Category Archives: IOS

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini Review

The Problem

I would like to have a keyboard for my iPad mini that is compact and usable to bring with me.

The Review

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini is about the size of the iPad mini and a little lighter. It comes in black or white to match your iPad mini’s colors.

The keyboard has a hinge which attachs to the iPad mini and acts as a clam shell cover. This design has the advantage of offering two solutions in one piece of hardware: a cover and a keyboard. The disadvantage of this design is when I open up the keyboard, I still have to detach the iPad from it and place the iPad into a groove on the keyboard. I wish I can just open up the keyboard and start working right away.

The first time I turned on the keyboard, I went into the iPad mini’s bluetooth settings and saw the keyboard listed. By selecting they keyboard the two devices paired after a few seconds–a painless experience.

Performance is where I have issue with this keyboard. The keys are tiny, especially for such Delete, numbers, and symbols. After a couple of days of use, I started to get use to the keyboard layout and tiny keys become less annoying. The keys don’t repeat when held down–a behavior that is different from a computer’s keyboard. I found myself from time to time needing to repeatedly delete characters and it is a pain not being able to hold down the delete key to do so. Because of the small number keys. Their placement is a little out of place. For example, when I need to type number 3, I ended up with number 2 instead. Likewise, I often get a hash (#) instead of the intended dollar ($) sign.

The groove in the keyboard is designed to act as the iPad mini holder, which can hold it in portrait for landscape mode. In landscape mode, the goove has some magnets, which holds the iPad mini securely. One complain I have against this setting is the keyboard holds the iPad mini a a fix angle, which makes it usable on a desk setting, but not on my lap.

Summary

What I like about this keyboard

  • Thin, light
  • Acts as a cover for iPad mini
  • Easy pairing
  • iPad mini can be in portrait for landscape mode
  • Can act as a stand for the iPad mini

What I don’t like

  • Small keys
  • Fixed screen angle

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How to Type Vietnamese on iPhone, iPad

Here is how I enable Vietnamese writing on my iPhone 4. It might work on the iPod touch and iPad as well.

Enable the Vietnamese Keyboard

  1. Pre IOS 7: On the iPhone, go to Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, and Add new Keyboard…
  2. IOS 7: Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard
  3. Select the Vietnamese keyboard from the list and add
  4. Exit out of the Settings

Typing Vietnamese


On the soft keyboard, a new button appears to the left of the spacebar and it has the picture of the globe. This button switches the keyboard from English to Vietnamese and back. Once switched to Vietnamese, the following key combinations are available:

Vietnamese Characters
  • aa – â
  • aw – ă
  • ee – ê
  • oo – ô
  • ow – ơ
  • uw – ư
  • dd – đ
Diacritical Symbols
  • as – á
  • af – à
  • ar – ả
  • ax – ã
  • aj – ạ

Update

Thank you Mr. Chien Nguyen for his wonderful tip. I found I use it more than my own tip.

You can also hold down a vowel, then iPhone 4 (maybe other iPhones as well) will prompt you a set of characters with accents for that vowel. You then just select the one that you want.

Too Many iPhone Apps? Search!!

I have been using the iPhone for only a short time, but have accumulated quite a number of apps. It gets to the point where I have to spend some time to find my app. There is a better way.

I used to waste my time ordering the apps into logical screens, but that is not enough: as new apps are added, I have to repeat the process all over again. I know about folders, but I do not like them, but that is the topics for another post.

What works for me is the iPhone’s search feature. When I want to find my app, instead of flipping through screens after screens, I press the “Home” button once to go to the first screen; then I press it once more to go to the search screen. There must be a small gap of time between the two or the multitasking screen is launched instead. At the search screen, I start to type a couple of letters identifying the app I am after and sure enough, my app usually rises to the top.

I also use the search feature to find just about anything stored in my iPhone: contacts, appointments, music, email to name a few. This tip also works with other devices such as iPod touch and iPad.