I've got the keyboard case from Wendy Lou. Nice bit of kit and much better quality than others I have seen. Only isssue is that some o the keys don't seem to work/have a function. Worst of these is the caps lock - is this a fault or is it just a functon of Anroid? The caps lock light on the keyboard works. Also, anyone have any idea what the "F" keys do if anything? AC
I don't have one of those keyboards, but I do have a usb mini keyboard.
Plugging that in, caps lock works as expected. F1 brings up the menu on any screen where pressing the menu key on the tab itself would have that effect. F3 causes the foreground app to crash (!!) F4 puts the tab into sleep mode. F10 does the same as F1. All the other F keys do nothing, so far as I can see. The F keys do exactly the same thing (or nothing) with Ctrl, Alt or Shift held down as they do in their unsifted state.
Have you tried the keyboard with a standard PC or laptop? There seem to be all sorts of oddities with these combined case-keyboard devices when connected to these tabs. Some don't work at all for some people. Others find that only one half of the keyboard is seen by the tab. Maybe none of them works completely. The way standard USB keyboards work normally though indicates that the fault may lies somewhere with the keyboard-cum-case devices, not with the tab itself.
A bit late now you've bought the keyboard, but one solution to typing while charging is to get a usb charger with a suitable mini-usb connector on it (you may already have a suitable one for some other device. I use the one from my Samsung camera, but the one for my wife's oldish Motorola phone works too. The multi-model chargers you can buy also have a mini-usb among their interchangeable plugs). A usb charger should charge at the same rate as the supplied device and it won't disrupt typing on the screen keyboard (unless it's as cruddy and interference-radiating as the charger supplied with the tab, which is pretty unlikely)
Thanks for the advice. I have a blackberry charger which does improve things when charging but it's still not perfect. My son has a Samsung so I'll try that. I wondered if the caps lock thing depends on the default keyboard on the tablet? Are you using the standard android keyboard?
I don't use the standard keyboard normally but I switched back to it before trying to see if my mini-keyboard behaved the same as your device and making that post.
In general, on most devices, the Caps Lock key is recognized for input in all scripts which make lower-case/upper-case distinctions, or where shift alters the character produced. I just rechecked using both the standard keyboard settings and after switching in a Korean keyboard. Though there are no capital letters in Korean, pressing shift lock on my mini keyboard causes the appropriate consonant keys to produce the "tense" version of those consonants, which is the expected behaviour. So I think it's likely that either your keyboard isn't sending the correct codes when shift lock is pressed (you could only verify that by plugging it into something else) or else there's a partial mismatch between the keyboard and the tab (though less serious than the ones we know exist with some other keyboard-case combinations)