it’s that I’ve been using it since beta but no ads are on mine at all. And the predictive text (when apps allows it..) is spot on. This is just kind of sad for Apple users.. :P