Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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I really, really like the idea behind MyScript Stylus. It’s a different sort of iOS keyboard that lets you write your words out with a finger rather than having to mess around with virtual keyboards. The only problem is that, in practice, it’s much slower to use.
Setting up MyScript Stylus is quick and easy; all you have to do is install it and give it the appropriate permissions, then it’ll show up as one of your keyboard options whenever you need to write anything. Actually using it is also easy, and it does a really good job of recognizing even my awful handwriting.
The gestures you can use to correct and edit (separating words, removing accidental spaces, etc) are pretty simple and intuitive as well, although I did run into issues with getting the “use two fingers to swipe and scroll back” feature to work. Still, it’s almost scary how effortless it is to write something out and have it displayed correctly.
As great as MyScript Stylus is though, it just doesn’t seem as functional as a regular keyboard. This isn’t a matter of it being more difficult to use or anything; it’s just faster to type than it is to write something out. Even with autocorrect pulling its usual shenanigans.
MyScript Stylus isn’t a practical replacement for the normal iOS keyboard, but it does what it does very well and is still worth a look.