1. Jellotime91's Avatar
    My understanding of the original question was that it was about the battery life of the keyboard rather than the impact of the keyboard on the battery life of the iPad.

    I confess that I do not know the answer to either question. I have been using the keyboard lightly for more than a week and the battery is still working. There is no battery meter or indicator. What I expect is that at some point the keyboard will simply stop working. I will report when that happens. However, I doubt that my report will tell anyone much.

    Suffice it to say that my experience to date tells me that I need not carry with me more than one change (2 AA cells) of batteries.
    Oh you're right, I misread it.

    Anyway the battery on Apple's bluetooth keyboard is very very good. It will last several months on a single charge. For other manufacturers however, it obviously varies.
    05-17-2010 07:04 PM
  2. JohnH59's Avatar
    Keyboard/dock does not work with iPad if you are using the Apple branded case. You'll have to cut the back of the case in order for it to fit onto the keyboard dock. That's why I went with the BT keyboard. I don't use it much, but it works great.
    05-17-2010 07:25 PM
  3. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Keyboard/dock does not work with iPad if you are using the Apple branded case. You'll have to cut the back of the case in order for it to fit onto the keyboard dock. That's why I went with the BT keyboard. I don't use it much, but it works great.
    I feel like I wouldn't either. It just seems like too much setup for a device that's supposed to be so careless.
    05-17-2010 07:26 PM
  4. bconley007's Avatar
    I plan on getting the bt keyboard because it is portable and i plan on using the apple case, which i believe will prevent me from using a dock.
    05-17-2010 09:43 PM
  5. BriDroid's Avatar
    Another idea to throw into the realm of iPad keyboards... I resurrected my old Stowaway folding universal Bluetooth keyboard that I used for my Palm and WM devices way back in the day. It synced right up with my iPad, so now I can leave my BT keyboard on my desk for convenience and take the ultra-portable folding keyboard in my iPad bag wherever I roam.
    05-18-2010 06:17 PM
  6. whmurray's Avatar
    Another idea to throw into the realm of iPad keyboards... I resurrected my old Stowaway folding universal Bluetooth keyboard that I used for my Palm and WM devices way back in the day. It synced right up with my iPad, so now I can leave my BT keyboard on my desk for convenience and take the ultra-portable folding keyboard in my iPad bag wherever I roam.
    While this item is no longer in production, the iPad has caused there to be renewed interest in it. They are available on Amazon (and I would expect, on eBay). You might find the item a little pricey.

    One might be willing to pay the premium for compactness when using it with an iPhone but with an iPad, the Apple keyboard, at $70, seems a much better value.
    Last edited by whmurray; 05-19-2010 at 11:00 AM.
    05-19-2010 10:58 AM
  7. bayourock's Avatar
    Anyone ever think about a Foldable/flexible USB keyboard using the Camera Connect USB plug??? It would be very portable, I know its USB wires and all, but seems like a quick keyboard alternative.

    What are your thoughts????
    05-19-2010 11:18 AM
  8. whmurray's Avatar
    Anyone ever think about a Foldable/flexible USB keyboard using the Camera Connect USB plug??? It would be very portable, I know its USB wires and all, but seems like a quick keyboard alternative.

    What are your thoughts????
    My thought is that I cannot imagine anything that used wires that would compete wit Apple's wireless solution at $70-.
    05-19-2010 11:43 AM
  9. BriDroid's Avatar
    While this item is no longer in production, the iPad has caused there to be renewed interest in it. They are available on Amazon (and I would expect, on eBay). You might find the item a little pricey.

    One might be willing to pay the premium for compactness when using it with an iPhone but with an iPad, the Apple keyboard, at $70, seems a much better value.
    I mostly agree with you, but if the Stowaway keyboard is already owned or can be found at a reasonable price, it's an excellent solution for those wanting ultimate portability. When folded up, the keyboard is just a little larger than a deck of cards and a little thinner -- easy to carry in a pocket or small tote bag.
    05-19-2010 12:14 PM
  10. Orangensaft's Avatar
    For my desktop text input I've chosen the BTKey by Macally. Overall, this is a fantastic keyboard that is a pleasure to type on.

