As far as third-party keyboards for iOS go, Swype is fantastic. It’s fast, it’s stable, and it knows all my little typing quirks. I’d never use anything else. And yet-I fucking hate it.
Swype’s set of emojis are, for whatever reason, not compliant with Unicode’s latest set of emojis. Which means Swype does not offer what has been correctly praised as the greatest emoji: the upside down smiley emoji.
As you can see in the video above, it takes me about sixteen seconds to go through the motions of remembering Swype’s sole foible, switching keyboards, switching to emoji, going to the correct tab, and finally-at long last-locating my beloved upside down emoji.
It’s one of those minor annoyances that gets more and more infuriating with each repetition, and I do it multiple times a day. Swype, there are already so many terrible things in this world. Please-just give me this one.
Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. Illustration by Jim Cooke.