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Gemini PDA - Hardware / Hairline crack in display case
« on: February 09, 2020, 08:14:33 pm »
I thought the same. I have always been extremely gentle in opening and closing the Gemini and even tried to avoid opening and closing when not necessary. I would maybe open and close it 3 - 4 times a day max. I also never had a problem with the hinge - until I did... Now I have a similar issue - a bit of plastic has broken away form the hinge so - unless I apply a force when opening it - the metal pin slips out of what is left of the plastic hinge.

So - although being careful obviously makes a difference - I think it is safe to say even treating the device like it is made of crystal doesn't assure you won't have the problem. My new Cosmo seems to have a much stronger hinge, so I assume PC have learnt from experience and improved on the design.

Having said all that, it did last me almost 18 months before this occurred.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Is this the only Cosmo forum?
« on: February 09, 2020, 07:56:00 pm »
AFAIK there is a fairly active Facebook group (, a not-so-active Reddit sub ( and a discord group (

Not sure if there are any others. This and the FB group seem to be the most active.

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Fullscreen browser?
« on: February 01, 2020, 04:21:03 am »
Yeah, it's really annoying. I use Firefox, but I need full screen for just one site I visit. So I also need Opera. Since good old Chrome can't be removed And there is a default browser that also can't be removed, I find myself with 4 browsers on my Cosmo!

I've owned a Gemini and now the Cosmo. The Cosmo is probably my favourite device ever owned (previously the Gemini and before that probably my SP3  - or my Psion in the day - but that was a LONG time ago!). For me it has addressed the few frustrations I had of the Gemini. Namely the hinge (this one is a lot sturdier) and the backlight. I also like the CoDi. I didn't think I would find it useful, but now I find myself using it a lot to check notifications (so I have to open the device a lot less). Oh and the keyboard seems slightly better.

All in all I think I have an unhealthy obsession with it. I may have to see someone  

Regarding the hinge. It still is a metal pin in a plastic tube, but there are more hinge points (4 VS 2 by the look) . My Gemini hinge started cracking after about 18 months. I read somewheretthat PC worked hard to improve the hinge on the Cosmo so hopefully it is more durable.

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / bad touchscreen sensitivity
« on: January 28, 2020, 04:33:00 am »
I find emailing usually gets a quick response.

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / bad touchscreen sensitivity
« on: January 27, 2020, 04:33:45 am »
Downloaded Ibis Paint and tested. All looks OK to me. Maybe it is a QC issue on some devices only?

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / USB-C
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:52:21 pm »
Quote from: spook
Does anyone with a good understanding on how PCBs work have any idea what could be going on on the Cosmo re charging? It's so strange. For me the RH USB-C port charges (though slowly) when the device is powered up and the COD is on. "Great!" I think. "Finally I'll be able to connect peripherals on the LH port through a USB hub and charge through the RH port".

Nope! As soon as I connect a hub to the LH port, the CC stops charging off the RH port. I know very little about how modern PCBs charge. I do understand there is a lot of "smarts" in it, but it baffles me why plugging something in one port would stop the other from charging.

To make matters stranger (but in a good way) the LH port DOES seem to charge through a USB hub (unlike the Gemini). At least this means that I can supply some juice to the CC while using peripherals.

It is all very strange though!

I still can't quite get my head around how these USB ports work. In addition to the above, if you have peripherals plugged into the RH USB port and try to charge via the LH port, the RH port will immediately disconnect and no other devices will work in either port until you reboot. It's like the charging circuit shorts out the USB or something?

Oh and if I have a USB hub plugged into the LH port with a couple of peripherals and I plug something into the RH port, the LH port stops working... So why have 2 ports?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / I'm using my gemini!
« on: January 24, 2020, 08:09:09 pm »
I don't like your chances! One thing I prefer on the Cosmo over the Gemini is the ability to charge from both sides. I think you can also charge through a USB hub on the RH side (actually - I had better double check that). It gives you more options than the Gemini.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Firmware update
« on: January 23, 2020, 10:15:55 pm »
Quote from: NormMonkey
Mine works, although it seems to need calibration.

I downloaded a few compass apps and tried them. It seems like the compass is enabled, but all over the place due to the magnets in the shell. So I'd say pretty useless... That's presumably why they turned it off on the Gemini.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Firmware update
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:48:02 pm »
Quote from: TomJ
Is it just for me, or has the latest update stopped the keyboard controls for the kb backlight from working?

Just checked. They are still working for me. Shift+Fn+N or B

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Firmware update
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:38:24 pm »
Quote from: jakfish
Haven't played yet with the Map option, but I am having trouble with Waze flipping out and suddenly thinking I'm on a different road ("In 500 feet, hang a U-turn" when I'm on a ring road). Can't tell if that's Waze, the C's GPS, or T-Mobile. But I did not have these issues with the Gemini/Waze/T-Mobile.

I wonder if it is related to the compass being disabled? I have wondered how good navigation is on the Cosmo with no inbuilt compass...

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Clearing the phone history
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:37:06 pm »
I was able to do it this way:

1. Tap on the call
2. Tap on "call Details"
3. Scroll down and hit "delete"

Hopefully that works for you.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Scam?
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:33:42 pm » has always gotten a fast response for me.

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Keyboard shortcuts in android applications
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:32:09 pm »
Thanks vldmr - very useful! I'm also loving that the Ecs key goes back in Firefox...

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / HDMI Output
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:27:12 pm »
I think it's a hardware thing. From what I have read, the PC HDMI adaptor is wired specifically and will only work on the Gemini or Cosmo. Conversely, any other USB-C-HDMI adaptor doesn't seem to work. The only reason the DisplyLink adaptors work is because they actually have a small graphics chip inside them - so they don't rely on the host computer to send a display signal (AFAIK).

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