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Your new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max needs a portable, foldable or even scrollable keyboard

These great big screens mean you'll use your phone more – and it can even become your primary data processing device. You need and your iPhone deserves a physical keyboard for when you have serious work to do. AppleInsider is investigating the scene.

  Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard with iPhone on Car Sleeve

You know it's iPad Keyboard Cases: Protective cases that have a slightly cramped physical keyboard. There was a slight slate of keyboard cases back when the iPhone 6 came out, too, but they failed because they were too tight and too little. Now we are seeing a number of iPhones that are bigger than ever before.

No doubt: there will be new phone keyboard cases done and you can bet that the first device to get one will become iPhone XS Max. The size of the display and the powerful device means that it is a serious tool and a keyboard makes the most of this.

  Using the Full Logitech K780 with an iPhone 6

You do not have to wait for manufacturers, though. If you can not get an actual iPhone keyboard case, you still have options. You already have many different ways to use a physical keyboard with your iPhone and you can already have what you need.

What You Have

If you have an external Bluetooth keyboard of any kind, it will work with your iPhone. It may not be very convenient to tear the Apple keyboard away from your iMac Pro, and carry it around your pocket, but you can do it.

A little more convenient, if you have an older iMac Bluetooth keyboard running, you can save it into your luggage and shock the check-in.

Then it's just a bit closer to being practical, you can already use an external keyboard with iPad. If it's in an iPad case, then there's nothing you can do: it's attached to the iPad. But if there's any kind of external one, you can connect it to the iPhone just the way you did with the iPad.

  Logitech Create Keyboard Case for iPad

Additionally, many external Bluetooth keyboards can be paired with multiple devices. You connect each other to each other and assign it to a specific button or keystroke on the keyboard. Then, between iPhone and iPad, a question of a print and possibly counts to five before you start typing on the new device.

We have done this many, many times. Writing on iPad, we get a text message on our iPhone. Touch a button, enter the answer to the phone, press another button and return to iPad.

It's worth it for simplicity and speed and the pure pleasure of making the message recipient jump because you've just sent them a 100-word response in seconds.

However, it is not worth it if the keyboard can only be paired with a device. Yes, you can pair and get it as often as you want, but sometimes these connections are less Bluetooth and more alchemy. You must skid through the same pairing process again and again before it works.

The alternative is to buy a keyboard specifically for your iPhone and that's when you can go to town with ridiculously small. Not only small, but foldable or even rollable.

Typing is a very personal thing: The perfect keyboard can not be ours. We will continue to dig into this and examine the best in each class that we can find, but so you know the range of possibilities, this is what you can buy while waiting for your new iPhone to come.

Only Small Keyboards

For reference, the default Apple Magic Keyboard without a numeric keypad is 27.9 cm wide (10.98 inches). The model with a numeric keypad is 41.87cm (16.48 inches). Compare now with just one example of the small keyboards you can buy.

  HDE Bluetooth Keyboard

HDE Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard Mini Travel Size is only 11.5 cm (4.5 inches) wide.

Or see it differently. This keyboard is narrower in width than any shipping iPhone is in height. Turn iPhone into the landscape, press it underneath it, and you'll get some space on the pages.

Perhaps this is too little for serious use, and it is certainly far too little for long-term writing. But it will only cost you $ 13.99 to figure out. It is actually a typical price for this size on the keyboard or slightly larger.

Foldable Keyboards

We were once in a meeting, then took a table in a Starbucks, released a folding keyboard – wondering why this little girl on roller skates was holding a circle around the table. Attempt not to be too obvious about what we looked around for her parents and where they were, quite nearby and completely carefree.

So we ignored the little girl and continued to work. Finally, at about the tenth lane in our table, she called "It's very smart" and skating back to her family.

She meant our keyboard and she had a point. There is something about being able to take out a CD jewel-sized device, spread it open and write what's near to be a full-size keyboard.

  Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, Closed

This is the one she liked and it is also our favorite: Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard. It usually sells for around $ 75, but be sure to follow this link to check it out: Microsoft has very similar names that we do not like so much.

This, but this is good. The feeling of the keys is remarkable: for such a slim device it has an excellent journey on the keys, you are really aware that you are pushing down on a physical keyboard.

There is one thing you will notice when you open it. It's a shared keyboard.

  Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, Open

Yes. It takes time to get used to the split between the two halves of the keyboard and especially if you're a touchwriter. But when we say time, we mean seconds. You get very fast at it and can write something that approaches you full speed. Keep in mind that we'll find out if you ever stop thinking about where your fingers will go, so you'll start to get it wrong right away.

If you just keep writing, it works very well.

In fact, this works so well that we have used it for at least tens of thousands of words. However, it has not gotten much depth for, for example, the Apple Magic Keyboard, and the distance between the keys is tighter, so that your hands are not in brilliant position.

If you like mechanical keyboards, they're really clack when you're writing, so you're out of luck for folding. With the exception of it, iClever is coming close.

  The iClever-foldable keyboard

IClever Wireless Folding Keyboard has just a bit more of an old-fashioned keyboard error, and folds up like a steampunk one wanted. Where Microsoft folds into two as a book, the iClever comes in three sections that snap into place.

When you extend in full 16.2cm, you can also turn on a tail light. There is an LED backlight that gives you a choice of three colors, and we actually think that the portable bag that comes with is a bit more useful. It looks cool.

IClever Wireless Folding Keyboard is usually sold for around $ 37.

You're kidding, right?

We do not carry this Microsoft keyboard anywhere – but that's because it does not fit the pockets of all our jackets. When done or when we want to carry only a small luggage, we do it.

If you do not have a jacket pocket, if you're never wearing any kind of purse, or if you're just curious about looking at this, it's real, you can buy yourself a rolling table.

It's real and there are some of them, but here's the one: The 2 in 1 Rollable Wireless Keyboard of Glosse that costs around $ 26.

  Glossy scrollable keyboard

] This rolls up in a small case and it's very smart. Nevertheless, when we learned about rolled keyboards, we did not think of those that have each line of keys on a separate hinged mechanism. Really, we found something like the rolled piano keyboard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation". You can get keyboards like that, those that literally roll up, but they all connect via USB cable and there's no use for iPhones.

One thing despite it.

There is another type of keyboard that might be great if you can find out where to put your iPhone. It is a projection keyboard. You place the projector on a flat surface, and with the help of lasers, it displays a QWERTY keyboard in front of itself.

So when you "write", it detects which parts of the laser path your finger interferes and interprets as in which key you have to press.

  Projection Keys

These were one of the devices promised for years, built up a fanfare when they came – and then seemed like a wisdom to disappear. Nevertheless, they exist, and an example, the AGS Laser Projection Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard usually sells online for $ 29.

It's Worth It

This projection keyboard can be a gimmick. Even if it is not, you write directly to the tree on a table or what the surface is in front of you and it will not be good for your fun or your fingers.

So the scrollable and folding keyboards can be flimsy. We have had our Microsoft one for a few years now and it has had the strange, small problem that does not detect a keystroke from time to time, but otherwise it is strong and robust.

The on-screen keyboard keys are good and you can write them very well, but you can write so much better on an external keyboard. You've heard about it for many years, and that's why there are so many keyboard and keyboard box options for it.

Now it's also true for the new larger screen iPhones as well, as the iPhone XS Max is a good percentage of the road towards the iPad mini size.

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