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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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iPad Mini Keyboard Cases Hitting the Market




Belkin and iPadMiniMod have each released iPad mini cases with integrated keyboards, adding to the collection of accessories for the new tablet.

Belkin's $80 case connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and features a removable keyboard with shortcut keys to play or pause music, as well as change tracks.

iPad Mini Mod's $40 aluminum case also connects via Bluetooth and uses Smart Cover magnets to turn the iPad on when the case is opened. It comes in both black and silver to match the iPad mini.


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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.
Of course you can type. But the lack of feedback makes touch typing almost impossible*. Plus using an external keyboard means you can see the whole screen when typing.

*not that touch typing is much more practical on a keyboard this small.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Of course you can type. But the lack of feedback makes touch typing almost impossible*. Plus using an external keyboard means you can see the whole screen when typing.

*not that touch typing is much more practical on a keyboard this small.
Try it. Touch typing is trivial on the full size iPad because autocorrection does a good job picking up the slack.

Mini isn't as good but a little change in hand positioning makes it still possible.

Even on the iPhone, I can't remember when the last time I looked at the keyboard while typing was.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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I like using the iPad with its own keyboard, but the other day I was writing a document and I simply use the Apple Remote keyboard I had from my iMac. It works really well. Specially because when I have the iPad upright using my Otterbox case it works just like having a minipc.

I could use a more integrated solution, but for now the combination I have meets my needs.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:35 PM   #6
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Try it. Touch typing is trivial on the full size iPad because autocorrection does a good job picking up the slack.

Mini isn't as good but a little change in hand positioning makes it still possible.

Even on the iPhone, I can't remember when the last time I looked at the keyboard while typing was.
I have tried it. At best I can only pseudo-touch type using 2-3 fingers on each hand. The screen just isn't wide enough even on a full size iPad to comfortably fit all my digits. And because there is no way to feel the edges of each key I must constantly adjust for drift. These two factors make my typing on the screen considerably slower than with a physical keyboard.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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It's a great product idea. However, the fact that the "demonstrator" makes switching it on look rather violent and mashing the shift key when trying to hit the home button = horrible advertisement.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:06 PM   #8
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Try it. Touch typing is trivial on the full size iPad because autocorrection does a good job picking up the slack.

Mini isn't as good but a little change in hand positioning makes it still possible.

Even on the iPhone, I can't remember when the last time I looked at the keyboard while typing was.
how nice. Nothing like autocorrection correcting everything incorrectly and making a mess of everything typed. On iphone, ipad or ipad mini.

Short stuff, its ok. Long stuff is an exercise is frustration. Keyboards are infinitely preferable.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:30 PM   #9
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So I have a Dodocase Hardcover for my iPad Mini... freaking love it. I can type rather well on my iPad mini actually... but I'd say that if I was in a class or something taking a lot of notes, it would get tiring.

At that point I'd just have a small apple bluetooth keyboard with me though and set it up in front of my iPad Mini in the Dodocase.

Best of both worlds.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:48 PM   #10
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Of course you can type. But the lack of feedback makes touch typing almost impossible*.
I find I'm able to type amazingly well using the on-screen keyboard. Of course, there are those who certainly prefer the feel of the keys under their fingers and if that's how you type, more power to ya, but don't suggest that because you're incapable/unwilling to work one way that it's "almost impossible."

That said, I totally agree with this statement:
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Plus using an external keyboard means you can see the whole screen when typing.
Which is going to be a big issue on the smaller iPad, IMO.
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*not that touch typing is much more practical on a keyboard this small.
No kidding. Did you watch the demo vid? The guy's fingers hit another button every time he touched the thing.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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I just want a chiclet keyboard for my Mini and I'll be happy. That Mod case is ugly though.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:58 PM   #12
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I don't understand why anyone would buy a keyboard case for a full size or mini iPad. If it were that great an Idea apple would market one... Now look how great that touch-cover thing is on the surface...
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:25 PM   #13
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Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.
With the Mini it's the way to go. It's small enough for decent thumb typing.

