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5th May 2014, 01:33 AM   |  #1  
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Hello, how useful it is to have Android keys on the external keyboard?
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Hello, how useful it is to have Android keys on the external keyboard?

Do you want to control music playing in the background without switching out of the app you're in?

Do you need to immediately jump to email, internet, or your calendar frequently?
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Yes for both questions.

For Q1, I think most external keyboards such as the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 has volume up and down keys. What is the difference between these volume-control keys and specific Android volume-control keys?
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What is the difference between these volume-control keys and specific Android volume-control keys?

I don't know, but I'd guess nothing.
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I don't know, but I'd guess nothing.

Nothing is the correct answer, but they do allow you to adjust volume, brightness etc without taking your fingers off the keyboard.
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But I think most keyboards (for Mac, for Windows) also allow us to adjust the volume and brightness. So, having an Android keyboard does not make a difference except activating email, calendar, web browser? As the tablet will be placed in a very close distance, one could also use the touch screen to activate them. Can I assign special functions to some keys of non-Android keyboard such as the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810? That could be very useful.
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So, having an Android keyboard does not make a difference except activating email, calendar, web browser? As the tablet will be placed in a very close distance, one could also use the touch screen to activate them.

Not the same. With the hotkeys no matter what you're doing or what app you're using you can open internet, mail, or calendar in ONE button press. Without the hotkeys you need to switch out of your app, swipe to the icon, and hit it. That's three presses minimum. It doesn't sound like a big difference but it is and you'll get used to using them (and annoyed without them) quickly.
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So, it is better to get an Android keyboard with Android function keys?
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But I think most keyboards (for Mac, for Windows) also allow us to adjust the volume and brightness. So, having an Android keyboard does not make a difference except activating email, calendar, web browser? As the tablet will be placed in a very close distance, one could also use the touch screen to activate them. Can I assign special functions to some keys of non-Android keyboard such as the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810? That could be very useful.







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Not the same. With the hotkeys no matter what you're doing or what app you're using you can open internet, mail, or calendar in ONE button press. Without the hotkeys you need to switch out of your app, swipe to the icon, and hit it. That's three presses minimum. It doesn't sound like a big difference but it is and you'll get used to using them (and annoyed without them) quickly.







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Do you want to control music playing in the background without switching out of the app you're in?

Do you need to immediately jump to email, internet, or your calendar frequently?







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Yes for both questions.

For Q1, I think most external keyboards such as the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 has volume up and down keys. What is the difference between these volume-control keys and specific Android volume-control keys?

External keyboard helper answers any and all questions. Lets you assign hotkeys for android functions and apps and configure them to your preference with hotkeys being activated by hitting control or s ok mething similar. So no a android specific one isnt necessarily better unless you dont want to set something up at all. Which I doubt since your here on xda. I have mine set so key combos open certain apps and one opens up my multiwindow launcher allowing me to launch any app ive added to it as a floating window. Very useful when using a mouse and keyboard

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