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The Typo2 keyboard case

The Typo2 is a $99 keyboard case (about £63, AU$119) for the iPhone 6, that aims to bring a physical keyboard experience to Apple's smartphone. But whether or not it succeeds is wholly dependent on how badly you want a physical keyboard on an iPhone.

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There's isn't all that much to the case: it has small, cramped keys that take a bit of getting used to. The case also blocks the home button -- there's a shortcut home button key for accessing things like Siri, but you won't be able to use Apple's Touch ID. Each key is canted slightly so it's easy to tell them apart however, and the keys are backlit -- just press the light-bulb key on the bottom row. The case connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and pairing is fast and easy.

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The case feels fairly sturdy, though it likely won't take as much abuse as some of the more robust cases out there. It's also light and doesn't add much bulk to your phone -- it will make it a bit taller, though.

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The keyboard charges by way of this microUSB port here on the side. It can last around 7 to 10 days once fully charged, depending on your usage.

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The iPhone's charging port and headphone jack are readily accessible, so you don't need to worry about taking the case off to plug in your phone. A charging dock likely won't fit, however.

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If you love your iPhone 6 but really wish it has a physical keyboard, then the Typo2 might be for you. But the shape is a bit cumbersome and the blocked Touch ID is a tough compromise.

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