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Typing on an iPad

Old Dec 21, 10, 7:07 am
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Does anyone know of an application that makes it easier to type on an I-Pad?

My wife bought me an I-Pad for my birthday and I really like it for surfing the web and watching movies when I fly, but I find typing on the thing to be laborious at best. I hate the way you have to switch back and forth between numbers, alpha characters, and punctuation symbols to type a message.

I love gadgets and the I-Pad is now my favorite gadget. I just wish using it at work were a little easier. I used to have this little fold-out keypad (from Targus I think) back in the pre-black berry era that I clipped on to my little hand-held what-cha-ma-dinky. If they had something like that, with an AP to go with it for the I-Pad, that would be great!

Has anyone seen or heard of anything like that?
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Old Dec 21, 10, 7:39 am
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There are Ipad flod out cases with built in keyboard. Try googling for them.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:10 am
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There is the iPad external keyboard, but it will not plug in when the Apple case is on, a major pain. I'd return mine if I could.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:13 am
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http://www.brookstone.com/ipod-acces...st1FDT|9489665

here is one i saw in the airport the other day
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:18 am
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I-Pad Keypad/Case

Thanks Tentseller.

I am looking at the ClamCase now on-line. It looks like there should be several other choices out there as well. I'll let you know which one I decide to get.

If anyone out there has used anything like this, I'd love to hear a quick review of the product you are using. Likes, dislikes etc.

An external keyboard will be nice, but unless there is a sofware solution to go with it, using the apple method of switching back and forth between the number screen, the alpha screen, and/or the punctuation screen will continue to suck.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:22 am
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thinkgeek.com has a kensington case/keyboard that I purchased and use daily. Works great and is reasonable @$59

edit to add: it has all the Ipad controls on the keys-volume, etc. Bluetooth. Doesn't require any software. Charge lasts 40 hours of use.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:23 am
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Thanks.

I am reading the reviews now. This one looks pretty good so far.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by Easy Victor View Post
thinkgeek.com has a kensington case/keyboard that I purchased and use daily. Works great and is reasonable @$59

edit to add: it has all the Ipad controls on the keys-volume, etc. Bluetooth. Doesn't require any software. Charge lasts 40 hours of use.
Easy Victor,

When you type using this device, does it simply use the same standard typing screen that comes with the I-Pad (read: do you still have to toggle between the numbers and the letters to type), or does it come with some type of software or AP that makes typing more natural?
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:34 am
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No switching or toggling. It's a regular normal keyboard like a laptop or workstation keyboard. No software needed. Sets up in under a minute, also. Great product.

edit: when you turn this keyboard on, the Ipad keyboard disappears from the screen. The Ipad knows that an alternate keyboard is attached.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:41 am
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Here's what you need to type easier on an iPad:

www.usbtypewriter.com

As seen on Martha Stewart. (Click on "Ingenious Inventions" in video clip menu on right hand side)

http://www.marthastewart.com/show/th...ker-faire-show


Also featured on NPR

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/12/131268...-into-treasure

Also featured in Wired magazine, and elsewhere:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...typewriter-pc/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20007654-1.html

Hey, Tom Hanks has one. You should too.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:47 am
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So by the time you add the case and the keyboard, you have something pretty much the size of a notebook computer, which is probably what you should have bought in the first place if you don't like the screen style keyboard on the iPad.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 8:59 am
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Except that the Ipad has a much better screen, operates faster, can change orientation, touch control, and a whole lot more.

No comparison. I have a notebook and it sucks compared to the Ipad.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 10:26 am
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Another option is the ZAGGMate.
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Old Dec 21, 10, 12:27 pm
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I also hated the iPad soft keyboard initially. I even bought the Apple Wireless Keyboard (bluetooth) for when I need to type a lot. It's small, elegant and easy to pack. But after a while I got used to the iPad soft keyboard itself. Proof: the Apple keyboard is permanently in my desk drawer.
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Old Dec 22, 10, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by bp888 View Post
I also hated the iPad soft keyboard initially. I even bought the Apple Wireless Keyboard (bluetooth) for when I need to type a lot. It's small, elegant and easy to pack. But after a while I got used to the iPad soft keyboard itself. Proof: the Apple keyboard is permanently in my desk drawer.
My experience as well. I got used to the iPad on screen keyboard.

I found the Apple Bluetooth keyboard to be nicely constructed but I do not want to jailbreak the iPad until the warranty runs out to uncripple the blue tooth so I can use a mouse and found that it was too annoying to still have to touch the screen often. It became more convenient to just use the on screen keyboard.
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