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  1. #1
    MS
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    There are three as far as I've heard--the "Think Outside-Stowaway" model
    (the one that seems to have the most publicity,), the one by HP, and one
    that seems to go under different names, such as "Freedom" (sold on Proporta
    web site), Javoedge, etc. (Interestingly, I have never seen one of any of
    these in a store, even a store that carries a lot of PDA peripherals,
    including other folding keyboards, both connected and infrared, but no
    Bluetooth. I've only seen them online. Anyone know why no stores (Staples,
    Fry's, etc.) seem to carry the BT PDA kbds?)

    Has anyone tried all three, and could compare their advantages and
    disadvantages, to those thinking of buying one? (If there are others besides
    these three, please let us know about them as well.)

    The most well-known one, Think Outside, has the disadvantage of no number
    row, having to use function key combinations to type a number. Many have
    complained about that. Are the designers of this listening, will they come
    out with a model with a number row? (Both of the other models have number
    rows.)

    I've read good things about the HP, except some negative comments about its
    battery life. Also, I'm not sure if it only works on HP devices, or whether
    it will work on any BT phone or PDA. It's currently the most expensive model
    too. (TO's was the most expensive one, but after a recent price drop,
    discounting, etc., it's actually the cheapest.)

    I've seen mixed reviews of the "Freedom" kbd, some very good, others not as
    good. I believe it had more compatibility than the others before, but now TO
    has added more devices that theirs work with, so I don't know if they are
    equal in that department now. It was the cheapest before, but now TOs price,
    at least at some places like Amazon, has gone below it, or at least equals
    it. (BTW though, the price on the TO kbd at Amazon has just gone up a few
    bucks. It was $86 something there for a few weeks, but now has gone up to
    $90 something. Not a big change, but a little surprising, as prices on
    electronic goods usually go down, not up.)

    I haven't tried any of these. Thinking of purchasing one, undecided about
    which might be better to buy. Any comments from anyone who has used one or
    more of these would be helpful.





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  2. #2
    Marc Schnapp
    Guest

    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards for PDAs and Phones

    I have the Stowaway keyboard and the Motorola MPx220. The keyboard
    requires you to install a driver on the phone to make up for the lack of
    the BT HID service. (I believe the omission is in the operating system.)

    I downloaded the driver from the vendor's web site and had the keyboard
    working within a couple minutes. It's a pleasure to work with. Yes, I
    would like having dedicated numeric keys rather than pressing an
    augmented key. But it's a small compromise.

    I love the way the whole thing folds and think the case that holds the
    whole thing is brilliant.

    I can't compare this product to its competitors but I can say that I am
    happy with its construction and functionality.



  3. #3
    Jon Robbins
    Guest

    Re: Bluetooth Keyboards for PDAs and Phones

    How about:
    Virtual keyboard: http://www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com/Products.asp
    Fabric keyboard: http://www.eleksen.com

    "MS" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected].net...
    > There are three as far as I've heard--the "Think Outside-Stowaway" model
    > (the one that seems to have the most publicity,), the one by HP, and one
    > that seems to go under different names, such as "Freedom" (sold on

    Proporta
    > web site), Javoedge, etc. (Interestingly, I have never seen one of any of
    > these in a store, even a store that carries a lot of PDA peripherals,
    > including other folding keyboards, both connected and infrared, but no
    > Bluetooth. I've only seen them online. Anyone know why no stores (Staples,
    > Fry's, etc.) seem to carry the BT PDA kbds?)
    >
    > Has anyone tried all three, and could compare their advantages and
    > disadvantages, to those thinking of buying one? (If there are others

    besides
    > these three, please let us know about them as well.)
    >
    > The most well-known one, Think Outside, has the disadvantage of no number
    > row, having to use function key combinations to type a number. Many have
    > complained about that. Are the designers of this listening, will they come
    > out with a model with a number row? (Both of the other models have number
    > rows.)
    >
    > I've read good things about the HP, except some negative comments about

    its
    > battery life. Also, I'm not sure if it only works on HP devices, or

    whether
    > it will work on any BT phone or PDA. It's currently the most expensive

    model
    > too. (TO's was the most expensive one, but after a recent price drop,
    > discounting, etc., it's actually the cheapest.)
    >
    > I've seen mixed reviews of the "Freedom" kbd, some very good, others not

    as
    > good. I believe it had more compatibility than the others before, but now

    TO
    > has added more devices that theirs work with, so I don't know if they are
    > equal in that department now. It was the cheapest before, but now TOs

    price,
    > at least at some places like Amazon, has gone below it, or at least equals
    > it. (BTW though, the price on the TO kbd at Amazon has just gone up a few
    > bucks. It was $86 something there for a few weeks, but now has gone up to
    > $90 something. Not a big change, but a little surprising, as prices on
    > electronic goods usually go down, not up.)
    >
    > I haven't tried any of these. Thinking of purchasing one, undecided about
    > which might be better to buy. Any comments from anyone who has used one or
    > more of these would be helpful.
    >
    >






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