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Ive tried to see how many words i can squueze out on my touch screen but its too slow so Im looking for a bluetooth keyboard to use in my computing lectures but i can find one that has the MDA compact II /charmer in the compatability list.

Im worried that like the wifi issues ive had i might buy it and find it doesnt work.

Do you know of or use a Blutooth Keyboard that works? and can i have a link?

Thanks in advance

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Ok impatient as ever :roll: i went on ebay and found a cheap foldable bluetooth keyboard. And it works! :P

There are 3 main types on the market as far as i can see:

Think outside: ~ 80
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Freedom: ~ 70 (identical hardware to cygnet model :?: )
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Cygnet: ~ 40 (Works)
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Only the 'think outside' model includes the Compact II in its compatability list but being the cheapskate i am ( ;) 8) ) i got the cheapest (cygnet) model regardless and it works fine, it seems to connect faily quickly by enabling bluetooth and running the BTKeybd.exe that installs to the start menu. The exe inludes a 'connect to keyboard' checkbox and a area to test type along with other settings. It seems to work fine after the device goes into standby and you do not have to reconnect every time this happens.

The keyboard has a slide- out phone holder to place your device in that actually disconnects from the keyboard so you can place the device in a more convinent place, although i found that a little bluetack on the bottom of my phone was needed to keep it from slipping out when knocked.

I'd avise the cygnet model over the more expensive but seemingly identical freedom model but the think outside one may be better, maybe someone can say.

In Breif... the cygnet model works great so if you have a charmer/compact II then go for that but post here if you think you found a better one.

Photos: (Just imagine 'Cygnet' where it says 'freedom keyboard' cos noone in their right mind would pay 30 more for exactly the same product)
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Heres a link to a review of the identical hardware (thanks for the photos btw hehe)
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Ill post if i have any troubles with it, of course the real test is weather or not i can keep up with my lecturers hehe

Edited by fUNKUS, 12 April 2006 - 03:21 PM.

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I'm actually starting to use the inbuilt Phonepad/T9 and find it very good - once you've figured out how to store new words etc - is there any kind of numeric pad or Phonepad/T9 input on these things?

People do look at you like you are a bit mad when you are taping away franticly ........ as I'm sure they will of you when you unfold your keyboard and rest your PDA on it...

Did you ever get to the bottom of the wi-fi problem? Sorry I couldn't be of any help but as you know - anything I tried didn't work ... including the jamin rom

Edited by kaf, 12 April 2006 - 11:27 PM.

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yeah the t9 pad is good especialy for texts down the pub and you dont have to get the stylus out which is a saving grace.

Yeah i bet ill get some weird looks when i unfold a keyboard, but when you're in a computing class your definition of what is 'geeky' goes straight out the window hehe ;)

(on the wifi were beat, tried alot of things on xda dev but no joy :P but t-mobile's updated rom should appear some time this or next month so im holding out for that)

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I have the freedom Keyboard, and that works pretty damn well, got it from Ebay (sod paying 65!)

Have had no problems with it at all - apart from forgetting to switch it off and running the batteries down!!!

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