Tag: keyboard

Commonly overlooked supplies and equipment you need for a home office

If you’ve been working from home amid the pandemic over the past few months, you’ve probably come to realise the importance of having a designated workspace. There’s only so much you can take of the kids running around and shouting in the background while you’re trying to make …

Best tablet for writers. Is it right under your nose?

I stumbled across a gadget that I’d almost forgotten about recently. It was an iPad Mini. Wow. Remember this? When we used to use tablets for things? Strangely though, I’ve found a new a new use for it as our existing “radio phone” has failed in the kitchen. …

IFA – F(x)tec Pro1. Android and a sliding QWERTY. Boom!

Oh, I like this already. A phone created by a startup in London, with a strange name, with brackets in it… and it’s a phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard too. What’s not to like eh? They say that they want to deliver “niche mobile devices” but hey, …

BlackBerry KEY2 LE – Review

Introduction Even now, when touch-screen devices are considered the standard, there are solid arguments for having a traditional hardware keyboard. It’ll work with two thumbs and fans are sometimes known as ‘Crackberry’ addicts. With BlackBerry being such an iconic brand for their QWERTY smartphone designs, it is no …

iClever IC-GK03 Wireless keyboard and mouse – Review

OK, please don’t tell iClever, but I’ve had this (and I’ve used it) for a number of weeks now. Even though it’s been right in front of me, I totally forgot to do the review. At least it means that I know all about it though, which is …

RCA tablets – Saturn 10 Pro – Review

  Back in June, we wrote a quick post about some new Android tablets destined for our shores, these being the RCA Saturn 10 Pro and the Mercury 7L. They’re said to be some of the best Android tablets around so I’ve been sent both devices through for …

The “i” in Google

Descartes wrote ‘i think, therefore i am,’ or he would have done had he been using Google Gboard for Android with auto-correct turned on. This bug, where the letter “i” for the first-person singular pronoun failed to default to the upper case “I”, has recently been fixed with a …

Productivity and mobility. The QWERTY-powered Gemini

I’ll be honest, I’ve been experiencing a bit of a lethargic phase recently. There’s been a degree of apathy in the last few weeks as the never-ending wave of phones from Mobile World Congress has almost deadened my mood. Why? Well, as much as I understand the reasons, …

Elretron wants you take you back in time

Pah, modern technology. Who needs that eh? The guys at Elretron want you to take a journey back to the age of typewriters, when we had mechanical keyboards that went “Clack, Clack, Clack”. They’re just about to put their idea on Kickstarter and pricing is said to be …

MWC – BlackBerry Mercury accidentally goes official as the KEYone

A slightly premature embargo-busting post by the guys at GSMArena (now removed) has resulted in the BlackBerry KEYone spilling all over the internet earlier than expected. The handset, which has already appeared in the flesh thanks to teaser shots from TCL Exec Steve Cistulli, was also known as the DTEK70 …

Fancy more than just another Android keyboard? Try Redraw Keyboard

If you’ve got an Android device, then you’ll probably know just how easily you can swap keyboards. The latest Google keyboard comes with a raft of Emoji icons, so that you can convey your emotions in a text, a WhatsApp message, or a Facebook update. However, there’s only …

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is out (for some)

Today Google is rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to some devices. This isn’t a big release, but adds a few features to Pixel and Nexus devices and tidies up things with bug fixes and optimisations. The list of devices getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat from Google is as follows: …

Blackberry to make one more physical keyboard device

It’s no real surprise that when to comes to mobile devices with physical keyboards, Blackberry were the industry leaders. But despite this the company slowly declined, beginning with the company ending the use their own Operating System, and then not even producing devices, but using rebranded TCL devices (well hello, …

Use a typewriter on your iPad

If typing on your screen isn’t your “thing” and you’re not a fan of modern Bluetooth keyboards. Perhaps try this, the QWERKYWRITER. It’ll bring you all the fun and memories of using an old-school typewriter, plus it acts as a stand for your device. The keyboard connects via …

aLLreLi KA150 Wireless Keyboard – Review

This is just £12.99 on Amazon and, I have to say, I quite like this. It’s definitely my preference when compared to the gaming keyboard we looked at fairly recently. This is the aLLreLi KA150G Wireless Keyboard and it comes with 18 multimedia function keys too. Out of …

Allreli K9500 Gaming Keyboard Review

So, this is how the conversation went on this one.. “Hello, Coolsmartphone HQ?” “Yes, this is Allreli. We make gadgets and things. Can we send you a gaming keyboard?” “Err.. well, we don’t really cover PC gaming ?” “It’s really good though, it has a really cool design …

Missing your BlackBerry? Samsung have the answer if you get an S7.

Here at the crazy mobile shin-dig that is Mobile World Congress – if you get a special sticker – you can head backstage. There, amongst the tired exhibitors, you’ll find Samsung showing off their Galaxy S7 devices. We saw these at the exclusive Unpacked event on Sunday (which …

How to get the iPad Pro experience for £186

This is my iPad 2. It’s quite old now and it’s pretty heavy. It has a 9.7″ LED IPS screen at 1024×768 and 132 ppi. It has a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 CPU and there’s 16GB of storage on board. You can get one for about £150 on …

Apple iPad Pro Smart Keyboard – You can only buy the US layout

Here in the UK our keyboards are slightly different. Indeed, if you travel around the world a bit you’ll notice that keyboard layouts differ depending which country you’re in. Differences between national keyboard layouts are mostly the placements of symbols on the character keys. Between the UK and …

iPad Pro goes on sale. Here’s which network is offering it

Fancy getting the new iPad Pro? It’s big. It’s got a really nice 12.9″ Retina screen but it’s a tad expensive and the keyboard seems to cost a lot too. That said, you’re about to see it popping up in lots of mobile phone stores up and down …

Could an iPad replace a laptop?

