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Close, but a few significant flaws
on February 20, 2013
For the price, this is a reasonable deal. On the upside, it gives you a real, well-made physical keyboard on an iPhone 5. I like the combination. Not only do you get QWERTY keys, you also get other helpful keys like the cursor keys, which makes editing a lot easier.
It seems reliable and the keys are large enough. It really is more satisfying for typing, so I no longer avoid typing long emails or text messages. The slide-out mechanism seems reasonably strong so that I don't worry about it snapping off or jamming.
However, there are a few quite significant flaws, not all of which are mini-suit's fault
1) The keys can be pressed while the keyboard is closed - simply due to flexing the case with normal pocket pressure. This unfortunately results in the phone unlocking, so - put the phone in your pocket and it will often be unlocked by itself. This probably made sense for separate bluetooth keyboards being used at a desk, but doesn't in this scenario.
2) Some apps don't work in landscape mode, such as the iPhone settings. So you have to open the keyboard, turn it off, re-enter the settings, and then you can use the onscreen keyboard. Seems like this would have been resolved if closing the keyboard turned it off...
Some other more minor flaws:
3) The space bar is too small. It's a big reach especially for the right hand finger/thumb, and generally hard to hit. However, you can probably get used to this over time.
4) The top row of keys is really too close to the phone.
5) The numbers are only accessible using the "Fn" button. In combination with #4 this makes typing numbers quite tedious.
6) The keys are not very well shaped in my opinion, and are quite firm to press. So actually typing isn't all that comfortable either. My old Nokia e63 with tiny QWERTY keys was easier.
7) The case itself is quite thick - it certainly doesn't seem like this is as thin as it could be. I am OK to live with the chunkiness, but anyone who likes the original svelte thinness of the iPhone 5 a lot, would be unhappy.
Finally, I was quite dissappointed to find this case offers NO protection for the FRONT of the phone. You know, where the expensive glass screen is ... the case only comes to slightly below the front of the screen, so if it lands on it's front or a corner, the case won't do anything.