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Typo Products Typo Keyboard Case for iPhone 5/5s

When the iPhone launched in 2007, there was a vocal contingent that derided the handset for its lack of a physical keyboard. Fast forward seven years, and although much of that talk has died down, some iPhone users still want real keys. Enter Typo Products’ Typo Keyboard Case for iPhone 5/5s ($99). Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the plastic slider case adds a BlackBerry-style Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard to the bottom of the iPhone. The chiclet-style keys are small, but may feel comfortable to those who’ve used similar devices before. In addition to a full QWERTY layout, there are secondary functions on almost all of the keys, and the iPhone’s covered Home button is remapped to a key at the bottom right corner. There’s also a key backlight built in, which can be toggled on or off. A micro-USB cable is included for charging Typo’s 180 mAh battery, but no specific claims are made as to its longevity between recharges.

iPhone keyboard cases aren’t a total novelty. The earliest models came out at the end of 2010 — ThinkGeek’s TK-421 Mobile Keyboard Case doesn’t look anything like Typo, but offered similar functionality. After that, there were sliders, including NUU’s MiniKey, among others. None were set up in portrait orientation, though, and none left the keys permanently exposed.

Compared to all the cases that’ve come before it, Typo is certainly the slimmest, with the fewest moving parts. The hard, matte plastic case slides on from the top and bottom; the top cap leaves the buttons and side switch exposed, while the bottom piece contains the keyboard, and covers the Home button. It adds a little less than an inch to the overall height of the iPhone, while leaving an opening that provides access to the speaker, microphone, Lightning, and headphone ports. Apple’s official connectors are most suitable for the rather tight spaces. You’ll find the micro-USB port at the bottom of the case’s left edge.

 

The keyboard itself runs the width of the iPhone, and is just a little over an inch tall, from the upper border of the top row down to the bottom of the space bar. Pending lawsuit aside, it’s evident the keyboard was at least inspired by certain BlackBerry handsets, such as the Bold 9000. Each of the keys has an inward-facing, raised swoop, and the F and J keys have small bumps to help you find them without looking. Other keys include backlight control, Bluetooth pairing, on-screen keyboard, and Home. While the last of those mostly replaces the otherwise covered button on the face of the iPhone, Touch ID functionality is completely blocked on the 5s.

 

After a easy pairing process — hold down the Bluetooth button with the appropriate Settings menu open, and tap on the “Typo Keyboard” listing that appears — Typo is ready to go. To conserve battery, it’ll automatically shut off after a few minutes of not typing, but pressing any of the keys will wake it back up in a matter of seconds. From there, the physical keys can be used systemwide, although the design isn’t conducive to landscape-oriented apps.

 

Having never been BlackBerry users, we can’t make a direct comparison to that typing experience. However, after a few hours of using Typo, we found ourselves rather comfortable with the physical keys. After getting used to the size and setup, our typing became pretty efficient. While it was a little slower than with the virtual keyboard, we must acknowledge that we’ve been using that system for almost seven years, and this one for about seven days. Typo did some smart things with the software to improve the experience. For example, holding down any letter key will insert the capitalized version of that letter, eliminating the need to press shift first. Double-clicking the space bar inserts a period at the end of a sentence, and apostrophes are automatically added to contractions. While the full auto-correct system isn’t enabled, these features are still more than we’re used to when it comes to physical keyboards paired with iOS.

Despite the positive aspects, there are a few downsides to using Typo. We’re OK with the feel of the keys, but the click-click-click that goes along with typing can be annoying. Having to rely on modifier keys to access numbers, punctuation, and the like isn’t terrible, but it’s not as great of a solution as having alternate software keyboards. There’s the obvious Home button-blocking issue, but the way the remapped key functions is somewhat odd. When pressed, it takes you directly to the Home screen, rather than the Lock screen. If there’s a passcode enabled on your phone, that’ll come up first. It can still be double-clicked for the app switcher, or held down for Siri, but it’s not a perfect replication. And of course, there’s the lack of landscape support. 

