I've never used a keyboard with an iPad before (really). That's why I was super excited to be able to review the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio Mini for the iPad Mini ($89.99).
What better way to try it out, I thought, than to use it to type this article?
I used the Notes app on my iPad mini. Except for a few missed keys because the keyboard is smaller than on my MacBook Pro, I loved it. It didn't take me long before I got used to the smaller spaces between the keys and my fingers made the adjustments.
For those, like me, who have never used an iPad keyboard, you still use the touchscreen on the iPad. When I went back to edit the article, I touched the screen where I wanted to change or add a word and then started typing again from that point. Just like using a mouse cursor.
The keyboard connects to the iPad mini through Bluetooth. It was simple to pair them. There is an on/off switch on the keyboard to save the battery when you're not using it. A charger is included.
The folio case folds flat, so when I'm not using the keyboard I can turn my iPad vertically and play Words With Friends ($4.99).
And a shortcut list is provided so I am able to use all the keyboard shortcuts I use on my Mac.
I wish I'd had this when I was working as a newspaper reporter. It would have been so nice to tuck in my purse for school board meetings. Plus, with the voice memo on the iPad, I could have recorded interviews. Sigh.
Remind me what you do with a notebook and pen again?
Unless there's a program I absolutely need to use on my MacBook Pro, I've decided I will use my iPad mini with the Logitech Keyboard when I need to do any writing away from home. It's nice to use for emails too.