In a time when every news site and blogger wants to be first out the door with news, having the right equipment is more important than ever. As a mobile blogger myself and someone who likes to share news,  I normally take a mobile phone for tethering use …

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

The Question: How do you make a lightweight and portable tablet productive? Well apart from adding the appropriate software like MS Office or Google Docs, the other way is to add a keyboard case/dock. That is exactly what I have done with the Nexus 9; I have added …

Waytools Textblade the multitouch keyboard goes on sale

This popped into my mailbox yesterday evening and I was instantly intrigued by it, as surely a small keyboard could not actually be productive. So I dug a bit deeper and then discovered that this board will use multi-touch in its 8 keys. Yep you read that right …

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio now available in the UK

The wait is over the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio. It is now on the Play store along with the Magic Cover. They are available for £110 and £35 respectively. I have not had hands on with the keyboard but it does sound like it could genuinely make the …

ZAGGkeys Universal Keyboard – A closer look

It’s been a few days since I told you about ZAGGkeys Universal Bluetooth keyboard. The official site has it on sale for nearly £50 but eBuyer are doing it for £40. Anyhow, I’ve started to use it more and more and I’m currently using it to type this …

ZAGGkeys Universal Keyboard Review

Using your phone for writing tweets, Facebook updates and brief emails is easy enough. There’s a variety of keyboards available and you can use Swype-style keyboards to improve the speed of your data entry if you wish. You can even use these on-screen keyboards for writing more wordy …

Encase Bluetooth keyboard folio review

What is the main sticking point when trying to use an Android device for productivity? Simple. The keyboard. Sure, an onscreen keyboard is great for short notes and maybe the odd email or two, but for me it’s not a replacement for a physical keyboard. Although we have …

Swype down in price

If you’re bored with the standard Google keyboard that’ll let you drag your finger over each letter to create a word then you can go ahead and grab another keyboard …that does…almost the same swipe-over-the-keys-to-make-a-word thing. One in particular that’s always proved popular is Swype, and right now …

The ArcBook, by ARCHOS Unveiled

Archos has revealed what they are calling the “ArcBook”, which is an “Affordable Mobile Productivity Enhancer”. Errr…  in other words an Android powered netbook. Google™ Certified ArcBook with a 10.1” touchscreen and fully-fledged keyboard designed for students and mobile professionals available in June for under £139.99 Spec’s include.. …

SwiftKey update brings new layouts and options

Swiftkey is the most popular third party keyboard replacement app for Android, and it’s easy to see why due to the uncanny predictions, swipe and standard input options, cloud sync and various themes. Now though, it’s got even more features! Fully paid up Swiftkey users will find an …

We don’t need the time machine. It’s all right here.

I’ve had a few ideas on how to approach this particular article but, to be honest, I’m just going to jump right in. A few nights ago I found some rather innovative USB keyboards. Here’s a shot of some of them and, if you’ve seen my articles about …

Google Keyboard for Android gets an update

Google have slowly been breaking apart the core Android apps and providing them in the Play Store for anyone to use, the latest being Google Keyboard. It has been out a few months and has just had an update. The main new feature is that a long press …

Minuum keyboard – Fast typing for fat fingers. Now available

It can be a curse having such chunky fingers, but you know what they say about men with large fingers don’t you? Yep, ill-fitting gloves. Here then is Minuum keyboard. Yes, it’s a replacement for the stock Android keyboard. Yes, you’ve seen various types of keyboard already (including …

Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard for Nexus 7 Review

The Nexus 7 has been somewhat of a success for Google.  It has become the fastest selling Android tablet and its successor is due to launch here in the UK imminently. In the meantime there are plenty of Nexus 7’s still in circulation and plenty of Nexus 7 …

myType Bluetooth foldable keyboard gets pots of Kickstarter cash

Rubber keyboards. We’ve seen them kicking around for a bit now, but the myType Bluetooth keyboard is easily folded down into your pocket and has keys which are spaced for touch typing, unlike most portable keyboards. When you need it, the myType keyboard connects to your device via …

Swiftkey Cloud Beta now available

The latest beta version of Swiftkey is now available, and it brings cloud support to spread predictions between all your devices. Swiftkey is a third-party keyboard that predicts what you type, as most Android users will know by now. The way it does this is by analysing what’s …

Friday Deals – SwiftKey half price

Let’s save a bit of money shall we? Deals are great, so today we’re having a hunt for deals. First, if you’re finding that entering texts or writing emails is a bit fiddly on your Android phone, try SwiftKey. It’ll speed up your typing and learns words as …

Adventures of a Blackberry virgin part 2 – the Z10 keyboard

My first fumble with the BlackBerry Z10 hub was uninspiring, but what about the fancy new keyboard? A revolution of data input, or a typo waiting to happen? BlackBerry are pushing this hard as one of the must see features of BB10, so today I’ll adjust the anglepoise …