 

We unquestionably prefer Typo’s design over any other iPhone keyboard case. It’s much less obtrusive, and we found it to work quite well. After a few days of testing, we weren’t sold on switching over though; we still preferred the on-screen keyboard. For BlackBerry users looking to make the switch over to iOS, or those who otherwise demand real keys, it’s the closest anyone’s come to the right tool for the job. Many iPhone users will likely find it unnecessary, especially those who have been using the handset for a long period of time. The price is high, considering competing models go for about half as much. This is partially forgivable because of the more compact size, but not entirely. And then, of course, there’s the complete blockage of Touch ID. Taking all these factors under consideration, Typo earns a limited recommendation. While it’s a good typing experience, the price is too high, and it forces too many sacrifices for what is already a niche product.

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Company: Typo Products, LLC

Website: www.typokeyboards.com

Model: Typo Keyboard Case

Price: $99

Compatible: iPhone 5/5s

First Look: Typo Bluetooth keyboard case for iPhone 5 and 5s [u]



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After nearly a month of hype, the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo keyboard is nearing release and AppleInsider had a chance to spend some hands-on time with the device ahead of its launch later in January.

Update: Typo has reached out and informed AppleInsider that the production model will indeed add a bit of extra room just below the iPhone’s screen for swipe-up Control Center access. The additional 1.7mm should be enough to fit the tip of a finger, thereby granting access to all iOS 7 functions.

For those who have handled a legacy BlackBerry, or the Canadian company’s new Q10 smartphone, Typo’s design will be familiar (too familiar for BlackBerry, which is suing Typo for alleged patent infringement). But that’s the point.

Typo isn’t looking to trail-blaze a path toward a new and unique mode of input. Quite the opposite. The idea is to resurrect the physical QWERTY smartphone keyboard in a world dominated by all-screen devices made popular by Apple’s iPhone.

Whether Typo can pull off such a heady feat is up to consumers, but that the product even exists proves there is a market for iPhone users who long for BlackBerry-style clicky keys.

Typo is small, light and well-built. Attaching it to an iPhone 5 or 5s is as simple as pulling the case apart, sliding in the phone and slipping the parts back together. Inside, Typo is designed to tight tolerances, keeping the iPhone firmly in place.

The plastic casing wrapping around the iPhone’s body is relatively thick and has a non-slip soft-touch finish on both sides.

Typo’s design includes generous-sized cutouts for power, volume and mute controls, as well as complete access to the iPhone’s speaker, microphone, Lightning port and headphone jack. What is obscured, however, is the home button — arguably the most important physical control on the iPhone.

Which brings us to Typo’s first obvious drawback: elimination of TouchID. While the unit has a dedicated home button replacement located at its bottom-right corner, the key does not include Apple’s fingerprint-reading technology. This means users who lock their phones with passwords instead of numbers will have to type in their code on Typo, switch unlock methods or turn off the security function altogether.

On the plus side, pressing any key on Typo — even after it enters sleep mode — automatically powers up the device and bypasses the usual lock screen to bring up the passcode entry prompt. Pressing the iPhone’s power button will wake the device to its default lock screen for viewing of notifications.

Overall build quality is high, though we did have a slight issue with the keyboard module. Typo has left a small gap between the screen and the keyboard housing. Unlike the rest of the case, the QWERTY plastic here is thin and flexible, likely to accommodate the internal battery and communications circuitry. This results in a noticeable bowing when typing on the upper rows of keys. While not a deal breaker, it makes the device feel less sturdy than an integrated keyboard.

In use, Typo is reminiscent of older BlackBerry devices. Key presses are crisp and the silver colored cross-bars offer just enough space to delineate rows. After a short time, we were able to commit to thumb-touch-typing thanks to the partially sculpted keys. Layout is nearly identical to a QWERTY BlackBerry, with buttons pulling double duty as number and symbol keys via an ALT function. A button located near the space bar conveniently brings up the iOS keyboard for special situations, like emoji or international character input.

