I've owned an iPad for a year now and have loved it for streaming shows and movies, alongside for reading everything from newspapers to magazines to blogs. It's my favorite content consumption tech buddy, but I've always wished I could get work done on it. I finally caved and picked out a keyboard for my iPad. Here are the top 3 keyboards I considered during my search, including the one I ended up taking home and put to work.
Brydge Keyboard: Brydge started off as a Kickstart project and is now shipping orders from their website. I first considered Brydge because the keyboard essentially turns your iPad into almost a Macbook Air (which I really want). Brydge is a fullsize keyboard that you mount your iPad onto to begin using it almost exactly like a laptop. They have models with or without speakers and have just released a black polycarbonate keyboard that I had my eye on. There's a hinge on the Brydge keyboard let works as a stand and lets you adjust it at multiple angles for different activities like watching movies, listening to music or typing.
I loved Brydge but wanted something a little simpler and lighter to carry around. I also wanted something I didn't have to worry so much about scratching or dropping.
InCase Origami Workstation: I'm not a big fan of covers that come with a keyboard because I find it somewhat bulky. I also don't like removing the cover if I don't need a keyboard, which is why I looked into Incase's Origami Workstation. It's a case that was designed to fit the Apple Wireless Keyboard. You can insert the keyboard in when you need it, and take it out when you don't without having to take the case on and off.
For people who already own an Apple keyboard, this would have been a good, affordable option. Unfortunately I don't have one so I decided to move on.
C Wonder Silicone Bluetooth Keyboard: My final keyboard decision came from an unlikely source: C Wonder, the fashion retailer. Tech and accessories can now be found at some of my favorite clothing stores, and because the items usually combine the aesthetic of the brands I like to wear with tech, I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds. This silicone wireless keyboard is the smallest a keyboard can get while still being reasonably comfortable to use. That being said, even though I have small hands, I had to practice a bit to get the hang of typing quickly on it.
I chose this keyboard because it's wireless and extremely easy to set up. You turn the keyboard on with a switch, connect it to your device via Bluetooth and you're ready to go. The keyboard rolls up in a small package that I can easily fit into any normal sized purse. What I was most interested in terms of a keyboard was something light, portable and easy to set up.
(Images: Julienne Lin; as linked above)