It would be great if Barnes and Noble would make a case, for THEIR OWN device, that has a keyboard built into it. Instead I have to go to Amazon, their biggest competitor, to buy one.
Wait, what? I could see B&N rewarding 3rd party manufacturers that make keyboard cases compatible with the HD+ by stocking them, but I don't see the sense in punishing those manufacturers by trying to drive them out of that market niche.
Plus those 3rd party makers are more likely than B&N to make a profit from that market niche.
The whole keyboard case phenomenon is ridonculous anyway. These are absurdly tiny keyboards. They offer little advantage over just using the onscreen keyboard without the extra weight and flopping appendage to your device. If you want a bluetooth keyboard to use with your tablet, find a reasonable sized one to carry with your device without having it always dangling off and negating the purpose of using a tablet in the first place.
A lousy keyboard in a lousy case become lousier than the sum of their parts.
Taosaur, it's different needs.
Just because it doesn't meet your needs doesn't mean it won't work for someone else.
For example, I have a Surface Tablet and using the thin keybboard cover keyboard with it makes it 2-3 times faster to use (considering overall use) than having just the on-screen keyboard.
Note: My regular use keyboard is a pretty large sized ergonomic one, so it's not as if Surface keyboard is same size as my regular keyboard.
Here are a few things people don't realize
1) Keyboard means there isn't an on-screen keyboard covering half the space.
2) If you are used to keyboards then things like Shift key and Tab and function keys and number keys are all life savers.
3) If you are a touch typist (or decently fast) then you can hit double the typing speed Versus using the on-screen keyboard.
4) It's extremely awkward to use the on-screen keyboard and also hold the device.
I think people fall into two separate categories -
A) People whom don't find much of a difference in use/speed/comfort between on-screen keyboard and a keyboard.
B) People for whom there's a world of difference.
Finally, having a mouse or a trackpad is a big saving in itself. Most Tablet UIs ask for too much precision - with your finger it's really easy to mess up. Especially on websites. A mouse makes everything super smooth.