I’ve blogged before how much I love my iPad. I read from it (Kindle for ebooks and Zinio for emagazines), I watch TV and movies on it, and it’s a handy lightweight browser when just lounging in the house. But despite all that, the real reason I bought it was so I could take notes (Evernote) at conferences. The battery life is simply amazing. Unlike with a netbook or laptop, I can last all day long without searching for that lost city of gold AKA a free power socket at an IT conference.
But the sucky thing about note taking with the iPad is the keyboard. I got used to typing on the screen, but I just cannot get used to the constant need to frequently shift through lower case letters, upper case letters, character set 1, and character set 2. I mentioned to one of my colleagues that I’d be going to the Build conference and that I’d want to take lots of notes on my iPad. And that’s when he introdoced me to the Kensington Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad (1). We (work) happen to distribute these in Ireland so that made it easy for me; I swapped it out for my usual cover and gave it a go.
Yes, it adds weight and thickness to the iPad. Not a big deal. It gives me a functional QWERTY keyboard. That is a big plus. I can type away with no issue. I was told that the keyboard would be a little spongy. It’s like that to protect the screen when folded up. It’s a little weird at first but doesn’t slow me down. It does require charging via a USB lead so that must be remembered.
Note that there is different model of keyboard for the iPad 2.
My personal review: well worth the money if you want to take lots of notes or write a lot on the iPad.