Innuevo DOCKr: You want a protective case, additional battery, USB ports and a real keyboard (small wireless Apple) for your tablet? There are a lot of gadget suppliers which cover 2 out of these 4 features, but all 4?
The option to put your tablet in portrait / horizontal mode? I don't know of any product, which does offer that, apart from the early keyboard adapters by Apple for the iPad 1 and Samsung for the first Galaxy Tab, the 7 inch one - both of them did not work on any other device, not even other tablets by those same manufacturers. The same is true for all tablet / notebook hybrids - they are not modular and standardised.
Watching movies on a 16:9 or even a applesque 4:3 screen is fine, typing the occasional text with the onscreen keyboard is ok, but typing longer texts in landscape mode with an external keyboard? Come on. The smaller the font, the more ridiculous it gets. So why do hardware manufacturers promote their fancy notebook / tablet hybrid formats resembling the classic notebooks?
- Technical logic: both devices fit best as a horizontal design. Especially with a mechanism linking keyboard as a cover to the tablet.
- Safer stand (tipping point / fall over)
- We are used to that form factor in notebooks and laptops for nearly 2 decades
I want a portrait mode tablet holder for typing and I sincerely hope that this project succeeds and others follow - for all types and variants of phablets and tablets.
You wait for the "yes, but" regarding DOCKr? Well, it'll be for the Apple iPads first. That's unfortunate for me. If I had an iPad, I'd support that project on Kickstarter immediately. And I wouldn't mind that slightly cheap plastic look on those first photos at all - my only only concern is the slightly elevated keyboard.
The whole product combined with an Apple wireless keyboard, the combined weight would reach 1.95kg. Weight distribution is roughly
- 1/3 case & battery
- 1/3 iPad
- 1/3 Apple wireless keyboard
The advantage of DOCKr is, that in many cases it allows to actually replace your notebook when on the move. That is at least 1.5kg saved. And you enjoy a portrait mode screen resolution that is far better than on your average widescreen notebook.