One way to draw a dividing line between different groups of smartphone users is how they like their keyboards. iPhone users are generally pretty accustomed to typing on glass, even with its lack of tactile feedback, and the general inability to tap out a message without looking at the phone. But it’s this lack of physical keys that a lot of non-iPhone users cite as a reason to stay away from the device. So, what if you could add one on, after market?
Think Geek brings you just such a possibility, with their exclusive product, the TK-421 iPhone Case. The case wraps around the phone, with the key board strapped to the back with a pivot joint. Connectivity is done with Bluetooth, which limits the case to iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the only two with Bluetooth keyboard support. There are separate models for each of the supported phones due to their different form factors. The keyboard is powered by a built-in battery that recharges by a USB cable.
The case is expected to start shipping in mid-November, priced at $49.99; if you’re interested, the site is collecting email addresses for notification when it’s available. Sure, it’s a touch clunky looking, but it may be just the thing to silence those mocking remarks from BlackBerry users as they extoll the virtues of a physical keyboard.
Thanks to Twitter user @ssor for the tip on this!
And for extra geek cred points, what’s the origin of the name TK-421?