August 21, 2012 at 11:42 am #1227
Has anyone got a keyboard for their Nexus yet?
I saw this one on Amazon, it’s got 2 five star reviews & it’s a lot cheaper than some of the alternatives. I’m thinking about taking a punt on it, what’s anyone else’s experiences with their keyboards?August 21, 2012 at 11:44 am #1228
This one looks to be exactly the same, but a couple of quid cheaper…August 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm #1258
The keyboards referenced above certainly LOOK good – the proof is in the typing of course, especially if you are looking to touch type. Many of this style of keyboard incorporate a one-piece rubber molding, rather than individual keys – they are just fine and OK for a sentence of two-finger typing, but useless for anything more. The molding makes for a cheap keyboard of course.
At the other end of the price equation, but the best by a very long way in my experience, is the Apple Bluetooth keyboard. It links up just fine and dandy with the Nexus 7, and is quite simply the best keyboard around for real typing, no doubts!!
This solution is not the most portable for sure, and there are some well made Bluetooth folding keyboards that can be classified as pocket sized. Once again, however, whilst better than the one piece molded variety, the actual keyboard is not the greatest for touch typing. I do have one, but would only class it as OK for an email or two.
You might find a few other lower priced good quality Bluetooth keyboards: do shout about them. But do make sure they are real keys rather than one-piece moldings. In my experience Apple takes some beating!
Do note: you may find that if you use an Apple keyboard that you already have with another product, that you will have to “de-register” it for that device before you can pair it with the Nexus 7.August 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm #1280
Cheers for that, although I’ve ended up going the other way & gone down the even cheaper route, picked up a ten quid USB keyboard http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leather-Keyboard-Compatible-Blackberry-PlayBook/dp/B008QBFFR8
I’m not really after a top quality touch type device, just something that I can use to surf the internet or play emulators on. I grew up with a Spectrum 48k so I’m well used to cheap moulded keyboards!August 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm #1296
Having read around a little I do notice that the Apple keyboard keeps coming out as the top choice for a portable bluetooth tablet keyboard.
But it ain’t cheap:
Did you get yours the_hawk? What did you think?August 25, 2012 at 10:32 am #1349
Hi Jez: you are 100% correct, but then nothing from Apple is cheap! There are many lower cost keyboards, and some are probably good: recommendations please! The Apple product is certainly £££’s but it works so well – if typing is important to you it’s the keyboard you need!!! :o)August 27, 2012 at 9:27 am #1369
Here’s a link offering some keyboard suggestions / reviews. It includes the suggestion that buying the USB / OTG adaptor will allow the plugging in of a USB keyboard. Anyone checked this out? Might give it a test later. Pricing shown via this site for the three Bluetooth keyboards is still at the premium end of the scale, but shop around for the Motorola and Zagg offerings, you might find them cheaper elsewhere:August 27, 2012 at 9:54 am #1370
Further to the previous comment, OTG USB cable is just fine and wonderful for plugging a USB cabled keyboard in, and even extended keys such as volume up and down worked OK. So, if you have an old cabled keyboard hanging around with a USB plug (or a USB adapter to hand), and you get yourself one of the many OTG USB cables that work with the Nexus 7, you are in proper keyboard business at minimum additional cost.August 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm #1373
Thanks for that, I was wondering if it might be that simple. Mine cable should show up this week so I’ll give it a test.August 28, 2012 at 8:20 am #1378
Well the cheap keyboard I linked to above arrived on Saturday morning & I’m very pleased with it.
It works fine, the wallet it comes in fairly cheap, but it does the job of keeping everything together just fine.
It works very well on all the emulators I’ve tried (Spectrum, C64, BBC Micro and Megadrive) which is exactly what I bought it for. It has turned my Nexus into a retro gaming powerhouse, and I got change out of a tenner! Very pleased.September 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm #1721
was torn between this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Handheld-Bluetooth-Wireless-Chicklet-Keyboard/dp/B004407A32/ref=sr_1_36?ie=UTF8&qid=1347114235&sr=8-3 and this: http://dx.com/p/2-8-mini-bluetooth-handheld-qwerty-keyboard-and-mouse-touchpad-black-34355?item=3
went for the latter, the scroll pad is supposed to be good and has multitouch, though it’s a tradeoff with the smaller keyboard. I will write up a full review on here when I receive it.