Having to moved from iPhone to android is, I think, really hit me hard. The interface is so unfamiliar and sometimes too hard to get stuff done. I think the reason was mostly to the stock apps and the bloatware that come with all android devices.
First things the stock keyboard from Asus, oh and by the way I am using Asus Zenfone C, is so $#!T and slow. I think this is mostly due the customization of the apps like can change color and whatever. So I rooted my phone to get rid the app, and many other, for sure. If you googled the lightest keyboard, one that will come in the list will be Multiling Keyboard, the most popular is SwiftKey Keyboard and the most recommended Google Keyboard, and TouchPal Keyboard, it does not fit in any category when I type keyboard in Play Store, it just come out.
The Lightest Keyboard Apps: Multiling Keyboard
Multiling Keyboard is the smallest keyboard to download between all four kayboard apps that I tested. The download size is less than a megabyte, it’s actually 927.7 KB. My first impression is this apps is so small it should use less resources. So it did! Look at the screenshot below to see it yourself.
The Lightest Keyboard: Multiling Keyboard RAM Usage
For some weird reason, the keyboard app does not function at all after I disable my stock keyboard app. It did not function even after I install Google Keyboard.
- Less than 1 MB download size.
- Small resource/RAM usage.
- Stopped working after the stock keyboard app is disabled/remove.
- So damn hard to install other language input.
The Most Popular Keyboard Apps: SwiftKey Keyboard
The description of the apps said that, which I’d love to quote “over 250 million people worldwide who use SwiftKey Keyboard“. This the biggest download size between all four.
My first impression is, WOW! 31.8MB for a keyboard app!. After finished installing, then I was asked to set it as one of the input, choose it a default input and bla bla, well that’s what android does.
I thought that was it, but that’s not it. When I first try to use it for the first time, it asked to complete the setup, sign up and login, whatever. After all those trouble, I’m able to use it, to surf the internet, Whatsapp, Telegram and Instagram. No Facebook because I do not like Facebook.
Below is the RAM usage of this “over 250 million people worldwide” user app look like:
The Most Popular Keyboard: SwiftKey Keyboard RAM Usage
It is an incredible 120MB. That’s 120 for the Artificial Intelligent and the customization.
- The AI thing.
- The customization.
- It’s huge.
- 120MB of RAM gone.
TouchPal Keyboard – Cute Emoji
I do not know why that this keyboard app come out as at the top of the search list on the Play Store, so I thought lets give it a try. The download size is 31MB, so I wait.
Then I go through with the setup process like activate input and on and one. I tested on Whatsapp, Telegram and Instagram, well no web surfing and get back to the home screen to see the resource usage. Just look below.
TouchPal Keyboard – Cute Emoji RAM Usage
After, SwiftKey Keyboard, this TouchPal Keyboard took me none by surprise. 101MB RAM usage is just not for me.
- “1000+ emoji, GIFs, emoticons, smileys and text faces conveniently everywhere”.
- “400+ Colorful Themes and DIY“.
- Second super large download size.
- Second RAM demolition.
The Recommended Keyboard App: Google Keyboard
Why this app become recommended key board? Well, if your stock keyboard app is too $#!tty, this the most recommended one. After all it from the maker of Android.
This have been my default keyboard app since I rooted my phone. It weirdly use different, and by different it’s clear different, RAM usage. Look below
The Most Recommended Keyboard App: Google Keyboard RAM Usage 1
Sometime this Google Keyboard uses almost twice the RAM size:
The Most Recommended Keyboard App: Google Keyboard RAM Usage 2
- Most Android phones are pre-install with this app.
- Relatively small RAM usage, considered the Gesture Typing and Voice Typing.
- As a stock app, we always want an alternative.
- Need to install separated app to use Korean and Japanese, which I’m currently learning.