Got my iPad2...but I'm missing having a real keyboard. Now, what?

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The whole idea of getting an iPad -- for me, anyway --- is being able to travel light and still have access to the internet, be able to do a lot of work like showing presentations, etc.

But I do miss not having a keyboard. So I did a LOT of reading and research on iPad cases with keyboards.

One of the best articles I found was on CNET - Ultimate iPad 2 cases. From there I followed the various links to proucts that appealed to me at first glance. Found a ton of videos on youtube on the various products.


  • Zagg. Logitech's Keyboard case and watched the video review of Zagg.

Couldn't quite love this one. Click on the photo to see the video review.. Somehow, it doesn't seem to look as secure.

Worse, the back part of the ipad is unprotected. Isn't that one of the reasons why we get a case --- to protect it?

And typing on a keyboard that's sunk into the case looks uncomfortable.



Big mistake! I hadn't counted on how HEAVY and how BULKY this was --- almost heavier than the Lenovo notebook I gave away to my nephew.  Worse, after I connected, and tried to type.....

I couldn't get past the first letter I pressed. It showed up as ppppppppppppppppppppppppppp. Tried several times. Also found that if I wanted to switch to the onscreen keyboard, I couldn't.

No second chances for me. I am returning this, posthaste





  • ClamCase. This is one I am most interested in. ClamCase It just became available. But the shipping could take 4-5 weeks. It's a bit pricey, but seems to be a lot more versatile and offers more protection than the others. I'll wait until I see more reviews on this product. But this seems to be a lot slimmer (and hopefully not quite as heavy) as the other cases.

I'll have to find about how easy and how well one can type on it.







But for now,  will use a slim case --- in red, even ---- until I can no longer stand it and get a wireless keyboard. I always pick black...but this time, to match the excitement of having an iPad, I got the red. Getting to be daring in my old age :)




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Kim Carnes
Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors (317) 753-7098 - Indianapolis, IN
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Hello Pacita

Nice name...All these choices...glad to hear about your experiments...keep us posted on what works!

Jun 22, 2011 09:51 AM #1
Gloria Commiso
Keller Williams - Hermosa Beach, CA
Hermosa Beach

Thnaks for the gret reviews. You just saved me a bunch of time and money!!! i suggested this

Jun 22, 2011 09:55 AM #2
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Kim --- I'll have to get my hands on the ClamCase. Then I will provide my feedbacck

Gloria -- glad to be of help

Jun 22, 2011 05:28 PM #3
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Pacita, Thank you for a wonderful post to the users group. And Congratulations on getting you new iPad. I went with the Logitech and I also bought the skin covers for the keyboard as well as the full iPad ( front and back to protect from scratches. Zagg gives a lifetime guarantee on the film skins.  I so prefer working on the iPad to the desktop. At least it gets me away from the desk and I can work out on the patio or wherever I am. And it is one of those marvelous tools that is so easy to access from anywhere, even late night in front of the news. :-)

Jun 23, 2011 11:01 AM #4
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

William --- Still getting to know the ipad..and continuing to use my laptop....getting there....

Jun 23, 2011 11:21 AM #5
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I got my IPad for Christmas.  Meaning I do not have the IPad 2.  But it love it just the same.  I don't feel the need for a keyboard yet.  I am still adding apps.  It seems everyday I come across an app that sounds good.

Jun 24, 2011 04:53 PM #6
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Evelyn --- I haven't quite taken the ipad on the road without my laptop... still insecure about not having a computer when I need it.

And you're right about ipad apps...tons of tem! That's why i opted for the ipad versus other tablets.

The fun keeps coming!

Jun 24, 2011 06:56 PM #7
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

Pacita - brave it.  Go on the road with just your iPad. You'll never want to bring along a laptop again. It's not just how light the iPad is - I was amazed at all the accessories I'd usually bring along that aren't needed with the iPad. Just compare the weight of the cord to charge the iPad with the bulky one to charge your laptop!

Jul 04, 2011 04:38 AM #8
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Sharon....since my laptop died and I have to wait for a new motherboard, I have only the iPad to use necessity more than bravery will send me out to the wide wide world with just an iPad. Thanks for the encouraging words.
Jul 04, 2011 05:22 AM #9
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