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With tablets being all the rage these days, Bluetooth keyboards are rising in popularity. It's not that the on-screen keyboards are bad (well, some are), but having physicals key adds a whole level of familiarity, plus you don't have to try and balance a tablet on your lap or something.

The Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets seems specifically targeted at the Android crowd, and it works really well.

Pairing is a cinch, using the connect button located on the back of the keyboard, and once you're paired up, you're good to go. Typing is a breeze on the keyboard and works without a hitch. Hit some keys, letters pop up on the screen. Everything Most of it works as it should.

The only problem with Logitech's Android-centric keyboard are the Android function keys. Logitech was wise enough to include search, home, menu, and back keys, but their intended functions are murky, at best.

I'm not sure if the unit I got is defective or if the keys just aren't mapped correctly, but while most of the keys did something, it was usually not what you wanted. Back acted like home, search acted like menu, so on and so forth. It was an irritating little niggle that was the only smudge on an otherwise great keyboard experience.

Another cool feature is the keyboard carrying case that protects the keys. For transport, it folds up and becomes a carrying case for the keyboard, but once you're ready to get typing, the case folds into a triangular stand (with a ridge!) to hold your tablet in position on a table or desk. It should also be noted that the Logitech keyboard doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and runs on four AAA's.

More pictures of the keyboard and stand can be found after the break.

 

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Logitech bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0Logitech bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0

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Logitech bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0

 

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Bluetooth keyboard review: Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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I cannot STAND swype. Don't like it at all. I prefer tapping it out, either on an on-screen keyboard or on my logitech bluetooth keyboard. Much better for me!

Swype is fine for smaller emails...I use it on my Incredible all the time. But it still doesn't compare to a real keyboard when you have to pound out a lengthy email. In fact I stick to the view that as good as some on screen keyboards are getting (and I actually like the stock keyboard on my Galaxy Tab 10.1) they will never compare to a physical keyboard. At least not until technology greatly advances and you can 'feel' the buttons on the screen...not only when you click them but when running your fingers over them.

I have the keyboard. I bought it along with the Asus Transformer. They are a great combination. I haven't had any issues with the normal Android keys functioning, home is home and back is back ect. The feel is great. It is well spaced and doesn't have any flex. The case is great too. The cradle for the tablet extends so that if it is in your lap the angle of the tablet is greater and viewing is easier. If you're getting a tablet and want a physical keyboard, the Logitech is the way to go for sure.

Also I just realized that my keyboard layout looks totally different than the one shown in the video and pictures. There is no Windows button and home, back, menu and search all have their own dedicated buttons and work fine.

Yup, that windows key tripped my "something Fishy" detector too.

I would love this with my HP Slate 500, but I have no clue what that should do in an Android environment.

On a regular USB keyboard, The Windows "Menu Key" does launch the menu on apps that use a menu, but the windows key itself does nothing.

Ditto -- dedicated buttons that work fine and no funky windows button.

Yo AC, whered you get dat keyboard?? Should try a new one!

out of curiosity, what made you go this route instead of purchasing the keyboard dock? I have an Iconia tab with this logitech keyboard, but I tell ya what... After seeing a co-worker's transformer with dock, I got some tablet envy. That setup is SLICK. 20 hours of battery life too... bit more money but totally seems worth it.

very odd, i have a completely different layout as well... no windows keys like shown above. My function buttons appear to work normally, search opens search, etc. Overall I have found it to be a great buy, I don't tote it everywhere but when I need it, it certainly comes in handy.

I would love that for my galaxy tab 10.1. The newest version of Swype is great, but for some reason it seems to slow down and lag.

I love SwiftKey on my Galaxy Tab, but having a physical keyboard would be GREAT if I really needed to get work done. yes please!

Big fan of having a real keyboard to work on my homework with on my Thrive! Thanks for the oppertunity! =)

I would be happy to win this Logitech Keyboard. I just got a Halaxy Tab 10.1 and this would be a great asset. Good luck everyone.

just got a Galaxy tab 10.1 LTE would love to have this :-) but i never win anything.... Just my luck :-)

Posting from my SGT 10.1 and would love to have a bluetooth keyboard to take to class and crank some notes out during Class!! Good luck to everybody!

Sweet stuff! I have just spend my last cent on my first tablet. This keyboard would be the icing on the cake!