One of the great things about Android is that you can customize the various components to fit your particular habits. It has done this better than iOS for years. While iOS8 finally let’s iPhone users pick a custom keyboard, most are not free, nor do any I could find have an on-screen keyboard with a dedicated number row above the qwerty keyboard. Switching from the letter to number screen has always been a pain, especially when entering passwords or trying to fire off a quick text.
The Google Keyboard is free in the Play Store and has customizable views and Swype capabilities. Once you’ve seen the speed of “swyping” words instead of pecking individual letters, you’ll never go back. Of course you don’t lose the ability to speak your type as well with the microphone key.
Customize away with the instructions here: How to add a dedicated number row to Google Keyboard – AndroidPIT.