Ever since Steve Jobs championed virtual keyboards through the development of iPhones, more and more smartphones have jettisoned physical keyboards altogether as people seemed alright with typing on glass. There are still some, however, who prefer typing on a physical keyboard, but who are also fans of iOS and don’t want to give up using their iPhones.
Enter Typo, an iPhone case with a physical keyboard. There was a lawsuit launch by BlackBerry on their first version, the courts agreed and Typo was discontinued. But now it’s back with a revised design. Meet Typo 2, an iPhone keyboard case that retails for $79 for its iPhone 5/5s-compatible models, and $99 for iPhone 6 cases. Interested? Hold your horses and consider the following:
- An improved design – Although it still looks a bit like a BlackBerry keyboard, some things have changed. Commonly used keys are now a little bigger, and you can avoid unwanted dialing as the keyboard now comes with a lock. A backlight is also a welcome addition.
- Adds more length – Typo 2’s keyboard is located at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen, which adds length to the device. The case can also feel a little bulky for some users.
- It’s expensive – do you really need to pay almost a hundred bucks for a physical keyboard?
- It requires an adjustment period – this is especially true for iPhone users who are not that familiar with BlackBerry keyboards. But this is a minor quibble since they’re not the Typo 2’s target market.
In the end, Typo 2 can be quite useful for hardcore traditionalists who long for physical QWERTY keyboards. Can you live without it? Sure you can – but if you’re tired of lugging two phones around, then this could be the solution for you.