The name of this accessory is huge but is it worth your hard earned cash? The Keyboard dock is an interesting part of tablets because many people are either for the virtual keyboard (myself included) and many people can type as fast as a snail on the virtual keyboard and prefer the button mashing of physical keyboards more. So why not just have both available? Well the Samsung Galaxy Tab Full Sized Keyboard Dock comes in the full range, from 7.0 all the way up to the 10.1 tablet so no matter what Galaxy Tab you have, Samsung has you covered.
Now the keyboard is a pretty nice one to be fair. The buttons feel very chick-let, so think Apple keyboard wise. Nice button response and the feedback is this nice clicking noise when you type. The keyboard is some what a full sized keyboard, it is smaller than my Apple Keyboard but its barely noticeable. Now the typing speed I can accomplish is somewhat fast but my typos are all over the place. I am so used to having a larger keyboard that my finger just start ranging up and down the keyboard. In fact, I am using the keyboard right now writing this review.
Now in order to use the keyboard you have to give it some juice, and Samsung actually doesn’t supply the charger, it actually uses the same charger as the Galaxy Tab to get its power, but when the battery is dead, you are out a keyboard until you get it charged again. Battery life is pretty good though, I have had it one full week without any extra charging and it died half way through Friday. Pretty good in that department.
Now onto the actually keyboard, there are function buttons for the Galaxy Tab, since its made for Samsung’s own tablets, they have android shortcut buttons on the keyboard, in order they have Back, Home, Multi-tasking, Internet, Mail, Lock, Screen Brightness, Mute, Volume controls, Play/Pause, Rewind, Forward, Applications, Menu, and Delete. And you also have the option to use Voice Command and Voice Search all from the keyboard. Now navigating with the directional buttons is easy but I would rather stick my hand on the tablet and touch it then use 19th century techniques.
Overall the keyboard would be a nice addition if you owned a Galaxy Tab, it transforms the Tab into a mini laptop, but there a lot of Bluetooth keyboard that do that, but they are all generic, this one is tailor-made for this tablet so the experience is a whole bunch better than any other keyboard.