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Jeffers
post Oct 30 2018, 01:15 AM
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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE GEMINI PDA.

THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN THE PLANET COMPUTERS TEAM.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE OUR VISION A REALITY.

On behalf of the team at Planet Computers we want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Without you, the Gemini community, we could not have come as far as we have in the last 18 months.

It has been an amazing journey and one we are so glad you joined us on. We want you to know just how grateful we are for all your support - whether backing us on Indiegogo, buying a Gemini from our website or engaging with us on social media and beyond.

That’s why we want you to be the first to know that we will be making a BIG announcement on 5th November regarding the next chapter in the Planet Computers journey.

So look out for our social media posts and check our website on the day because we don’t think you’ll want to miss this.

LET'S JUST SAY THE NEWS IS 'OUT OF THIS WORLD'...


So, what do you think is this big news? (Have they, perhaps, shipped my connectivity pack...)
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post Nov 5 2018, 06:06 AM
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It's a huge missed opportunity to have a bigger touchscreen on the back (when closed), so then you can use it like an actual smartphone, and when you need to use the keyboard, you could open the clamshell. This would have sold it to me personally.

That's my biggest issue with the Gemini (and this new Cosmo), it's just awkward to open it up for quick usage. It's especially awkward for any vertical usage, as the keyboard loses functionality and there is no ergonomics.

A smartphone is a quicker device for checking anything and the keyboard doesn't get in your way, which is probably why nobody is producing phones with keyboards these days. Even the last phones with them had slider keyboards that were hidden very well.

Having essentially dual screens could have made these two devices appeal to so many more consumers, it would have justified the very hefty price that the Cosmo goes for (even with a damn 31% off sale).
When you're not using the keyboard, it's a hindrance. It's what makes the Gemini PDA a really niche item. Giving the user a way to ignore it when not in use would have been great, it's another reason why everyone uses detachable bluetooth keyboards.

Also sore to see a lack of any pointing devices. A ThinkPad style trackpoint would have been a good addition, especially for the Linux users who aren't glued to a shell and terminal emulator unlike me.

I hope the third revision (if it comes around!) does my suggestions. A bit disappointed with the Cosmo Communicator, as nobody with a Gemini (the main audience) has a reason outside of backlighting to purchase it; however, it's a great step in the right direction, since these are the only people making smartphones with full proper keyboards!
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post Nov 7 2018, 12:36 AM
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Also sore to see a lack of any pointing devices.

I can't help thinking that if you need a mouse or trackpad, then you're not using the right UI for this form factor!

