Nov 06, 2013

How difficult is it to learn Swype?

I have Swype on my current Android phone, but have never really used it. Actually, I’ve had it on my last two Android phones, but I always just stuck with the standard keyboard. At lunch today, the person I was with responded to an email using Swype, and I was pretty impressed at how quickly he was able to “type”. However, when I tried it, I was slower than my normal typing. Is it pretty easy to learn Swype with a little practice or is it something that, like typing on a keyboard, takes years to really become second nature?

This page might be helpful:


It has swype tips and a link to the swype forum.
It does takes a little time to become proficient, but the skills you have from typing carry over to some degree. The main thing is knowing where all the letters are on the keyboard without thinking about it. While that might sound obvious, the trick is that when you type on a traditional keyboard, you typically associate each letter with a single finger. For example, the “A” key is always hit with the pinky on your left hand. You won’t be able to use that muscle memory with Swype. So, as I said, it will take a little time. Everyone is going to be different, but I would guess if you are an average keyboard typist and you use Swype exclusively for 2-3 weeks, you will be able to enter text as fast or faster with Swype. I've also found Swype is easier to use on smaller screens. I don't care for it on a tablet, but I use it about half of the time on a phone.

On a side note, I got a chuckle from Christopher’s comment about using voice recognition. I have a co-worker who uses it extensively for texting, and I constantly hear him speaking in a robot voice from a 1950s sci-fi show. It sounds weird as hell, but it seems to work for him.
I'm sure you can learn to use Swype with enough practice, though I wouldn't know from personal experience since I gave up in about two minutes. But your lunch partner proved it's possible to be a skilled Swyper. And a lot of folks who wrote reviews of Swype on Google Play love it. As for me, I'm working on using voice recognition, which presents its own challenges.
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