Review

We all have been through those moments when just text messages are not enough to convey an emotion. A smiley can say a hundred words. But, a GIF can say a thousand words. At times, you need a thousand words. While there are many sites that provide GIFs, there is no simple way to access them right now. What if I told you that you could access it on your iOS device right from your keyboard? Giffage, a third party keyboard for the iOS helps you with exactly that. Welcome to the age of GIFs with this app.

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The best part about Giffage is that it is powered by Giphy- the largest collection of animated GIFs in the world. This means you can get all the GIFs you could ever want, all under one roof. This brand new keyboard is one that you will stick to, unlike most others that we download. While there are other keyboards that allow you to use GIFs, none do it as well as this one. This one really has a strong edge over all others in its niche mainly owing to its beautiful design and huge repository.

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Besides the keyboard, there is also a standalone app. That is where most of the real action happens. You can search and download GIFs from within the app without having to install the keyboard. There are 4 main sections- Search, Random, Trending and Hearted. The first three are what the names imply. The last one is where your favourite ones are saved. The navigation within the app is just fabulous. There’s no menu or table or navigation bar. There are four main sections and you can swipe up and down and hold the section you want to visit. Everything is done through a series of gestures and swipes. To select a particular GIF and load it in full screen, you merely have to tap it. Each GIF has 3 options- Copy, Heart and Share. To add one to your favourites, you just have to long press on it. That’s about it.

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The user interface is highly interactive, simple to use and intuitive. The bright colors do bring a smile to your face and get you excited. Besides just the interface, using the GIFs is a lot of fun too. Sharing them is as easy as tapping a single button. Searching for a certain one is also very simple.

To enable the keyboard, you will have to configure the same in your phone settings. You can search a GIF matching a certain keyword quickly through the keyboard and add it to your collection. If you tap a GIF once, it is copied to your clipboard while tapping it twice copies the URL. Those apps that have inbuilt support for GIFs can use the first option. The keyboard enables you to access your search history and take a look at the list of keywords.

All said and done, Giffage is an excellent GIF explorer and keyboard for the iOS. All you need is an iOS device with iOS 8.0 or higher. It is available for free in the App Store to top it all. Time to enter the age of GIFs!

Good: Huge collection of GIFs

Bad: None

Worth Having App – Download the app