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One of the cool new features available in iOS 8 is the ability to set third-party keyboard apps as the default on your iPhone and iPad. I was quick to jump on that bandwagon. Fleksy Keyboard – Happy Typing was my first third-party default because, frankly, I wanted my keyboard to look like a candy store. It is a gesture-based, colorful, super fast keyboard for iOS 8 with autocorrect and word suggestions. I’ve been playing with it for about a day now and I’ve got some hands-on experience to pass along to you.

Once you’ve set the Fleksy keyboard as your default, go back to the app and customize the look. You can make the letters larger or smaller and set the keys to “minimal” or “spacebar.” In minimal mode, the only keys you will see are the letters. You’ll have to use gestures to access the symbols and space bar.

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The app comes with six different colored keyboards, black, dark blue, white, bright green, pink, and yellow. You can unlock six more colors for an additional $0.99.

Thanks to a comprehensive autocorrect, no matter what mistake you’ve made, the app will correct it for you. If the corrected word isn’t what you meant to write, you can swipe one finger downward on the keyboard to rotate between different suggested words.

Fleksy officially broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest touch-screen text messaging, so its speed is unmistakable – if you can get used to the gesture-based typing.

When it came to swiping to space and swiping to delete, I was right on top of it, I got used to the gestures pretty fast. Typing with nothing but letters and swiping gestures can really be fun. When it came to adding punctuation, it was a bit more complicated. To access punctuation, you have to swipe twice on the keyboard, which creates a period automatically. Then, you can switch between symbols by swiping downward with one finger. If the next symbol in line happens to be the punctuation you wanted, you’re in luck. Otherwise, you’ll be swiping four or five times just to get to a semi-colon.

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If you use the spacebar keyboard, it is easier to access the punctuation, but takes up more room on your screen. The spacebar keyboard also displays the shift key, the number key, delete, and return. You can easily switch between spacebar and minimal Keyboard by swiping up or down with two fingers.

If you have multiple language keyboards set in iOS, you can quickly switch between them with Fleksy simply by swiping left or right on the space bar. You can also switch between any default keyboard by touching and holding the numbers key.

I am really enjoying this keyboard. I love the way it looks and get a kick out of the minimal keyboard style. The auto-correct is practically magical. Unlike the Apple keyboard, It almost always adds the word I meant to type. It’s like it knows what I’m thinking.

Gesture-based typing is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. I’m still working on getting down the gestures (I keep forgetting whether to swipe up or down). If you are looking for a fast productivity keyboard, this may not be right for you. However, it is definitely worth downloading if you are looking for a colorful and fun new way to type.

Fleksy Keyboard is available on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for $0.99. Download it in the App Store today.

Have you started using Fleksy? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.

  • BRNDN

    emoji support?

    • Yes

    • Kevin Rauseo II

      if you hold down the return key, the emojis will appear

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Yes it has emoji support

  • Yermum

    Worst keyboard ever on android. Can’t see it being any better here.

  • Shawn

    Used this on Android before and it was great. Cant wait to try it on my 6+ tomorrow

  • Rock Lee

    It’s a great keyboard, however it has ONE MAJOR BUG. The keyboard keeps getting reset after a while. I have to resize it again to original (becomes small again) and I have to redownload the languages. Fleksy says that this is a bug in iOS8, but SwiftKey does NOT have this issue. Looks like a Fleksy bug to me, since I have to set everyting up again on the Fleksy app.

    • ericesque

      Swiftkey also has some bugs where it switches back to the standard keyboard for no apparent reason. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if iOS was to blame here. The beta was buggy and the GM only seems marginally better.

      • lemieuxfan67

        If you are typing into a password or credit card field iOS automatically changes to default keyboard as a security measure since third party keyboards can learn from your typing and store this information

      • David Buenrostro

        What about from quick reply or from the lock screen? Only TouchPal seems to work on both.

      • ericesque

        Yes. That would be an apparent reason though.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Had the GM beta it was buggy. The final version of iOS 8 is so smooth.

  • Gate

    “I wanted my keyboard to look like a candy store.”
    THIS. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Used it in ios 7. Not bad. But i prefer swipeselection

    • Jamessmooth

      YES! Love swipe selection. Use it many many times per day.

  • madz

    anyone try myscript stack?

  • SwipeSelection is coming. That’s all that matters.

  • Jason B

    Now that the iOS keyboard has quicktype, I’d just take AltKeyboard. That is what I miss 2nd about jailbreaking.

    • David Buenrostro

      It’s been submitted to the app store.

      • Jason B

        Ah, man, that is awesome news!

      • Diego Milano

        Don’t even bother with AltKeyboard, it doesn’t play well with SwipeSelection. Just use SwipeExpander, it’s way more customizable.

  • Combi

    I have tested Fleksy and Swiftkey and now i know that i really want Nintype as my default keyboard now.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    If swipe selection comes to the App Store, not only would I pay for it, I would never Jb again!!!!

    • iFLoWx7

      Best Tweak EVER man!!! another reason to JB again!!!!

  • Julio Acosta

    Did it just go free? I’m still in io7 and I clicked on the download and it toke me to the store, the ICloud download icon was there and I downloaded it for free

    • Christian Mejía

      You probably downloaded it a while back when iDB reviewed it and it was still free. Same with me I have the icloud download.

  • tariq

    Hello, androd fan here. Glad apple finally gives people some choices. About time! And fleksy keyboard is the most legendary keyboard ever!! You just goes learn to use it. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t go back to any other keyboard, I promise. Go team android! (Xperia Z in particular) not a fan of Samsung tho… Idk why

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      i like people like you…..Android fan, but not hating and commenting on topic….have my upvote sir

  • Dan

    I really like the fact that we can use custom keyboards now, but I find it annoying that it often comes back to stock, so you lose time touching the key to bring it back.

  • Max___

    There is no QWERTZ keyboard for switzerland (french) yet :/ so I’ll wait for an update..