December 19, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Virtual keyboards have come a long way. Far enough to be so powerful that you don’t really need a physical keyboard. But don’t be surprised if there comes a time when tapping relentlessly on screen and making mistakes or moving slower than your typical pace is no longer good enough. For those occasions, it wouldn’t hurt to have a physical keyboard to go along with your Android tablet.
The Toshiba Wireless Keyboard – Android Optimized is a device to have for those times that you want the benefits of physical keys to press, increasing speed and accuracy in the process. As the name implies, this a tablet-friendly Bluetooth keyboard built specifically with Android in mind (USB cable also available). Optimization for Honeycomb (3.0 or higher) means that this device isn’t simply a Bluetooth keyboard that connects to your tablet; it has a set of “Hotkeys” tailor-made for Android. There are buttons for accessing back, home, menu, or search, so common functions don’t require actually reaching over to touch the tablet. You can also control audio levels and playback settings, get shortcuts for email, and jump directly to the calendar.
The TWK-AO, available for $69.99, adds a jolt of productivity to anyone with an Android tablet. Androinica.com and Toshiba USA are teaming up to give a free keyboard to one lucky reader – consider it a late holiday present.
The rules for entering are very simple
- Follow both @androinica and @ToshibaUSA on Twitter
- Send BOTH handles a tweet with the tag #AndroidHoliday. For example: “Happy #AndroidHoliday from @androinica and @toshibaUSA, who are giving away a keyboard optimized for Android tablets”
- Limit yourself to ONE entry PER DAY. The contest runs from now until December 26th, 2011.
- Open to all legal residents of the United States