Samsung Keyboard Cover for the Galaxy S6 edge+ hands-on


Back in the day when smartphones were just getting touchscreens, it was almost impossible to comfortably type using on-screen keyboards. It was a nightmare in some cases, going as far as falling back to using a stylus for a simpler and more accurate experience. Well, touchscreens eventually grew in size and saw new technology, namely capacitive, that allowed us all to appreciate the methods we’re exposed to nowadays.

With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, these goliaths make it even easier to type away thanks in part to their immense screen sizes. However, if you’re still yearning for a physical response, Samsung has got you covered – not surprisingly, of course. If you were a Palm or BlackBerry owner in another life, you’ll surely be hit with some nostalgia when you check out the Samsung Keyboard Cover for the upcoming two phones.

We got the chance to check out the one made specifically for the Galaxy S6 edge+, but they also have another model that’s compatible with the Note 5. This keyboard-case attachment transforms the all-touch Galaxy S6 edge+ into a portrait QWERTY smartphone. From a visual standpoint, it really reminds us of a Palm smartphone from yesterday, due partly to its layout.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t Bluetooth enabled, nor is there any sort of power supply built in. Rather, Samsung informs us that it utilizes capacitive technology, for the phone to register what particular keys are being hit. In fact, the phone knows when the keyboard is on or not because it’s activated by the home button.

Briefly using it, we can say that there’s going to be a slight learning curve getting situated with the layout, but after just a little bit of practice, we found a good enough groove to quickly and accurately jot down messages. While there’s a little bit of travel and feedback when buttons are pressed, the cramped confines of the layout can make it challenging for some with larger sized digits to shoot messages in a relatively consistent manner.

As we’ve said, it also acts as a case too because the entire back of the phone is covered. The only portion of the phone left exposed is mostly the top-middle sections of the screen, and that’s about it! Even though we find this accessory to be a nice addition to the ever growing family of Samsung-made accessories, it’s tough to justify its meaningfulness in a world where touch input has become the dominant choice. Adding to that, we’re still finding ourselves moving more swiftly using the on-screen keyboard of the Galaxy S6 edge+.

Ultimately, though, it’ll attract those who just can’t get away from having that physical response. Samsung didn’t specify its pricing during our quick look, but rumors point to it being priced somewhere around the $60 mark.



Related phones

Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is actually real?! It looks awful! Like a keyboard of a phone from the mid 2000's.

3. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It does look pretty aweful

6. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Reminds me of my p990i :)

11. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

yes "the past is here"

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

i bet qwerty guy is happy hahahaha i wonder how long until we hear a law suit from bb for looking like bb keyboard

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I'm now taking bets on how long it will be before Blackberry tries to sue Samsung....

4. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It looks nothing like a BB keyboard, and I am sure the last thing BB wants is relate this fugly accessory to their designs.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why would BlackBerry do that when: 1) That doesn't look anything like a BlackBerry keyboard. 2) BlackBerry and Samsung have a working deal in place. You'll note that the BlackBerry Venice or whatever it will be called will have a dual curved screen ala Samsung. BlackBerry and Samsung also have a deal in place where Samsung is using BlackBerry software to secure their handsets for work, and they have even partnered on making a tablet together.

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

and i bet you're terrible at betting lol

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

The phone keyboard is not a patent for BlackBerry

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This looks like a relic, yuck.

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I would never touch this with a million foot pole but if I was still using blackberry and can't live without a keyboard I might. I type way faster on touch screens though. Lol

12. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It's the SamBerry Galaxy Note 5. What an awful cover keyboard accessory.

13. elliotsilva

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

cool idea..bad execution

14. misbehave

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Are the keys of the keyboard backlit like light up in the dark?

15. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

come on Apple you should make something like this for iPhone just to let Samsung gets some "inspiration" for their next gen of this awful keyboard cover

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

ryan seacrest did and he got suied over it he made 2 but they really did look like bb keyboard

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