Smartphone Keyboards

The next step to increasing your ability to work efficiently is getting yourself a good keyboard.  One of my largest gripes with most modern smart phones is that they lack a physical keyboard.

But two things have changed since the early days.  Firstly, the touch screens have gotten good enough and they keyboard layout is close enough to that of a full sized keyboard that you can get most work done.  Secondly, Bluetooth has gotten much more secure and now it’s nowhere near as dangerous as it used to be to use a Bluetooth keyboard.

Granted, I still wouldn’t use a wireless keyboard if I thought there was an adversary nearby, but thankfully, that’s not as big of a deal when you’re not travelling.  Still, it’s a worry, so I disable Bluetooth whenever I’m not using it.

So, a stand alone lightweight Bluetooth keyboard is a real option.  It gives you the flexibility to write long-form prose, program, or operate your phone with far greater speed.  That’s what a producer of content needs – speed of throughput.  This makes using the phone a lot more viable as a full-time platform.

Bluetooth Keyboard from Omoton
This is the Bluetooth keyboard from Omoton.  It’s just around $14, and is lightweight, has multiple weeks of battery life using two AAA batteries.  It has a regular sized QUERTY keyboard interface, and most of the functions you’d expect to see of a keyboard of it’s size.  The arrow keys are strangely very useful when you’re writing, because taking your hands off they keyboard to re-position the cursor can be very slow compared to moving the arrow keys around.

This keyboard will likely not be my last. As a programming keyboard it has a lot wrong with it. Not the least of which is the lack of an escape key and like MacOS Delete is actually backspace and there is no delete key, which requires keyboard emulation.  But it does provide me with a tremendous speed advantage in creating new content.  I’d highly recommend getting something like this if you do tend to do a lot of data entry.