One of least expected announcements that Samsung made this morning was the launch of a new Keyboard Cover that works with the new S6 edge+ and Note 5. This new cover is basically a two part case with the first part snapping on the back and then the front keyboard being its own piece that can be put on and taken off whenever it’s need. The actual placing of the keyboard on the device was fairly easy, but unfortunately that’s pretty much the only good thing about it.
This keyboard does not need to be paired via Bluetooth as it instead uses some type of magnetic sensor to have the screen shortened so that it all looks in place when you’re using it. Using it is not a pleasant experience, however. Samsung’s Keyboard Cover’s keys feel cheap. When you press down on them it honestly feels like you could break it if you start typing too fast. There’s no cushiony give and resistance like on any BlackBerry device with a physical keyboard. It really feels like this keyboard belongs back in the early 2000’s.
The size of the keys are also quite odd. They’re not square, but instead are longer in height than they are wider. While this may work in a virtual keyboard environment, it doesn’t translate well to the physical realm. Certain keys, like the spacebar and Enter key, feel massive and give you the impression that you’re constantly typing on the wrong row.
Maybe I’ve been spoiled by typing on too many BlackBerry physical keyboards over the years, but if you’re going to try to add that segment to your portfolio as an accessory, you better hope you get it right. If I was Samsung, I would have worked with the guys up in Waterloo and made this an actual, usable keyboard accessory designed by the people that know them the best. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case and Samsung is left with an accessory that no one is going to like.