Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

Summary: I've still not mastered the keyboard on my iPhone, so if you're an iPhone 4 owner who wishes that it had a physical keyboard rather than that on-screen abomination, this is for you.

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I've still not mastered the keyboard on my iPhone, so if you're an iPhone 4 owner who wishes that it had a physical keyboard rather than that on-screen abomination, this is for you.

Introducing the Keyboard Buddy Case. An iPhone 4 case that features a built-in, slide-out Bluetooth keyboard:

 

  • Form-fitting shell designed to snap on securely to perfectly fit your Apple iPhone 4
  • Cut-out design for the touch screen so that you can keep the same tactile feel as using the Apple iPhone 4 without a case
  • Conveniently designed to provide quick access to all of Apple iPhone 4's controls, features, camera, and ports
  • Integrated slide-out Bluetooth keyboard allows you to switch from the touch screen to a physical keyboard as desired
  • Includes a USB cable to charge the integrated keyboard
  • Bluetooth keyboard on/off switch allows you to turn the keyboard off when not in use to conserve battery power
  • Finished with a high-quality smooth coating making the case smooth to the touch
  • Charge Duration: 45 days
  • Bluetooth version 2.0
  • Jet Black color

Price is a pretty reasonable $69.95 and they ship beginning December 14.

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Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

    just buy an Android device. You have multiple keyboards to choose from, including the really nifty Droid Pro that has the nice feel of a Blackberry. Plus you don't have to pay 70 bucks.
    Techloaded
    • True ...

      @Techloaded ... but I understand that a few people out there have bought iPhone 4 handsets. This might be useful and interesting for them ;)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

        Keyboards are soo 1990's... I also saw a person using a stylus the other day. Of course the lady in front of me at the grocery store paying by check takes the cake!
        hfsma
    • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

      @Techloaded For those who love the Apple integration across all products, they will never switch to an Android phone just for a keyboard. The keyboard buddy case is a super idea for iPhone lovers who have trouble with virtual keyboards.
      audreypeters
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @audreypeters

        Actually, I think this would be a good thing for the Evo...
        hiraghm@...
    • So instead of paying $70

      @Techloaded... they should pay the early termination fee, get drop the $200 for a brand new Droid phone... Wow, I hope you are not an accountant.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

      @Techloaded No instead one would have to pay an ETF of $300 or pay full price for one of the crippled Android devices at AT&T... Yeah I think most people who own the iPhone 4 would rather pay the $70 bucks for the keyboard rather than $300 or more for a more fragmented OS. Personally the touch screen keyboard works just fine.
      athynz
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @athynz

        Android is not fragmented.
        hiraghm@...
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @athynz Please come off the high horse and see reason. iOS isn't as solid as you noobs like to think it is. No OS is. Try building apps for both platforms then come back and talk. Other wise you end up sounding like a kid who's declared yourself an expert because you spent your lawn mowing money on a shiny new phone. You're a fan boy (or girl, as the case may or may not be). Fan boys don't like tech . . . they like the of 'image' of tech. Why else would they say things they don't know anything about like, "No instead one would have to pay an ETF of $300 or pay full price for one of the crippled Android devices at AT&T... Yeah I think most people who own the iPhone 4 would rather pay the $70 bucks for the keyboard rather than $300 or more for a more fragmented OS. "? Tsk tsk tsk
        razorsyntax
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @athynz its not fragmented. It's all FUD. It's no more fragmented than any other major OS.
        Jimster480
    • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

      @Techloaded Can the Android device run iOS? No, right?
      m3kw9
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @m3kw9 who would want that?
        Jimster480
    • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

      @Techloaded The slide-out is a great idea for those who love their iPhones and also want a keyboard. The keyboard was never intended to be the perfect answer to personal tech issues, just this one!
      UsuallyWrong
    • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

      @Techloaded if you want the feel of a Blackberry and a slide keyboard - just buy a Blackberry (Torch). We just got our first three and I've been pleasantly surprised by how well it is performing to date.
      dowlingm
  • What seems odd to me is people who purchase an iPhone

    knowing that it does not have a replaceable battery or a physical keyboard. Now for me I've never used a physical keyboard on a phone so getting use to the iPhone was no problem.. I did not have any old habits holding me back. Also the whole replaceable battery not an issue for me. My confusion is the people who know their preferences and purchase a device that does not meet said. Then complain or fuss.. Huh!?! Adrian you have an excuse it's your business to know these devices and to test them out so I assume you did not purchase an iPhone alone I assume you may have your hands on a slew of Android devices and perhaps a few WP7 devices as well. Still there are those posters who show up claiming to actually own and iPhone and complain about its lack of a keyboard or replaceable batter both things well known before purchase.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • I agree ...

      @James Quinn It's odd how people purchase something without spending a few minutes with it. That said, phone stores are aggressive and the average customer gets little time to browser and handle and think.

      I biught my iPhone basically because my first-gen iPod touch wouldn't upgrade to iOS4 for review/testing and so on. I actually use it day to day but also have my old Nokia E71 ... which also features a keyboard that I found to be frustrating!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

        "phone stores are aggressive and the average customer gets little time to browser[sic] and handle and think."

        One of the nice things about Apple stores is the ability to play as long as you want.
        msalzberg
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @msalzberg ... I agree ... I love the spaciousness of the Apple stores I've been too ... and the fact that sales drones don't hover over you the whole time.
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • RE: Want a slide-out keyboard for your iPhone 4? You're in luck!

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes I can see your point about the consumer having only a little time to browse in the carrier's stores but from my experience the wait is always long enough that I have more time than I would want to browse. Guess that would vary from location to location but it's always been my experience with AT&T stores for myself and Sprint stores for my wife.

        It still does confuse me as well though when people complain about something like the lack of physical keyboard after purchase. As far as the battery comments I think pretty much all of those I have see are from people that don't own say the iPhone and want to bash it, never been an issue for me.
        non-biased
    • Some people simply don't want a replaceable battery or a physical keyboard.

      @James Quinn :
      Like you, I never had and never liked the idea of a physical keyboard on my smart phone. Now, on a 'feature' phone where you've got to make those 12 buttons do the job of 53 or more for texting, a separate keyboard might be worthwhile; but since I don't text (and ignore every text I received except to throw them away) such a feature is simply something more to break--reducing the reliability of the overall device.

      You want a physical keyboard? Then an aftermarket device <i>that's replaceable if broken</i> is far more cost effective than buying a new phone every time the old one breaks. Meanwhile, I'm still reasonably happy with my 2-year-old iPhone 3G (though I really hope the 4.2.1 update gives me back the rest of the performance that I lost with 4.0/4.1.)
      Vulpinemac