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14 Apr 2019
So, has it been a year already? The day I put the Gemini in my pocket, I felt as if it had always been there - we made for a perfect match from the start. I have been carrying and using the Gemini for 365 days now - a good reason to make a little writeup of my experiences.

Software

Not much to tell here. On arrival I installed Termux, Firefox and K9, which make up about 90% of my interactive use with the Gemini. I never enabled any google accounts or services, and not having access to Play store nicely keeps me from installing too much cruft. I was bothered to hell though, by the keyboard ghosting and speakers being out of phase - luckily I know how to build a kernel, so I made some hacks and workarounds to fix that, and I never updated the kernel since.

Hardware

This is the interesting part, in my humble opinion. My first impression of the build quality was "fair" to "ok", but I was not convinced the device was up to the task to travel in my trouser's pocket day after day. It has now stood the test of time pretty well.

The year was not without accidents, including - but not limited to:
  • Me bumping into a table or door handle, the Gemini taking the hit. Repeatedly.
  • A straight 1.25m drop from my hands onto concrete. Once.
  • Sitting on the Gemini (closed). Daily.
  • Sitting on the Gemini (opened!), in a soft couch. Once.
  • Elliptical curve from my pocket onto the pavement when getting out of my car. Three times. This is mainly due to my favorite pants having crappy pockets.
  • Sand. Aaargh! Sand. Sand is bad for the gemini. Very bad. The keyboard is not. at. all. able to handle any sand. If a single grain of sand gets stuck in the sliding part of a key, it is game over for the day, and canceling evening plans to spend a few hours on the kitchen table: popping the keys, cleaning with canned air, and putting it all back together. This happened twice. I wonder why I even considered taking it with me to the beach the second time.
Here are some honest and uncensored pictures of the current state of my device.

The dust is always there, it just collects in my pockets and gets into the Gemini. It doesn't seem to care, though:



Some bumps and scratches do build character, and these are scars to be proud of:



And one day I noticed this: the hinges seem to be cracked on both sides. I'm not sure when this happened, but my guess is there might be correlation with me sitting on the Gemini when it is open. Everything still works as before though, so no problem at all:



So, it has been a good first year, and I truly do hope the Gemini will keep up for a few more years. I'm not sure if I'll even consider Planet's next product - the backlight would be nice, but it the keyboard quality is not significantly better, I'll stick to my Good Ole Gemini.

Thank you Planet, a job well done!
8 Jul 2018
So, today I had two nasty accidents with my Gemini:

First incident, the good news: A drop from approx 1.20 meters, out of my pocket straight on a hard wood floor: no damage! I do not know which part hit the floor first, but there is *no* physical damage to be seen - no scratches, no bumps. The battery cover popped of, but that was easily replaced. More falls will surely follow, but the first suggests its a pretty solid build.

Second incident, the bad news: my pinky was bitten when closing the lid, near the hinge. Visible damage consists of a 5mm blood blister on the inside of the 2nd pinky joint. Invisible damage included the shouting of nasty words within ear distance of young children.
3 Jul 2018
Hi,

I'd like my Gemini to be ready and where I left it when I open it without having to unlock using codes, swipes or passwords, but of course this is not smart from a security point of view. Fortunately, there is the new android 'smart lock' feature that keeps the device unlocked under certain circumstances - for example as long as it is moving, or when my BLE keychain dongle is in range.

That's fine and just what I need - except for the fact that when enabling a screen lock also enables the 'clock with the white info box that you have to swipe up before you can use your device' screen.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get the best of both worlds? So if the device is locked, I'm fine with swiping or passwords, but as long at is is *not* locked because of bluetooth or movement, I'd like to to open and startup without any screens that I have to swipe away.

Thanks,
27 Jun 2018
Is there a way to prevent the task bar from popping up each and every time I open my Gemini?
18 Jun 2018
The youtube app on my gemini does not seem to be able to play video: when I select a clip, I might first get an ad for a few seconds, after that the screen goes black. Sound plays ok, but no image to be seen. I've cleared application cache and data, but to no avail.

Any tips?
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