Cell phones have come a long way over the last decade or so, and so has texting. Once upon a time we used our number pads to T9 all of our friends, and once touchscreens hit the market we were all texting with the keyboards like it was nobody’s business. But there’s only so much emotion that can be conveyed with words. Sure, there’s the odd emoticon that can be thrown in for effect, but a little yellow smiley face doesn’t always explain exactly how you feel.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Enter GIF keyboards: A handy way to show whoever you’re texting exactly how you feel at any given time with the use of a GIF. Since the release of iOS 8 this past autumn, they’re becoming more and more popular by the day. Below we’ve rounded up three of the best third party GIF keyboards available on the market today, take a look and try them out for yourself – You’ll surely love the way that you’re able to get your emotions across with them.
PopKey is one of the more popular GIF keyboards; mostly because it was a frontrunner in the industry. It has a fairly extensive library of GIFs for you to choose from, and you can even upload your own if you’re feeling crafty. That said, it does put a watermark on any GIF that you send which definitely distracts from the picture itself.
GIF Keyboard is the one that gets downloaded the most because the search results are an exact match. While it does the job as far as sending a GIF reaction to your text message recipient, it doesn’t seem to have as extensive a GIF collection as the other two keyboards on this list. If you’re someone that’s just wanting to try this type of keyboard out to see what all the fuss is about, this one is a good starter.
Giffage: You know the old adage Save the best for last? This article is no exception. While the other two keyboards on this list are perfectly fine, Giffage (iOS) leaps and bounds better than the rest. Not only does it come equipped with an exceptionally large library of pre-stocked GIFs for you to choose from (by category or what’s trending at any particular moment), it gives you the opportunity to ‘heart’ your favourite GIFs so that you can pull them up quickly and easily whenever you want. In addition to sending your GIFs through messages, you’re also able to inset them into your social networks as well. The best part about it? You can actually use it like a traditional keyboard. Sure, GIFS are great, but sometimes you just need to spell it out for people, and Giffage does just that.
Add to all of that the ability to use your camera to make your own GIFs and the opportunity to actually type with a normal keyboard as well – something you’re not able to do on the previously mentioned keyboards (or any others we’ve seen) – and you’ve got yourself the best GIF keyboard that the internet has to offer right now.