Monday, March 21, 2011

How to ‘really’ type on an iPad or iPhone

iPad 2 has brought hundreds of thousands of new users to the tablet community. Add that to the millions of smartphone users out there, and that’s a lot of people who want to share information. Unfortunately, what many can’t come to grips with is the lack of a practical keyboard.

If you are filing reports from the field, or heaven forbid, trying to fill out a spreadsheet, there is nothing worse than a non-tactile, appearing and disappearing keyboard.

Productivity is back, thanks to Freedom and their i-Connex keyboard. This is a foldable, but full size keyboard that connects with your device by Bluetooth. Once paired and connected, you can go right back to touch typing and quickly complete your project.

The i-Connex will connect with a large number of popular devices including:
  • Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running the 4.0 OS
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 (with built in HID support).
  • Playstation 3
  • Windows, Mac and linux based laptops, PC's, tablets and netbooks.
  • All other devices that have built in support for HID Bluetooth keyboards.
There are so many nice touches built into the i-Connex that make it a pleasure to use:
  • A slide-out stand is concealed in the unit which gives you a place to rest your smartphone at a convenient viewing angle. When you are done, flip it back to the flat position and reinsert it back into the keyboard case for travel. It adds virtually no weight.
  • Separate Alt and Ctrl keys allow you use your favorite keyboard shortcuts.
  • Six separate keys perform multimedia controls like play, forward, reverse, volume up and down.
  • A sliding lever locks the keyboard in the full open position so you can use it on your lap without the keyboard folding up during use.
  • Separate up, down, left and right arrow keys.
  • Full set of function keys F1 through F12 available.
  • A dedicated e-mail key
  • Comes with a protective case so it can be tossed into a purse or briefcase. It operates on AAA batteries and reportedly lasts 90 hours in use or 3,000 hours in standby mode.
  • Two lights indicate battery and connection status
With the freedom from my laptop, I can now file stories from the road using just my iPhone. Even though I had that capability before, without a real keyboard, I could just not bear the thought of struggling with Apple’s flat keyboard. The idea of filing a 400-word story was not something I would have ever considered. With the i-Connex, it’s no problem.

You can find the i-Connex keyboard as well as other Freedom keyboard solutions on their website as well as at Wireless Ground: and eAccess:

Now with products like Quickoffice and LogMeIn, there’s no excuse why you can’t be truly productive with your smartphone or tablet.
Freedom i-Connex Mini Bluetooth Keyboard for Verizon iPhone 4, AT&T iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S/Tab, Playstation 3 and any HID Enabled Device (White)

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