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    If you miss the days when all smartphones had physical keyboards, then you’ll love the new TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard. ThinkGeek will be releasing this new keyboard case for iPhone 3GS and 4 users in November for $49.99. The case connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth, so it doesn’t block the dock connector. Unfortunately, this case is not compatible with the iPhone 3G, as Apple chose not to include Bluetooth support for this model due to speed concerns. If you’re a fan of the T-Mobile Sidekick flip around keyboard, then you’ll love the way this new keyboard case flips around.

    If you’re like me, you took some time getting used to the iPhone’s touch-screen keyboard. Like most, I soon adapted to the feeling of typing on glass. But some users still long for the tactile feeling of an actual keyboard, while not wanting to give up their iPhones. As it is now, iPhone users must watch the screen as they type, or risk making mistakes while using the onscreen keyboard. The design may be convenient, but if you find yourself writing anything longer than a text message, a real keyboard becomes something of a necessity. Adding a physical keyboard to an iPhone, users will now be able to type by touch, not necessarily needing to watch the screen the whole time.

    If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan, the model name TK-421 may sound familiar to you. TK-421 is the name of the Stormtrooper Luke knocks out in the original Star Wars movie. I hope George doesn’t find out about this or he may get his lawyers involved. That would be a shame because this is just the sort of product some people have been waiting for.

    Source: ThinkGeek
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Physical Keyboard Case for iPhone started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Nice commercial
    1. drjailbreakMD's Avatar
      drjailbreakMD -
      This will be an epic fail....who agrees?
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjailbreakMD View Post
      This will be an epic fail....who agrees?

      If people don't like touch keyboards that much, I doubt they would own an iPhone to begin with.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      It looks awkward to hold.
    1. ianbroste's Avatar
      ianbroste -
      I think the phone would be too heavy and make holding it awkward just the keyboard.
    1. elementvdz's Avatar
      elementvdz -
      I don't think people should talk so much crap on these designs to have a physical keyboard on iPhone. If you don't like it, just ignore it. Although the design for the last one that slides up was much better.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      My mom could use it. She's new to the iPhone and loves her 4 but misses a physical keyboard. Thanksgiving day present in the making.
    1. Count Tracula's Avatar
      Count Tracula -
      I want one. This looks tight.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      decent idea, but it'll probably fail
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Quote Originally Posted by elementvdz View Post
      If you don't like it, just ignore it.
      If people ignored what they didn't like, where would we be?!

      OnTop: Looks bulky. And it fits iphone 3/4...2 diff sizes...weird
    1. Dave_Xiavia's Avatar
      Dave_Xiavia -
      I kinda like it. It would make text n driving impossible though.

      I should probably get this just because it would probably make text n driving impossible..

      @ Elementvdz, there was a slider one or just a design for one? I think that would be fresh.
    1. lastactionhero's Avatar
      lastactionhero -
      I thought I'd hate the iPhone keyboard before I got it, but I prefer it over the physical I had on my htc touch pro. It's funny, I was out to lunch at subway a couple weeks back, and this old dude was like "how the hell do u know what you're typing? How do u hit all those letters without screwing up?" haha
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Looks pretty bulky, but I do prefer an actual keyboard. Do you have to charge it since it doesn't have a power-source? I mean it doesn't actually connect to the phone, it uses bluetooth which requires electricity. Pretty pointless if you have to charge it. (Sorry this post is so long!)
    1. calebratm's Avatar
      calebratm -
      Woh woild wany thsjn i type hsur fine usig th schren
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      Total ghetto!
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      This looks like it would just make the iPhone even bigger!!
      I like my slim iPhone 4 as It is...
      Never did like the whole physical keyboard any ways. Plus am so use to my iPhones keypad that I type without looking at the phone most of the time... Kinda memorized where the keys are already.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's ugly.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      It looks awkward to hold.
      It probably is! xD
    1. J_Marley's Avatar
      J_Marley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Xiavia View Post
      It would make text n driving impossible though.

      I should probably get this just because it would probably make text n driving impossible..
      Really? Did you honestly just say that? I hope you were kidding. Too many people have died because of idiots that couldn't wait two minutes to pull off the road and answer a text and had to attempt it while driving. At least in the state I live in that will become a primary driving offense starting in December.