KeyZag Keyboard Free – a larger keyboard for larger fingers
Oct 17, 2013 1:12 PM –
KeyZag Keyboard Free brings larger buttons to the on-screen keyboard for Android devices- as an effort to reduce typing mistakes. If you typo a lot or have fat fingers or thumbs read more of this review to determine whether you should download!
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4
Pros & Cons:
- Adjustable keyboard with larger buttons!
- Simple swipe gestures to get to features like capitalization, space bar, backspace, numbers, etc.
- Lacks word correction or word prediction and removes voice to text input.
- Small learning (well… adjustment) curve.
- Doesn’t capitalize the very first typed word automatically.
KeyZag Keyboard Free works well for the fat fingered or thumbed typists used to tapping individual letters as it enlarges the keys in a zig-zag pattern. On the surface the keyboard omits a lot of the clutter of other keyboards to make more room. Important things like space bar and backspace keys are gone but these are replaced with swipe gestures; swipe on any key then right to for space bar, swipe on any key then left to backspace and delete characters. The above screenshot will be your best friend at the start of using this alternative keyboard is it contains all useful gestures; including swiping down to access numbers & symbols, swipe up to capitalize letters or holding specific buttons to access emoticons and accents. It’s a small learning curve but something you will have to get used to. Once adjusted, however, you may soon see your thumbs zipping words by. Using the keyboard as your primary requires activating it, and selecting it. If you need help switching to the keyboard, here is a helpful guide.
Someone like myself who’s used to the Swype world of typing it was a total shock in adjustment, and to be honest offered much slower input as I not only had to remember the method of typing but had to spell each individual letter to word- no shortcuts with auto word correction and/or next word prediction. Also gone missing is any voice to text input so you’re really going to be pecking away at every letter. One small niggle that annoys me with the keyboard is that it is not intelligent enough to automatically capitalize the first letter of every sentence. Since all the keyboard letters are represented in all caps it’s easy to forget that- this is something a polished keyboard would just include.
This can be a pro & a con in the same but the default and large themes are huge and take of 50% to 60% of the screen space, respectively. Note there is a smaller version which takes up only about 25% of the screen. Installing the keyboard by default turns on sound on every key press, and if you’re a Galaxy S4 owner like myself that water drop sound is annoying so immediately tap the grid of dots icon and kill it in the settings. While there I have a small gripe, I understand developers must monetize their apps but I’m not really fond of ads in the way of settings menu.
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Light Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Dark Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Large Light Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Large Dark Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Small Light Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Small Dark Theme
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Numbers
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Themes
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Help Guide
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Input Selection
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Input and Language Settings
- KeyZag Keyboard Free – Settings