You can get a case for your iPad, that’s nothing new. You can hook up a Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad, that’s also nothing new. But the ClamCase Pro combines the two, and that may be new you.
It’s a very protective case for your iPad and it has a Bluetooth keyboard. It’s cool! When you tap into a text field, rather than the virtual keyboard popping up (covering half the screen), you
simply type on the ClamCase keyboard.
The ClamCase Pro is a Polycarbonate and aluminum case that is a skosh larger than the iPad itself for width and height, but doubles the thickness and the weight of the iPad. The iPad is about 1.5
pounds, and the ClamCase is also about 1.5 pounds, so it does make carrying the two a bit more work. But what ClamCase also provides is a real keyboard. I can also add that this makes the iPad a
complete package; it works.
Interestingly, it looks like a very small laptop, perhaps like one of the netbooks Steve Jobs used to deride. Who knew at the time that he was preparing to change the digital world with the iPad,
which filled a nitch the Netbook wasn’t capable of filling.
I’ve been at lectures watching people tap away on the iPad’s virtual keyboard with many additional taps of the backspace key as they try to keep up with the discussion and try to have their text
legible without the typo errors that are all too common from the iPad’s keyboard. Admittedly, some people type very well with these things, but many do not. There is something about a real keyboard
that many people seem to need.
There are ClamCase models now to fit all of Apple’s iPads, including the new iPad Air and iPad mini. I was testing the model for the iPad 2/3/4. The ClamCase Pro comes in the box with a single USB
cable to charge the ClamCase, a cardboard sheet with all of the instructions needed, and the ClamCase. The iPad 2 simply snaps into the case. After installing, you need to link the ClamCase to your
iPad via Bluetooth and, well, that’s about it.
Typing on the keyboard is very easy and very natural. The keyboard is about 84% the size of a…