Clicks phone keyboard case

Remember the Clicks Keyboard for iPhone? It’s Now On Pre-Order at Best Buy

If you read about all the cool gadgets and gizmos from CES 2024 earlier this year, you might have heard about the Clicks Keyboard, a keyboard attachment case for iPhone. The innovative, BlackBerry-esque product is now officially available north of the border, on pre-order at starting today for $180.

The Clicks Keyboard, available for iPhone 15 series models, sold out via direct sales from the Clicks website. The ability to add a physical keyboard to the touch-based smartphone has appeal for all types of users, says the company, from CEOs to students, younger generations who appreciate the novelty and older generations who love the nostalgic feel.

“The response to Clicks has surpassed even our greatest expectations,” says Adrian Li, CEO, Clicks Technology. “Teaming up with Best Buy Canada will bring the satisfying tactility of a keyboard that offers more value than just typing to more Canadians.”

Clicks Keyboard case

Along with adding a physical, tactile keyboard, the Clicks case also has the advantage of freeing up more screen real estate. Since you’re typing on a separate keyboard, you don’t have to use up a half or third of the screen for the on-screen one. Along with traditional QWERTY keys, it also supports keyboard shortcuts across many apps and dedicated keys for iOS features.

Over the last six months since Clicks made its introduction at CES 2024, new capabilities have been added through the Clicks Keyboard app, now available in Apple App Store. The free app gives customers more control over the keyboard experience, including backlight settings and the ability to tailor the functionality of certain keys to their typing preferences. The recently announced ‘Clicks Mode’ turns the keyboard into a remote control for launching apps and invoking workflows by mapping those actions to physical keys as customizable action buttons.

Clicks Keyboard case

Admittedly, I wasn’t kind to the Clicks keyboard after learning about it from CES 2024. While I named it among the most unique gadgets from the show, I’m also skeptical about whether or not this is just a fad or something that has staying power. It opens up screen real estate but also adds a lot to the height of the phone. With Apple continually improving auto-correct and intelligent typing, along with the option to use a more intelligent Siri, typing messages is quickly becoming a thing of the past. What’s more, it reminds me a lot of the Typo keyboard Ryan Seacrest launched at CES a decade ago, which didn’t end up going anywhere.

Nonetheless, the younger generation seems to love retro tech and concepts like a phone with a physical keyboard are completely foreign and exciting to them. Even my 12-year-old thinks it’s a great product, noting that he has trouble using the small on-screen keyboard. So there could be something to Clicks.

Clicks Keyboard case

It’s the type of product you might want to try on for size before deciding on. Stay tuned for a review once I’m able to try one out with a compatible phone.

Or, if you’re willing to fork over the high price for one, it’s $180 for the iPhone 15 or 15 Pro and $200 for the iPhone 15 Plus and 15 Pro Max. You can pre-order one now with shipping expected on August 19, 2024. It comes in BumbleBee, Royal Ink, Miami Beach, or London Sky finishes.