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IT HAS A TAB KEY NOW!
on 30 January 2013
Apparently in a previous life, it didn't have a tab key. Well I'm very pleased to say, they've shuffled the 'number' keys along and squeezed one in. Where the escape key might normally be on a bigger keyboard, top-left. There is now a tab key. They've doubled the nine and zero keys up with volume functions and something else. (There is also an 'fn' key). I won't try to explain unless somebody wants me to. But it works.
On to other items as it's a bit naff just to say the above and nothing else. In general I'm delighted. Pro's and cons below:
+ Looks like it's an official add-on, especially when used as a cover - it has the same patterned surface and colour scheme. Though the pattern is a slightly different scale, this is only an observation and not a complaint. If we're being extremely fussy - the silver coloured strip is a slightly different shade than that on the nexus. It's barely noticeable.
+ On-off switch included.
+ An orange light to indicate that it's charging, and a blue one that shows that the Bluetooth is connecting (which both time out fairly quickly).
+ I can imagine that if you wanted, you could put a very thin capacitive sylus in the recess which you normally sit the nexus in whilst in use, when it's covered and packaged away - can't confirm that though.
+ Fits perfectly over the nexus when used as a cover.
+ Does improve the speed of typing. I have middle sized man-fingers. See below for related con.
+ Connection is easy.
+ Offers "hard-shell" covering
+ Adds as little size and heft to the nexus as I think it's possible to do whilst covering and adding the functionality of a physical keyboard as well. Compared to other covers, it's very, very economical on size.
+ I have no 'switching off' issues as reported in other reviews. This was to do with a magnet. I assume this is resolved as part of an update to it's design.
+ It's a generally very nice piece of design which seems well considered in most respects - it's nice to use just because of the look and feel of it.
- Doesn't cover the back of the nexus - I don't feel so bad about that as the nexus's back doesn't seem prone to scratching.
- It's a little fiddly to unclip - but I'm getting used to it
- The keyboard deflects a little toward the centre when pressing keys. (as do many others to be fair).
- I don't think it will charge off the nexus without tinkering with software (I have a cable but as yet I've not achieved this - will update if I do).
- It is limited by the size of the nexus of course, so it's smallness whilst typing is something to overcome. I'm already noticeably better at it after 1 day's use. There may always be some typos though. Is it possible to switch on corrective typing when using a physical keyboard?? That would help. Knowing android it probably is.
- Viewing angle not movable - no issue with this so far though.
- It doesn't fix to the nexus when in use. So probably no good for use at odd angles. I have used it laying on the bed though and it was fine.
- There's no way that I know of to check the level of charge of the battery in the keyboard
A neutral point is that it "clips" to the nexus when used as a cover. This was a concern before I bought it. It sounded like it might scratch the nexus. Thankfully, it doesn't at all. I also like being able to unfasten something without friction and bending being involved - however this item is such a perfect fit that the friction and bending which is involved is extremely minor. As such I don't consider it an issue.
That's all for now. I hope it helps. I also got an el-cheapo soft black zip up skin type cover which easily covers both the nexus and the keyboard when both coupled together. This will keep debris from my bag getting between the keyboard and screen. I'm very happy with this set up.
Would I reccomend the product - yes. It's pros far outweigh it's cons in my view - which are all minor. Worthy of 4.5 stars without a doubt.