iPhone 3G Gets a Physical Keyboard; Too Bad Its Ugly
Well, alright. Our headline may have been a little misleading, but take a look at this accessory. It’s called the iTwinge, and is basically a $30 external keyboard for the iPhone that works through the dock connector. It weighs only one ounce and is supposedly very durable. The company producing this “typing skin” for the iPhone claims that it reduces typing errors by 70-80 percent for some people, and increases iPhone typing speed by 30-40 percent. Unfortunately, it does this at the expense of roughly half of the iPhone’s screen. This means that it cannot be left on the iPhone and requires you to attach and detach device every time you want to type anything. It may be clunky, and it may be ugly, (hell, even CNET calls it the iCringe) but it sort of accomplishes an essential thing for some people. (Sort of.) Though it seems hard to believe, I can imagine there being a market for this device, albeit a small one. Its a creative attempt at solving a difficult problem. It’s just a bit misguided.
Oh, and as Engadget was quick to point out, the name’s perfect:
twinge n. A brief experience of emotion, typically an unpleasant one.