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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:16 PM   #14
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TBH I've never really understood keyboard cases on tablets. They make the tablet significantly more bulky, hindering it's portability, and aren't as good for using on the lap as laptops... So why not just use a laptop? 11" MBA anyone?
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:19 PM   #15
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those keys must be tiny.
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those keys must be tiny.
You can see a shot with his finger pushing one key... but pushing three or four around it. Seems pretty sketchy. They shoulda done a full-sized keyboard case with speakers off the sides around the mini.
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TBH I've never really understood keyboard cases on tablets. They make the tablet significantly more bulky, hindering it's portability, and aren't as good for using on the lap as laptops... So why not just use a laptop? 11" MBA anyone?

Seriously, the time it takes to move from the keyboard to the screen is time loss as well.

The only thing that ever sort of made sense was the original iPad keyboard dock by apple because it didn't need to be recharged (its powered by the iPad) and it stays at home as a dock. That's it. Everything else is a complete waste of money. I can type just as fast in the iPad (if not faster) due to autocorrect fixing the little things here and there.
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I've written two novels on an iPad 2 and Clamcase. It's an amazing experience, to be honest. The touchscreen works for 500-1,000 words, but beyond that gets frustrating. Firstly, you're not looking directly at the screen (and can get some strange glare). Secondly, your hands are slightly more cramped than with a keyboard (which is as wide as the iPad with bezel). Thirdly, you can't see as much of your document because the keyboard takes up half the screen.

Why not use a laptop? Well, there are things the iPad can do that laptops can't (mostly gaming, but also simply the ease and comfort of browsing on the couch). So you buy an iPad for $500 (for its strengths) and then a laptop for $1000 (for the keyboard)? Or just an iPad for $500 and $100 for a keyboard? You end up getting the best of both worlds (unless you want OS X, which is another story completely).
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It made me chuckle that she couldn't hit the key without knocking shift...that should never have made it through the cutting room
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It made me chuckle that she couldn't hit the key without knocking shift...that should never have made it through the cutting room
rofl nice

Or the on/off switch move she did. Without audio on, the ad looks like a joke

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I've written two novels on an iPad 2 and Clamcase. It's an amazing experience, to be honest. The touchscreen works for 500-1,000 words, but beyond that gets frustrating. Firstly, you're not looking directly at the screen (and can get some strange glare). Secondly, your hands are slightly more cramped than with a keyboard (which is as wide as the iPad with bezel). Thirdly, you can't see as much of your document because the keyboard takes up half the screen.

Why not use a laptop? Well, there are things the iPad can do that laptops can't (mostly gaming, but also simply the ease and comfort of browsing on the couch). So you buy an iPad for $500 (for its strengths) and then a laptop for $1000 (for the keyboard)? Or just an iPad for $500 and $100 for a keyboard? You end up getting the best of both worlds (unless you want OS X, which is another story completely).
What app did you use to write a novel in?
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rofl nice

Or the on/off switch move she did.
It's so awkward the way she's interacting with it. The ad would actually look quite slick if it weren't for those fumbles

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What app did you use to write a novel in?
Sorry to hi-jack this part of the thread, but I also pretty much wrote both of my eBooks in Pages on my iPad. This was done over the course of a number of months - mainly while sitting in the car waiting for my kids to come out of dance/drama classes, etc.

I eventually tidied it up and finished it off in Word, but the bulk of the work was done in Pages - without an external keyboard!

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Or the on/off switch move she did. Without audio on, the ad looks like a joke

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What app did you use to write a novel in?
Pages, primarily. I used to use Evernote until iCloud worked well to sync documents to my primary computer (MBP).
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if you pair an apple blutooth keyboard with an iphone (i'm unsure if this is the case with an ipad), you are unable to use enter/return to 'send' messages if you're using messages. its inconvenience of having to select 'send' on the phone makes the convenience of having an available keyboard for lengthier messages, well, not so convenient.. it would be such a simple fix
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Material and finish look a bit cheap in the video, aren't they? The idea is nice though.
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if you pair an apple blutooth keyboard with an iphone (i'm unsure if this is the case with an ipad), you are unable to use enter/return to 'send' messages if you're using messages. its inconvenience of having to select 'send' on the phone makes the convenience of having an available keyboard for lengthier messages, well, not so convenient.. it would be such a simple fix
There are several jailbreak tools that let for this. (Too bad nothing for non-JB'n devices.)
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