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5 iPhone Bluetooth Keyboards to Boost Your Productivity

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Most of the time we think about using a bluetooth keyboard with the iPad or Android tablets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth keyboard to speed up data and text entry on the go.

Recently a friend who runs a very mobile business, a party bus service, asked for some keyboards he can use with his iPhone. His goal is to, “be able to type and input data faster.” The great news is that there are a number of keyboards that can pair with the iPhone and meet his needs.

You can get a keyboard designed specifically for the iPhone or iPad, which will come with keys that control iPhone functions, or universal bluetooth keyboards that work with pretty much any bluetooth enabled computer or smartphone.

Apple Wireless Keyboard – $69

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard

The standard Apple Bluetooth keyboard is probably the most popular iPhone portable keyboard to use. This slim Bluetooth keyboard connects to your iPhone without any wires and is small enough to stow in a small bag or to keep in your car.

If you choose this keyboard, you may want to keep an eye on the Wingstand, which looks like an awesome way to keep your iPhone connected to your keyboard while you type.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000 – $36

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000

Yes, the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000 will work with your iPhone and iPad, and best fo all it’s half the price of Apple’s keyboard. In addition to cutting the price, the Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard is curved in order to deliver a more comfortable typing experience.

Keep in mind that this keyboard can’t control the media on your iPhone, like other keyboards might, but at this price you may be willing to make that sacrifice.

HiPPiH iPhone Folding Wireless Keyboard – $99

iPhone Bluetooth foldable keyboard

iPhone Bluetooth foldable keyboard

The HiPPiH iPhone Folding Wireless Keyboard is pretty expensive, but it does fold up into a very small package in order to go wherever you go. If mobility is key, you’ll like that this keyboard can fit in a cargo pants pocket, small bag or a purse.

Folding keyboards are typically a bit less sturdy than other keyboards, and this one is no different according to reviews on Apple.com. That said, it still earns pretty high ratings from users.

Verbatim Foldable iPhone Keyboard – $57

Verbatim iPhone Foldable Keyboard

Verbatim iPhone Foldable Keyboard

Another interesting foldable keyboard is the Verbatim Bluetooth Foldable keyboard for the iPhone. This keyboard is also compact enough to fit in a purse or pocket and delivers a full set of keys to speed up your typing.

The keyboard has a retractable stand for the iPhone built right into the keyboard so you don’t need to carry anything else when you want to use this keyboard.

ThinkGeek iPhone Case With Flipout Keyboard – $40

The ThinkGeek TK-421 is an iPhone case that includes a swivel out bluetooth keyboard. This keyboard is the smallest in our roundup and delivers a very mobile package. If you are in need of an iPhone keyboard to use while you are standing or very mobile, this would be the one to look at.

Most users will still prefer the larger size of the other bluetooth iPhone keyboards in this roundup.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

3 Comments

  1. Willem Evenhuis

    08/24/2011 at 4:59 pm

    iPhone aside the microsft bluetooth board 6000 works good, I guess on any smartphone. I take this with me on day trips in the mountain sometimes. At the end of the day I take it out of the bag, connect it to my HTC HD2 and start typing away. It is much more ergonimical and quicker with the keyboard than the virtual keyboard on a smartphone, for getting real writing done.

  2. Perry

    08/25/2011 at 3:54 pm

    It’s a shame you can’t still buy the Stowaway bluetooth keyboards. I use mine with my iPad and it works great. I will be very sad when it finally dies.

    • William

      03/07/2013 at 5:56 pm

      Hello Perry. I have a couple of these – love them. Worked a treat on windows HTC phone. But can’t get them to work on iPhone or iPad. Is there a trick to it?

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