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    Question Which keyboard is best?

    I love using my iPad...but typing with the on-screen keyboard can become a little bit of a tedious pain at times.

    So I have decided there is definitely a need for a keyboard to go with it. The only thing is I'm not sure which one would be best to get? Either:

    1) iPad Keyboard Dock

    2) iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard

    They are both the exact same price, so that is not an issue, I just want to know which you think is best.
    DANIEL BRINDLEY


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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetPoison View Post
    I had read this yes, and I found it to be an exciting addition to the iPad but...the way it is designed you would end up carrying this around with you everywhere you went, which is not exactly what I'm looking for. I want something that I can use at home for when I am doing essays etc, but I want to be able to carry just my iPad to college etc.

    Not only that but I am desperate to get a keyboard ASAP and unfortunately the ZAGGmate 'Ships on April 19th' and it has to come all the way to England so I'm looking at another good 2 - 3 weeks.

    Both the keyboard mentioned in my first post are available at my local town centre shops and are both available for store pick-up, the sooner I can get one the better!

    Thanks for your suggestion tho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brindley

    I had read this yes, and I found it to be an exciting addition to the iPad but...the way it is designed you would end up carrying this around with you everywhere you went, which is not exactly what I'm looking for. I want something that I can use at home for when I am doing essays etc, but I want to be able to carry just my iPad to college etc.
    I fully understand that you might want something else, but I don't understand this remark. I'm getting the Zaggmate partly because it should be easy to go with or without it since the iPad just sits in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catfiend View Post
    I fully understand that you might want something else, but I don't understand this remark. I'm getting the Zaggmate partly because it should be easy to go with or without it since the iPad just sits in it.
    With the way the product is designed, the iPad fits in it so you can carry it all around, so therefore the price is more expensive than the Apple keyboards, as they are not meant to be taken round with the iPad. If I spent more money on the Zagg I would feel that I would have to/want to carry it all round with me, which just adds extra weight and thickness. Not that this is a bad thing, as alot of people are looking for something just like this. But for me, I just want a keyboard I can use at home when I have the most typing to do and just be able to carry my iPad around with me on it's own.

    (I'm not quite sue I have got my point across very well here, but I hope this sort of clears up your question)
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    I chose the Apple BT wireless keyboard. Generally speaking my iPad doesn't have a "home" on my desk or elsewhere and it would need that in order for me to use the keyboard dock. I like that I can set my iPad and/or the wireless keyboard in any position that happens to be available and use them. In addition I have several iPad cases including Apple's and all but one have the ability to stand the iPad up so whatever case I'm using doesn't have to be removed to put it in the dock.

    I like options and the wireless keyboard doesn't confine me to one option. YMMV of course!

    FWIW I also like to use my wireless keyboard (and Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse) with my Macbook Air when it's closed and connected to a monitor. So I get "double duty" out of it (the keyboard that is).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brindley View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Catfiend View Post
    I fully understand that you might want something else, but I don't understand this remark. I'm getting the Zaggmate partly because it should be easy to go with or without it since the iPad just sits in it.
    With the way the product is designed, the iPad fits in it so you can carry it all around, so therefore the price is more expensive than the Apple keyboards, as they are not meant to be taken round with the iPad. If I spent more money on the Zagg I would feel that I would have to/want to carry it all round with me, which just adds extra weight and thickness. Not that this is a bad thing, as alot of people are looking for something just like this. But for me, I just want a keyboard I can use at home when I have the most typing to do and just be able to carry my iPad around with me on it's own.

    (I'm not quite sue I have got my point across very well here, but I hope this sort of clears up your question)
    I'm not trying to change your mind ,I understand totally, especially the having to wait part and extra cost, but it adds maybe 4-6mm to the depth and the weight addition is even less .
    There is a pleather cover available on Amazon that includes a bluetooth keyboard and folds into a stand and when being carried around it makes a professional looking cover. I'm on my phone now and don't have a link but it's $53 American plus s/h. If I didn't have my Zagg already I'd get that instead, granted I'm using an Ipad 1 so the one for the Ipad 2 might be more expensive
    Edit: here is the one for the iPad2 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SHC16W/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lp o-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0043TB9D6&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX 0DER&pf_rd_r=0BXM8DBEEQEJ7G813DGX


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    I just got the Zagg 2. It's nice but it's a bit heavy. I am waiting fot the leather skin before I use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brindley View Post
    I love using my iPad...but typing with the on-screen keyboard can become a little bit of a tedious pain at times.

    So I have decided there is definitely a need for a keyboard to go with it. The only thing is I'm not sure which one would be best to get? Either:

    1) iPad Keyboard Dock

    2) iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard

    They are both the exact same price, so that is not an issue, I just want to know which you think is best.
    I'm using my BFs apple bluetooth keyboard until my zaggmate comes. It works well enough, but the zagg suits me because I'd like to have my keyboard everywhere I go.

    My BF chose the bluetooth keyboard over the keyboard dock because the keyboard dock lets you use the iPad in portrait view only.

    I'd go with the wireless keyboard, an incase origami keyboard case, and the iPad. Seems like that might work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmaines
    I just got the Zagg 2. It's nice but it's a bit heavy. I am waiting fot the leather skin before I use it.
    They already shipped?

    I had the apple wireless keyboard for the iPad 1 and it works great for typing, but it misses a few iPad specific keys, which both the keyboard dock and the Zaggmate have. So for iPad 2 have I preordered the Zaggmate.


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