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  Reply # 82248 13-Aug-2007 20:16
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My Motorola S805 A2DP headset arrived today, currently charging. Will feedback soon about how these stack up to the Plantronics.




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  Reply # 82275 13-Aug-2007 23:22
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NZTECHFREAK....

I'm extemely interested in how you went with that Bluetooth keyboard, it looks utterly stunning. How much was the postage?

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  Reply # 82448 15-Aug-2007 08:31
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Paradoxsm, I just ordered one from the site, too. The total price ended up being NZ$127.95 (which is $39.00 postage).
I didn't expect it would be quite that much, and the Paypal Express didn't actually say how much it would be as I was putting it through (which is kinda strange), but it's through now.

Hopefully will be worth it though.



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  Reply # 82450 15-Aug-2007 08:43
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Yeah, $39 postage for one, but I got two - $112 each that way. So if you can get a couple its better. If you can't get anyone else to go in with you I figure you can probably sell the second on Trademe for a profit in any case.




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  Reply # 82523 15-Aug-2007 16:28
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Just had a look over at N95users.com. One of the guys ordered this keyboard from Expansys after I confirmed its compatibility, and despite ordering his a day after me his arrived before mine was even shipped! Here are his comments, and considering how good they are I'd suggest against waiting any longer to buy yours from Expansys:

"Stoway BT KB arrived in 24 hrs from Expansys UK...

This is a truly amazing piece of kit, I spent the first hour just opening it and closing it! The hinge mechanism looks as though it can't possibly work... but work it does and beautifully too. Opening it is simple but once it clicked into position, I confess, to my utter shame, that I had to glance at the instructions before I could figure out how to unlock it and close it again!

Pairing to the N95 took about two minutes, including loading the driver program into the phone, you can't go wrong. A very nice aspect of it is that you can delegate the keys to perform virtually any function by selecting the key and then the function that you require from a listed display on the N95, in exactly the same way that you set up the Active standby apps on the phone... it couldn't be easier!

The keys themselves are fractionally larger than the keys on my normal-sized laptop, with a very nice 'feel' to them, no tacky plastic and lack of feedback here! Definitely a quality item... Talking of the keyboard, I see that some reviewers have bemoaned the fact that the 'Space Bar' is split... Apart from the obvious fact that it has to be, or how else would it fold? d'uh! Apart from the fact that it needs to be split, it's a very useful feature in itself, as Left Function key + Left half of SpaceBar operates the left softkey, same function key + Right half , operates the Right SoftKey, it quickly becomes intuitive. They've thought of almost everything... It even goes automatically to standby, indicated by the tiny green BT-indicator light extinguishing, after a period of inactivity or a lost BT connection, no wonder the batteries are reported to last so long...

On closing it up, it turns itself off and turns on automatically when opened again, it finds and pairs with the phone very quickly... a matter of seconds and it's ready to go... Keypresses result in the apparently instantaneous appearance of the on-screen text , no perceptible lag that I can see at all. It's very responsive indeed to any keypress, including non-character instructions to the phone.

As for any risk of it collapsing when open... No chance of that happening, it locks solidly into the open position and it's as firm as a rock, pick it up by one end and shake it and it doesn't even wobble... If only the Stowaway engineers had designed the N95 slider!

So far, whilst experimenting, I've made and answered phone calls, with the N95 yards from the keyboard, switching to 'Loudspeaker' on answering and even going into the menu and various other options whilst still talking... I've also surfed the Net on it, used the Music-Player and even sent one or two SMS messages! ;) ... All this without touching the phone at all... So far I haven't needed to program any extra keys to do this, meaning that the N95 is almost fully controllable from the keyboard... Though I haven't been able to find the keys that turn the phone off & on... yet! ;)

I paid 40GBP for it but to give some indication of how impressed I am with the engineering, build-quality and functionality of it, if I'd had no option but to pay double that, I'd still be delighted with it!"



If anyone is wondering why the double-post (when I usually try scrupulously to avoid them), the reason is that this will throw up a email notification for people subscribed to the thread who want to get the keyboard (stocks are dwindling, and likely to be lower than the site indicates as it only updates stock when orders are shipped, rather than placed).




