AIN'T 'ALF BEEN SOME CLEVER BASTARDS.
The i-thing's touchy screen keyboard is a construct of Satan and of no utility to decent persons, although for those who use only their thumbs to communicate in abbreviations and cartoon symbols the Apple virtual keyboard is probably gr8, :).
I have been trying to use the unaugmented i-thing to write blog responses from the comfort of the sofa but the staggering number of seemingly unavoidable and difficult to correct typos arising from use of the kiddy keyboard has been demoralising.
I bought an Apple keyboard but there was no way of physically connecting it to the pad, itself, and it had all the character irregularities of the screen keyboard, it was a bollocks, really and times out of number I have been tempted to junk the i-pad, despite its huge expense.
The other day, though, someone visited the house with one of these under their arm and I immediatley ordered one from the tax-free Friends Of George at Amazborne.
The i-thing experience is transformed. Maybe I am just so behind the times that I couldn't be bothered to seek this out, myself, but on the other hand new consumer stuff appears by the minute, the second, how can one keep up with it all?
This is it closed, in carrycase mode, the pad just pops in to the top cover
Opened for use, the pad simply slots into an angled groove
the keyboard, which has a conventional configuration as well as some common Apple commands can be backlit, which is a huge boon and bluetooth connection takes a few seconds, operation is dead easy and the long-lasting battery charge - athough this is not an Apple product, is achieved in an hour via a USB connection to the iPad charger plug. Brilliant, they range from fifty to ninety pounds, this is the ninety pounds one but the other models are well reviewed, too.