By G.P. Imports, Inc.
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Now you can use your iPhone/iPod keyboard as an EXTERNAL keyboard for the iPad
Did you know that in the iPad you can only select from a few languages in the hardware keyboard layout?
Well...The solution is finally here!
With our application you will be able to use your iPhone/iPod as a keyboard for your iPad! That obviously includes ALL of the native keyboards of the iPhone/iPod, such as Arabic, Greek, Thai, Hebrew and more...
✓ No need to buy expensive and useless additional hardware! With this application all you need, is what you already've got!
✓ It is a very simple yet clever and very useful application. It uses your local WiFi or bluetooth to connect to the iPad.
It is very simple to use: Application will show a green light when connected and a red light when disconnected.
✓ You need to activate the desired keyboards in your device settings.
We provide a browser and a email application for your needs. You can also copy the text from the email application to any other required App.
You will be able to use the following keyboards 'in' your iPad.
✓ English (U.S.), English (UK)
✓ French (France), French (Canadian), French (Switzerland)
✓ Traditional Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Wubihua)
✓ Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Wubihua)
✓ Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal)
✓ Japanese (Romaji)
✓ Japanese (Kana)
✓ Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin)
*You will need to download the app in both devices, you will only get charged once; since its a universal application.
If you need assistance please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be adding additional apps soon!
Cool idea, weak implementation
This is a very cool idea, but I feel like I bought the "proof-of-concept" version. In context, I am an educator, attorney, and web designer. I have a ton of gadgets, but I'm never without both my iPod and my iPad. That being said, here are my three major gripes:
1) As others have noted, this app only works with its own proprietary email and browser. You can't use it to enter text into Notes, for instance.
2) I could live with that shortcoming, BUT... this thing has no mouse/trackpad function! Thus while I can type on the iPod, I have to physically touch the iPad to navigate. You should be able to toggle between the keyboard and trackpad, a la Logitech's TouchMouse.
3) Moreover, the text I type on the iPod does not appear in the iPod real estate above the keyboard. All it says is "connected", which is not very helpful and a huge waste of space. This app should mirror my text on the iPod where I'm typing it, as well as on the iPad.
Numbers #2 and #3 (above) are deal-breakers for me because my iPod sits on a shelf about two feet above my desk. I have to leave my iPod and reach up to my iPad to do any navigation. Also, I have to squint that extra two feet to see what I actually wrote (since it's not mirrored on the iPod).
Hopefully a future release will allow you to toggle between the keyboard and a trackpad, as well as fix these other issues. Once these are done, this will be one of my "rockstar" apps.
Works but has limited functionality
Yes, you can use your iPod touch as the keyboard for your iPad, and since I often carry both around, this can be quite useful.
HOWEVER, you can only use the iPod Touch as an external keyboard when your iPad is running the External Keyboard app. This app can only be used as a rudimentary web browser and to send email.
1. There is no spell checking when you type this way. So, this would only make sense if you are really good with the iPod keyboard (and don't make many mistakes like I do).
2. The on screen keyboard on the iPad does not retract. (One of the main advantages of using a hardware keyboard with the iPad is that you recover the screen real estate taken up by the keyboard.)
3. Backspace does not function properly. If you move the cursor to a new location (say to correct a spelling error 20 characters ago and you just noticed now) and hit backspace, the cursor jumps to the end of the text instead of deleting the previous character.
4. To connect, launch both apps and wait for the "connect" indicator to turn green. If it doesn't connect, quit one of the apps and relaunch.
5. You can cut and paste. This could be useful if you want to type a long message in some other app. Type it in this app's email window, copy to the clipboard and paste in the other app.
I purchased this app with a full understanding of its limitations, for example unintuitive and frustrating bug where placing moving the caret on the iPad will still result in the iPhone making changes at the end of text block.
The really unforgivable aspect of External Keyboard is that when loading the app on iPad to receive iPhone input, the browser loads a built-in web browser that loads an "anonymous" Google search field (which may feed revenue to Gp imports) and an AdMob ad in the space above the keyboard.
I paid for this app?!
To rectify this situation the developer should allow users to choose email as the default mode on application launch. Even better, provide an empty ad-free space for users to input text to copy-and-paste into a different app.
- Category: Productivity
- Released: Jun 22, 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 0.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Gp Imports Inc, Software Development
- © gpi
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.