Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS: Creative Keyboard Adapts to Apps

As both a journalist and iPhone app developer, I spend a lot of time on the keyboard. Whether I'm writing product reviews or apps, a good keyboard is not a luxury for me, it's a necessity. Lately, I've been using the Craft Professional Keyboard ($199.99). It's not cheap, but its features go a long way to justify the pricet ag. 

Related: How to Set Up an Apple (or Other Bluetooth) Keyboard to Work with an iPhone

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Craft

While many keyboards offer backlighting, the Craft features an auto-adjusting backlight so it adapts to changing lightning conditions. The keyboard has a nice heft; so it stays put, despite some frantic typing sessions. They keys are chiclet style, but with a concave indentation that makes it comfortable to type fast. It can be paired with up to three devices (PC, Mac, and iOS) via Bluetooth and the battery is recharged via USB-C (USB-A to USB-C cable included.) 

Craft

What really sets the Craft apart is the customizable integrated jog wheel. Similar to the Griffin PowerMate and Microsoft's Surface Puck, you can use the free companion app to tell your computer what the jog dial should do. For example, you can change the volume, or tab between windows, or scroll through video, depending on which app is active. It supports Microsoft and Adobe applications among others.

Craft

Pros

  • Auto-adjusting backlight
  • Customizable integrated jog wheel
  • Pair with three devices, iOS, PC, and Mac
  • Nice feel, heft, and materials
  • Wireless with USB-C charging

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

The Craft Professional Keyboard from Logitech is a joy to use, especially with apps that support the jog wheel. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.