Ah, another beautiful keyboard case. Keyboard cases have a built in keyboard and mimic traditional laptop design. The keyboard wirelessly connects to the Galaxy Tab via Bluetooth. The box contains the essentials – the securely packaged case, Micro-USB cable, and user manual.
The case is made of very soft leather that is comfortable to hold when carrying your Galaxy Tab. Magnets fasten the case while closed. I prefer magnets to Velcro, because Velcro has a tendency to wear out faster. The strap that holds the magnets dangles below the keyboard while in use and causes a mild annoyance. Tucking it under the keyboard alleviates the problem though.
All the buttons and sensors are open including the lock button, volume rocker, speakers, mic, and cameras. It is also very easy to charge inside the case. The material behind the tablet is a hard felt. This means it is hard enough to protect your tablet on the outside but soft enough on the inside to not scratch up your tablet’s back.
The case functions as a stand when it is open. Just align the bottom of the tablet with the notches at the top of the built in keyboard and you are ready for business.
The keyboard is made of rubber instead of plastic. I do not usually like rubber keyboards, but this one was surprisingly nice. The beveled keys are soft to the touch and offer plenty of grip. Typing is super quiet on the rubber keyboard. After you get used to the small, rubberized typing experience, typing becomes a breeze.
The keyboard has a row of key on the top with special functions like back, lock, menu, internet, email, search, skip, stop, play, pause, mute, volume up, volume down, and home. Each works and does exactly what it should. There is another internet button located on the bottom of the keyboard. A Windows button can also be found on the keyboard, but it does not seem to have any function. My main complaint about the layout of the keys is the lack of a right shift key.
The Bluetooth connection button is the round button on the top right of the keyboard that says Link. Just to the right of that on the side is an on/off switch and the Micro-USB port for charging the keyboard. Unfortunately, the switch is too small for my liking and can be difficult to use. LED indication lights are found below the Link button and indicate when the power is on or low as well as the connection status. The battery last a very long time and I have not needed to recharge it since the initial charge which took 3 hours.
I like this keyboard case very much. I find it especially useful for when I am playing games with OnLive or playing Android games like GTA III. The speedy response time makes it great with games. On top of gaming, I have been writing quite a bit with the keyboard including this review. I recommend this case to anyone who needs a case and a keyboard. You will not regret it!
This keyboard can be found on Amazon for $42.49 USD for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
eWonder just like this, but for other Galaxy Tabs like the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and original Galaxy Tab.