There are those people just never get used to typing on a glass screen (myself included). The fact is that it isn’t very convenient to type fast or long on this type of screen.
Things could be changing soon.
Created by SoloMatrix, the Spike is a unique iPhone case that serves the dual purpose of protecting your phone, and also providing you with a physical keyboard. In fact, they have created two versions, Spike¹ and Spike². Both versions include their TypeSmart keyboard carefully integrated into iPhone protective cases. This precisely sculpted keyboard can even be used with gloves on. With Spike¹, you get to rotate the bottom section of the case with the keyboard, to the back or the front of the iPhone, for storing in either typing or full-screen mode. Spike² differs from Spike¹ in user convenience features and overall appearance. It comes with a specially-designed asymmetrical 360 degree hinge. You can also fold and stow the keyboard in a flush pocket in the rear, and bring it back with a touch of a finger.
Unlike most keyboard accessories for the iPhone and iPad, Spike doesn’t require a Bluetooth or dock connection — instead, it positions itself directly above the virtual keyboard on the device’s screen, providing a fully tactile equivalent. Basically, it’s out-the-box workable, which should easily appeal to casual consumers.
It’s an interesting idea, but it may not be practical for those who don’t spend much time with their iPhone’s keyboard. Spike’s creators attempt to mitigate this issue by allowing the device to fold back into the attached case, but it creates an odd bulge on the back of the phone. Nonetheless, for business professionals who live for brokering deals via their smartphones, that odd bulge may feel like the best beach on earth if it helps benefit power iPhone users.