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Confessions of an iAccessory Addict,
This review is from: ZAGGmate w/keyboard for Original iPad 1 (Personal Computers)
I pre-ordered this Zagg Logitech keyboard as my very first purchase for my iPad 2 back in April. A friend of mine that introduced me to the iPad in the beginning also showed me this nifty little keyboard/case online. I was so excited based on the description and features that I ordered it the same day and eagerly awaited its release and arrival.
For the most part, I am happy with the keyboard, especially given the newness of the whole genre of keyboard cases available for tablets at the time I received it, but there are a few things that looking back I wish I would have considered before making this purchase.
- was one of the first keyboard/cases available for the iPad 2
- very handy to have a keyboard that travels so well
- very lightweight
- extremely attractive - the brushed steel aluminum look is unbeatable and matches well to an iPad 2
- sturdy (especially considering the weight)
- easy to pair - literally took seconds
- holds a charge for months (literally)
- works as intended
- overall, a very interesting design that is very appealing
- keyboard has a good feel to it - you can tell when you press the keys
- can hold the iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape
- feels like it protects the front of the iPad 2 very well -- but not the back, as it is still exposed and not protected
- the keyboard takes a bit of time to get used to, as it is the same width as the iPad 2 - I have this same issue with every travel keyboard/case that I've used though - if you regularly type on the iPad 2, you may want something bigger or you'll get used to it
- the rubber strip around the top of the case where the iPad 2 fits with the case is not well designed -- after one week of heavy use during international travel, I noticed the strip is coming up around several of the edges and looks like its just glued on - not sure how long this is going to last, but once that strip goes, it won't be used for travel anymore
- the fold-out stand feels cheaply made (and is plastic) with my first thought being "how long is this expected to last?" - it has lasted fine so far (almost 7 months later), but didn't impress me much to begin with - looks like in newer models they've gone with just a groove design and eliminated the fold-out stand, which is an improvement in my opinion
- getting the iPad 2 out of the case with the rubber strip is an exercise in caution - you stand it up on the edge and have to pry the case and the iPad 2 apart - my blood pressure always spikes during this as I'm afraid of doing it to forcefully and slamming the iPad down on the table or whatever you have it on - don't try this without the case being on something sturdy
- can't use a cover/case to protect the back as it won't fit in this case with anything over the edges of the iPad -- the back of the iPad 2 will be exposed even when in this case
- get rid of the fold-out stand - looks like this is already being done
- replace the glue holding the rubber strip around the top edge of the case with some other fastener as this is going to be the first fail point for most every one of these cases, and will render them unusable as a case (though the keyboard will still be fine)
- would be nice to have some way to "quick-release" the iPad from the case instead of prying it apart
- find a way to also protect the back of the iPad 2 - hint, hint: give away a full-body Zagg invisibleSHIELD with each purchase might be one solution
Overall, I'm still happy to have gotten this case as it performed admirably during a heavy week of use during international travel and was light-weight enough that I rarely noticed that I had it, except for the extra protection afforded. Thanks to this product, I didn't have to lug my heavy Dell laptop on 3 different flights and all around between the office and hotels. In some ways, I look at the money I spent as a vote to Zagg to continue building keyboard/cases in the future and to come up with better designs, which they have done. Now that this keyboard/case is selling cheaper, I would recommend this to others, just not at the original price knowing what I know now.
On a side note, I get a lot of questions from people about my cases as I own a lot of them - they always want to know which one is the "right" one, and I can't honestly answer that. The reason for this is that I have not found one case that does everything that I want it to, and I don't know that I ever will. When traveling, I need a keyboard; but when at home with my kids, I need protection. Other times when I'm mainly using my iPad to read books, I want something like a leather folio for the looks and feel. As such, I am constantly buying and trying various combinations and noting which work best for what scenarios -- I hope this helps you in your own quest for a great case.