(I'm not getting at Linux specifically here, but common desktop-based UIs are never going to feel very natural on a small device with a touchscreen. Doesn't Sailfish show how much better an alternative can work?)
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Jeffers   Big announcement on 5th November   Oct 30 2018, 01:15 AM
smapmap   QUOTE(Jeffers @ Oct 30 2018, 10:15 AM) So...   Oct 30 2018, 01:42 AM
FredL   Actually, I'm quite curious to know what this ...   Oct 30 2018, 01:54 AM
gidds   QUOTE(FredL @ Oct 30 2018, 10:54 AM) A ne...   Oct 30 2018, 03:39 AM
Dixit   QUOTE(gidds @ Oct 30 2018, 01:39 PM) QUOT...   Oct 30 2018, 03:55 AM
andrewl   I'm going to speculate a buyout of the product...   Oct 30 2018, 05:43 AM
smapmap   Yeah - next chapter sounds significant. Thought ch...   Oct 30 2018, 01:59 AM
andrewl   QUOTE(Jeffers @ Oct 30 2018, 01:15 AM) So...   Oct 30 2018, 06:13 AM
ehasbrouck   QUOTE(Jeffers @ Oct 30 2018, 02:15 AM) (H...   Oct 30 2018, 06:41 AM
Dixit   QUOTE(ehasbrouck @ Oct 30 2018, 04:41 PM)...   Oct 30 2018, 10:32 AM
bzd   Hadn't thought about a buyout... would probabl...   Oct 30 2018, 07:52 AM
andrewl   QUOTE(bzd @ Oct 30 2018, 07:52 AM) Hadn...   Oct 30 2018, 11:22 AM
vader   QUOTE(andrewl @ Oct 31 2018, 05:22 AM) If...   Oct 30 2018, 03:51 PM
hk135   Maybe fully supported by the upstream linux kernel...   Oct 30 2018, 08:31 AM
Mr Rimmer   Non-mediatek motherbaord swappable for the current...   Oct 30 2018, 09:37 AM
Pete G.   Well, we can probably expect fireworks....! (...   Oct 30 2018, 10:25 AM
Ifanafi   Ummm.... Neither "next chapter" nor the...   Oct 30 2018, 11:59 AM
andrewl   QUOTE(Ifanafi @ Oct 30 2018, 11:59 AM) Um...   Oct 31 2018, 05:46 AM
depscribe   Though it scarcely justifies such language (nothin...   Oct 31 2018, 08:15 AM
zsalab2   Or simply they will start a new indiegogo campaign...   Oct 30 2018, 11:18 PM
Artemys   ...maybe they bought the failed Youyota campaign a...   Oct 31 2018, 12:40 AM
GregG   Is it the release of the bootloader? https://www....   Nov 1 2018, 02:38 AM
Tom D   I predict the next version will be Turing complete...   Nov 1 2018, 11:04 AM
Dixit   It would indeed be rather Psion-esque to already t...   Nov 1 2018, 11:21 AM
hk135   Maybe the Linux distros they demoed pre-release a...   Nov 2 2018, 03:33 AM
smapmap   A bit of an emphasis on 'out of this world ...   Nov 2 2018, 08:33 AM
depscribe   QUOTE(smapmap @ Nov 2 2018, 08:33 AM) A b...   Nov 2 2018, 02:33 PM
gemini_user_j   QUOTE(depscribe @ Nov 2 2018, 02:33 PM) Q...   Nov 4 2018, 09:44 AM
1668880   One day left till we know for sure. Also I just up...   Nov 4 2018, 10:21 AM
gymbo   It probably has something to do with this http://i...   Nov 4 2018, 06:06 PM
andrewl   QUOTE(gymbo @ Nov 4 2018, 06:06 PM) It pr...   Nov 4 2018, 09:21 PM
bibille   QUOTE(andrewl @ Nov 5 2018, 07:21 AM) A d...   Nov 5 2018, 12:23 AM
FredL   QUOTE(gymbo @ Nov 4 2018, 06:06 PM) It pr...   Nov 5 2018, 01:07 AM
a1astair   Not impressed by how the Cosmo looks..... 24MP ca...   Nov 5 2018, 12:53 AM
smapmap   QUOTE(a1astair @ Nov 5 2018, 09:53 AM) No...   Nov 5 2018, 01:44 AM
andrewl   Hmmm, Nothing on there that would make much of a...   Nov 5 2018, 01:09 AM
salvomic   Cosmo, for me, for now it can wait... I hope they ...   Nov 5 2018, 01:20 AM
Artemys   Would it be pink, could it be advertised in the Co...   Nov 5 2018, 01:25 AM
jornada720   Why put a camera on it but no flash? Why the ugly...   Nov 5 2018, 01:31 AM
Daniel W   QUOTE(jornada720 @ Nov 5 2018, 11:31 AM) ...   Nov 5 2018, 07:34 AM
depscribe   QUOTE(Daniel W @ Nov 5 2018, 07:34 AM) QU...   Nov 5 2018, 07:38 AM
hk135   Cosmo using the Mediatek P70 with "Linux Supp...   Nov 5 2018, 01:32 AM
andrewl   Looks like the $200K target is going to be ac...   Nov 5 2018, 01:33 AM
paoloe   Gemini all the way for me as well. The backlit ke...   Nov 5 2018, 01:34 AM
jornada720   QUOTE(paoloe @ Nov 5 2018, 05:34 AM) Gemi...   Nov 5 2018, 01:39 AM
Jeffers   At that price, I can't say it's very entic...   Nov 5 2018, 01:43 AM
Gadgetman!   I wouldn't mind a faster CPU and more storage,...   Nov 5 2018, 03:17 AM
gidds   QUOTE(Gadgetman! @ Nov 5 2018, 12:17 ...   Nov 5 2018, 05:29 AM
Varti   QUOTE(gidds @ Nov 5 2018, 02:29 PM) Has a...   Nov 5 2018, 05:47 AM
andrewl   QUOTE(gidds @ Nov 5 2018, 05:29 AM) But i...   Nov 5 2018, 06:00 AM
depscribe   QUOTE(andrewl @ Nov 5 2018, 06:00 AM) QUO...   Nov 5 2018, 06:25 AM
Tom D   QUOTE(Gadgetman! @ Nov 5 2018, 05:17 ...   Nov 6 2018, 01:14 PM
gymbo   QUOTE(Tom D @ Nov 6 2018, 11:14 PM) So, w...   Nov 6 2018, 03:05 PM
RSS   It's a huge missed opportunity to have a bigge...   Nov 5 2018, 06:06 AM
vader   QUOTE(RSS @ Nov 6 2018, 12:06 AM) I hope ...   Nov 5 2018, 05:55 PM
RSS   QUOTE(vader @ Nov 6 2018, 01:55 PM) QUOTE...   Nov 5 2018, 10:59 PM
andrewl   QUOTE(RSS @ Nov 5 2018, 10:59 PM) another...   Nov 6 2018, 04:32 AM
Murple2   QUOTE(andrewl @ Nov 6 2018, 12:32 PM) QUO...   Nov 6 2018, 07:07 AM
gidds   QUOTE(RSS @ Nov 5 2018, 02:06 PM) Also so...   Nov 7 2018, 12:36 AM
pdtpoet   Although there will be much griping about the Cosm...   Nov 5 2018, 09:52 AM
ehasbrouck   I wrote the following to Planetcom in response to ...   Nov 6 2018, 12:37 PM
speculatrix   It's good that there's lively discussions....   Nov 6 2018, 03:14 PM
andrewl   There must have been something said off the record...   Nov 7 2018, 12:02 AM
salvomic   I agree, Andrew, my greatest preoccupation is that...   Nov 7 2018, 12:25 AM


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