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I’m of the philosophy that if you are going to add a third-party keyboard to your iPhone, there is no reason to waste time with boring designs. The brighter, the better. My fascination with third-party keyboards starts with how different they look than Apple’s standard one.

Brightkey for iOS 8 is just about as different as they come. It features eight different skins, including five candy-colored keyboards. I just want to eat my iPhone it’s so cute. Plus, this keyboard has one standout feature that you’ll love.

The main feature of Brightkey is in the variety of colors. Similar to Flesky, you have multiple color options. There are three “metallic” looks, including space gray, silver, and gold. Plus there are four bright colors and one basic white.

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After you’ve enabled the keyboard, reopen the Brightkey app to pick your favorite design and view the tutorial to see what other features the app includes. The layout of the keyboard is pretty much identical to Apple’s stock keyboard, so there won’t be any effort getting used to it.

Like any good keyboard app, this one features predictive typing. Start typing a word to see three options. The first will be the word you typed. The second and third will be suggestions.

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This app also includes quick phrases. Swipe upward from the keyboard’s spacebar to reveal seven premade phrases, including “On my way,” “Can’t talk right now,” and “Bye for now.” Tap a phrase and it will automatically enter into the document. Unfortunately, you can’t create your own quick phrases. That would be a fantastic feature. Hopefully, personalized quick phrases will be available in the future.

My favorite feature of Brightkey (other than the candy colored keyboard) is the cursor. If you drag your finger across the spacebar to the left or right, you’ll move the cursor along the sentence. Instead of forcing the cursor to move to a different word by touching and holding your finger on the screen until it relocates, you can simply swipe across the space bar until you reach the exact spot you wish to move it to.

My first impression is that it is little more than a keyboard skin except for the cursor feature, which makes it stand out among the others. If you hate the way Apple makes you touch and hold to move the cursor, you will love this feature.

Brightkey is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free. Download it in the App Store today.

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  • Matt

    My main keyboard, because of the cursor feature

  • diggitydang

    Colours look gross… Don’t think I’ll be using this…

  • MrDDify

    Looks like shit!

    • Do one better then

      • MrDDify

        Easy! This looks like it was made by a 2 year old with the colors

  • Shorttyy713

    I wish there was true color instead of bright colors. Or even transparent black 😛

  • XZavier

    Add the cursor to feature to swype give swype the blue trail thing from swift key but a goldish color instead of the default yellow line from swipe. And it would be the perfect keyboard for me 😀

  • David Villamizar

    I can’t type with this, the keys don’t pop up when you touch them, so you only know you pressed a key by mistake only by looking at the written text. This slows the writing process a lot for me.

  • T_Will

    I’m wondering why “allow full access” need to be enabled? Is it because of the predictive text?

    • Tobias9413

      I believe it is so that other apps besides the stock apps can use it.

      • T_Will

        Other keyboard apps don’t require that. Usually it’s so the developer can enable better predictive text suggestions, but I couldn’t find any info about that on their web site.

  • HooDatty

    How exactly is this different? It looks identical to the standard keyboard, but with colours. Wow.

    • T_Will

      Did you read the article?

      #1 Swipe on the space bar to move cursor.
      #2 Swipe up on the space bar to reveal the quick phrase selection.

      Pretty cool features if you ask me.

      • HooDatty

        Referring to the title and first paragraph… Indicates that it LOOKS different… Well, it doesn’t does it?

      • T_Will

        Sorry, you’re right, it’s pretty difficult taking 2 minutes to read an article.

  • NeftyCorrea

    the two keyboards i use is swype and touchpad

  • Matt

    Where the hell are the devs of ColorKeyboard and SwipeSelection ??

    • I don’t believe SwipeSelection will be created since (I think) Apple don’t allow devs to manipulate the cursor

      • Elle

        But doesn’t this keyboard manipulate the cursor too ?

      • Umut Bilgiç

        No no you can move the cursor but apple limits that to only movement. You can not do selections. Just the position of the cursor.

  • pauleebe

    Doesn’t enable on my i6.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    I just want a SwipeSelection keyboard or a SwipeExpander keyboard. Or both in one.

  • Fevostone

    Why does the mic always disappear with these keyboards..?

  • justme

    one word.. Laggy

  • So glad iOS 8.1 will give third-party keyboards the ability to use autocorrect and autocapitalization.