iPad External keyboard vs software keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad' started by i0Nic, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Hey all,

    I'm ready to get the 10.5 iPad Pro and reenter the world of mobile productivity, however I'm not sure if the smart keyboard or similar external keyboard is the way to go. I love the idea of using the iPad as my portable device, but trying to make it like a laptop with an external keyboard doesn't feel right to me. Also when you use the external keyboard, you can't make use of some of the clever software keyboard enhancements, like auto-correct etc.

    I love the idea of just grabbing the ipad and the pen, and seeing how that goes. I do type a lot though, and want to use the iPad to type blog posts and emails.

    Basically what I'm asking is do you use and value the smart keyboard for your iPad Pro? Did you switch back to the software keyboard? Do you use another external keyboard like the Apple bluetooth keyboard?

    Let me know what you think.
  2. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    I use the soft keyboard 99% of the time on my 12.9 gen 1 Pro, and did with earlier iPads, too. I find it fine for short note taking (including taking notes for long meetings, just not long notes). For long form typing I would want a physical keyboard.

    I have a Bluetooth keyboard for this purpose. I wouldn't personally use the SmartCover as I don't want to carry / hold the keyboard at all times.
  3. emembee macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2013
    The ASK is good as a cover and if you don't want to use it, just pull it off and use on-screen. Nothing bad to say about it except cost. If you are into a lot of typing though, it comes into its own. I prefer it to external Bluetooth.
  4. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    I used to use physical keyboards like the Matias One Slim keyboard with my iPad Air 1, but ever since I went to 12.9, I went with the soft keyboard.

    Besides, I don't think I can play games with the 12.9 on my lap comfortably had I went with the Smart Keyboard

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