Purchased iPad for Wife but she wants a Keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Wicked1, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Does the Apple Bluetooth Wireless KBD work on the iPad?

    I would get one myself if it does.
     
  2. PantherJeep macrumors member

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    It does, and works perfectly. I use mine with my iPad occasionally and have no complaints. :)
     
  3. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Good to know, will make my life easier as she just switched from Windows to Apple products and I am just trying to get her to stop asking me questions or having me do this and that all the time.

    Thanks for the help
     
  4. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    They do make a keyboard with dock specifically for the ipad. if you're going out of you're spending the extra money for a keyboard may as well get the right one.
     
  5. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Sent from my Apple Wireless Keyboard connected to my Apple iPad.

    :rolleyes:
     
  6. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Stick with the BT keyboard over the dock version (which I now regret purchasing). The dock makes it awkward to slip in a bag and you're forced to use it in portrait mode (or jury-rig it to work in landscape). Bluetooth works fine and allows you to prop the iPad any way you prefer.
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Keyboard dock only works with the iPad in portrait orientation. Also, is less portable than the regular Apple Bluetooth keyboard. So while the iPad specific function keys are nice, not the "right" keyboard for everyone.
     
  8. XJ13sd macrumors member

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    The dock keyboard isn't great. It's good but wobbles a little when typing. im on it right now. Im going to buy a better stand and get the wireless keyboard because when typing fast, the ipad shakes. Get a stand and wireless keyboard.
     
  9. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    good point, i wouldnt know. i prefer the virtual keyboard actually.
     
  10. mBox macrumors 68020

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    I too am used to it. The gf wants a keyboard, Ill give the bt version a try :)
     
  11. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

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    +1. I have the keyboard dock and I have never taken it out of the house. The BT keyboard is much more portable.
     
  12. mBox macrumors 68020

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    has anyone tried other Bluetooth devices e.g. Wacom Intous 4?
    would be awesome with Autodesk Sketch :)
     
  13. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    +1 BT Keyboard works great, though I'm getting used to the virtual keyboard and haven't used the BT one this week.

    Cheers,
     
  14. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a

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    Typed this with my bluetooth keyboard. Just wonderful.
     
  15. sracer macrumors 603

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    That's why I have both. :)

    The BT keyboard has issues too though. The power button is so sensitive that it is easy to accidentally turn it on when it is stowed in a case.

    I like the keyboard dock because it solidly holds the iPad at the right angle for typing. The portrait mode is very handy when working on documents. I also appreciate the iPad-specific keys that are not present on the BT keyboard.

    But the BT keyboard works well too. As much as I like the keyboard dock, if one can only have one keyboard, then the BT keyboard is the way to go.
     
  16. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    I thought the BT keyboard goes to sleep when not in use anyway?
     
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    It does, but it wakes up when the power button is pressed, and it's easy to get pressed accidentally, especially when it's being bumped around inside a bag.
     
  18. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Ah cool I get you.. I guess if I take mine with me it'll go in it's box then.. or some bubble wrap :D
     
  19. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    My solution is to turn off bluetooth on the iPad when I'm not using the keyboard. It works because all I use bluetooth for is the keyboard, and a bluetooth speaker at home, where I don't have to worry about bumping the keyboard.
     
  20. 3lionsbecks Suspended

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    Great idea to use the wireless keyboard with the iPad...never even thought of that (why didn't I??) :)

    It would make the iPad an option for me when building a presentation......

    of course I'd have to buy the dang 'dongle' attachment so I can connect it to a VGA projector....already had to buy one for my MBP.....I wish the iPad had a mini-display out.
    :(
     
  21. PCClone macrumors 6502a

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    grow a pair and tell her no.
     
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  23. Phil Lee macrumors 6502

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    I got one of these from eBay. It's the perfect companion for the iPad.
     

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