Knocking out an email on a touchscreen, while viable, is made difficult thanks to the lack of a tactile experience. Sure, some handsets and tablet devices can provide a vibration to let you know when you’ve pressed a key, but that doesn’t do much for improving speed, accuracy, and comfort. This is probably why we’ve seen a myriad of aftermarket keyboards for the Android and iOS devices. But none have been so cool and overpriced as this one, the one2Touch.
The entire keyboard is coated in a silicon finish, so in theory you can jump in your pool’s deep end and this thing will keep on ticking. But what makes the one2Touch noteworthy, is that it doesn’t connect with your Android device using Bluetooth. Instead it connects over NFC, which means you’ll never have to turn it on, or pair it. Just place your Android phone (Gingerbread 2.3.4 or higher) onto the mat and begin typing. Sounds pretty appealing, right? Wait, there is more. The built-in battery, which is neither user replaceable, or chargeable (you read that right) lasts for just 18-months. After that, you can just toss it in the trash. And you’re probably thinking it’s relatively cheap, especially in light of its one time use battery? Wrong. The one2Touch costs about $240.
So there is a good chance the battery shortcoming (understatement) might change when the product sees another iteration, but at this point we can pretty much guarantee that it won’t sell. Nevertheless, we love the idea of an NFC keyboard since it removes flipping switches, and going through that always cumbersome pairing process.