Belkin Keyboard Folio case for iPad
True to type
Accessory of the Week The myth that the iPad is only for content consumption was debunked many moons ago. And this Belkin Keyboard Folio is as good an example as any of how the iPad, with a little help, can in some circumstances be a replacement for a laptop.
The soft case folds up to make carrying keyboard and iPad together easy. Pairing it with the iPad is simple too - the devices connect over Bluetooth - thanks to the Pair button on the keyboard.
Most important of all, though is how it performs as a keyboard, and the answer is, admirably. The keys themselves are not quite full-size, but big enough for all but the clumsiest fingers. There's plenty of travel in them too, and if, like me, you like a clackety-clack keyboard, you'll love it.
I liked it so much I wrote this review on it.
There are cursor keys, as well as the iOS keyboard's familiar '.com' button. And along the top row are keys for cut, copy, and paste, as well as volume control, play and pause, search, text selection, and one button to lock the iPad's screen.
There are three options for positioning screen and keyboard, so you can choose the angle which suits you best.
The Belkin Keyboard Folio is currently more expensive than Zagg's ZaggFolio 2. It's softer than that case, but the wrap-around design provides plenty of protection. Importantly, when folded the Belkin doesn't allow contact between keys and screen.
This is a keyboard which makes writing on the iPad a whole new experience. ®
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Re: Re: Re: £100
"Your £10 keyboard has a cable, doesn't integrate into a case, and doesn't allow the tablet to be angled appropriately."
That's bizarre. I'm sat here with the case and, it would appear to the untrained eye, that I CAN adjust the viewing angle and it IS fully integrated into the case. It's ALMOST as if I can see the case and you haven't got a clue what you're talking about.
Seriously? Why would you comment telling me what MY case can and can't do you freak?
So i want something with a 10" screen, 1024x768 resolution, and a keyboard, and what i do is go out and buy a £400 iPad and a £100 keyboard to go with it.
How is this a good idea?
Dont get me wrong, i like the iPad. But surely this is just stupid.
Re: £400 + £100
A quick look on amazon shows you can pick up a transformer prime for £449, with the keyboard.
I know, I know, its not an iPad, and its not iOS and its not got 10 gazillion dedicated apps etc, but ...
How can they possibly justify this price? For £10 I got a USB keyboard case for my (£60) tablet. It's leatherette, provides excellent protection, I can type away happily on it, the function buttons are all programmable and it has cursor keys. In other words, it does exactly what this one does for one tenth of the price and, because it is USB, I don't have to keep it charged.
£100 is just criminal!
"From your choice of tablet it would seem you value cost over quality."
I think you're confused, Tom. He didn't say he owned an iPad.