No More Gunking Your Screen With Your Filthy, Filthy Hands While You Text

Ty Dunitz October 27 Apple

One of the deciding factors that made me go Blackberry instead of picking up an iPhone 4 was the tactile keyboard. I’m sorry, but there’s just no replacement for real buttons. I don’t care how swiftly you tapdance around that onscreen keyboard – the fact remains that it’s a f***ing screen.

But maybe if I’d held out just a little longer, I could have gotten the tall glass of water in the iPhone desert that is this wicked rad flip out keyboard from ThinkGeek.

The TK-421 (catchy name, guys) needs no explanation, so I won’t insult you by giving you one. Just bask in its rad, maybe put on a little music. It’s Bluetooth (rather than connecting to the dock port), and uses its own battery, which can be charged USB-style.

The only gripe I have is that one’s camera suddenly becomes a gigantic hassle, what with this keyboard in the way and all. I guess you can’t win ’em all. If you really, really need a tactile keyboard, you’d be hard pressed to find something better.

EDIT: Aaaand, they’re sold out. Looks like you’ll have to tap your screen some more while you wait.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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  • Watch Commander

    TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?

  • TK-421 was the designation of one of the stormtroopers who lost their armour to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars. “TK-421, why aren’t you at your post?” ring any bells? 😉

    Of course, if you were saying that the name needs no explanation, then I completely missed the point and my comment is rather superfluous….