iPad mini Logitech Ultrathin Mini Bluetooth Keyboard + iPad Mini seems pretty amazing!!!

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  1. waa1futs, Feb 8, 2013
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    I'm a college student so to me a computer (PC / Mac or even a tablet computer) has to have the following:
    - Great battery life
    - Ultra portability
    - E reading
    - Word document processing
    - Small amount of gaming

    It seems like the mini has these things but is a much MUCH more portable computer (albeit tablet computer), with the logitech ultrathin keyboard than anything I've ever seen before :eek:

    I wonder if this combination could completely replace a PC/Mac for those that simply browse the web, watch youtube videos, facebook, play games, and take notes for college?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    An iPad can do all the things you list.

    However, if you are serious about your college work I would still reccomend a Laptop.

    Being able to view reference documents and websites side by side to a Word document is essentially what you spend a lot of your time doing, and today it is impossible on an iPad.

    Also, if your college requires you to upload your essays onto the college website, you may find this impossible on an iPad.
     
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    Wrong. Possible both without and with jailbreak.

    Wrong again, and again, possible both without and with jailbreak.


    Anyways, video I shot this morning at school:

     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    What has this video of you using a mouse and splash top on an iPad have to do with anything?

    Would you care to enlighten us on how to do the above without jailbreaking?

    Thanks
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    The topic is about using a small keyboard on the iPad mini. The video shows using a small keyboard on the iPad mini. Moreover, if you're in a situation where you can use Splashtop at school, you actually have a fully working Windows computer on your iPad, with all the tools that come with that.

    I also wanted to point out that Logitech isn't doing anything revolutionary with its keyboard, as there are already iPad mini keyboards out there. This particular one cost me $25.60 from Dealextreme


    Taposé and Notes Plus are just two examples of split screen apps that would allow you to do side-by-side document creation. With jailbreak you have Quasar that lets you run any app in window mode, and jailbreaking is a 10 minute, automated process on any device right now. Then you have Splashtop and other remote PC options like I mention. Or just grab the phone you're very likely to have in your pocket and use that as a second screen.

    Tapose:
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    iCab mobile is one example of an app that lets you upload files:

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    Nice! I'm going to look into that notes plus!
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    It's Taposé that's in the picture. It works better for true split screen, since Notes Plus is more designed to have you switch back and forth between two screens using a movable divider.
     
  8. mortenandersen, Feb 8, 2013
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    This may be the best solution!

    The combo of the good Logitech Ultrathin Mini BT Keyboard and the iPad Mini may be the optimal solution for all of us who need a very portable unit (or combo of united units) that also provides us with a decent keyboard and battery time. The fact that the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard IMO has a very good layout, is of great importance when you are a writer. Especially, I am thinking of the fact that the right shift key is big enough and is located well on the keyboard (NOT too close and "inserted between" the arrow keys that is something we see on some (not good) keyboards).

    I am really looking forward to this keyboard to come to Europe, and especially Scandinavia, where I live. (It's important that the three specific Scandinavian (incl. Norwegian) letters are present on the keyboard.)

    In fact, the coming of this keyboard is for me the trigger to buy an iPad Mini!


    (BTW: It seems that the keyboard (not by Logitech) seen in Cptnodegard in post no. 3 does not have enough physical keys on it to also include the three specific Scandinavian keys.)
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    No, and it's not likely that you'll find a scandinavian keyboard for $26 on a Chinese site.

    That being said, I am Norwegian, but I mostly type in English, as Norwegian is imho a useless excuse for a language :p
     
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    This looks great except i have to take off my coverbuddy and oem smart cover; we'll see how it looks when it comes out. I'll order one from amazon and play with it once its available.
     
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    Damn that was fun! I'm Danish so I know what you feel
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    For lurkers, Quasar is not available yet for jailbroken iOS 6.1.

    How did you get a mouse to interact with the Mini? Or was that with Splashtop? I couldn't tell for sure.

    Thanks.
     
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    I know, but should be out soon.

    BTC Mouse & Trackpad enables BT mouse support on jailbroken devices
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Four-finger swipe left -> You're in Pages.
    Four-finger swipe right -> You're back in Safari.

    You can even hold hold down your fingers and swipe across the screen to view the desired portion of either the document or the web page.
     
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    I Know this, but it doesn't compare to having them side by side.
     
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    You don't think the mini keyboard would work with the cover buddy?
     
  18. HazyCloud, Feb 12, 2013
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    No, since the iPad probably wouldn't fit in the section Logitech made for it to rest in. You could however use the keyboard with a CoverBuddy and Smart Cover as long as you don't mind using the keyboard without it being connected physically to the iPad.

    I also think Logitech's magnets will eat away at the anodized finish. There's a reason why Apple ditched the metal for the iPad mini's Smart Cover.
     
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    So, you think that the magnets on the Logitech are bigger than the smartcover's magnets?
     
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    Bigger? No, but they appear to be metal unlike the Smart Covers which have the polyurethane over the magnets. That's why I think Logitech's will scratch the iPad minis.
     
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    I was trying to figure out why you didn't think you could use the keyboard with the coverbuddy...
     
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    Oh, I see. You can as it would probably connect to it via the magnets, but you wouldn't be able to use in the cradle since the CoverBuddy adds some thickness to the iPad.

    (It's possible it would fit, but Logitech may have been assuming the iPad would be naked when creating that space for the iPad to rest in which in that case, it wouldn't fit with a CoverBuddy.)
     
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    I am concerned that the magnets are too weak and with the metal hinge, I fear it will scratch the hell out of the mini. Especially in a bag as the connection breaks.
     
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    Yeah, I'd personally put some clear tape over the magnets to insure it wouldn't scratch the iPad mini. As for the magnets, you may have to buy one and see for yourself or wait until someone reviews one. Of course you can always return it if the magnets aren't that strong.
     
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    Metal magnets and the Mini

    I use a very thin clear skin on my mini (for some reason, Mac Rumors won't publish the brand name) if you look up clear matte skins for iOs devices, the company should come up. I think the skin will protect the mini aluminum backing from the metal covered magnets. I would also probably purchase another blank skin with no cutouts for the back of the Logitech to protect it from scratches as well. There a number of other manufacturers who make printed and plain skins (versus a shell). These are a 3M product with a dry application a little more thicker and much stronger than scotch tape.

    I store a thin microfiber cloth (the type used to clean eyeglasses) between the keyboard and the face of the iPad, I have done this with my iPad 2 and the Zagg keyboard and it works fine and does not interfere with the sleep function. It is nice to have the microfiber cloth with you at all times to insure a clean screen.
     

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