Do you remember last year when Mobile Mechatronics released a physical keyboard that attached to the iPhone 3G and 3GS called the iTwinge? It turns out that it was a big enough hit for another company to put the click button feel to the iPhone 4.

A designer by the name of Altamash Jiwani has created a prototype that is a bit more complex than the previous accessories. The design resembles the Apple Bumper with the keyboard on rails that make the home button clearable with a slide. It would disable the functionality of the keyboard by way of its dock connect-ability. Not stopping there, the bottom would serve as a female dock port which would allow syncing without removing the keyboard.

Many people who love the iPhone’s touchscreen still complain about the lack of “real” buttons. This would seem to solve their need. Should such consumers just buy a Blackberry type device, or do you think this product would suffice?

  • Sascha

    This thing would make much more sense to me if it came in landscape format.

    What drive me nuts about the iPhone keyboard is the realtively large number of misses when typing. I just can’t seem to type quickly without making a lot of errors that then need to be corrected. Thus, I need to type slowly to be more accurate. Either way it takes just too much time to type longer texts on the iPhone.

    Also, switching often between number and letter board is a time-consuming task, which I would like to see resolved by such a device offering both letters, numbers and (the most common) special characters at the same time.

    To me an external keyboard would be interesting only if it really helps saving time. Otherwise it’s just replacing one bad with another.

    Cheers,
    Sascha

  • To be honest I LOVE the iPhone’s keyboard as is. I’ve owned a blackberry and I could never type as fast as I can with my iPhone. Although I’d imagine if you’ve owned that style of device for years you’d be used to that feel. Kind of like the old IBM keyboards that did the loud clicks as you type them.

  • Wow, that`s so cool

  • John

    I hate the iPhone keyboard and weak spelling function. BB has always been better!

  • Pavel V.

    And what about a bluetooth keyboard? Does anybody use any? If so, what is your experience?

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