You’ve seen tablet keyboard but what about a smartphone keyboard? Not an on-screen one, but a physical keyboard for the smallest screen in your life.
Tech21 has made the Evo Type case for the Pixel 3 XL, not the regular Pixel 3. It builds in a mini keyboard into a flip case that fully protects the phone. There aren’t too many people clamouring for its existence, particularly on a phone as relatively niche as the Pixel.
But in use it’s quite charming. The keys are touch sensitive and don’t move physically so it’s a bit hard to get used to and you won’t type faster than if you just used your thumbs on the screen.
It works via NFC, not Bluetooth, and the companion app is very easy to set up and get it working. A simple on/off button connects and disconnects the accessory. We found the connection flawless.
But if you want to take notes with the phone in landscape or write a few emails then it could be for you. Just bear in mind that it’s quite bulky and doesn’t hold any credit cards.
It’ll go on sale soon.