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Not worth your while.
on April 24, 2013
I don't understand a lot of the criticisms on this product. I have quite large hands and I'm table to touch type well enough on this keyboard, not with 8 fingers but with 6 (which is how I type normally, again, because my hands are large). The keys are indeed small, but so is the virtual keyboard on the screen, and with the physical keys I fat-finger a lot less often than I do on a hypersenstive virtual board. The clip near the space key shouldn't be an issue... I can hit it with either thumb on either side of the button. You don't *need* to hit the space key square in the middle for it to work. It is missing a Tab key, but it supports shortcuts like ctrl+x/c/v editing, shift+arrow text selection, etc. A big benefit is that it frees up screen real estate with only the autocomplete bar along the bottom. I find that with the small size of the keyboard, I'm able to type and reach up to hit suggested words from the bottom of the screen making typing a really fast hybrid of physical keys and touch features. So, as I said, functional as a keyboard.
I don't think the size of the keys is up for criticism considering that it's built into a case. If you want a full sized keyboard, don't get one built into a 7" case. Making the keyboard any larger would make the total package unrealistically bulky. As a case, it clips firmly onto the Nexus 7 with a dimpled and rubberized backing similar to the back of the tablet itself. The spacing of the dimpling and the silver color of the plastic don't quite match the same designs on the tablet, but they're close enough that it's clearly designed specifically for this device. It adds a bit of weight to this normally very slim device, but it's still compact enough to slip into my back pocket like a paperback (make sure you don't absent mindedly sit down doing this :) )
I got one of these for my mom's 7 and she has had issues with the bluetooth pairing, but I have never had problems with mine and I use my tablet far more often than she does. As the Nexus 7 has known bluetooth issues on the current Android build, it could be an issue with either device, I'm not sure which one. The device puts itself to sleep after a few minutes of idling, so a charge on the battery lasts a very long time (several days).
My major complaint is that I've had this keyboard case for about a month and the paint has been wearing off the keys since about the second week of my ownership. I'm good enough at touch typing that this doesn't present a major issue, but it's still extremely disappointing. I almost gave this a two star rating as a result of this problem, but I like the rest of the features enough to give it a three instead. If the quality of the keys was a bit more durable I'd have given it a solid four stars.
EDIT: since writing this review, I've started to experience the same issues mentioned above with the device not pairing properly despite repeated attempts to do so. Downgraded to 2 stars and would not recommend. I think I will start looking for a replacement.