So you’re thinking about picking up one of those newfangled mobile tablets thangs… but you’re worried that you won’t be able to write the great American Novel using the on-screen keyboard on an iPad or Android tablet. Not to worry. Plenty of companies are cranking out keyboard accessories, including a few that are built right into a carrying case, killing two birds with one stone (and no, those birds aren’t necessarily named thin and light).
Here are two new keyboard cases on the radar today:
Crux360 Case for the iPad
The Crux360 might be the best looking keyboard case I’ve seen for the iPad so far. It appears to have a nice sturdy keyboard, offers decent protection for the tablet, and also functions as an iPad stand in “movie mode” even when you don’t need the keyboard. You can check out a video of this $150 accessory in action after the break.
ViewSonic Viewpad 10 keyboard case
Of course, some folks will claim that these keyboards effectively turn a tablet into a netbook — but that depends on your definition of netbook. If you really only want a device that will let you get online and surf the web, then yup, you’re all set. If you want to be able to run a desktop operating system and desktop apps on the go, then you’re still better off with a netbook or thin and light computer. Just adding a keyboard isn’t going to give you those capabilities.
On the other hand, a keyboard will certainly make text input a lot easier on tablets and slates with mobile operating systems. And when you don’t need to use the keyboard, you don’t have to. You can just pick up the tablet and use the touchscreen as Jobs intended.