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Nuu MiniKey for Apple iPhone 4 adds physical QWERTY and bulk to your phone

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Nuu MiniKey for Apple iPhone 4 adds physical QWERTY and bulk to your phone
Perhaps the biggest thing that stops people from buying the Apple iPhone 4 is the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard. If that is what is holding you back from buying the handset, you can go ahead and check out the Nuu MiniKey QWERTY keyboard for Apple's touchscreen device. The product has not yet been launched, but could grab a big following if the keyboard gets high marks at the CES in Las Vegas in 2 weeks.

The accessory provides a landscape oriented keyboard for the Apple iPhone 4 and has a switch that allows you to switch back and forth between the physical QWERTY and the on-screen virtual one. According to the manufacturer's web site, the keys are back-lit which means you should have no trouble typing in the dark. The keyboard is battery powered with standby of 36 hours and charges via a MicroUSB port.

The process of adding the Nuu MiniKey to your Apple iPhone 4 is a snap. You simply slide your handset into the case and slide out the keyboard when you are ready to type. To remove it, you just slide the phone out of the case. One drawback to the product is that it more than doubles the size of the phone when the unit is inside the case. The additional bulk could be a deal breaker for some, no matter how well you can type on the keyboard.

The price of the Nuu MiniKey is expected to be $70 once launched, which might not be too much to pay if lack of a physical keyboard is the one thing holding you back from being an Apple iPhone 4 owner.

source: Nuubrand via Engadget

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posted on 24 Dec 2010, 10:57

1. Corpsemaker (Posts: 63; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)


It only makes the phone over twice as thick! Why would you want to have that on when you are carrying around your phone?

posted on 24 Dec 2010, 12:18 1

2. Artem (unregistered)


thats ridiculous! just go & buy Moto droid 2!
probably its even better!

posted on 24 Dec 2010, 16:44 1

3. mister tee (unregistered)


In my opinion the trade off is definitely not worth it with that kind of excess baggage. Might as well get a phone that has already has a built-in QWERTY keyboard that is done more sleek and streamlined.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 06:27

4. Shafeer (unregistered)


well its no longer the worlds thinnest smartphone if this is added is it?
But i guess if you can accept the bulk on probably the best smartphone in the world its ok but personally i wouldnt get it, If it gets designed for an iPad it might be good.

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 22:13

5. John (unregistered)


I've seen the actual product. I was surprised by the size of the keyboard on my iphone4. It nearly double the thickness of my iphone 4. To be frank, if I want to buy a stylish phone with qwerty, I would have looked for Nokia or blackberry. I kept asking me a question: "would l pay extra bucks for making my iphone 4 officially a brick?" I think I will keep my slim iphone 4 as it is. And I think can live with sometimes typo with onscreen keyboard rather than a iphone 4 with bulky nuu minikey

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