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Review: GBoard and Word Flow Keyboards for iPhone

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janakj

May 14, 2016, 11:14 AM

Gboard supports non-3D-touch cursor movement

Eric, I'm really disappointed you missed one of Gboard's huge features: start swiping on the space bar and it'll move the cursor. This is invaluable for those of us who don't have 3D touch (and, in fact, valuable even for those who do... 3D touch isn't available to third-party keyboards, right?)

I've played with both quite a bit, but this is what ultimately sold me on Gboard.
smerits

May 13, 2016, 7:39 PM

Gboard wins over Word Flow

The major difference i've noticed between Word Flow and Gboard is that Word Flow does not have cuss words enabled when swiping. This is an absolute deal killer. I thought after typing a word in a few times that Word Flow would begin to memorize my words and learn but, nope.

Gboard blows Word Flow outta the water already. Who doesn't cuss? Nothing more frustrating that trying to type a cuss word and some crap predictive word pops up on Word Flow. I say go with Gboard all the way.
It turns out you CAN make Word Flow recognize swear words, at least for the Windows Phone version of it, although it takes a concerted effort:

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-swear-using-word-f ... »

It will be interesti...
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cellphonesaretools

May 13, 2016, 9:34 PM
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Word Flow on Windows: Can swipe to numeric keyboard for single characters

For 2+ years I used the Swype keyboard on Android, it was great. Besides the ease and efficiency (for me) of swiping vs typing, Swype's/Android's automatic "personal dictionary" worked extremely well.

For the past year, I've used Microsoft's Word Flow on a Windows Phone, now on a Windows 10 Mobile phone. Overall, I like the Word Flow keyboard even better than the Swype keyboard, although I do miss the "personal dictionary" from Swype. That said, Microsoft bought Swype, so it is expected that the best features of both Word Flow and Swype will be merged into a single Microsoft product.

Regarding Eric's comment that one has to toggle to get to the @ symbol, on Windows Phone's Word Flow at least, you can just swipe down and across the "12...
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