The Keyboard Buddy Apple iPhone Case runs counter to the Jobsian ideal of a “beautiful” phone by slapping a slide-out keyboard onto the iPhone 5. On second reflection, though, it’s actually a pretty nice idea – there are probably plenty of people who like iOS, but are drawn to other phones by the presence of a physical keyboard. This makes both the case and the iPhone 5 more attractive. The only drawback might be the iPhone’s length, which could make it a little uncomfortable to use a physical landscape-oriented keyboard.
The case itself is a hard-shell, snap-on case that fits the contours of the iPhone 5 smoothly. The keyboard runs on its own battery, which should last up to two weeks on one charge (recharged with a Micro USB cord). The keyboard is backlit, and there is a cut-out for the camera lens and flash. The keyboard connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth 2.0.
The Keyboard Buddy could be a useful addition to your new iPhone, depending on who you are, but it is a little pricey. You’ll have to put down $90 and be OK with Steve Jobs rolling in his grave to get a Keyboard Buddy of your own.