One of Typo’s strong suits is that it allows complete unobstructed access to the screen. Instead of thumbs hovering over a virtual keyboard, users are able to see more of an email or message thread. Of course, switching to landscape mode makes Typo nearly useless unless it is removed and used remotely, but the same can be said of lauded BlackBerry designs.

The device also sports backlit keys, which can be toggled on and off to save juice. Battery life is pegged at an impressive 14 days, but the facTypo is yet another device to charge up via the included micro-USB connector.

In our tests, which included a variety of text edit, email and messaging apps, we found the unit to be extremely responsive with no latency between key press and text entry. Even under a “stress test,” which consisted of pressing a single key as fast as possible, Typo exhibited zero lag. Basically, the device worked as good or better than most full-size Bluetooth keyboards on the market.

Typo is an interesting product. In many ways it fits the “on-the-go” accessory category and is perfect for shooting out quick emails and texts. But as a semi-permanent add-on meant to stay attached to an iPhone for extended periods, it feels too bulky. The design also makes concessions in utility.

While we were aware that the home button would be “relocated,” something we did not anticipate was restricted access to iOS 7’s Control Center. With the keyboard installed, it is nearly impossible to perform the swipe-up gesture activating the feature, which leaves control of Wi-Fi, orientation lock, Bluetooth and other system functions buried in the Settings app.

From our experience thus far, Typo is one of the better Bluetooth iPhone keyboard solutions on the market, but is by no means perfect. Key feel is good, the materials are solid and text input is extremely fast.

That being said, Typo is not for everyone. The accessory’s design adds a substantial “chin” to the iPhone, throwing it off balance when typing while adding nearly an inch in length. Also, using Typo will add yet another device to the list of gadgets that need recharging. Most vexing for us, however, is the nullification of TouchID, which has made securing our iPhone 5s an unthinking task and will presumably provide a basis for future Apple services.

For die-hard physical keyboard fans and BlackBerry converts, Typo could be the answer you’ve been waiting for. For everyone else, Apple’s virtual multitouch solution is likely a better bet.

Review: Typo Keyboard Case for iPhone 5

Despite the popularity of touch-screen smartphones, some BlackBerry users have clung to their phones equipped with tactile keyboards. For those reluctant to let go of their BlackBerry, Typo Keyboard is here to help with the transition to a touch screen.

Typo is actually a cellphone case, currently available for the iPhone 5 and 5s, with a wireless keyboard on the bottom. The entrepreneurs behind the concept are hoping to make life easier for those who desire the functions and apps on the iPhone but also like hammering out an email on a keyboard.

The case, which can be ordered from the company’s website for $99 for shipping in February, is surprisingly slim yet sturdy, adding little bulk to the iPhone. Inside is a tiny lithium-ion battery, only 1 millimeter thick. The keyboard covers the bottom of the phone, but the ports are still accessible. And setup, via Bluetooth, was easy.

The keys are laid out in typical Qwerty fashion, with alternate keys for capitalization, numbers and symbols. The iPhone’s home button is covered, but Typo includes a button that returns your phone to its home screen, as well as one that lights up the keyboard.

The buttons are relatively easy to push, especially for people who are familiar with BlackBerry devices. I gave up my BlackBerry for an iPhone years ago, so going back to a physical keyboard presented a bit of a challenge. After a few texts, though, my thumbs became more agile. But Typo has no trackpad, so I still had to use the touch screen. And there is no autocorrect, or even a send button, which didn’t make texting any faster for me.

Typo Keyboard has garnered a lot of interest since its inception, mostly because it is backed by the celebrity host Ryan Seacrest and the company is facing a lawsuit from BlackBerry. But the unfortunately named device, which suggests a typographical error, needs some refinement before it deserves the attention it’s drawing.

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