One of the most overlooked features of Android is native keyboard and mouse compatibility. The Galaxy Tab with it’s tablet class screen makes it a marquee device for the feature, and it’s incredibly simple to use. Upon pairing a Bluetooth mouse, you’ll see a traditional PC style cursor appear, and text input on a Bluetooth keyboard is no different than typing on a Mac or PC.
Before running out to purchase Bluetooth gear it is important to know what kind of Tab you own, as certain carrier’s Tab’s feature different Bluetooth profiles. As of June 2011, All GSM Tab’s (T-mobile, and AT&T) as well as Verizon’s CDMA Tab feature an Bluetooth Profile capable of generic mouse and keyboard support.
Once connected the experience is intuitive and PC like in nature. The general rule of using a mouse on Android is to think of the cursor as your finger hovering above the touch screen, clicking the the mouse is the same as touching the screen where the cursor is. To flip through home screens you simply left click and flick, and when browsing the web most android browsers support scroll wheel functionality. Additionally, while i cant confirm this on all devices, on my Verizon Galaxy Tab the Android back button is mapped to the left click which makes navigating the OS very simple from a mouse. I’ve even combined the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my Samsung HDMI dock and a old PC monitor to create an android based desktop computer setup. Win.