NinType – Typing On iOS Like Never Before

4.0 Overall Score
Usability: 4/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 4/5

An all new way to type that merges styles | Great auto-correct & swipe recognition | Customization options

Can crash to result in non-retina mode | Cluttered UI at times | Takes awhile to get used to


Third party keyboards are a major part of iOS 8, and we have seen quite a few with varying results. Nintype is a new entry that emphasizes the swipe style keyboard, but it’s more than just a Swype, or SwiftKey alternative. Nintype is about letting you swipe, and peck keys together with both hands to make typing more efficient. It’s not just a swipe based keyboard, it’s not just only a peck keyboard, and it’s not simply made for one handed use. Nintype is about merging the varying keyboard technologies into one offering to let you type faster than ever before, once you get the hang of it.
There’s definitely a learning curve with Nintype to get a feel for how swiping can work with two different hands, while tapping occasional keys too. The app includes a lengthy keyboard to help you get up, and running, and you will still need patience to become comfortable with the new typing controls. Luckily, Nintype includes a very intelligent auto-correct engine as well as swipe recognition engine to grab the letters that you swipe on. There’s rarely an error, once you get in the flow, and it’s easy to see how you can type faster with Nintype. There are also swipe gestures for quick punctuation, and you can slide on the space bar to rapidly move the cursor.

Another highlight of Nintype is that there’s a lot of customization in the keyboard layout (including split keyboard), shortcut chords, and adjustable themes. In addition to offering a third party keyboard, the app itself offers a useful note taking utility. The one noticeable drawback with Nintype comes from Apple’s restrictions in the amount of memory keyboards can use. That means the keyboard can crash when you run it with retina assets, especially in landscape mode. The menu UI is also a little on the cluttered side when trying to customize the keyboard, and it’s not always clear what the different options do. The default offering is all you need to get both hands swiping, and tapping together to type up anything on your iOS device.

Nintype ($4.99, Universal) is a valuable keyboard alternative to let you type faster as long as you give yourself time to get used to the style.

$4.99, Universal


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