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Jorno - An iPad Keyboard In Your Pocket

Image Courtesy of and Copyright Cervantes Mobile LLCThere seems to be a rash of Bluetooth portable keyboard based products at the moment, most incorporated into some kind of folio type of case.

Pocketable

As you will see from the video below, the Bluetooth enabled Jorno from Cervantes Mobile takes a different approach by offering a foldable keyboard like those we used to see for PDAs like the Palm Pilot. It has been designed to work with most mobile devices that support Bluetooth 2.1.

iPad Stand

But the key feature of the Jorno that caught our attention is the integrated and detachable stand which is strong enough to hold our favourite take-everywhere computing device (yes, the iPad!). This is shown in the video and makes the Jorno an interesting proposition for us.

Image Courtesy of and Copyright Cervantes Mobile LLC

Advantage Over Portfolio Cases

The problem, as we see it, with some of the folio type cases with integrated keyboards is there are going to be plenty of times (perhaps the majority) when you want to use your iPad without a keyboard and you would have to keep taking it out of the case or try and manage a keyboard flapping about and getting in your way.

So a keyboard with 'proper' keys that folds down into a very small size when you don't need it so you can drop it in your bag when on the move (or large enough trouser pockets but that might cause some unsightly bulges) is a nice compromise.

A Word on Pricing

The problem here is the price: $99 seems a tad steep in our opinion, especially as you will be buying this in addition to some sort of case for your iPad, but if you still want one you can pre-order now for a 'Spring 2011' release (so sometime soon hopefully), and July in the UK.

Be sure to let us know in the comments if you think the Jorno is worth the price and/or something you would use.