I have to admit when I first saw the Aidacase for the iPad I was pretty excited. It was announced on a tech blog and for sale on Amazon, I though about how much I love my iPad and its portability and how cool it would be to have a case with a built in keyboard. It sounded like the best of both worlds, portability and the wonderful touch expeirence of the iPad but if you needed to a keyboard built in. After racing to Amazon to pick one up I was bummed they werent available fro some reason yet, it showed sold out and on the companies website they said they did have stock but were working some things out with amazon. I kept checking back to see the out of stock message for a few weeks until one day I was greeted with the available status on Amazon.
I was excited to finally get my order in and after using the case for a few weeks here are my inital thoughts (typed all on the Aidacase keyboard).
First this case does what it says it would pretty well. The keyboard is small and does take some getting used to, but after a few minutes you are typing as fast as ever jamming through your documents and emails. With that in mind though it still is a little strange and really doesn’t fit what the iPad is all about. Last week when Apple announced the new MacBook airs they said they have been thinking about a way of adding touch to the laptops they have but what they found is that it really doesn’t work when the screen is upright like a laptop. After using this case for awhile it totally made sense and made me remember what I loved about the iPad so much when I first started using it… the experience of using the natural flow of your fingers to navigate through your content. Reading websites, going through photos, everything feels so personal and connected when its just the tablet and your fingers. No keyboard, no hinges just the simple fact of you interacting directly with the screen makes the experience of the iPad so great. It’s one of those things that once you use it you just love the natural feel of it. This case turned that great experience into a normal laptop experience but with a smaller screen and keyboard than my macbook pro.
The case is pretty thin, but since the iPad is so thin to begin with it doubles the thickness of your iPad. If you are used to carrying it around without a case at all it does feel much more bulky. The build quality of the keyboard feels cheap to me but it has worked perfect for a few weeks with no issues at all. For me it might be that I am used to typing on the apple metal keyboards and this is a very soft plastic feel so it just feels strange to me. Also if you are used to a full keyboard this is a little different because of the size. The hardest part for me is the apostrophe is moved near the bottom and I keep moving my right finger over and hitting enter instead. After time you get used to it but I have only used full keyboards so it takes awhile to get the hang of this one.
Overall it’s not a bad case, I think it beats carrying around a separate bluetooth keyboard if you need to do a lot of typing. I’ll continue to use this but only when traveling or in cases where I am going to be writing a lot on the go. Other times now I’ll take it out of the case and use it like I was before.
Do you have a favorite iPad case? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.