    For me, the decision was not so much 'iPad onscreen keyboard vs Bluetooth' as it was "Which bluetooth keyboard I am going to get?"

    I imagine many of you have a similar situation. Initially, I narrowed the list down to:

    1. Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Dock
    2. Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (+/- stand)
    3. Foldable universal keyboard like the one Dieter reviewed on TiPb
    4. Third party iPad-compatible Bluetooth keyboard

    Ultimately, I went with option 4 and chose the BTKey.

    To give you a better idea, let's just run through those four options and compare and contrast briefly.

    Options 1 and 2: Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Dock and Standalone BT Keyboard

    This is a compelling option for many because of its sleek profile and ability to simultaneously charge your device while keeping it upright. Not to mention it's the official Apple option.

    I ultimately decided against this, though, because of its price and positional inflexibility. I use my iPad primarily in the landscape position and prefer to get my real typing (such as this review right now in Pages) done that way.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, at $70, this is a full $24 more expensive than the BTKey.

    Pros: Gold standard for Apple purists, charge/sync functionality (dock), sleek industrial design, high angle of elevation (dock)
    Cons: $70, locked in portrait mode (dock)

    Option 3: Freedom Universal Foldable BT

    First of all, thanks to Dieter for providing that informative writeup and video on the Freedom Universal.

    This was really attractive to me primarily because of its quite literal universal compatibility. The fact that you could literally switch between HID and whatever that other mode was -- now that's fantastic.

    However again the price ($100) prevented me from what was almost an inevitable purchase from the get go.

    Freedom Universal Foldable -- Pros and Cons
    Pros: Gold standard for compatibility, unsurpassed portability, satisfying tactile feedback
    Cons: $100

    Option 4: Third party iPad-compatible Bluetooth Keyboard

    Macally has a good reputation for providing high-quality, affordable input devices and general peripherals for the Mac. And with the BTKey, their high attention to detail and compatibility upholds that reputation.

    The typing experience is fantastic, with low-noise, low-profile, yet highly tactile keys that provide a satisfying punch with each keystroke. It definitely beats the sensation of typing on the low-profile, gentle, moderately tactile keys of the Apple Aluminum Keyboard.

    And at a price of $46 on Amazon, it's a highly compelling option for budget-minded iPad enthusiasts.

    Macally Pros and Cons
    Pros: $46, satisfying tactile feedback, high compatibility and quality
    Cons: Average looking appearance, initial pairing was somewhat jittery, low portability

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    Orangensaft
    Richmond, Virginia, United States
    Unibody MBP 15" 2.4 C2D, 10.6
    iPhone 3GS 16GB, 3.1.2JB
    iPad WiFi 16GB
    Current games: Plants vs Zombies HD, NOVA HD, Pinball HD, Labyrinth 2 HD
    Last edited by orangensaft; 05-21-2010 at 07:11 PM. Reason: Proofreading edits
    05-21-2010 07:03 PM
  11. Mittens the kittens's Avatar
    bluetoooooth keyboard !
    05-24-2010 11:11 PM
  12. freedom-input's Avatar
    orangshaft .... if you would go on our website you will see that our keyboard that is compatible with the ipad is nowhere near the $100 quoted in your post ... :-)
    06-01-2010 10:55 AM
  13. Idelgado782's Avatar
    Well I opted for the bluetooth keyboard from apple although it's still in the packaging. I have a Mac, iphone and now iPad and with the latest update for ios4 I can use this keyboard on any of my devices. I may not use it, lol I just like to have the options available. I also ordered an incase travel kit plus that can stow away everything including the keyboard plus it comes with a stand for the iPad!!! Incase - Travel Kit Plus for Apple® iPad™ - Black - CL57513

    It's backordered but I can't wait to get it!!!!
    07-06-2010 09:46 PM
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