Usually when one thinks of ways to enhance their phone the first thing that comes to mind is software.
For almost anything in life these days, there’s an app for that!
When you think of Hardware, a silicone case is usually the only hardware one adds to their phone, a nice set of earphones is usually next, bluetooth headsets aren’t as fashionable as they used to be.
I recently came across a Wireless Keyboard. This is an incredible accessory for any S60 Nokia device. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth using the phones inbuilt wireless keyboard app.
All one has to do is put on the keyboard (It’s powered by a couple of AAA batteries) and sync it with the phone and you’re off!!
It has a menu key (The Symbian icon should give you some indication as to how old it is) as well as left and right soft-keys. This means you can control the phone completely from the keyboard.
Its size? Well it can’t fit in your trouser pocket, but it will slip nicely into a suit coat or a handbag.
A minor bother is the fact that because of the size of the keyboard, the number keys are shared with the top row. This means getting a symbol such as “!” typed requires you to hit the “Fn” (Function) key to convert the top row into numbers then “Shift” to access the symbols. I still haven’t found a combination that will give me the ’ character.
All this, however, fades away once you pull it out and use it in public. I used it in the office and immediately struck up a rapport with my new boss, who as it turns out is an undercover techie!
I whipped it out in Java and immediately stole the attention of the patrons away from a chap with an iPad a few tables away.
In short meetings with clients it proves invaluable for taking notes.
All in all I’d say, it’s a fabulous enhancement of the phones abilities. In fact, in the words of the chap with the iPad (who had to come over and check it out), it turns your phone into a laptop!
The Price, Ksh.10,000/=
Its available at the Nokia store in Sarit Centre