Tag - Keyboards
Since 2014 and iOS 8, we've had the ability to swap Apple's regular on-screen iOS keyboard for ones made by other companies. You would think that by 2016 and iOS 9, the kinks would be worked out. Yet they're not, and while some of this is for sensible reasons, others are just a pain -- and one that developers exacerbate. This was tested on iPhone because while you can install these third-party keyboards on iPads, it just hasn't become a thing.
Usually, when you think about searching and keyboards, it's when you're lifting one up to see where your pen has gone. That may be the only type of searching that Google can't help you with, though, and this new iPhone keyboard is the company's latest attempt to find you everything, everywhere. Gboard 1.0.0 lets you type Google searches whatever app you're in.
We don't like being predictable, but usually -- we'll admit this -- if we look at a third-party on-screen keyboard for iOS, we tend to go down the same route every time. They're mildly fiddly to switch over to, and they rarely offer any benefits. Only, we're admitting to our predictability because this time, we're different. For this Word Flow Keyboard from Microsoft Garage could well be the best non-Apple alternative keyboard for iPhone that we've seen. It's got issues, but it's the first time we could imagine you switching permanently to one.
There is no such thing as the perfect keyboard, or at least there isn't one slice of perfection for everyone. It'd be dull if there were, but it would also be quite handy. As it is, for us the Logitech K810 keyboard is so very nearly the best possible option that we're wondering why it took us years to try it out. With chagrin, we also realize that if we'd checked it out even a few months ago, we'd have ditched it in favor of the Logitech K811 instead.
The flood of replacements for Apple's default iOS keyboard died down after developers went crazy offering every conceivable gimmick, and users realized how few of them were any good. We're now at the stage where the only new keyboards that appear are ones that look like they've been built to solve a particular need, and in the case of Microsoft Hub Keyboard 1.0, that need is to speed up typing for Office 365 users.
Sometimes, just sometimes, the difference between two keyboards is quite subtle and truly down to the fingers of the beholder. What someone finds strong and reliable, the next person will find loud and clacky. This time, though, there is a very apparent and clear difference between this Logitech K480 and the K380 model that we've previously enthused about. The K480 must surely be 100 somethings better than the K380.
We've been testing a lot of Logitech keyboards lately and, just between you and me, we were considering doing a kind of smackdown group test of the lot. However, when your water cooler conversations become heated about plastic keyboards, though, it's time to take a look at yourself and your priorities in life. That's not to say I won't cave in, especially if the alternative is to discuss football, but right now I'd like you to imagine that the smackdown happened in private and that the Logitech K380 won. Keep this in mind, though -- it's still the most blue keyboard I've ever used.
Usually a sentence with the word "compromise" in it is bound to end badly, but in this case, not so much. The Logitech K400r keyboard has the features of a keyboard you're meant to travel with, and one that is best suited to staying on your desk. Whether you like it depends on how you feel about clacky keyboards instead of flat, low-slung chiclet ones, but it is a 79-key one that has the convenience of a travelling keyboard.
Keyboard maker Brydge has debuted its latest keyboard, this time aimed at the latest iPad mini, at CES. While there was a version of the BrydgeMini made for the first three iterations of the iPad mini, the new version is said to be designed specifically for the iPad mini 4, which debuted in October. Like the previous model, the BrydgeMini II is a front-only case that features backlit keys, and a unique hinge design for 180-degree viewing. The company also shared details on its forthcoming BrydgePro keyboard for the iPad Pro, announced last month.
We have a possibly unhealthy obsession with keyboards, but no plans to do anything about it -- we're not going to swap to pens and pencils, for instance. Plus, our addiction means we automatically know the two things that make a great keyboard -- or we thought we did, until we used the Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboard for iPad.