Instatext: How Does It Compare With Grammarly and Wordtune?
You’re probably wondering, “another writing assistant?”
Well, yeah. But why not? It’s always nice to have options and in this case, InstaText was built to be better than the existing ones we have on the market right now.
We all know how writing assistants work: grammar corrections, suggestions, sometimes rewriting your sentences, etc.
But how does InstaText differ from the rest and why is it the love child of the already established Grammarly and WordTune?
But first, more on InstaText
InstaText is a writing and editing assistant that, much like Grammarly, corrects your grammar and spelling. Also, much like WordTune, rewrites your sentences to make you sound more like a native speaker.
Sounds like two tools in one? It kind of does. But where do the similarities end and the differences start?
Fixing Your Grammar
Now I’ve used Grammarly premium before but I don’t have premium access anymore, so this may play a factor.
What I love most about Grammarly is that it constantly checks for correctness, clarity, engagement, and delivery with meters in the sidebar. It also tells you why the corrections are being made and gives you quick grammar 101 lessons, which can come in handy.
For WordTune, I’ve noticed it corrects basic grammar mistakes, like your spelling, word choice, or even the capitalization of your words. Sometimes it also gives me suggestions to correct because I’ve clicked on the spacebar twice. Overall, just some basic stuff. No handy dandy grammar 101 lessons like in Grammarly.
With InstaText, you don’t get added features of Grammarly too (maybe for now?). Like I mentioned InstaText is like Grammarly and WordTune in one so it rewrites your sentences while correcting your grammar mistakes.
I think it’s worth noting that InstaText doesn’t have a Chrome extension yet (but it’s on their roadmap!) so that’s probably why we don’t get more features for this compared to Grammarly. For now, we can make do with their site. But I think InstaText gets the job done here for some grammar fixes.
WordTune won’t be covered here since it’s an AI rewriter and I don’t think it’s fair to compare it to the other tools mentioned.
Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions
Now that your writing assistant has picked up on some grammatical errors, it’s time to either accept their suggestions or reject them. Should be easy, right?
Just a short, purposely bad sentence for the Grammarly example. If you see a word with a red underline, just accept the suggestions on the left sidebar and if you need to reject a sentence, simply click on the trash bin icon at the bottom of each suggestion. Then you’re all set!
But what if you have a longer write-up? You can still just continue to accept or reject the suggestions from there. Grammarly will automatically redirect you to the word or phrase that needs to be changed.
I’d like to mention though that when you have a longer write-up, Grammarly tends to slow down Google docs a lot. It’s part of the reason why I just stopped paying for Grammarly premium.
WordTune doesn’t work like Grammarly or InstaText since it’s an AI rewriter. But since we’re talking about suggestions, it’s nice to compare this to the two, too. If you have highlighted a block of text with multiple sentences, it’ll make suggestions for you per sentence. To accept it, just click on the suggestion you like.
There’s really no option for you to reject here. If you don’t like any of the suggestions, just skip the sentence by clicking on the right arrow beside “½ sentences”.
This process is way easier on InstaText. Simply click on the word/s with suggestions and accept or reject from there! Or you can even accept/reject all changes in the top corner of the editor to save you time.
Again, InstaText doesn’t have a Chrome extension yet so I don’t know how this’ll fare in terms of lagging your Google docs.
Rewriting Your Texts
For this section, I took a block of text from the LOVO vs Listnr review. This sentence was pretty clumsy, I’ll have to admit. That’s why it’ll be a good example for this. 😅
Now WordTune is great at what it does, I mean look at the rewriting suggestions! The original text is the unhighlighted one and below it is the one sprinkled with some WordTune magic. This was written on Google docs and you simply have to highlight a block of text and let it do the rest for you. It gives suggestions by sentence and you just have to pick one you like best.
This is where you can see how InstaText rewrites your sentences differently from WordTune. InstaText focuses on preserving your tone, making adjustments while making your text still sound like you. This is important because to make great copies, your unique and authentic voice needs to stand out and that’s what will set you apart from your competitors.
WordTune gets the job done and does a wonderful job at rewriting. But what worries me when accepting one of their suggestions is that I might lose my voice. Even though there are multiple suggestions for me, I still had a hard time picking one because all I thought of was “should I pick this? I don’t talk like this.” and that is why I prefer InstaText for this.
If you’re in an industry where you use a lot of jargons and abbreviations, a personal dictionary is always great to have. Who wants to see those pesky red underlines for a word that doesn’t really need to be corrected? 😛
Here’s Grammarly’s personal dictionary. Simply add a new word here and you’re all set! Alternatively, if you have a word that’s been getting those red underlines, you can just click on it and add it to your personal dictionary from there.
