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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.

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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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27 months ago
Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.
Rating: 32 Votes
27 months ago
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?
Rating: 29 Votes
27 months ago
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).
Rating: 23 Votes
27 months ago
those keys must be tiny.
Rating: 13 Votes
27 months ago
It made me chuckle that she couldn't hit the key without knocking shift...that should never have made it through the cutting room ;)
Rating: 10 Votes
27 months ago

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.
Rating: 9 Votes
27 months ago
Yet another advert?

Guessing the only reason this made the homepage is because the link to the product is actually a hidden affiliate link again.

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Rating: 7 Votes
27 months ago

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?


It's for people that WANT to have a tablet, because it's cool, but don't understand WHY tablets are great. Like most of the people in business that are using iPads. Some of the full pad iPad setups literally are bigger than MBAs

Kind of like the people who buy the thinnest lightest phone and the biggest bulkiest case to keep it "safe" (or any case for that matter)
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago

Why do you need to type - use Siri


In a meeting where someone else is speaking. Everyone around the meeting table trying to use Siri with their iPads.

In a classroom where the Professor is presenting. Talk to your iPad at the same time and you'll soon be ejected from that classroom.

In any "Shhhh" (quiet!) setting (library, hospital, etc) where you want to get some content into the iPad but no one will tolerate you talking to it.

Etc.
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago

Cool, probably, but it kind of defeats the purpose of a tablet.

This is where the Microsoft Surface screws up: it's marketed with a keyboard and a stand, which makes for a bad laptop. The iPad is not *meant* to be used with a keyboard and stand, so it's inherently portable.


Producers vs. consumers. Media consumers don't need it and can't hardly grasp why others might need it. Media producers want thinner & lighter-than-laptop portability that also allows them to get heavy workloads done.

And just because you have a keyboard accessory doesn't mean it is forever a merger of iPad and that accessory. If a producer is going to be a temporary consumer, he can always pull them apart and use the iPad as you like to use it. But if he later needs to do a lot of (production) work with the iPad, it's nice to have the tools to get the job done more effectively. My wife has one similar to the Belkin model and her iPad is sometimes docked there (when she needs to do a lot of typing) and flying free when she doesn't need to do much typing.

There's lots of people in the middle of the laptop vs. tablet mode. Can I leave the bulkier & heavier laptop at home and just use this tablet or tablet + keyboard on this trip? If so, tools like these can be very helpful while lightening the load.
Rating: 5 Votes

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