Typo Keyboard Case: Hands-on with case that turns your iPhone into a BlackBerry (pictures)
Have you ever wanted a BlackBerry-style keyboard on your iPhone? Congratulations: Ryan Seacrest's $99 Typo Keyboard Case may be the answer to your prayers.
It's a fact: some folks just never got the hang of the touch-screen keyboard. (They're the ones you hear pledging to not give up their BlackBerry phones until you pry them out of their cold, dead hands.) But a compromise may be on the way: the Typo Keyboard Case, a $99 snap-on Bluetooth accessory designed for iPhone 5 and 5S models. The product -- backed by TV personality (and former CNET TV host) Ryan Seacrest -- will be officially debuting at CES 2014 in January, but CNET got a chance to try out a preproduction model (shown here).
While the keyboard covers the all-important iPhone home button, it's "replaced" by a substitute home button on the bottom-right side of the keyboard. It takes a while to get used to, but it works. Of course, if you're a fan of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S, you're out of luck.
BlackBerry fans will feel right at home with the QWERTY keyboard. But it takes a bit of getting used to because the iPhone's center of gravity is off; it feels top-heavy compared to typing on the screen.