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TouchPal X Review: the fastest keyboard around

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From the award winning developers at CooTek who are the masterminds behind the keyboards for devices such as HTC, Sony, Huawei, and ZTE, come TouchPal X. TouchPal X was designed to be a different keyboard app from the rest and aims to be the fastest keyboard for Android to date. With included options such as word and gesture sets, you can enter full sentences without having to lift your finger from the screen.

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New Gestures

Just recently, we had a look at Dryft to see how it would pan out for making typing on a tablet easier. While Dryft will be a boon to larger screened devices, TouchPal X aims to do the same for smartphones.

At first glance, it seems to follow the same principal as Swype where you can type words without having to lift your finger, however, a new concept however lies in the fact that there are new gestures for entering and completing full sentences.

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TouchPal Wave gesture and symbol gestures to input word and sentences. / © CooTek - TouchPal X

In combination with word recognition and the ability to learn what kind of application you’re using (SMS, e-mail, browser, chat, etc), TouchPal X can easily reach levels of about 120 words per minute when typing. On request, TouchPal X displays the current write speed and collects statistics on how fast you’re typing.

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Themes, smileys, and emoticons are also available. / © CooTek - TouchPal X

From the get-go, you can easily achieve a typing speed 100+ word per minute, but you do need to get used to some of the gestures required to get to this point (called TouchPal Wave). Similarly, the application takes some time until it has adjusted to the input behavior and can offer useful suggestions to complete the sentences for you.

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Voice input  (left) and velocity statistics in TouchPal I(right). / © CooTek - TouchPal X

More than 70 languages are support and a number of themes are available Different keyboard sizes can be adjusted, voice input by microphone and expandable smileys and emoticons can be found in the features of the software keyboard.

Conclusion

As with all the keyboards with swype functions, the main purpose of TouchPal X is to achieve a high speed of typing. But, if you get any user used to a certain type of keyboard they will get pretty proficient with typing on it. Whether learning the new gestures associated with TouchPal X will bring a huge improvement to your type speed or not, you really need to try it out for yourself.

TouchPal X is free and available in the Google Play Store. 

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    Loie Favre Sep 20, 2013 Link

    I will definitely give this a try: right now I am still using the TouchWiz Samsung Keyboard that came with my Galaxy S3. I tried my hand at Swiftkey but it didn't learn my language fast enough. I'm sort of impatient and Samsung's keyboard had already learned my typing behaviour.

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  • antonio-rodrigues Sep 20, 2013 Link

    Same here: i'm using default's Nexus 4 keyboard and currently testing a trial version of SwiftKey. Loving the assertive prediction based on our frequently text inputs across Email & Social stuff. I will test this one also: it's free, mimics the best functionality of SwiftKey, and adds up some nice and new features ;)
    Thanks for the review.

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  • William Talbert Sep 20, 2013 Link

    Wow much better then stock keyboard and much more accurate this will be my main keyboard from now on.

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  • Reetam Das Sep 21, 2013 Link

    I think SwiftKey has an added advantage of could support for all the words you make it learn. So, no re-learning this there. The feature of typing without lifting your hands was introduced by SwiftKey months ago. The feature is called "flow" there. However, if anyone stands next to SwiftKey, it's TouchPal

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  • Reetam Das Sep 21, 2013 Link

    *cloud support

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    Maldor Sep 21, 2013 Link

    I have had Touchpal for tablet for a while And I LOVE it, and I shall stick to it...

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  • Premol Daimari 11 months ago Link

    I really love this keyboard

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