SMALL NOT SMART

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Amkette Smart­board comes across as small and com­pact key­board for tablets. But small is not al­ways good, as the keys, es­pe­cially the space key, is a bit too short for reg­u­lar users. And to make mat­ters worse, the home key is on the im­me­di­ate left of the space bar—we kept hit­ting it and end­ing up on the home­screen.

How­ever, the Smart­board is not a bad de­vice, es­pe­cially when used in tan­dem with an An­droid tablet. Then you can use the ar­row keys to nav­i­gate. But with iOS all the Smart­board is able to do is type—and we did not find that util­ity spe­cial be­cause most iOS users have by now mas­tered the art of us­ing the vir­tual key­board. On An­droid, how­ever, you can use the key­board to do pretty much ev­ery­thing from skip­ping through apps to shift­ing home­screens.

Thank­fully, the de­vice is easy to set up and the Blue­tooth-based pair­ing was un­com­pli­cated. The Smart­board comes with a stand to hold the tablet and a not-so­pretty rex­ine sleeve for it­self. And, we found the price tag a bit too op­ti­mistic for all this.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good for An­droid, not for iOS.

—TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

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