You don't have to settle for the default keyboard on iPhone.
Here are some of the best alternatives.
SwiftKey uses gesture typing or swiping where you drag your finger from one letter to another to make a word.
The autocorrect function is also very accurate.
Gboard from Google works across multiple languages, has swiping support, and access to the complete emoji collection in iOS 10.
Press the microphone icon on the spacebar to enable voice dictation, so you can speak your messages, rather than type.
What's for lunch today?
Do away with text altogether with Bitmoji.
Create an avatar of yourself and search for a picture that expresses what you want to say.
Fleksy is great if you're prone to typos because of the autocorrect accuracy.
Customize the phone on the keyboard or its size on the screen.
Extensions let you add features from a number row to 100 operation and plenty more.
In San Francisco I'm Lexy Savvides, CNet.com for CBS News.