Mister Mobility pitches the Samsung keyboard against Google’s Gboard keyboard. It’s samsung keyboard vs gboard in this comparative review.
The Samsung keyboard and Google’s Gboard have very similar layouts. As a matter of fact, the position of the comma is the significant difference. Other minor differences are there too, but they do not impact as much on usability on this single matter of the position of the comma.
By definition, a comma is a punctuation. Punctuations are marks used in writing to separate sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning. They include: the comma, the full stop (or period), the question mark, and the exclamation mark. Of all these, the comma and the full stop are the most widely used and so are key to smooth writing/typing experiences.
Samsung keyboard vs Gboard: The Comma
On Samsung’s keyboard, the comma key is hidden away and you get to it through tapping the “Sym” key. On Gboard, the comma is right there in your face for you to use immediately – and that is a huge improvement in usability for me.
Do you have any idea how often we use a comma in typing on a daily basis? Why hide it away? I know that proper writing is a dying art. Scroll through the timeline of any social media platform and you see entire paragraphs written without any punctuation. Still, for those of us who who put some effort into typing properly, having the comma easily accessible makes a whole lot of difference.
Samsung keyboard vs Gboard: The Full Stop
The full stop is another punctuation that is essential to every day writing and typing. Thankfully, both Samsung’s keyboard and Gboard have it in your face and ready for use.
I find that I type easier on Gboard because of this, and I have adopted it as default keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017. All Samsung has to do to change this usability issue is reduce the size of the space bar and add a key for the comma to the row. And then the Samsung keyboard would be the next thing to perfection.
Samsung keyboard vs Gboard: Which is your preferred?
If you’d like to try out both keyboards to see which works better for you, here are the downloa links:
Download Gboard for your Android smartphone from HERE.
Download Samsung Keyboard to your phone HERE.
What keyboard do you use on your Android smartphone and how does it have the comma and full stop keys positioned? Do you do a lot of typing on your phone? How do the positioning of these two punctuation keys impact your usage?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.