Android Keyboard Face-Off: SwiftKey X vs. Thumb Keyboard

Round 3: Layouts and Themes

SwiftKey X allows users to choose from three layouts styles—Dark, Light, and Neon—to add a little variety to everyday typing. Optional layouts include eight different choices which are based on the selected language and the typist’s home country. For instance, aside from the standard QWERTY arrangement, SwiftKey X offers Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish QWERTY flavors. There are also AZERTY, QZERTY, and Russian layouts.

Thumb provides a large library of 26 different themes available for instant download. They range from generic Honeycomb, rainbow-hued Vivid, and the wildly styled Honeycomb City to ones that emulate popular devices such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab. On top of this, the Thumb Keyboard  boasts seven standard keyboard layouts to choose from. These are designed around screen size and device type and run the gamut from standard phone displays to 5-inch, 7-inch, and even 10-inch tablets. We settled on the “phone: Split – Large” layout since it matched our HTC Thunderbolt’s 4.3-inch screen well.

Winner: Thumbs Keyboard.
It’s hard to compete with the number of themes and layouts Thumb offers. The software also handily supports a large number of Android devices right out of the gate. 

Android Keyboard Face-Off

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