|Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard/cover for iPad 2|
Summary: on-screen typing 'good enough', but still frustrating even after 3 years; Logitech is great.
Now for a few more detailed remarks...
Touch typing directly on the iPad: For short emails and general browsing, it's 'good enough', especially since having the iPad as an instant-on go-anywhere device is hard to beat. One tip I would suggest is to force yourself NOT to look at the keys, and look at the results instead: this will help improve your accuracy over the long run, especially for awkward key combinations that you keep missing. To be 100% honest, even though I absolutely love my iPad, typing on the screen is still a source of frustration after several years of regular use! I'm forever correcting keystrokes, and even if you're only correcting 10% of the things you enter, that is WAY too much.
Touch typing with the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard (bluetooth): In one word, hallelujah! I've typed long emails and multi-page documents on it with no problem. It doubles as a cover (OK, not as thin as the iPad's own smart cover, but hey, life is full of tradeoffs), and makes bringing my iPad instead of my laptop a no-brainer for short trips, holidays, etc. Forget about using your iPad as a laptop replacement: it's never going to do that, and it doesn't need to (I'm typing this article on my laptop, which in fact is configured more like a desktop, with a large external monitor and my favourite keyboard, the Das Keyboard with blank keys - but that's my preferred way of working whenever feasible). The main virtues of the Logitech keyboard are as follows:
- Good layout
- Super thin
- Doubles as cover
- My accuracy as good as desktop keyboard
- Comfortable viewing angle
- Works for me on table or lap (others don't like it on lap)
In a nutshell: highly recommended!