I regularly carry a smartphone as my only computer when I go on trips. While this has many advantages over packing a full-size laptop along, there are some limitations, too.
Specifically, even the best smartphone keyboard doesn’t encourage entering large amounts of text. That’s why I often use an external full-size keyboard when it comes time to enter more than a few paragraphs.
There are quite a number of portable Bluetooth keyboards around, and while these have been designed to be used only with Windows or Mac laptops, a handy utility from Teksoft called BlueInput lets me use these with my Windows Mobile device, too.
Bluetooth Mice, Too
When I’m writing a long email or document with an external keyboard, long habit has me constantly reaching for a mouse to select things on the screen. And frequently reaching over the keyboard to tap on the screen is a bit awkward.
Fortunately, BlueInput also includes all the software needed to add a Bluetooth mouse to your setup.
This includes an on-screen cursor, and even gives you a selection of cursor shapes to choose from.
You can also specify what the three buttons on the mouse do. Obviously, one of them will be used to select items on screen, but the others can be used to open a specific application, rotate the screen, or jump to the Today Screen.
Hassle Free Operation
Using BlueInput is straightforward. You install it, pair your smartphone with the Bluetooth keyboard/mouse, hit the “Connect” button, and you’re in business.
The closest thing to a problem I’ve experienced with this application is the on-screen cursor isn’t always erased when it should be. Moving the mouse around will often leave behind a “ghost” image or two of the cursor. Like all good ghosts, these are fleeting, though.
Just to make sure no one is confused, while there are special keyboards and mice specifically created to work with smartphones, these aren’t necessary with BlueInput.
This software lets you use standard Bluetooth keyboards and mice with a Windows Mobile smartphone. All that’s necessary is that the accessory in question supports the standard HID software.
Teksoft BlueInput is 14.95 EUR, which works out to be around $19.30. For something this useful, I think that’s more than reasonable.
To find out more about this application, or to purchase it, go to Teksoft’s web site.