Considering how many third-party keyboard apps there are on Android, it’s surprising how few manage to stand out from the crowd. By combing things like beautiful design, unique gestures and impressively accurate auto-correction, Fleksy is one keyboard that manages to do just that.
Starting out and using Fleksy
Coming in some 37 different languages and with access to over 700 emoji icons, downloading and setting up Fleksy is simple enough for anyone to get started with the app. When opening Fleksy for the first time, you will be taken through a tutorial that shows you how to use the keyboard. You may feel a little intimidated by the gestures at first, but it won’t take long before you’re sliding around your keyboard like a pro.
Gestures are perhaps one of the more interesting aspects to Fleksy. Everything from scrolling through auto-corrected words, to inserting a space, using a period, deleting words and hiding the space bar can all be done with a few simple swipes.
By doing a double Swipe, and swiping down with two fingers, you can hide the space bar and you’re left with nothing but three rows of letter keys. This is our favorite way to use Fleksy; it forces you into a sort of flow with the keyboard. Type a word, swipe forward to space. Type a word, swipe forward to space. Swipe up to change the word, swipe down to change it back. Swipe forward again for a period. Hold for numbers and punctuation. Swipe back to delete. It’s something you have to use and experience for yourself to understand just how intuitive and fun it really is.
If you don’t want to use gestures, that’s fine too. But you’ll really be missing out.
As for how good Felksy’s auto-correct algorithms are, they are some of the very best we have ever used. Period. It’s always impressive just how well Fleksy is able to decipher what our clumsy fingers are trying to hammer out. Part of it is simply good engineering from the development team at Fleksy, and part of it is thanks to being able to help Fleksy learn your typing habits from Gmail, Facebook and Twitter. You can sync what Fleksy learns between devices too, so you won’t have to keep starting over.
We would recommend Fleksy on just the stock option presented to you on installing the app for the first time alone, but of course there is a lot more.
One area where Fleksy really shines is how aesthetically pleasing it is. There are two sets of themes that can be unlocked in different ways. The first set come with the paid app, which also allows you to purchase one premium theme from the second set for free (we used our free premium theme on a gorgeous blue gradient). The second set can all be purchased for $0.99 if you aren’t happy with the 8 you already get.
To unlock the first set of themes in the free trail for Fleksy, you have to earn achievements — a genius way to get you to learn how to use Fleksy and have fun doing it.
If you don’t want to see your keyboard at all, that’s OK too. Really. There’s an option to make your keyboard invisible so you can see your entire screen. If you’re already good with a software keyboard and once you get good with gestures, the invisible keyboard is surprisingly easy to use. If nothing else, you have to try it for fun.
Other ways you can customize Felksy include making the keyboard appear cap sensitive, changing how big the keyboard appears and enabling, disabling or changing the intensity of typing sounds and key press vibrations.
Our favorite Fleksy setup is default sound and vibrations, smaller keyboard, Deep Blue theme, no space bar and case sensitive layout. We’re sure you’ll find something that suits you best too.
It should be obvious at this point how much we like Fleksy. To reiterate from the beginning of this review, by combing beautiful design, unique gestures and impressively accurate auto-correction, Fleksy has managed to stand out from the crowd.
We highly recommend downloading Fleksy without reservation.