Bluetooth Keyboard and Case
Reviewed by Karen Bleakley
After browsing the Mobile Fun website, I decided to review a Bluetooth keyboard and case for my Google Nexus 7.
I tend to use my Nexus 7 as an e-reader and for basic social media, anything more in depth than that and I go for my laptop as I hate typing on the small tablet screen.
The keyboard doubles up as a neat case. The same design on the back of the Nexus is followed through onto the back of the keyboard which is a really smart touch – it looks like both pieces were meant to be together. The back of the keyboard is solid, so I’m confident it will protect my Nexus when it’s in my bag.
The Nexus slots into the keyboard and is activated by a small on/off switch. The unit is held in place in the slot easily, and you just need to lift it out to remove it, so it’s not fiddly to connect and disconnect. It’s much easier to use it with the keyboard on a solid surface as if you try to tilt it towards yourself the Nexus drops out of the slot, but that’s just something I’m getting used to.
Having the keyboard makes it much easier to send emails, have Twitter conversations and blog on the go. As the keyboard acts as the case it means you always have it with you, and it only takes a second to convert the unit from a tablet into a notebook.
So far the battery life seems to be excellent – it hasn’t run out yet and I’ve used it quite a few times. Having a keyboard gives you back half the screen which is great, but it does take a little bit of getting used to as it’s obviously a small keyboard. The lip at the front of the keyboard is a little bit in the way of the spacebar, but it’s something I’ll get used to. My only issue is there appears to be no £ sign on the keyboard.
It’s a great product that I hadn’t even thought of getting until I spotted it on the Mobile Fun website. At £29.95 I feel its great value because it transforms a tablet into a notebook, which in turn makes it much more useful.
For service and delivery I’d give Mobile Fun 5/5. For the actual product I’d give it 4.5/10. The only reason I haven’t given it a five is because I find the case a bit tricky to open up sometimes (I’m getting used to it the more I use it) and because the tablet does need to be used on a flat surface with the keyboard to stop it from toppling forwards.