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> Why buy the Gemini?
post Mar 15 2018, 02:56 PM
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Hi all,

I know that might seem an inflammatory topic from a guy with a single post history, but believe me when I say it's a genuine question!

Here's the thing: I've spent some time with the Gemini in the course of preparing a review of said device, and I can come up with many reasons why I might spend money on such a product (not the least of which is that I love unconventional gadgets). But every time I post about Gemini, I'm confronted with a lot of folks asking why they're not better off buying a keyboard like the Jorno for their smartphone instead. And to my mind, it's a very good question.

So I thought the best people to help me answer it would be the folks who've already ponied up the bucks and put their orders in for the Gemini. Why did you choose this device instead of a smartphone + accessory combo?

Thanks in advance!
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post May 22 2019, 03:18 AM
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Indeed, I entirely miss the concept of "keyboardless smartphone."

Happy to say that I went straight from the Nokia 9300i to the Gemini.

Now people ask me: "Did you buy the Cosmo ?"

Euhm... no... I wasn't ready to change my concept "One phone per 12 years" either, so let's see what will be around in the year 2030.
I do hope it shall be a Planet.
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post May 22 2019, 11:08 AM
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QUOTE(Dixit @ May 22 2019, 12:18 PM) *
A Gemini might be a reasonable choice for that. While current OLEDs are unlikely to last that long, LED backlit LCD might. When MediaTek stops supporting the SoC, Linux can probably carry you on. USB-C and 4G will likely remain in use and something like Opera Mini can hopefully make late 2020's web sites workable. But current flash drives are less resilient than ten years ago. You may want to look out for a cheap "for parts" Gemini and find a way to swap the chip one day. While the first battery swap should be easy, when Planet STOPS (the haven't begun yet) making replacements, you may want to get two from the last batch and store them well. By 2030, I hope consumer electronics will have evolved such that keeping your next device until 2042 and the one after that until 2064, will be trivial, as we really need such life spans to seriously cut down on e-waste. Best of luck.

QUOTE(theMrMobile @ Mar 15 2018, 11:56 PM) *
why they're not better off buying a keyboard like the Jorno for their smartphone instead.
Had external mobile keyboards been a nice experience, laptops would largely be powerful tablets by now, which they, notably, mostly, are not.

While good pocket portable touch-typeable external phone keyboards exists, very few are available with my localized layout, while Planet Computers offered many layouts. I use my mobile device on the go, and in a typical car passenger seat, commuter bus or subway, a keyboard with a separate phone stand won't work well. A keyboard with an integrated phone holder would work better, but mechanics to securely grab a phone tends to be bulkier, heavier, less reliable and more delicate than having the keyboard permanently attached, so, to me, that would really only make sense if the keyboard MUST be full size and/or removable. Finding one with my localized layout would probably be even harder.

In either case, such keyboards must somehow be connected, often needs their own batteries and sometimes their own software. If I have a few minutes between bus stops, I neither want to spend time unfolding and connecting, nor having to fall back to tap-on-glass inside a busy commuter vehicle. Sometimes, I need to stand up and perhaps even walk, while typing on my physical keyboard, so, for me, a somewhat smaller (thus also thumb-typable) and simplified integrated keyboard, protected when inside the closed device, immediately connected and matched to the software, is much more available, convenient, compact and, well, elegant. While a Gemini can't be my only phone, I voted with my wallet for further development, and I am now looking forward to the Cosmo.
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theMrMobile   Why buy the Gemini?   Mar 15 2018, 02:56 PM
Lyall Pearce   I am an old time Psion Sienna and Revo user and ha...   Mar 15 2018, 03:37 PM
bogomips   Are you the Mr Mobile? For me, unconventional gad...   Mar 15 2018, 03:38 PM
depscribe   1. Linux 2. The ability to be free of Google. 3. L...   Mar 15 2018, 05:58 PM
vader   1. The keyboard. It is always there, you don't...   Mar 15 2018, 07:24 PM
Jeffers   1. Keyboard like on the old PSIONS. 2. Keyboard li...   Mar 15 2018, 07:53 PM
greguu   1. Support for an alternative OS (Linux/GNU based ...   Mar 15 2018, 08:04 PM
andrewl   Gemini won't be my phone, I will still carry a...   Mar 15 2018, 11:23 PM
Varti   Hi theMrMobile and thanks for joining us! I a...   Mar 16 2018, 01:54 AM
smapmap   QUOTE(theMrMobile @ Mar 15 2018, 10:56 PM...   Mar 16 2018, 02:33 AM
joe   I've always found typing on a screen difficult...   Mar 16 2018, 03:03 AM
gymbo   First off I would like to say that I agree with mo...   Mar 16 2018, 03:04 AM
smapmap   The thing is - when you think about it - since whe...   Mar 16 2018, 03:40 AM
Varti   QUOTE(smapmap @ Mar 16 2018, 12:40 PM) It...   Mar 16 2018, 04:42 AM
smapmap   QUOTE(Varti @ Mar 16 2018, 12:42 PM) QUOT...   Mar 16 2018, 04:48 AM
gymbo   QUOTE(Varti @ Mar 16 2018, 01:42 PM) QUOT...   Mar 16 2018, 07:17 AM
jornada720   Here are my bullet points: From an ergonomic persp...   Mar 16 2018, 08:59 AM
depscribe   QUOTE(jornada720 @ Mar 16 2018, 08:59 AM)...   Mar 16 2018, 01:54 PM
depscribe   QUOTE(Varti @ Mar 16 2018, 04:42 AM) QUOT...   Mar 16 2018, 01:47 PM
donc   There was some Psion nostalgia for me but stiffene...   Mar 16 2018, 11:30 AM
wheel_deal   QUOTE(theMrMobile @ Mar 15 2018, 06:56 PM...   Mar 17 2018, 08:56 AM
theMrMobile   Hi all, OP here. Just wanted to say thanks for ta...   Mar 20 2018, 05:21 AM
smapmap   QUOTE(theMrMobile @ Mar 20 2018, 01:21 PM...   Mar 20 2018, 09:10 AM
Grench   QUOTE(theMrMobile @ Mar 15 2018, 05:56 PM...   Mar 20 2018, 11:37 AM
drand   Superb post Grench and closely matches my thinking...   Mar 20 2018, 11:50 AM
andrewl   For me the Gemini is not a phone. It's a porta...   Mar 20 2018, 11:23 PM
MonkeyControl   I've just reread this topic, 'Why buy the ...   May 19 2019, 10:31 PM
Varti   QUOTE(MonkeyControl @ May 20 2019, 08:31 ...   May 19 2019, 11:15 PM
Dixit   Indeed, I entirely miss the concept of "keybo...   May 22 2019, 03:18 AM
Daniel W   QUOTE(Dixit @ May 22 2019, 12:18 PM) 2030...   May 22 2019, 11:08 AM

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