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iPad Keyboards

You don’t need a hardware keyboard for your iPad or Notes To Store. The popup keyboard isn’t bad for typing, especially in landscape mode, which Notes To Store supports. It’s also nice to have everything in one small package for moving about, traveling and to be able to see it even in the dark.

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However, if you type a lot, especially at a desk, you might consider the Apple Bluetooth keyboard or the iPad dock keyboard.

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When a hardware keyboard is used the popup keyboard does not appear so you have full visibility.
Both keyboards allow you to start/pause the iPod app (along with next/previous song) in the background while typing.
Very cool, especially when you get a phone call. No need to switch to the iPod app or fiddle with the controls.
Because
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The command keys work! Tap Command-A to select all, Command-C to copy, etc. Also works for undo/redo.
The arrow keys move the text cursor up/down/left/right.
Shift-arrow causes a selection from where it is now to wherever the arrow keys move in the text.
Control-arrow or command-arrow up/down causes it to jump to start or end of the text. Left/right arrows jump to start/end of line.
Shift-command-arrow or shift-control-arrow causes it to select/deselect all text above or below the current point.
Option-arrow moves by words. Option-down keeps at right end of the line.
Shift-option-arrow selects by words.
Control-h deletes a character.
Control-f moves cursor 1 character forward.
Control-j inserts a new line.
Control-k deletes a line.
Control-m inserts a new line.
Control-b moves up a line.
Control-e jumps to end of line.
Control-i insert a tab.
Command-delete deletes line from current position to the start.

They also control the brightness and volume.
The keys of both are similar to newer MacBooks.
Both keyboards are similar but there are some differences.

Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Apple Store Linkbluetooth-keyboard
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The bluetooth keyboard can be linked with a desktop computer or iPad.
Its special keys are designed mainly for the desktop, including fn at lower left.
It’s very light weight.
It has a key to ‘eject’. This causes the built-in popup keyboard to take over. Tap again to hide it and return to the Bluetooth keyboard.
The keyboard doesn’t care about what case you have, how you have the iPad propped up or the orientation of the iPad.
You can place the iPad on the table propped up and be typing on the bluetooth keyboard on your lap.
Or plugged into your TV (Up to 30 feet away)

Downside
When you’ve set the keyboard down across the room you’ll need to either turn off the device keyboard using the bluetooth controls or retrieve the keyboard and hit the to return to the built-in keyboard button.
No special iPad keys.
If you’re not going to use this for awhile (month or more?)
make sure to take the batteries out. Evidently it’s pretty common for the batteries to leak as it did in mine. Not easy to clean.


Dock Keyboard Apple Store Linkipad-keyboard

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This has special keys just for the iPad.
One button to lock the iPad.
One button to playback the same slideshow as the locked slideshow button.
A search button to bring up the search view.
A home button to quit the current app.
It also has a special button to bring up the built-in keyboard (or hide it).

Downside
Make sure to disable the bluetooth keyboard (if you have both) or the iPad can get confused.
Heavier keyboard because it has the big weighted dock on the back.
Larger because of the added dock. Approx. 2 x 3 (out back) x 2 inches tall (Makes it less than ideal for travel)
The iPad only goes into the dock vertically. (Just like the stand alone dock.) This eliminates landscape typing.
(Someone did post on the internet that you can buy an iPhone connector extension cord. Using this it is possible to use the keyboard dock merely to rest against for using in landscape mode.)
Most cases probably have an issue with using the dock keyboard. You can’t use the Apple iPad case at the same time.
The dock support is ok but you have the small connector of the iPhone combined with the much heavier and larger iPad and the keyboard. Unless you place it on a flat desk surface you run the risk of knocking it over or messing up the connector. (i.e. don’t try to use this to type on your lap)
Most of the keyboard is raised above the desk surface. It touches on the front edge but the sides are held up by the base, which is a little larger than the iPhone.

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Cases Apple Store Link
Apple iPad 1 case

Upside
Looks good and does protect the front.
Cover can be folded back to lay flat on your lap or surface.
Cover can be folded back to a flap on the back so it creates a triangle.
This allows it to be slightly sloping in landscape mode like a keyboard.
It also allows it to sit upright like a landscape picture frame.
All controls and outlets accessible, including the power/usb connector.
Front has firm sheet of plastic inside neoprene. Back and sides are flexible.

Downside
Hard to remove. The fit of the neoprene makes it tough to remove so don’t plan to pop this on and off frequently.
Feels like it might tear if you’re too forceful removing the iPad.
Can’t be used with the dock or dock keyboard.
You can stand it in portrait mode but not the most solid support.

Apple iPad 2 case

Upside
Looks nice
Comes in many colors
Auto power up/off as it’s covered or uncovered

Downside
DO NOT USE IF YOU PLAN TO CARRY THE IPAD 2 LIKE A BOOK
. Especially if you will be carrying other books or papers. The problem is the cover is only on the front and is only held in place by the magnets. The magnets are strong enough to usually keep the cover on. But if your hand is pressed against the cover or a book/papers are pressed it against it then it will easily come off from the motion and slight twisting that occurs when you walk. When that happens your iPad 2 will drop to the ground, even while you continue to hold the cover. If the ground is hard or dirty you iPad may break or get scratches on the front (it’s not as tough of surface as you would think). If this happens take it into your Apple store and explain what happened. You may get lucky.

These days I use a cover similar to the iPad 1 cover so the entire iPad is covered and more importantly it’s physically connected.


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