InstaText’s personal dictionary is easily accessible. Simply click on the dictionary icon on the top right corner and you’re there! You’ve got more options here too with “don’t change” and “stop changing”. I can’t find a use case for “stop changing” yet, but it’s nice to have. It reminds me of the predictive text we have on iOS. Come on, iPhone. I wanted to send “omw”, not “On my way!”.
But InstaText’s Personal Dictionary doesn’t stop there.
Unlike Grammarly, InstaText supports multiple-word keywords, such as time series prediction and time series forecasting.
For example, you can add a multiple-word keyword like “Lifetime Deals” to your personal dictionary so that it doesn’t turn into “Lifetime Offers or “Deal of a Lifetime” when you let InstaText transform your content.
Grammarly doesn’t have this option as it only lets you enter a single keyword into their dictionary.
This feature of InstaText is useful and saves you time in having to correct a word after letting your writing assistant transform your texts!
English isn’t the same around the world and has many variations. These variations follow a different set of rules for grammar, punctuation, etc. Which is why language settings is also important, as there’s no one-size-fits-all for checking the English language.
Grammarly lets you choose your English preference. It checks your spelling, grammar, punctuation, depending on what you write in: American, Canadian, British, Australian, or New Zealand English.
This covers correcting “realize” into “realise” and vice versa, watching out for the differences in collective nouns, and even the periods after titles like in “Mr./Mrs.” to “Mr/Mrs”.
You can easily select your preference in InstaText, too. There’s also a formality adjustment feature to fit the tone of the content you’re making. InstaText’s language setting also does what Grammarly can, but there’s more.
As you can see above, the source text was in UK English and was transformed by InstaText into American English. Not only does the language settings in InstaText check for grammar, punctuation, and spelling, it also checks and corrects words that have counterparts for the different dialects.
“Trousers” was transformed into “pants”, “jumper” was transformed into “sweater” and so on. The goal here is to make you sound like a native speaker, whatever English dialect it may be. InstaText does a wonderful job of doing this and by transforming your text from one dialect to another with the proper words, you can avoid confusion when trying to convey your message.
Grammarly vs InstaText
While there may be minor differences between the two and you can just switch out one for the other, the biggest thing that stood out to me is that InstaText always has concrete suggestions for you and does not leave you hanging.
Like I mentioned, I’ve had Grammarly premium before. And one frustration I had when I used it for writing articles is that it didn’t help me enough. Here’s what I mean:
I had this problem a lot. As a non-native speaker, after I’ve written a lengthy write-up, my English capabilities tend to dry out. Then I check my write-up using Grammarly and this is what I find? Honestly, I’ll just leave it like that since I’d be at a loss as to what to do next. This suggestion isn’t really helpful, isn’t it?
At that time, I didn’t know about WordTune yet. I would’ve just plugged a “hard-to-read sentence” into WordTune and let it do its thing.
But why hop on to another tool when InstaText can do all the checking and rewriting for you?
InstaText holds your hand and guides you with every step of the way to help your content become more understandable with concrete solutions. Had I known about InstaText sooner, I would’ve been saved from all the frustration and headaches I got after a lengthy write-up.
WordTune vs InstaText
As mentioned in the “Rewriting Your Texts” section, InstaText preserves your authentic and unique voice, something that is valuable to any written content. How will your audience know if your content’s written by you if you sound robotic? What if your unique tone is what sells your content? Will you risk that?
No shading WordTune here, it’s fantastic at what it does. But again, a lot of the suggestions it gives doesn’t sound like me. And I’d hate to lose what makes my content unique for the sake of convenience.
Other than that, InstaText is more in-depth in correcting your grammar. Although it doesn’t give you any reason as to why you’re getting corrections like Grammarly, it’s enough to make you sound like a native English speaker.
There’s no one-size-fits-all for writing assistants. Many may rave about a particular tool, but if it doesn’t suit you and your needs, then why bother?
InstaText is geared towards non-native English speakers to help them sound more native-like. It does every important thing two tools can do in one.
If you feel like you need a writing assistant to guide you throughout your whole write-up with concrete suggestions without ever losing your unique touch, then InstaText is the way to go.
There’s a free 14-day trial for InstaText if you want to give it a try. But you might want to decide fast, they have a limited offer for a 20% lifetime discount right now. You wouldn’t want to miss out on such a useful tool. 😜