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Easy typing on your smartphone

We all type on the keyboards built into our smartphones and tablets, but there are other options that offer the ability to cut mistakes, type faster, and more.

They’re keyboard apps and PC Mike Wendland has three great options to consider.

Grammarly Mobile Keyboard improves the quality of your writing, offering hundreds of checks on what you write, including basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Whether you’re sending an email, a LinkedIn message, or a Facebook post, Grammarly Mobile Keyboard serves as a personal editor and helps avoid embarrassing mistakes. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The Fleksy app helps you keyboard faster. It helps you autocorrect your typing accurately without looking. Among Fleksy’s many features is the ability to type with gestures, meaning you can use swiping motions. There are also customizable options such as making keys bigger. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Another option is Microsoft’s SwiftKey Keyboard. The app uses advanced algorithms to essentially learn how you write and type, and then creates personal predictions. It also autocorrects and it has the ability to type bilingual, meaning people speaking different languages can communicate easily. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.