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Bluetooth keyboards: Give your fingers a break

Annoyed with the tiny Qwerty keypads found on mobile phones and PDAs? Then check out these larger and easier to use Bluetooth Qwerty keyboards

Writing out long emails or documents on tiny mobile phone or PDA keypads is as frustrating as eating a large bowl of soup with a teaspoon. Fortunately, there is a solution to the small-keypad-long-email dilemma and it comes in the form of the Bluetooth keyboard.

There are many to choose from, including these two -- the G-Tech Wireless Bluetooth fabric keyboard (pictured bottom) and the iGo Stowaway ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard (top). These two Qwerty keyboards wirelessly connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The G-Tech one is pretty cool -- unlike other Bluetooth keypads it's made out of fabric and can be rolled up and stowed away in a pocket very easily. That said, the G-Tech fabric keyboard lacks the tactile feedback you get from pressing buttons on a normal keyboard. That's where the iGo comes into its own.

The iGo keyboard is similar to a normal Qwerty keyboard, in as much as it has relatively normal keys that travel when you press them. The iGo keyboard folds up, so you can store it away in a compact leather case, which is rather useful when you're on the go.

Of course, none of the Bluetooth keyboards on offer are as good as a normal keyboard because they have to be made a little more compact in order to increase their portability. They also don't support every device on offer and you should make sure they're compatible with your phone, PDA or PC before you buy one.

The G-Tech Wireless Bluetooth Fabric Keyboard is currently available from eXpansys for about £60 and the iGo Stowaway ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard is also available from eXpansys for about £80. -Andrew Lim