Typing on the Galaxy Tab has been a pleasure especially when using Thumb Keyboard, but there are moments when a physical keyboard is needed. When I am sitting in lecture and I want to take notes with my Tab using the onscreen keyboard, the Professor may think that I am texting in class. This not only leads to unnecessary embarrassments, if he or she calls me out in front of the other students, but also makes note-taking inefficient; I type slower with the onscreen keyboard than with a regular keyboard. I resorted to carrying around my full sized Apple bluetooth keyboard and trackpad with me so I could take notes and navigate the Tab more efficiently but alas, it led to people constantly staring at me because of my awkward setup and as you would imagine, portability was an issue as well. What’s a guy to do? Luckily I found a solution, a bluetooth keyboard within a case! Check out my video review after the break:
The bluetooth keyboard/case has been a tremendous productivity tool. I’ve managed to type this review in its entirety with the keyboard and it has been a great experience. As I mentioned in the video review, there is a slight learning curve to it but after that, you will be typing as fast as you do on a normal keyboard. The battery life is exceptional! I have been using this keyboard on and off for about 4 days now have yet to plug it in to charge it. This keyboard, coupled with a few other apps, makes typing long emails and controlling the entire tab easy and intuitive. It’s now a pleasure to sit on Google Talk and chat with my friends and have long conversations with them using this keyboard; it feels natural. So if you are in the market for a portable keyboard for your Galaxy Tab and want to save yourself the embarrassment of carrying around a full-sized keyboard in your backpack, then go ahead and pick up one for yourself. I think with the perfect sized bluetooth mouse, you basically get a mini netbook. Prices due vary ($40-$90) so shop around. I recommend using ebay or google shopping to get the best deals. Just search for Galaxy Tab Bluetooth Keyboard Case! If your in a rush to get one, here’s one from Brando.com.
Recommended apps to use with this keyboard (Available on the Android Market):
-BlueKeyboard Pro: allows you to hide the standard keyboard when you are typing with the keyboard connected.
-Widget Locker: great for getting the homescreen in portrait mode and for waking/unlocking the Tab by using the back button on the keyboard
-Task Switcher: AMAZING tool used to program quick keys to launch your favorite apps as well switching between them. Much better than holding down the home button.
If you have recommendations for a good bluetooth mouse, leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!