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Mark C
post Apr 9 2018, 11:46 PM
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Positive review in Financial Times:

https://howtospendit.ft.com/technology/2030...dable-workhorse

Another good one, a reviewer with fat fingers who really loves the keyboard:

https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2018/04/09/p...its-599-gemini/
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post Apr 10 2018, 01:25 AM
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QUOTE(Mark C @ Apr 10 2018, 09:46 AM) *
Positive review in Financial Times:

https://howtospendit.ft.com/technology/2030...dable-workhorse

Another good one, a reviewer with fat fingers who really loves the keyboard:

https://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2018/04/09/p...its-599-gemini/

I loved reading those two articles, and it's a great exposure for Planet to be reviewed by none others than Financial Times. I believe many of its readers will be an ideal target audience for the Gemini.

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post Apr 10 2018, 01:33 AM
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QUOTE(Varti @ Apr 10 2018, 11:25 AM) *
I loved reading those two articles, and it's a great exposure for Planet to be reviewed by none others than Financial Times. I believe many of its readers will be an ideal target audience for the Gemini.

Varti


yes, I agree: it is definitely a great exposure for PC and Gemini.

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speculatrix
post Apr 11 2018, 01:16 AM
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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/11/life_with_gemini/

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

If it looks like, walks like and quacks like a Psion, is it actually a penguin?


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Planet Computing’s Gemini is a middling Android phone integrated with a Psion Series 5-style keyboard and clamshell case. Since our exclusive hands-on with a real production device, I’ve spent a few weeks in its rattly, plasticky company. And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed. So what’s it like?

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I posted a link to our forum in the discussions on The Register.
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post Apr 11 2018, 07:20 AM
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QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 11 2018, 02:16 AM) *
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/11/life_with_gemini/

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

If it looks like, walks like and quacks like a Psion, is it actually a penguin?


Review

Planet Computing’s Gemini is a middling Android phone integrated with a Psion Series 5-style keyboard and clamshell case. Since our exclusive hands-on with a real production device, I’ve spent a few weeks in its rattly, plasticky company. And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed. So what’s it like?

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I posted a link to our forum in the discussions on The Register.


Talk about a 'mixed bag' review.......

Don't think this review will drum up much new business for Planet Computing.....

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post Apr 11 2018, 01:13 PM
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and another one:

https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/10/gemini-...ince-keyboards/
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post Apr 12 2018, 12:03 AM
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QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 11 2018, 11:16 AM) *
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/11/life_with_gemini/

Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

As someone already mentioned in the comments, it seems unfair to me to criticize the lack of a rear camera, while the latter will be soon available as an add-on.

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I posted a link to our forum in the discussions on The Register.

Thanks speculatrix!

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post Apr 16 2018, 06:51 PM
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Here is Japanese Engadget reviewing it:

https://japanese.engadget.com/2018/02/24/qwerty-gemini-pda/

Here is a mention from Salon. No review, however:

https://www.salon.com/2018/03/08/after-year...ing-reinvented/
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post Apr 18 2018, 04:11 AM
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QUOTE(greguu @ Apr 11 2018, 10:13 PM) *


OMFG that Engadget review. ALL THE FACEPALMS.

"Confusingly (for me) the @ sign isn't Shift+2 like you might be used to, but Fn+K. With Android there are ways to change this, but that means the symbols printed on the keys will no longer be accurate."

THAT'S BECAUSE YOU GOT ONE WITH A UK KEYBOARD LAYOUT, DUMBASS.
He should recognise it FFS, his bio says he grew up here, so he has no excuse. Just some basic research would show that the Gemini comes in a variety of regional keyboards, just like any keyboard device.




The Japanese reviewer for engadget though, top notch. Covers all the facts about it, raises a few concerns everyone has, and gives it an in-depth look at how its support for hiragana fares. Actual decent assessment of the pros and cons.
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Varti
post Apr 29 2018, 09:46 AM
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ZDNet has updated their review of the Gemini (that's why the comments there are some months old even if the review has been published just some days ago):

https://www.zdnet.com/product/gemini-pda/

The previous preview: https://web.archive.org/web/20180404135403/...uct/gemini-pda/

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post May 21 2018, 01:35 AM
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A review after 2 weeks of use by Ben Cheng on medium.com, with an useful list of suggested apps:

https://medium.com/@chpapa/review-after-two...ne-7dd8b550609a

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post May 21 2018, 01:58 AM
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A longer and detailed review by Aidan Bell, on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/1095055546754933466...sts/H5xosG7PcR7

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post May 21 2018, 03:51 AM
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QUOTE(Varti @ May 21 2018, 01:58 AM) *
A longer and detailed review by Aidan Bell, on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/1095055546754933466...sts/H5xosG7PcR7

Varti

Wow, such mixing of metaphors, with bodies coming out of woodwork while on his honeymoon! Still, I agree with his notion that the device would be much better if it were only a little bigger: the big battery, for instance; in my estimation for Linux usability a Trackpoint-style pointing device and three buttons. An extra half inch in height and width and an extra quarter inch in thickness would have given us twice the gadget.
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post May 21 2018, 04:01 AM
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QUOTE(depscribe @ May 21 2018, 03:51 AM) *
QUOTE(Varti @ May 21 2018, 01:58 AM) *
A longer and detailed review by Aidan Bell, on Google Plus:

https://plus.google.com/1095055546754933466...sts/H5xosG7PcR7

Varti

Wow, such mixing of metaphors, with bodies coming out of woodwork while on his honeymoon! Still, I agree with his notion that the device would be much better if it were only a little bigger: the big battery, for instance; in my estimation for Linux usability a Trackpoint-style pointing device and three buttons. An extra half inch in height and width and an extra quarter inch in thickness would have given us twice the gadget.


I guess other people will be looking for a small form factor for better portability. Personally I would keep the device the same size, but have a screen that uses all the space with no bezel. Battery life is fine for my requirements so I would be unlikely to want a bigger and heavier device.

If I wanted a lightweight device that could do linux but less portable I would just go an buy a chromebook.
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post May 21 2018, 06:29 AM
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Agreed.

For the same or less money than the Gemini, there are super, small (even pocket-sized) computers to be had.

I backed the Gemini for its Psion-like form and functions; not to have a portable computer.

To each their own perspective and needs.

Frankly, review lacked objectivity. It was wholly subjective POV driven.

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