This is a review on the Fleksy keyboard for Android. It tries to bring a new experience to the table, where the competition is tough. How does it stack up against the competition? Lets find out.
This keyboard presents itself with a very clean interface, providing only the absolute necessary.
Though customizable in the theming area (solid colors only for the free version, many other colors are available for purchase), there are only 2 main layouts: the standard and the legacy. These only differ in some select keys being resized and/or relocated. You can change the font of the keyboard, if you want auto-capitalization, wether you want auto-correction or not and so on. Much like Swiftkey, this keyboard will “learn your ways” of typing through continuous usage and will sync your “dictionary” to the cloud.
Standard (left) vs Legacy (right)
Being a Swiftkey user, I found it really hard to get used to using Fleksy, mainly because of the learning curve needed to get used to using it. Using the word prediction menu can be a little tricky at first, mainly because there are just too many shortcuts do enter the next word prediction, to go back, to delete the current word, to complete the current word etc., but once you get used to it, it can be quite pleasing.
Until then, you’re going to have a bad time. The prediction software used by this keyboard is less “smart” than the one present in Swiftkey. Not saying it’s a bad keyboard, but Swiftkey is far more intuitive when it comes to new users.
Another thing: it offers is the “extensions” section. Here, you can add extensions to your keyboard, making it a more personal experience. You can add a number row on top of the keyboard, a .GIF keyboard, Yahoo Search and so on. Needless to say, in order to get more extensions, you have to buy the full version, since the free one only allows you to apply one option.
Performance ImpactIts light and fluid animations offer great performance and no stuttering whatsoever. For comparison sake, Swiftkey stutters simply by going to the emoji section. This is a great option for those who seek nothing but a lag-free experience.
Battery usageDuring the testing I did for a week long, I had no issues at all with battery drains and whatnot.
The keyboard itself is free. Much like Swiftkey, Fleksy only charges its user in the theming section, where you can buy themes to further customize your keyboard. Everything else is free.
ConclusionIn the end, I’d recommend the Fleksy keyboard. It’s a simple, yet a tricky keyboard to use. Do I use it? No. I’m a Swiftkey guy, since I prefer the prediction algorithm of SK over Fleksy. If you’re a new-comer though, it will be a pleasing experience no matter which keyboard you choose. It’s free to download, so give it a try.