Having come from a PC background (I first used a MAC waaaay back in high school, in the days of DOS and hated the GUI and mouse), when I purchased my iPad I felt the need for a keyboard.
The virtual, on-screen keyboard works and I use it when I’m out and about but like the keyboard when I’m at home or someplace else when I really need to do a lot of typing (I’m a touch typist and get up to 80 WPM with 97% accuracy).
But having come from a PC background I need keyboard shortcuts. Luckily they are still there. In case you are looking for them as well, here they are:
CMD – c (Copy selected text)
CMD – x (Cut selected text)
CMD – v (Paste)
CMD – z (Undo)
CMD – shift – z (Redo)
CMD – Up Arrow (Jump to top of document)
CMD – Down Arrow (Jump to bottom of document)
CMD – Left Arrow (Jump to beginning of line)
CMD – Right Arrow (Jump to end of line)
CMD – Delete (Delete everything on the current line to the left of the cursor)
Option – Delete (Delete the word to the left of the cursor, and its preceding space)
F1 (Dim Screen)
F2 (Brighten Screen)
F7 (Back one song)
F8 (Play/Pause Music)
F9 (Skip one song ahead)
F11 (Volume Down)
F12 (Volume Up)
Eject key (Show/hide on-screen keyboard)
And if you like your special characters, don’t worry – you can still access them by hitting OPTION + SHIFT + keyboard letter (like K).