If you don’t have Swype installed on your Android device you’re missing out on one of the greatest features for Android. Swype minimizes the speed of typing by instead of hitting each key you simply trace the letters of the word you are trying to type. Swype has the “beta” on their website ready to download for free; all you have to do is register, confirm your email, and install the .apk (so you’re going to need a device which allows the installation of third party applications). The beta includes all the features of the versions that are installed with modern devices natively and also is updated often to fix bugs and glitches; you must have a compatible device in order for the Swype Beta to work properly. You can visit beta.swype.com to register and download Swype for your device as well as check compatibility before you download.
Some alternative to Swype are available on the market such as SlideIt keyboard which is pricey at $6.50 but can be used on tablets and phones alike. The process is easier and SlideIt includes functions which are easy to use, such as copy and paste, built into the keyboard. You can get SlideIt off the Android Market here.
Here’s a quick video done by recombu.com to give you an idea of Swype and the features: