Keyboard Buddy: Make Your iPhone 4 the QWERTY Slider You Always Wanted

Illustration for article titled Keyboard Buddy: Make Your iPhone 4 the QWERTY Slider You Always Wanted

You've had chances before to keyboardize your iPhone, but never with quite so much elegance. The BoxWave Keyboard Buddy is a smoothly built, adorably named iPhone 4 case that crams in a sliding Bluetooth keyboard.

It's a great solution for those who want their iOS but whose sticky fingertips make onscreen keyboards a chore. And it doesn't look to add too much bulk, as far as these things go. But that's coming from someone who gladly saddles his 3GS with battery case bulk most days.

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Illustration for article titled Keyboard Buddy: Make Your iPhone 4 the QWERTY Slider You Always Wanted

The only wince-inducing part of the Keyboard Buddy might be the price; if I wanted a slider that bad, I'd probably put the $70 towards my ETF or a new device altogether. [Boxwave via Engadget]

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Maybe it's just me, but I fail to see how a bunch of tiny physical keys on a keyboard are any better than the software keyboard on the iPhone.

Serious question: Why do people want tactile keyboards?