A little less than a week ago, Artem shared his thoughts on the keyboard dock for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Since this was before the official TouchWiz UX (our review) came out, I figured it deserved another go, as the update fixed several issues.
I'm only going to take on the things that were software related issues this go around, as other aspects (like design) have already been covered. However, I would like to say that, despite its likeness to Apple products, I really like the overall design and feel of this keyboard. It's clean, sleek, and looks great with the white version of the Tab 10.1.
With that out of the way, let's have a look at the things that TouchWiz UX didn't fix.
- Switches the software keyboard to stock - yep, this still happens. Every time you undock the Tab, you'll find that they software keyboard is back to stock. A minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.
- On-Screen keyboard still pops up when I physically tap the screen on an input area, otherwise I never see the software keyboard. Still, there needs to be a way to turn it off completely as sometimes you can't avoid clicking into edit boxes and bringing it up.
Out of all the negative things experienced with this keyboard the first go around, those above are the only two that are still somewhat intact.
So, lets move on to the things that have been fixed:
- CAPS LOCK works perfectly now.
- Mouse - If you have the USB adapter, go ahead a plug a mouse in. It works like a champ now.
- Del Key - Okay, this one is more of a half-fix. In GMail, you still can't delete emails by hitting the Del key, but you can in the Samsung Email app. So, as long as you're using Samsung's apps, you can Del till you're purple. Hopefully, Gmail catches up at some point.
- Audio Jack - Seems to work just fine now; no buzzing sound when the Tab isn't generating sounds.
- As soon as I plugged my Tab into the keyboard dock, it worked perfectly. The issue where it is originally detected as a media dock seems to be a thing of the past.
As you can see, most of the annoyances with this keyboard have been fixed with the TouchWiz UX update. However, I have one gripe of my own: lack of spellcheck. This is a pretty big deal to a lot of people, especially people who may be using their Tab on a professional level.
All-in-all, though, I really like this keyboard and think it's a great accessory to have -- as long as you're running TouchWiz UX, that is.