Video: Hands-on with the iPhone physical keyboard case “Spike”

Ian Hardy

January 9, 2013 2:09pm

Some, not many, complain that typing on the iPhone is challenging. These people state the display is too small, the keys are too close together, and that learning to type on a touchscreen keyboard is too time consuming and they prefer to stick with a physical keyboard. These are most likely BlackBerry users, but Solo Matrix attempting to solve this problem with their TypeSmart physical keyboard case called “Spike.”

“Spike” is a Kickstarter project (see here) that has received full funding and is expected to be available within the next few weeks. There’s a couple versions in production, one for the iPhone 4/4S and the other for the iPhone 5. The design of the keyboard looks incredibly similar to a BlackBerry keyboard and also has the same feel. It’s tucked away nicely in the back, then swivels on top of the iPhone when you want to use it for email/texting/notes. The case is made out of polyurethane and will add a bit of weight – plus clutter the design – of your iPhone, but will get the job done and is responsive.

As for the future, Spike will be heading towards tablets and will make a huge physical keyboard for the iPad. In addition, Samsung’s Galaxy S III users might eventually see Spike on their device. The price of the iPhone 4 and 4S will be between $40 – $50 and available sometime in February, iPhone 5 will follow at some unknown date. Video below.

  • Yannick Wolfe


    that would have been a good idea with the iphone 3G.



  • converse

    That’s just plain weird.
    If you want a keyboard, we have a device and its called Blackberry bold!

  • Hilman

    This is just plain stupid.

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

      LOL.. Exactly!!

  • Yannick Wolfe

    also, the keypad/key are approximatly the exact same size as they are on the iphone virtual keypad…..


    hahahahhahaha i cant wait til i see someone using this im gonna laugh right in there face.

  • The Guy who sells hotdogs on the corner of huron and adelaide

    Meh, keys look extremely cheap. I like how the keyboard can be moved to the back of the phone, but it looks pretty ghetto when its on the front. This is perfect for all the prepubescent teenagers who use Iphone.

  • skullan





    Keyboard… iPhone…


    *Pass out from laughing*

  • Bdezzy

    Whoa….talk about your pieces of K R A P!

  • plums

    I just checked the calendar…’s not April 1st.

  • Morgan Freeman Lookalike

    This is the best idea ever!! – Said noone.

  • Terry


  • Henaway

    Wow. That’s all I gots. (And that’s not a ‘good’ wow.)

  • TP

    Jobs laughed at stylus, physical keyboards, and 7″ tablets.

    7″ tablets – iPad mini
    stylus – Apple filing ‘active stylus’ patent
    physical keyboards – this

    • 45

      This isn’t an Apple product, though…

  • bembol


    BlackBerry Keyboards was great that I kept going back to it until I finally had enough. It took me awhile but I LEARNED and got used to Touchscreens.

  • scrooge

    Folks, are you looking to double, possibly triple the thickness of your phone while making it look totally ridiculous at the same time!? Well then do I have the product for you! Add minimal functionality by placing an identically sized physical keyboard on top of your virtual one with the Spike keyboard!

    The only thing dumber than the actual product, is the name of it.

  • Haxor99

    Rediculous, laughable and sad

  • Mark

    Leave it to Apple to ‘innovate’. Going after the dying market of RIM physical-keyboard hold outs. I bet they have a patent for the phrase qwerty too. what will they ‘think’ of next?

    • 45

      Again, not an Apple product.

  • John

    Why is it named after a dog?

  • Ian

    If you find typing on a touchscreen keyboard challenging why not, oh i dunno…buy a phone with a physical keyboard?

  • Amy

    erm, just get a blackberry 10.