ThinkGeek Flip-Out Keyboard for the iPhone

Despite the fact that the iPhone has arguably the best software keyboard on the market, many users still prefer a hardware one for the tactile feedback it provides. It was always possible to connect a 3rd party keyboard via bluetooth, but carrying around another gadget is a pain, and there really isn’t an ‘elegant’ solution available. Until now. ThinkGeek has come up with a promising accessory, dubbed the TK-421. (Which is an odd name, so I assume they are making an inside joke to the Stormtrooper in a A New Hope)

The keyboard clips on like a case, and flips out from the bottom of the phone when in use, so it will stay out of your way if you just want to use the software keyboard. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that can be charged via USB, and connects via bluetooth so it won’t hog your dock connector. It will be available late November for $49.99, but the current run of pre-orders is out of stock. (You can enter your email on the product page for availability updates.)

Product Features

  • Give your iPhone a real flip-out tactile keyboard
  • Keyboard flips out for use, then flips back in when done
  • Magnet based clasp keeps keyboard in position whether flipped in or out
  • Increased typing accuracy and speed
  • Works with any app such as e-mail, web browsing, notes, and calendar
  • Completely wireless Bluetooth™ connection does not use dock connector
  • Keyboard powered by built in rechargeable battery, recharges via included USB cable
  • Invented and designed here at ThinkGeek
  • Models available to fit iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4
  • (Please note that the iPhone 3G will NOT work with this case. The OS does not support Bluetooth™ keyboards.)


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