Eager for a physical keyboard without sacrificing screen space? Check out the WayTools TextBlade

Despite what the big slabs of glass in our hands might otherwise say, people like keyboards. Our on-screen renderings of such prove that. Even the most radical departures to aid with on-screen typing are still based on the QWERTY framework that has been around for a hundred years.

A company called WayTools has a solution that re-invents the physical keyboard in a ultra-slender design, while retaining a design that ensures no one has to relearn how to type. The TextBlade is a compact, Bluetooth connected keyboard that magnetically comes together, or collapses into a package that is smaller than an iPhone 4.

Even with haptic feedback, there is still something to be said about the real sensation of a physical keyboard, and the TextBlade uses touch technology and real keys to round out the experience. WayTools claims the same full finger spacing as found on a desktop, and 2mm of key travel with pressed.

A number of smart features are built into the compact design too. Called MultiLayer Key technology, special symbols and editing keys are within easy reach and access.

The TextBlade costs $99 and is compatible with iOS devices running version 7 and later, and “most” Android devices running 4.4 KitKat or later.  Judging by WayTools' calendar of availability, it looks like production of the TextBlade is barely keeping up with demand.  We can see why.

sources: WayTools via TNW



1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not impressed one bit. Bring back the folding Palm keyboard.

2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

sexy design though..

3. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

It could be great if it was cheap

4. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Zagg introduced a BT keyboard foldable, not as small, but still it's just $70.

5. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So people buy touchscreen phones then buy physical keyboards because they don't like typing on touchscreen phones? Ok.

6. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Some times is better txting on a physical keyboard when doing some work or project on a table... :)

9. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

People use phones for productive work and project? 90% of the people I know use phones for leisures and games, 30% of that number hardly use facebook or other texting heavy activities and do their job on laptop. Perhaps I'm being semi-luddite with my opinions but I don't see the practicality of this keyboard appendix.

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I totally get what you are saying when it comes to smartphones. But this thing works with iPad as well. This would be a nice little keyboard to throw in the bag and it adds little bulk. Now I wouldnt use this on my job, but it would be great for leisure travel or using at the coffee shop, etc, to type those longer emails.

7. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

because there's no decent Android/iOS powered phones with physical keyboard?

10. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Then why go for an android/apple touchscreen phone when there's blackberry? It's like buying a projector and still wanting a physical monitor with it.

14. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Because people would rather sacrifice the keyboard than sacrifice the apps they use. We used to have Android phones with phisical keyboards, but the vast majority didn't want them. Therefore, it is not economically viable to make such phones just in order to target a niche. Right now, there is no smartphone that covers all bases for me. All current smartphones sacrifice sooo much and are almost all alike. There are very few diffrent phones today(Blackberry Passport, Yota Phone 2, Google Ara, a few others), but they also sacrifice a lot.

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

WayTools web designer blocked Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Phone from loading their website. They put up a message saying "Please load the page in Chrome, Firefox or Safari" or something to that effect. They just lost a sale. I use WP, iOS and Android devices and would have bought the keyboard but I will not support a company when underhanded tactics such as web browser blocking are used. WayTools, way to block yourself out of money.

15. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Before you grab your torch and pitchfork you probably should educate yourself on why Internet Explorer can't access that site (as well as any others).

18. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Also blocked on IE 9 and the library computers do not allow installation of programs.

11. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Looks horrible, Sony's Bluetooth keyboard is way better than this weird crap!

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I think I received your check from Sony in the mail by accident. What address should I send it to?

16. Cyagocaliz unregistered

To my address, of course :D

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Thank you for confirming what we all already knew. You are a paid shill for Sony. You're opinion no longer counts for anything.

19. Cyagocaliz unregistered

lol, you know I love jokes...

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

Nope. I don't know anything about you except that you're a paid shill.

22. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Do you have any proof then...Well, I bet you don't!

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Comment #16 & every other post you've ever made is all the proof I need.

24. Cyagocaliz unregistered

You can't call them 'proof', mate. Probably you should Google what it is!

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

Please tell us all how much Sony pays you. We will gladly chip in more to get you to stfu.

26. Cyagocaliz unregistered

You should say what you have said before to all SONY fans on this planet... Oh, and Sony doesn't pay me anything, of course, and I have no relationship with SONY or any companies.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered


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