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    I use an Apple bluetooth keyboard because it's small enough to fit into my bag while also being cheap enough that if someone breaks into my ambulance I won't be heartbroken.

    Works well, and is very similar to my regular keyboard.

    I've been waiting *years* for this upgrade to the iPhone, and now it's finally here I am very, very happy.
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    Other than the apple bluetooth, will any bluetooth keyboard work with the ipod/iwhatever now?
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2010
    Any. The one I use is the last rev of the Apple Keyboard Pro Wireless ...
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    I recently used (had to use) one of the Apple bluetooth keyboards with a new iMac at work. I would compare it to the keyboard found on most netbooks, is quite thin and durable, so I'd say it's a most viable option.
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    So it's not like headphones, ie; I dont have to worry about a keyboard having a special type of bluetooth?
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2010
    Yes. And the headphone jack nonsense was addressed two versions back. That Ive is a prankster.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2010
    From my limited testing on iOS4 since last night, and a bit of a google around, it looks like Keyboard Support may be one of the things left out on iPhone 3gs.

    Think I remember something about the 3GS having better Bluetooth controller... fingers crossed for my 4 on Thursday.
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    Tested out the iPad keyboard dock with my ipod today at an apple store. Worked fine :)
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2010
    All this has actually made me reconsider the death of the stylus. I used to hit about 30-50 wpm using Graffiti input on a Palm. Never really saw a reason to give it up until they simply stopped including stylus support in newer phones.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2010
    There is the "pogo stick" for iPhone, iPad, and iPod...
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    I use the pogo mini with the ipod. Works fine.
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    I just modded my pogo mini, gluing it into an old tul pen that I just hadn't gotten around to throwing out. We'll see how it holds up.
    I also plan on getting the bt. apple keyboard for use with the 'pod if they have any at our new apple store in the next town over. :)
    edit: store was open, got the keyboard. Works like a charm :) I'm very happy with it.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2010
    Just to provide a quick update...

    Got my iPhone 4 yesterday and can confirm that my ThinkOutside Stowaway from years ago works absolutely great with it.

    Only thing that isn't supported are the "application" hotkeys, but as far as I can tell all the other functions are there.

    Off to see if there is a decent app for writing around...
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2010
    Just got myself an iGo ultra-slim folding keyboard on ebay for a fairly reasonable price.

    It's probably worth noting that since this upgrade ebay prices for folding keyboards have shot up, as the market for them died a few years ago, and there hasn't yet been anything put on sale to take advantage of the new functionality.

    So - if you want one, you might have to pay through the nose for a while.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2010
    Holy crap. I've just found something extremely useful.

    If you type stuff in the notes app on the iphone and you're using gmail, the notes synch with the gmail account! I can't actually find any settings for this and it just seemed to appear and start working. It also looks like it saves every new version of the note each time you exit it. What it seems to mean is that you can back up writing on the go and trace multiple versions.

    I'd like to know a bit more about how this works and if there are any limitations. As it is, it looks extremely useful. Anyone else using this?

    When the iGo keyboard arrives, it looks like I'll have a very, very powerful and convenient pocket writing platform.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2010

    There's a "Default Account" setting for Notes under "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" in Settings.

    It's tucked right at the bottom.

    There is also an on/off toggle for notes under the Mail Account (at least for Mobile Me)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2010
    Is there a way to adjust the shitty colour and font in the notes app and still have it synch? I've seen hacks for this, but do they tie in to the synching properly? I'm not especially after full wp function, just anyway to change it to something that's easier to work with when looking at it for a couple of hours at a time.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2010
    The iGo's arrived and it's a beautiful thing. I'm actually now glad I went for bluetooth and not a dock keyboard. The batteries apparently last for months and it means it's easy to turn the iphone either way up, or to pick it up if I get a call. Also, my otterbox case is a bastard to remove and doesn't really like docks, so with bluetooth I can just leave it in there, and it's decently protected, but I don't have to arse about taking it out so i can bung the phone in a dock.

    The finger/keyboard mix is a little difficult to get used to, but the arrow keys and tab key on the keyboard work for navigating fields, which is handy for email. Having notes synch automatically is a wonderful thing. It works so nicely I'm not sure I'm even going to bother with a word processing app.

    I'd definitely recommend picking up an iGo stowaway bluetooth keyboard from ebay before they're all gone. Fuck the iPad. This is a much, much better mobile computing system. It won't even ruin the line of a suit and is barely noticeable in the side pockets of a pair of cargo trousers.
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2010 edited
    saw a new keyboard concept at engadget:
    looks like it could be more durable than the previous.

    edit: got the source mixed up :/
    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2010
    Question: in Notes and other apps, do keyboard formatting shortcuts work? If I have to stop and select a word with my finger and click on the "Italics" button, I'll be well pissed.

    Really, really wish Mobile Safari could deal with rich text editing stuff like TinyMCE so you could do rich text in a browser.