Using a Bluetooth Keyboard WIth an iPad 2: First Impressions
January 14, 2012 Leave a comment
I have written before about the iPad 2 about whether it was a serious legal tool. I concluded that it was not particularly because you couldn’t touch type on the screen. I had meant to buy a case keyboard combination for the iPad 2, but I neglected to do so. Until today.
I bought the Logitech / ZAGGmate case keyboard combination at Costco. It was on sale with an instant rebate for about $50.
First, the good. There are a few special iPad tools, such as cut and paste, but like special keys on a regular keyboard, you usually have to look down to find them. The best feature are cursor keys.
You can touch type on it, but it’s only about as good as a keyboard on a netbook. Good, but not as good on a full size keyboard. But it is light years away from the keyboard version. However since it is a case combination, my palms tend to rest on the somewhat hard aluminum of the case
I am used to a trackpad and find myself reaching for one. However, since the touchscreen capabilities of the iPad still work, I think that I can find a work around for it.
The keyboard is good enough for a quick blog post (which was so difficult with the keyboard), for a medium size email. There appears to be some redundancy that makes typing really quickly problematic. Wordpress seems to have some problem with cutting and pasting, but that’s probably a WordPress problem.
I can see it would be good to take notes at a deposition, but I don’t have an app right now that does that. I’m not sure I would write a summary judgment motion on it, even if you could rig it up.
In short, probably worth $50, don’t expect miracles, makes it easier to write email and short blog posts.
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