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Screenshots: Five alternative keyboards for your Android tablet

Introduction

The tablet keyboard is a personal thing. To one user, it’s just a means for typing messages and statuses, entering data while on the go. To someone else, it’s a way of making the mobile experience more efficient and enjoyable.

Out of the box, the Android keyboard is serviceable... especially on the smartphone form. But once you venture into the realm of the tablet, that stock keyboard seems a bit less than user-friendly.

Thankfully, you’ll find an abundance of third-party keyboards on the Google Play Store, ready for action. But which ones deserve your precious time and effort? Here are five that I consider to be the best keyboards available for Android. Let’s see if one will meet your needs.

Note: This gallery is also available as an article.

Image: iStockphoto.com/danr13

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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