Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Custom keyboards are one of those features that many iOS device owners have been keen to see. After all, we want everything that Android owners have, right? One such app that aims to make custom keyboards a little more interesting is Kiwi. It’s allows you to create and share colorful keyboards suited to your favorite style, and it works pretty well, too.
Kiwi is very simple to figure out. There’s a default keyboard available that’s admittedly quite hideous to look at, but it demonstrates just what can be accomplished. Hitting the plus sign allows you to get creating - choosing theme colors, followed by a choice of background image and individual colors within the keys. Experimentation is key here, with plenty of options able to make all the difference. You can change the font choice around too, as well as apply blur effects to the images imported.
Essentially, your imagination is the limitation here with it possible to make incredibly garish choices, or simple darker selections for the classier iOS device owner. It’s easy to do, whichever path you take, with it possible to create multiple keyboards for different occasions.
One thing that might worry privacy-focused folk is that you have to allow Kiwi full access to your device in order to use different custom keyboards. iOS pops-up a warning explaining just how much potential access is proffered here, but there’s also the fact that no malicious app should have been approved anyhow. It shouldn’t be a major issue but in these early days, I can understand why some might be a little apprehensive. Bear in mind though, this is going to be an issue for many custom keyboard apps. It’s far from an exclusive thing for Kiwi.
Potential paranoid thoughts aside, Kiwi is a fun way to make your own keyboards and ensure your iOS device feels even more personal to you. Just try not to go too psychedelic with the color choices!