Does it Work?
Although the above-mentioned world record claim already proves the point, the app has to be tested anyway. It is fair to say that Swype indeed works in everyday use as advertised, although it most certainly has its limitations.
First of all there is the learning curve, which is steep. As Swype is not a traditional keyboard that works with key presses, an entirely new method of text input has to be taught. As the success of Swype entirely leans on the user's familiarity with the QWERTY keyboard, this can also be a point of concern. Once the user is used to Swype, the input is indeed fast. Roughly 90% of all words appear correctly, which is a satisfying and fun experience. Words that aren’t predicted well can be manually corrected through the ‘Swype Key’ that pops up a little menu that lists the alternatives available. Occasionally this menu appears by default when Swype isn’t sure which word is required.
Secondly, Swype entirely relies on its tracking capabilities. This also means that when there is a moment where a word needs to be added manually, the keyboard layout isn’t the best of its kind. Surely, Swype will keep improving its dictionary and add languages besides English, but at this stage there are certainly times when manual input is required.
A last, but minor point of ‘criticism’ is the fact that Swype does not have proper word prediction in place. It does have it in a sense but it is not ideal. This is, however, a minor point of concern as the entire concept of Swype is designed to circumvent the need for word prediction.