The utility of the iPad as a creation tool goes up drastically with the addition of an external keyboard. The on screen keyboard is very good and typing on it is easy, but not comfortable. This is mainly due to the fact that you are typing on a screen which has no “give”. You are banging your fingers against a flat, hard surface and that is not a good thing to do. A keyboard on the other hand is a lot more comfortable. Comfort is what you need for a long typing session like this one.
Just a couple of days ago I was given a Capdase iPad bluetooth keyboard as a gift. I was already in the market for a bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and therefore this was a welcome surprise. I was trying out this keyboard since I got it and this is the first time that I am typing out a full article on it. So far? I like it!
The keyboard features a standard set of keys that you need and also keys that you will find on a Mac keyboard. There are keys that provide access to specific iPad functions like home, search, picture frame, screen off/on, cut/copy/paste/select all, lock, music playback and volume control. These are all dedicated keys available on the on the top row. You also have the command and option keys in case you wish to use this with your Mac. A key that probably could have been given a miss is the caps lock. It serves very little purpose and you may find yourself hitting it inadvertently from time to time.
Being a portable bluetooth keyboard, it is compact. This is obviously expected unless you get one of those folding or rolling keyboards. It did take a little time for me to get used to the more compact format before I could get up to my normal accuracy levels. But is wasn’t a chore.
The only additional buttons that are there on the keyboard are the power and pair buttons. The keyboard charges through USB and pairs quickly.
As happy as I was to get this keyboard, I quickly discovered a limitation of iOS that prevents auto-correct and auto-capitalisation from working in case you are using an external keyboard. So I have had to ensure that I capitalize manually and have to touch the screen to correct any spelling errors.
Overall I rate this keyboard an 8 out of 10 on build quality and comfort.