Bluetooth typing keyboard for iPhone 6s

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  1. FyerFyer macrumors regular

    FyerFyer

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    Hi guys

    Due to my laptop and iPad both going recently I’m doing everything on my iPhone 6s. At the moment I can’t afford to buy a new MacBook so am trying to find a way to type on my iPhone via a Bluetooth keyboard.

    Does anyone know of a decent Bluetooth keyboard I can use for my iPhone 6s? Ideally the keys to be the size of a normal keyboard but also portable and fits with my iPhone...

    Thanks guys
     
  2. niji Contributor

    niji

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    i use apple's Wireless Keyboard* with the 6s.
    it works well.
    i use it mostly for email work and typing reports using Pages.
    its really a great solution if you have no iPad Pro +Smart Keyboard or mac available.
    i found it works so well that i dont mind doing this.
    the keys on the Wireless Keyboard have real, old school travel in them, so its enjoyable.

    *i have an older model of the Wireless Keyboard - the one that is battery powered, not Lightning cabled.
    The Wireless Keyboard looks identical to the current Magic Keyboard except is battery powered, not Lightning.
     
  3. mk313, Oct 4, 2018
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    mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I think a lot depends on how portable you want it to be.

    If you’re ok with a normal sized keyboard, then pretty Much any keyboard will work. I,be used several and like the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and the Logitech k810 the best (the Logitech has been replaced by a newer model and I haven tried that one yet.

    There are a ton of more portable options and I’ve tried a lot. My favorite is the zag portable foldable keyboard but they don’t sell it any longer so you’d have to buy it off eBay or something. I have had some durability issues (2 of them have had the . key stop working) and the keys are smaller than a normal keyboard but if folds in half lengthwise, rather than width wise like most keyboards do I find it to be much easier to carry and now that I’m used to it, it is my favorite keyboard. I bought 5 of them off eBay so I have backups if any more break. It also has a stand that I find very useful for the phone (although the stand is better is landscape than portrait mode. If I don’t use a stand then I feel like a need to carry a desperate one since I need to touch the phone so often when I’m. Using it more like a computer. Zerolemon also has one that does that and theirs is better built (and their phone stand is way better than the zag) but the keyboard layout is weird (the ‘ key is missing so you have to do a keyboard combo to get it)

    A good middle ground that I’ve been happy with is a Logitech keys to go. It’s bigger than a lot of the portable keyboards but it’s super flat and so is still pretty portable. It is really nice to type on. If you buy a used one off eBay, make sure it comes with the little keyboard stand attachment. It makes all the difference in the world and the older models of this keyboard don’t have it. And another good option if you take the time to get used to it is the Microsoft foldable portable keyboard. It has a split keyboard and it folds right down the middle. I liked the feel of the keyboard a lot and even got used to the split but it doesn’t come with a built In stand, which I find necessary for the way I work, so I stopped using it.

    Good luck. I find using my phone as a kind of mini computer gets easier over time.
     
  4. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    Two more quick points on this that you might find useful.

    1. Figure out how you plan to use the keyboard. If you’ll primarily use it at your desk at home and occasionally carry it with you somewhere, then a full sized keyboard is probably your best bet. If you plan to carry the keyboard with you everywhere, the. A portable keyboard will be a better fit (at least in my experience)
    2. If you have another iOS device, even an old iPod touch, it’s very useful to have a second screen a lot of times. I wouldn’t go out a buy a new phone but if you have anything laying around, I find it useful when you need to reference an email or a PDF while also typing a word doc or a spreadsheet or something like that.
     
  5. FyerFyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys some great advice here.

    I guess a backlit keyboard would be good and one to charge rather than battery. I also saw a Logitech one with a mousepad which may be useful...

    Just going through the list now
     
  6. mk313 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree that backlighting is nice.

    As to battery vs rechargeable, it has been my experience that they last so long between charges that it’s not a huge deal. If you find two that are pretty equally matched & one was a rechargeable, I would but that one, but if you find one that you really like that is battery powered, I’d go with that one.

    The mousepad might be nice if you plan to use it with a computer later, but the mousepad portion won’t work with your iphone.
     
  7. FyerFyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes good point about the tracking pad. Just thought it may work with Word.
     

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