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Split Keyboard For iPad [Concept]

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Takenover83, Apr 22, 2010.

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    I kinda like this. It would be great to be able to have a few options, for whatever situation you find yourself in. Saw it and thought I would share. But if a App ever came forth, I doubt Apple would pass it. Your thoughts?

    Source: Split Keyboard For iPad [Concept] | Redmond Pie

    Due to its large screen size and space, iPad is extremely comfortable to work with in most cases. However, there are times when you feel awkward holding it from one hand, and typing from another in the landscape mode. Your one hand here becomes nothing more than a dock, whereas the other one remains hanging in air – used only for on-screen typing. Not so cool right?.
    [​IMG]
    Now a guy named Scott Robbin has come up with a cooler concept. According to his idea:
    Here, the only thing that you might have to sacrifice is the key size, but it might be more comfortable and functional. Do you agree with Robbin on this one, or do you have something better in your mind? Thoughts? [via AppAdvice]

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    I personally like the current keyboard, but have one BIG gripe about it. I wish the keyboard had up down and side to side navigation arrows. I'm one of those that cant get it right the first time and using my pinky to navigate sure sucks :mad:
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    I like the idea. I notice that if I'm in landscape mode I have to lay down my iPad in order to type anything longer than a few words. Having the split keyboard would definitely make it much easier to hold the iPad and type.
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    +1 CaptKirk.
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    I like the concept and just would increase the size of the keys, then it would be perfect.
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    when i type in something is layed flat on the table or in it stand and iam using the desktop keyboard to enter data into the unit ..
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    I'd prefer it in portrait. But more than anything, I'd love to have the option to turn it on and or download it from the App Store as a system tweak. Doubt it. :|

    Gary
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    The first guy/gal that develops the app that does this well will make a lot of dough ...... I'd definitely buy it.
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    i use my iPad in landscape almost exclusively... maybe its because that is the aspect ratio I am accustomed to on all other pc/tv devices, but thats just how it feels best to me.

    Because of this preference, typing becomes a one-handed hunt&peck experience...This split keyboard design looks awesome...I think the keys could be just a bit bigger, as i the average person can probably reach about 1/3 of the way across the screen with their thumbs in a normal/comfortable holding fashion... just my 2 cents.
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    Same here...I turn it to portrait when I read an article or google reader...and thats about it...it is 90% landscape, and I think I have typed in portrait maybe twice.
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    I am already beginning a new book on the iPad. Using the keyboard as is. I have found that twonhours on the tap-typing app has gotten me up to 30WPM. Cut yourselves some slack on this new device. I think over time this is gonna be just fine.
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    30 words a minute on one hand? You haz mad skills.
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    No typing with both hands, all fingers, traditional typing style
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    hmm, not quite sure I like the concept, but I suppose it could have certain benefits.
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    Sounds like it could be a winner. Along with increasing the screen view with the keyboards to the side.
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    Gratz on that speed!
    • You can take comfort in the fact that if we were to get this added functionality, you will not be forced to use it! You could certainly choose to stick to the current onehanded, or onefingered typing.
    • I imagine if I were forced to tie my legs together, and get around by hopping, I could do "just fine". But I would not prefer to stick to that handicap.
    • However, Apple has a very long history of being pretty stubborn about giving in to us on optional input methods. So coming up with rationalizations to make us feel better about the limited way that Apple allows, is often the only good choice left.


    • For years and years and years, people begged for 2, or 3 button mouse capability on Apple computers.
    • People wanted the flexibility, and the industry standard capability that they could use on other systems. But Apple, being Apple, said
      "No... Just learn to do it our way. You will be 'just fine' with one button."
    • Apple DID allow the different devs to duplicate efforts and create their own multi button support for each of their programs.
    • Relatively recently, in Apple-years, We finally have some multibutton capability.

    So no,I don't really expect to see this keyboard option.
    Flexibility and options SHOULD be considered good things.
    But I will be pleasantly surprised if we get this option.
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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2010
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