While the built-in stand sounds like a great idea, it’s actually semi-irritating during use. You only get one viewing angle, making it problematic to see what you’re typing when using the keyboard in close proximity to your body—like on an airplane tray table, for example. Additionally, the ledge that folds out of the stand to keep your tablet or phone from falling over is only wide enough to accommodate devices without a protective case on them. Anyone who prefers the protection of a Griffin Survivor, Lifeproof, or Otterbox case for their device will likely find the ZAGG Pocket pretty useless.
Pairing the ZAGG Pocket is functionally much the same as it is for similar keyboards. Depress the function key, click the chicklet with the Bluetooth symbol on it, and you’re in business. As with the Jorno and its identical counterparts, you turn on the ZAGG Pocket by unfolding it. To turn it off, fold it back up. When closed, the keyboard is held together by a pair of magnets.
Similar to other portable bluetooth keyboards like the Jorno, the ZAGG Pocket folds up to make it easier to carry around. While closed, it measures 8.8 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches—about the same dimensions of one of those sharing-sized Walmart chocolate bars we’ve all shame-eaten in the past. When deployed, its dimensions change to 8.8 x 7 x 1.75 inches. Much of the keyboard’s height when opened comes from its built-in stand, which is big enough to support most smartphones or tablets. However, while it handles the weight of a 9.7-inch iPad Pro or Surface 3, I couldn’t help but feel that using tablets that much wider than the keyboard and its stand was precarious.
I’ve had a lot of luck with ZAGG’s smartphone and tablet accessories in the past. I’ve forked over close to $300 to outfit my iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air in their Rugged iPad Keyboard Cases. And for a long time, the company’s ZAGG Keys Universal Keyboard found its way into my backpack whenever I needed to type on the fly. As such, I was looking forward to taking the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard for a spin. Unfortunately, the user experience it offers is less than ideal, for a number of reasons.
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