Published on June 21st, 2011 | by Greg0
NUU MiniKey: A Slider Case For The iPhone 4
For those who are looking for a physical keyboard or are still unused to typing on the iPhone, this device is for you. Fathers, if you are a bit disappointed in your assortment of gift ties, maybe take one back and consider getting yourself an odd, but useful case.
The Nuu Mini-key transforms your iPhone 4 into a QWERTY Slider with a slide-out physical keyboard that connects to the iPhone via a Bluetooth connection, leaving all functions and connectors unblocked. This means, of course, that it is powered separately, and can’t be powered by the phone itself. The snap-on case of the MiniKey works with the iPhone’s own antennas, come with keyboard backlighting (which is excellent in the dark and can be switched off) and automatically goes to sleep when the iPhone enters standby mode which saves its shorter-than-desired battery life.
The device uses its own separate charger as well and features a nice grip feel, and solid slider mechanism. Nearly every key also has an extra function, providing quick access to numbers and symbols. To access them you just press the function key. The Minikey also suppresses the onboard keyboard allowing you to see more than just a few lines of what you are typing.
When attached to the snap on case, the entire device becomes around three times thicker than the iPhone itself. This is definitely a put-off to some, as it is a bit bulky for many pockets then, but it’s a common experience with these kinds of physical attachments to the iPhone. It makes up for the size increase by having a nice tactile keyboard, easily-accessible function keys and various other features. The aforementioned battery can be used for a week’s moderately active use and roughly 30 days standby time. It also charges via micro USB in about 4 hours.
If you are looking for a physical keyboard add-on to the iPhone 4 this is definitely one to consider, although at $70 it’s a bit pricier than some competitors. But it does work better than most, allowing us to type faster and with fewer mistakes (or auto-correct follies). We wouldn’t suggest it for everyone, or even everyone with an iPhone 4- but it’s a slick piece of work and a nifty solution.