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DIfficult to Type & Stained My Tab
on September 1, 2012
UPDATE: After deciding to no longer use this case because of the added bulk and not very useful keyboard, I took my white Galaxy Tab out, and the back is stained from the case. My Tab was brand new when it went in, and it was in the case for only a few weeks. Now it has a darkened border that I doubt I will be able to fully remove. In sum, I am very disappointed with this product. I WOULD ADVISE PEOPLE WITH WHITE TABLETS TO CONSIDER ANOTHER CASE.
Here is my original post:
After having this a few weeks, I decided to edit my review. At first I thought is was worthy of three stars, but I am downgrading it.
It is debatable whether or not it is faster than the screen keyboard. It is barely half way to a real keyboard. It is fine for minimal typing, but I don't even want to write simple emails with it. The keys require extra weight, and the space bar and back space keys are down-right difficult to hit hard enough or in the exact right spots. It typically type around 50+ wpm, but I would struggle to get out of the teens with this keyboard. Here are the details in bullet point form:
+ Compact -- as compared to Samsung's keyboard dock, which is pretty bulky
+ Horizontal Orientation -- again comparing with the keyboard dock, which forces you to mount it vertically
+ Easy to Set Up
+ Responsive -- When you hit the keys hard enough anyway
+ Keyboard Layout -- If you are used to a netbook keyboard, you won't have any trouble finding the keys
+ Price -- it's not that much more than a case without a keyboard
- Difficult to Type Fast -- You will be hard pressed to get above 20 words per minute
- Silicone Keys -- They actually are not that comfortable to type with, and you can't quite feel whether or not you have hit the key hard enough.
- A Tiny Bit Bulky -- compared to a case without a keyboard anyway
I would only recommend this keyboard/case to people who are opposed to typing on the touch screen and need something smaller than the Samsung Keyboard Dock or other stand alone bluetooth keyboards. Even so, I would recommend people look for a keyboard/case with better keys.
It is such a slight step up from the screen that I think most people might actually prefer screen typing, especially if they are already used to it or not very fast typists anyway. If you type anywhere above 30 words per minute, and you will be sure to get frustrated with this input device's typing speed.
Hope this helps folks in their keyboard shopping.