Swype for Android – Review

On April 30, 2013

App Type: Android

Swype for Android – Review

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By: Nuance Communications

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Developer: Nuance Communications

Price: 0.99

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Do your slightly big fingers have trouble typing on the standard touch-screen keyboard? Are you sick of having to backspace after every word you type to correct it? If so, you might be interested in an app called Swype, which brings a completely new way of typing on your android touch screen keyboard. Heavy emphasis on the word might, though.

The Good

Once you learn how to use Swype, you’ll more than likely want to stick with the keyboard alternative. It’s a great tool for those without an off-screen QWERTY keyboard who have trouble texting and emailing from their touchscreen (such as myself). Swyping to type does take some getting used to at first, but once you’ve got it down, you’ll be texting much faster. There’s also a speech to text that is ideal for those that just hate typing in general.

The Bad

The worst aspect of using Swype is the learning curve required to do so. Seriously. This is one of those tools that certainly takes some practice and getting used to. The tutorial isn’t that great, either, which further exacerbates the problem of learning to use Swype. Another issue is sometimes it corrects slang words that you may not want have corrected in a text message.  Words with two or more of the same letter next to each other are hard to swype. For example, swyping to type “stellar” or “feeble” is a challenge because there’s two l’s and two e’s, respectively.

The Ugly Truth

The good news is that Swype is only 99 cents on Google Play, because if it were anything more, I probably wouldn’t recommend purchasing it. While its text to speech is the best feature of the application, its original intended purpose, which is swyping to type, leaves much to be desired. If you can get by the learning curve and pick new things up quickly, Swype might just be the alternative keyboard app for you.

But, if you don’t have time to be bothered with learning something new, stick with android’s stock keyboard until something better comes along. And if you’re looking for a better product, though, look for SwiftKey on Google Play

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:No.

Learning Curve:Hard to learn.

Who Is It For:Those that dislike typing on Android’s stock on screen keyboard.

What I Like:Speech to Text feature.

What I Don't Like:Learning curve is too high.

Final Statement:Being that this app is only 99 cents, it won’t hurt your pockets to try the app out.

Read the Developer's Notes:
You Asked for It - Swype Now Available on the Play Store! Get it Today - Only 99 Cents - Limited Time Offer!

• 250+ Million Users and Growing
• Guinness World Record – Fastest Time to Type a Text Message
• Own the Original Swype Keyboard that Started it All – Accept No Imitations


Swype is all about YOU. Whether you’re a Swype'r, a Typer, a Tapper or a Dictator, get ready for a better, faster keyboard experience that gets smarter the more you use it. Swype pays attention to the way you input text and creates a personal language model that follows you from device to device. Swype – the world’s most powerful keyboard.


SWYPE LIVING LANGUAGE crowd-sources and updates your dictionary with the latest trending words. Imagine having instant access to the hottest the words and phrases that people are using at that moment. Swype’s Living Language will also further localize your dictionary with an additional dialect supplement for your preferred language. (Opt-in feature)

NEXT WORD PREDICTION is so intelligent it's like Swype can (almost read) read your mind. The most powerful personal language model on the market trains your device to learn your unique vocabulary and predict your words based on previous usage. Swype also has the most extensive phrase and sentence based prediction model out there, which means we can predict words in commonly used long phrases like “Best of the Best,” “Nail on the head”, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

PERSONAL DICTIONARY BACKUP & SYNC makes it so your Swype dictionary and how you use your words, follows you from device to device. (Opt-in feature)

DRAGON DICTATION’S world-renowned voice recognition lets you go hands free and turns your voice in to text quickly and accurately with a simple press of the Dragon key. Available in 36 languages.

SMART EDITOR analyzes an entire sentence, flagging potential errors for a quick fix, and includes suggestions for the most likely alternatives.

Even more personalized and intelligent Swype features:

• Multi-modal: Swype, Type, Write, Speak

• Dragon Mobile Assistant: Dragon Mobile Assistant now integrates into the Swype keyboard! If you have both apps on your Android you can quickly launch Dragon’s hands-free and always-available mobile assistant directly from the Swype keyboard with one easy gesture. Just Swype from the Swype Key to the Dragon flame short cut on your keyboard and Dragon’s Jarvis-like assistant is at your command! Available with Swype version 1.5 and Dragon Mobile Assistant version 3.1 and above.

• Unique Tablet Keyboards: Don’t pay double, a single keyboard for both phones & tablets. Swype includes three tablet modes to choose from, including: the original Swype keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard for easy tablet input.

• Smart Touch: Swype learns your unique style of input and continuously evolves and adapts to your typing patterns for a truly personalized keyboard experience.

• Language Downloads: Swype supports 60 downloadable languages and 20 dialects.

• Keyboard Themes: With a wide variety of themes to choose from, you can personalize the look of your Swype keyboard to one that is all your own.

• Voice & Text Dictionary Sync: New words added to your Swype keyboard personal dictionary are synced across all input methods, which means that you can easily Swype, type or Dragon dictate that new word.

• Gestures: Because sometimes you just want a fast shortcut for everyday tasks like: capitalization, punctuation and text editing (such as Select All, Copy, Paste – and, even language switching).

Want to learn even more? Check out our videos and tips at www.swype.com.

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