Tablets straddle the line between smartphone and notebook, and while they are almost always made to be navigated through touch gestures, some people are still going to want to hook a keyboard up to their devices. In a comprehensive two-part guide, TabletPCReview looks at the state of keyboard peripherals for the ever-popular Apple iPad in particular, and comes to a potentially surprising conclusion.
Ultimately, the iPad was not made with keyboards in mind. That’s the long and short of it. So while the 12 keyboards TPCR reviewed in its guide all work, none of them are truly superb enough to be “must buys.” Just because people want something doesn’t mean that that thing will be good. At least not yet.
But let’s not mince words; if it had to pick one, TPCR says it would roll with the ZAGGfolio Apple iPad 2 keyboard case. That one, as its name suggests, serves as not only a fairly comfortable keyboard that comes with iOS-specific function keys, but it also comes with a stand for holding the iPad upright, and can wrap the tablet up as a case when it’s not being used. That bonus functionality put it over the top for TPCR.
But, like every other keyboard in the bunch, it wasn’t perfect. To find out why, to find out what makes a good tablet keyboard, and to find out the types of keyboards the ZAGGfolio was up against, be sure to check out TabletPCReview’s two-part How To guide for choosing an iPad keyboard.