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  Reply # 82526 15-Aug-2007 17:07
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Thanks for that report.
I am using the Nokia branded product and I am totally satisfied with it. As the guy said no need to touch the N 95 whjen using the keyboard





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  Reply # 82529 15-Aug-2007 17:13
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anyone else for a 50/50 split? $40 postage is rather excessive! I have had a laptop shipped from germany for less than half that for priority!

cheers for the review

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  Reply # 82552 15-Aug-2007 20:12
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I'll go in, flick me an email barry AT u n i x.co.nz




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  Reply # 82658 16-Aug-2007 21:23
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Anyone heard of this MOBIZINES program? It's like small versions of well-known magazine 'bites' on your mobile - FREE except for data charges (eg, Vodafone). I haven't tried it yet. Lots of titles though.





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  Reply # 82732 17-Aug-2007 16:55
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Hi everyone, I'm typing from my bluetooth keyboard here - very nice. The comments I posted earlier from a different person are pretty much spot on. Build quality is excellent, pairing is easily-enough achieved, abd best of all, all the keyboard shortcuts work. I was particularly pleased to find that the left and right softkey simluation is every bit as intuitive as others would have you believe.

Thats really all Iwanted to say, the other guy pretty much said everything, I think the inclusion of the laplock and the build quality pretty much ensure that this tops Nokias own keyboard. Thats impressive, and at the price being offered from Expansys this thing is a steal. Get one while the goings good people.




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  Reply # 82977 20-Aug-2007 13:34
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Thanks NZtechFreak.


I got my keyboard today, and opened and examined it, but will try to use it tonight.
One question: in looking at the booklet, it says that the N95 must be connected and synced with the computer and the software installed. I have not looked at the CD contents yet, but is there just a .sisx file I can transfer to my card and thence to the N95 and run from there?

These days I try to forgo syncing and installing drivers and whatnot if I can just plop the card in my card-reader and transfer it to the card.

Thanks


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  Reply # 82987 20-Aug-2007 15:22
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da5id: Thanks NZtechFreak.


I got my keyboard today, and opened and examined it, but will try to use it tonight.
One question: in looking at the booklet, it says that the N95 must be connected and synced with the computer and the software installed. I have not looked at the CD contents yet, but is there just a .sisx file I can transfer to my card and thence to the N95 and run from there?

These days I try to forgo syncing and installing drivers and whatnot if I can just plop the card in my card-reader and transfer it to the card.

Thanks


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Download the drivers here http://www.thinkoutside.com/support/Drivers.asp?ManufacturerID=22 - use the N73 ones.

EDIT: I don't know whats happening here, I keep getting multiples posts generated when I'm posting from University - not just here at Geekzone, but elsewhere also. . . weird. . . and no, these multiple posts are not happening when I use the BT-keyboard ;]




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  Reply # 82992 20-Aug-2007 16:04
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Thanks!

I will give that a go.

Is that what you did? Or did you use the disk that came with it?


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  Reply # 82995 20-Aug-2007 16:32
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NZtechfreak: Hi everyone, I'm typing from my bluetooth keyboard here - very nice. The comments I posted earlier from a different person are pretty much spot on. Build quality is excellent, pairing is easily-enough achieved, abd best of all, all the keyboard shortcuts work. I was particularly pleased to find that the left and right softkey simluation is every bit as intuitive as others would have you believe.

Thats really all Iwanted to say, the other guy pretty much said everything, I think the inclusion of the laplock and the build quality pretty much ensure that this tops Nokias own keyboard. Thats impressive, and at the price being offered from Expansys this thing is a steal. Get one while the goings good people.


Sorry bud, you probably gave the URL already, but where did you buy the keyboard, I'm gonna get one... Someone asked on the list for a second person to go in on it, however i've not heard from them after posting my email address so going to just go buy 2 myself.

Thanks
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  Reply # 82998 20-Aug-2007 16:41
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Aloha: Why dont you delete your first two posts then?
Just click on the edit button on the top right corner of the post, then click the delete button under the text box.


Yeah, I was just waiting until I was on a connection that was free first is all. . .



Oh, and expansys.co.nz is where you'll find the keyboard icepicknz.




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