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The on-screen virtual keyboard is about the size of a notebook keyboard, which is impressive. At the product reveal, Steve Jobs said it's "a dream to type on"-- but some reviewers have disagreed, saying the keyboard is awkward.

Almost everyone who's tried it agrees that the virtual keyboard just isn't practical for hours of typing emails or text documents.

Anyone who'd like to do more on the iPad can't simply grab a cheap external keyboard from a desktop computer, because the device lacks a USB port. They'll have to buy one from Apple for $69 or buy a Bluetooth keyboard -- and lug around yet another gadget.

NEXT: Size

Last updated April 02 2010: 7:02 AM ET
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