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February 13, 2013 10:13 AM   Subscribe

Suggest a portable keyboard to use with my iPhone?

I have an iPhone 4S.
I'd like a portable keyboard to use with it, as I'm a bad thumb-typer.

Really, all I care about is that it's small & light and costs ~$100 max.
New-fangled features like vibrational or laser keys are cool too, if they work well.

Any suggestions?
Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus to Technology (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Apple Wireless Keyboard
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:23 AM on February 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


How small does it need to be? The Apple Wireless Keyboard is really not bad and in your price range, but maybe it's too big?
posted by Betelgeuse at 10:24 AM on February 13, 2013


The Apple Wireless Keyboard costs $69 and is fantastic. Light, full-sized so it's easy to type on but small enough to carry around, good batter life, very good typing feel, pairs effortlessly.

Can't recommend it highly enough.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:26 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here is an elegant sleeve that I bought for my wireless keyboard, to help it travel. Both the sleeve and keyboard together are within your budget.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:27 AM on February 13, 2013


The Apple keyboard works great, especially the function keys.

Here's another keyboard case (to keep the gunk out, and to keep it from turning itself on while in your pack), but this one folds out into a stand for your device at the same time. Clever!
posted by seanmpuckett at 10:33 AM on February 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


Maybe a roll up? Or a one hander?

There's a lot of options out there. You should be a little more specific. Like, do you need a full sized keyboard or is one of those very tiny keyboards ok? What sort of thing do you plan to carry it around in? Is a weird keyboard layout ok?
posted by chairface at 10:45 AM on February 13, 2013


cam to nth the others. i dont use a single apple product other than the apple wireless keyboard. batteries last FOREVER, easy to put to sleep, and somehow so light and small and yet the keyboard and keys are totally full sized.
posted by chasles at 11:25 AM on February 13, 2013


batteries last FOREVER

Yes. They last forever. I own two Apple Wireless Keyboards. They are fantastic, brilliant things. But one of mine is unusable because the batteries lasted so long that, by the time they finally quit, they had swelled or corroded such that they will not come out of the tube, no matter what I've tried. So yes, get an Apple Wireless Keyboard. And change the batteries long before they actually die.
posted by The World Famous at 11:34 AM on February 13, 2013


Just came in to nth the Apple keyboard. It works great with Android as well as Apple devices, and just is a quality object.

But, if you wanted to go a little cheaper then the Amazon Basics line has a perfectly serviceable Bluetooth keyboard that doesn't feel completely terrible like the majority of cheap Bluetooth keyboards will.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:52 AM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I use this TeckNet keyboard with my iphone and Nexus 7 and love it. Cheap, lightweight, and batteries last forever.
posted by hot soup girl at 1:07 PM on February 13, 2013


I've got the Targus version of the Apple Wireless keyboard. I use it with the iPad, but it would work just as well with a phone. It's been great, even has a 'home' button. Cheaper than the Apple one, good battery life too.
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:41 PM on February 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


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