ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth keyboard for iOS and Android (review)

Summary:The ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth wireless keyboard is a great alternative for those who use both iOS and Android devices with the desire for a solid means of entering large amounts of text.

As mobile devices get more and more advanced, people are using them to be more productive. Text entry is primarily done through onscreen software keyboards, but there are plenty of hardware keyboard options available. I was sent a ZAGGkeys Flex keyboard to test out for a few week and as you can see in my image gallery the keyboard has great spacing and design elements for mobile devices.


Image Gallery: Check out photos of the ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple iOS and Android devices.
Image Gallery: Keyboard retail package
Image Gallery: ZAGGkeys Flex keyboard

In the box and first impressions

Inside the box you will find the keyboard wrapped in a case, microUSB to USB cable, and single documentation sheet. The case wraps around the keyboard and then folds out to function as a stand.

The keyboard is very light and silver in color. The keys are well spaced and have good height with tactile feedback. The keyboard is a chicklet style, much like my MacBook Pro.

Walk around the keyboard and stand

There are six rows on the keyboard with the top row being dedicated to iOS and Android functions. Not all of the keys work for both operating systems and the directions clearly indicate which works with each platform. You will find keys on this top row for functions such as:
  • Home: takes you to the home screen
  • Search: brings up the device search screen
  • Slideshow: starts playing a slideshow of your photos
  • Virtual keyboard toggle (iOS only)
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo and redo buttons
  • Media buttons: Previous track, play/pause, next track, mute, volume up and down
  • Lock: makes the screen go dark and turn back on when pressed again (iOS only)

You will also find a couple more function keys on the keyboard, including an Android Menu key in the lower left and back button for Android devices just to the right of the large space bar. There are directional arrows down in the bottom left to help you navigate around as well.

There are indicator lights for CAPS, status, and charging that flash or glow. You simply switch the keyboard on then press the connect button and setup Bluetooth on your mobile device. You should only have to pair it once and then the connections should happen automatically in subsequent uses. You can only pair with one device at a time, but it is pretty easy to switch to another device and you just need to make sure to switch the Android or iOS selector switch.

A rechargeable 510 mAh battery is in the device and it is charged up via a standard microUSB port. ZAGG states you can go several weeks with normal usage between charges and since I have only been using it for a couple of weeks I haven't had a battery issue yet.

The keyboard cover folds out to serve as a stand for your devices. It provides a stable platform for heavy devices like the iPad and lighter smartphones too. I had it upside down at first and then reread the directions to find that the notched edge should be positioned up top so that your device actually fits into the groove on the front to help hold it in place.

Usage experiences and pricing

I enjoyed using the keyboard with my devices and was able to enter text quickly when using the keyboard. The ZAGGkeys Flex is available for $79.99. I was surprised by how light it was and how great the spacing on the keyboard was and if you are a person who has multiple devices this is a good keyboard choice to seriously consider.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Wi-Fi

About

Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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