I have both Flicktype Beta as well as Fleksy installed as third party keyboards.
I did a test this weekend to see which one I can type faster with.
This test was done in a quiet environment where it was easy to hear the voiceover feedback.
The result is that Fleksy is still faster due to two reasons only. FlickType is better than Fleksy in all other ways::
- As much as I have tried, I cannot type quickly with two hands in landscape or portrait mode, I get the “Letters lower case” message within
the first few words I type. Then I have to figure out which bit that I have typed is still there, clean it up and continue typing at a slower pace as to not get the “Letters lower case” message again. A very simple fix for this would be to put an option
in the settings to disable the two finger tap to change case. There is after all an alternative option available for most users, giving the option would be great.
- The dictionary in FlickType is a bit limited. Some standard English words simply don’t get recognised by FlickType where they do in Fleksy.
The most recent example I came across is “jamming”. Is there a different dictionary used between the two apps.? A nice feature addition would be to allow one to slowly type out the unrecognised word and then flicking up with one finger to save that word
to the dictionary as in the case of Fleksy, thereby ensuring that you only need to do this once for each particular word that is not recognised. This would also be very useful for people’s names.
Yesterday I was in a noisy restaurant and found it was a pleasure to type out a short message using FlickType as I could see the large typed words and didn’t need to read it back, that was the
most pleasant experience I have had when typing out a message on my phone in a noisy area.
The app is getting better with every release and it is clear that Kosta and Ashley are working hard to get it right for the blind and low vision community, the efforts are truly appreciated.
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