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Not bad for the price ... and the limited options available.
on November 13, 2012
I ordered this because I write a lot and typing on the keyboard on the Note is as much a pain as it is on my phone or iPod. I've only used it a few times now, but so far I like it. The Bluetooth connects easily with no issues. The keys are nicely responsive. True, it's smaller than a computer keyboard, but no smaller than a netbook keyboard. In fact, I think it's slightly larger.
Now, it does take getting used to. The keys respond, but they're rubberized so they don't respond quite the same way as, say, your standard plastic model. They've got a bit more ... spring to them? It's hard to describe, honestly. Just different, but not bad. Also, some of them are arranged differently than on your usual QWERTY keyboard, so that also takes some getting used to. Again, not bad, just different. Once I got used to the differences I was able to type a lot faster without accidentally hitting wrong keys.
Battery life: I charged it fully once and haven't had to charge it again yet. But I haven't had a chance to use it for hours at a time, either. I CAN say that unlike most of the laptops and netbooks and cameras I've owned, the battery hasn't drained out when not in use, thus requiring more charging when turned on again. That right there is a plus to me. The only thing that would make this better is if it could plug right into the tablet and help extend battery life, the way some other keyboard/tablet combinations I've seen do.
As for security, the tablet slides into the leather holder and is secured with a leather and velcro tab at the bottom. There is a bit of wiggle-room, so although it is designed to allow access to the buttons and camera and S-pen, it tends to shift a bit. That's no big deal to me as I wanted it basically for the keyboard, but it's something to keep in mind. When closed, the wide leather flap folds entirely over the length and holds with a fairly strong magnet. It feels quite secure to me. No chance of the tablet falling out of the holder or it flopping open, especially since I tend to carry my tablet around in a bag.
A warning to those who have skins on their Notes: the entire keyboard case being made of black leather, like most dyed black leather tends to do, it WILL bleed onto the skin over time. It's inevitable. I've got a very nice DecalGirl skin on my Note, so I don't leave it in the case when I'm not actually using the keyboard. It may not stop the bleed-through but at least it will delay it for a good while.
Overall, for what I paid for, I think I got a good item. Definitely worth the cost. Especially since there still isn't a whole lot of competition on the market.