Many people wouldn’t take a second look at the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit because they could simply transfer photos and videos from their computer via iTunes. But, this little unsuspecting accessory has hidden powers, with which comes great responsibility.
Keyboards are highly personal items. Some folks like huge, clackety, old-school keyboards with tactile feedback, while others go for small and light. And if small and light is what you’re after, Microsoft’s new Arc is a decent, portable, chiclet-style keyboard that works well alongside your Mac--provided you can put up with the indignity of backward function keys.
Apple haters love to trot out the fact that the iPhone and iPod touch lack a physical keyboard. And of course, the first feature iPhone users notice about any rival keyboard-equipped smartphone is usually the microscopic keys. 4iThumbs attempts to bridge that gap, offering some of the tactile feedback of a hard keyboard without giving up all the benefits of the iPhone’s virtual keys.
Associate Online Editor Flo tests her typing skills on the iPad, a MacBook Pro's keyboard, and the standard Apple keyboard to see how iPad stacks up against a standard keyboard. The results actually surprised us.
If Apple’s keyboards, with their extreme thinness and laptop-style
keys, resemble an underfed model, all waiflike and delicate,
Microsoft’s usual offerings look like they’ve been bulking up with Iso
Mass Xtreme Gainer protein powder. Their wireless keyboards tend to
have an extra inch or two of plastic hanging off the bottoms or the
sides, and they just look so beefy and large on a desk, even an
uncluttered one. Microsoft's Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 reverses this trend.