The Bluetooth Keyboard that is part of the Sony Tablet S package boasts one of the best designs that is available in the market. This keyboard comes with full-size keys that pave the way for a comfortable typing experience.
The Sony Tablet S keyboard is powered by twin AA batteries and sports a large battery bump at back. Also, the battery bump at the back of the tablet imparts a tilt that is in fact the highest one among the tablet keyboards that are found in the market including the keyboard from Motorola. Thus the typing angle of the keyboard from Sony is higher than most of the keyboards that are found. However these keypads are quite comfortable and the tilt does not hinder the typing speed though it shouldn’t be surprising if some find it not to their liking. Also, in spite of the battery bump being quite pronounced, the keyboard is amazingly thin.
On the battery bump there are the on/off button and the connect switch both of which are big, are quite easily reachable and can also be easily pressed. There are 5 different LEDs at the top that point toward battery level, wireless status, caps lock, and pairing mode. The keyboard also comes with a large rubber feet that can grip the surface well enough for imparting a solid feel on a desk and also under fast or intense typing conditions.
The keys are of full-size and are made from black plastic of matte finish and boasts of a really nice surface texture. This along with the liberal spacing between the keys of island-style helps in making the process of feeling each keys under the fingers easy. The lustrous plastic overlay juts out over the edge of the plastic back which in turn generates some jagged edges. However, it will not pose any adverse effect unless the keyboard is grabbed in an awkward manner. When the keyboard was tried the firmness of the keys was highlighted. The key also travelled to a comfortable depth. Overall this keyboard is so very inviting and presents a really nice typing experience.
As far as dealing with the Android function keys are concerned Sony has adopted a different strategy which is quite different from manufacturers of other keyboards who usually substitute the normal function-key rows with buttons that are Android-specific. Instead, Sony has done away with the standard keys totally and incorporated small, round buttons. This is a style that is more often found in case of multimedia keyboards for desktop. The Android shortcut buttons in this Sony keyboard that are found are the controls for search, back, home, menu, and multitasking. All of these buttons are found along the top-left portion of the keyboard. However it is found that, these keys are quite hard to press and it may be the only negative aspect of this keyboard which other wise is packed with all the good stuffs.
The keyboard comes with a price tag of $70 which is quite affordable too.