If you are like me and have an iPad you probably have a love-hate relationship with the on-screen keyboard. I’ve been using my iPad for almost 2 years now and generally speaking I didn’t have any problem with the on-screen keyboard. I always thought it’s great not having to have to drag around another addon with the iPad. Besides, what’s the point of having an external keyboard? At that point you might as well get a Notebook or Laptop. However, as I tend to write more and more I realized that having an actual keyboard will speed things up. I didn’t want to spend the money to get the Apple Bluetooth keyboard so I figured as long as I get a Bluetooth keyboard it should work and it does. So, I got the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000.
I know it’s ironic to use a Microsoft Keyboard on an Apple device but from my experience Microsoft makes the best keyboards. I’ve been using a wireless Microsoft keyboard for my Power Mac for a while and I love it. The Bluetooth Keyboard 6000 is very responsive, small and it works great. It also allows you to adjust the volume.
The only advantage that the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard has over third party ones is that it has a few more buttons that allow you to control the iPad such as a Home button but considering that I spent $50 on this one as oppose to $80 on Apple’s makes it worth it. And besides, it just looks cool.
All in all, I definitely recommend to anyone who uses word processing apps on their iPad to get an external keyboard. While the on-screen keyboard is great it cannot match an actual one in terms of speed and comfortability and you don’t have to get Apple’s. There are plenty of alternatives out there and yes, I am using my new keyboard for this post.