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vader
post Nov 21 2019, 06:42 PM
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I haven't seen a review yet, so thought I'd write one for all those people waiting for their cosmos to get delivered. Firstly, I upgraded from the gemini to cosmo, so I can try to detail the improvements as well as new features.

The same
A strange thing to start with, but for those still using their geminis, this might be useful, and those who don't have one, this will be new. So the size is basically the same. On paper it is a little thicker, but the main difference is the top cover is a different shape. The cosmo weighs a bit more, but it is not heavy. If anything it feels more solid. The screen is basically the same, still good in my opinion. There are the same number of ports (2 USB-C, headphone). So all in all, roughly the same size,weight and shape. It fits nicely in trouser pockets, or jacket pockets. I wouldn't put it in your back pocket of your jeans.

Improvements
So everyone knows what the improvements were meant to be, but how much of an improvement are they? The keyboard is amazing. I got use to the gemini keyboard, but this one is much better. Nice action (clickey), and the keys have never been missed (the space bar on the gemini regularly doesn't work unles you press the middle). The hinge, which was the subject of many indiegogo comments is a big improvement as well. It is much firmer, doesn't wobble, and holds the cosmo firmly when on a table (as I am now typing). The unit feels far more responsive, but that could be a combination of faster CPU and more modern android. The camera - Oh the camera. The gemini had a camera (well as an extra). It was.....usable. You really only used it in an emergency. The front camera was good for skype/video chats, but that is about it. The cosmo camera is, well, good. It won't rock the world with its quality, but it takes more than acceptable photos. The flash is a welcome addition. The speakers are also nice and loud, and clear.

New features
The external screen. It works well. Maybe a bit slow, but it is really useful. You can read texts, accept calls. The selfie image is a bit delayed, but still usable. All in all a great addition. The other great improvement is the backlit keyboard. As well as being better all round, the backlight makes it usable in all conditions. It works surprisingly well - better than I thought it would. I also like that you can add a sim card/memory card without removing the back cover. It is more like other phones with a caddy which is reached via a thin pin like tool.

Summary
I can't think of any areas where the cosmo didn't improve on the gemini. I've only had it a few days, and I already love it. Once I worked out that DuraSpeed is broken (not cosmo's fault) and now my watch stays connected, I have no niggles. The battery easily lasts a day (83% half way through the day). The speakers are really loud if you turn them right up. So hopefully this gives people waiting something to look forward to. It is worth waiting for.
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post Nov 25 2019, 01:53 AM
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QUOTE(vader @ Nov 22 2019, 03:42 AM) *
I haven't seen a review yet, so thought I'd write one for all those people waiting for their cosmos to get delivered. Firstly, I upgraded from the gemini to cosmo, so I can try to detail the improvements as well as new features.

The same
A strange thing to start with, but for those still using their geminis, this might be useful, and those who don't have one, this will be new. So the size is basically the same. On paper it is a little thicker, but the main difference is the top cover is a different shape. The cosmo weighs a bit more, but it is not heavy. If anything it feels more solid. The screen is basically the same, still good in my opinion. There are the same number of ports (2 USB-C, headphone). So all in all, roughly the same size,weight and shape. It fits nicely in trouser pockets, or jacket pockets. I wouldn't put it in your back pocket of your jeans.

Improvements
So everyone knows what the improvements were meant to be, but how much of an improvement are they? The keyboard is amazing. I got use to the gemini keyboard, but this one is much better. Nice action (clickey), and the keys have never been missed (the space bar on the gemini regularly doesn't work unles you press the middle). The hinge, which was the subject of many indiegogo comments is a big improvement as well. It is much firmer, doesn't wobble, and holds the cosmo firmly when on a table (as I am now typing). The unit feels far more responsive, but that could be a combination of faster CPU and more modern android. The camera - Oh the camera. The gemini had a camera (well as an extra). It was.....usable. You really only used it in an emergency. The front camera was good for skype/video chats, but that is about it. The cosmo camera is, well, good. It won't rock the world with its quality, but it takes more than acceptable photos. The flash is a welcome addition. The speakers are also nice and loud, and clear.

New features
The external screen. It works well. Maybe a bit slow, but it is really useful. You can read texts, accept calls. The selfie image is a bit delayed, but still usable. All in all a great addition. The other great improvement is the backlit keyboard. As well as being better all round, the backlight makes it usable in all conditions. It works surprisingly well - better than I thought it would. I also like that you can add a sim card/memory card without removing the back cover. It is more like other phones with a caddy which is reached via a thin pin like tool.

Summary
I can't think of any areas where the cosmo didn't improve on the gemini. I've only had it a few days, and I already love it. Once I worked out that DuraSpeed is broken (not cosmo's fault) and now my watch stays connected, I have no niggles. The battery easily lasts a day (83% half way through the day). The speakers are really loud if you turn them right up. So hopefully this gives people waiting something to look forward to. It is worth waiting for.


Thanks - completely agree with all of your points. The Cosmo is a significant step up from the Gemini. The only

- I can't seem to change the wallpaper - it seems to reset for some reason to the default
- the external screen is incredibly laggy - hopefully some tuning can make it more usable
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