Ho hum. Another one. A thread that has the potential to be meaningless to those with a TB, and just further frustrate those without one, so I will be very focused in what I can add to the conversation that is new or different. Please note, I was added to TREG a month ago, but was travelling and then moving house, so have only really been using it for ~5 days, and that has been scattered, so I am yet to build up momentum.
Points previously mentioned by others:
- Holy crap, yes it is small, despite all expectations. And setting it up is as cool as in the video with the magnets etc
- The physics are impressive - the key travel is very satisfying
- Performance so far (other than a minor issue with the testing function in the app) has been flawless - so far as I can tell based on limited use and that most errors are mine
- It has been robust in my pocket and bag
Points to note:
- The stand won't accommodate most cases with thicker edges that protect the screen. That is fair enough, but you might want to invest in a case with a kickstand (or an add on kickstand like the Spigen ones) if you aren't happy taking it in and out of the case
- Packaging is great, but there are a couple of minor issues I think they should address - to me the tear off ribbon is oriented so that I opened it upside down (the metal plate ensured it did not fall out.
My uninformed ad hoc "reckon"
My overall view is that the technology could potentially change the way people type - as Mark said, the idea mobile input device has not yet been established, and if it is adopted for that it will naturally be adopted for laptops etc. However, for that to happen there needs to be enough incentive for users to change their behaviour by learning the new technology. Unfortunately I am struggling to be fully productive with my phone even with the TB is that a lot of my work is in Office - either simple models in Excel, short documents in Powerpoint, and memos in Word. (The life of a management consultant is varied...). Currently the ability to do fairly basic tasks in these apps is limited (until last week you couldn't select multiple objects in Powerpoint iOS, you can now, but the keyboard shortcuts to manipulate them, e.g., grouping are missing). As such, I am only really finding it useful for text based tasks such as memos, whereas I can use my laptop and barely take my fingers off the keys.
That is not the fault of Waytools, but given that the TB has an adoption curve, there has to be an incentive to learn to use it. That has to be mobile usage - without that benefit there is not enough incremental value vs an existing laptop keyboard. Until I can get work done on the iPhone/iPad, the TB is going to be primarily restricted to text entry that I process later on the laptop, which is helpful, but not transformative.
I only mention this because many TREGgers are coders or similar, which is primarily text entry. If this is your usage, it is a great device. For the humble Office app user I am finding it harder to get the utility from mobile. I am hoping that this is (i) me learning new ways to manipulate the apps, and (ii) the apps will catch up on functionality.
However, none of this should take away from the genuinely impressive feat that Waytools have pulled off. I can't speak to their intentions, but I can't believe that the device I have is not close to a release version; the build quality, robustness and consistent performance have all been extremely good.