Can’t live without a good QWERTY keyboard but still want to use an iPhone? Neither can Ryan Seacrest who backed the Typo iPhone Keyboard, a $99 slide-on accessory with backlit keys that uses Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone 5 or 5s.

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Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone. How else do you explain the Typo iPhone Keyboard, a $99 accessory that’s backed by Hollywood’s Ryan Seacrest? After two years in development — spawned by Seacrest tired of carrying two phones all the time — the Typo iPhone Keyboard arrives in mid-January and is now available for pre-order.

This isn’t the first such iPhone accessory to hit the market, but it looks more promising than most; particularly if you are or were a happy BlackBerry smartphone user. In fact, I wonder what the BlackBerry folks think of the Typo, since it it looks extremely similar to what you’d find on an old ‘Berry. Take a look:

The backlit keyboard connects to an iPhone 5 or 5s through a Bluetooth connection and actually doubles as a case for your handset. Made in two pieces, the Typo completely covers the back of an iPhone when the two halves are connected. The keyboard still provides access to the iPhone’s microphone, speaker and lightning connector dock. And it reportedly provides 40 percent more display since the software keyboard won’t be taking up space on-screen.

A review unit of the Typo iPhone Keyboard is on the way, so I’ll see how it works and report back in.

  1. Reblogged this on darbysmurf and commented:
    Hurricane Andrew did it. I has a PC.

  2. Reblogged this on sindor93 and commented:
    not bad actually..

  3. If you want a Blackberry Q10 then buy a Q10, don’t turn your iPhone into a pretend one. It’s a better phone anyway.

  4. 1st off, good idea, and seems like a reasonable form-factor.

    My one red flag:
    It blocks the home button???? Really?
    Hopefully it’s easy to slide down to access home.

    1. Didn’t watch the video did ya?

      Still a dumb idea and product.

  5. That the designers advertise that they don’t know the difference between “less” and “fewer” explains why they’d make something so superfluous.

  6. “Type Faster with LESS Typos.”..?

    Apparently it’ll help you with speed, but not grammar.

  7. Could just use Swype if you want to type really freaking fast on a phone.

  8. Need a hyphen on the title there after seacrest

  9. shame turning an excellent iphone to blackberry!

  10. Ugghhh, horrendous. Reminds me of a similar keyboard I had on my old Jornada 568 :-(


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