F(x)tec Pro¹ - Slider Smartphone with physical keyboard


Swordfish II

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Hopefully you guys get yours.

I just received my Cosmo Communicator waiting on the rooted android and linux but great hardware.
 

mrpalmtop

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Hopefully you guys get yours.

I just received my Cosmo Communicator waiting on the rooted android and linux but great hardware.
So I have a Gemini but in the end have stopped using it much. My main problems with it were that the phone mics were poor quality (people often said they couldn't hear me well) and that the keyboard hinge was covered in a flimsy plastic which frequently broke when I used it as a daily driver. I had to do several RMA requests.

I wasn't interested in an external display and was wary of poor quality so I took a pass on the Cosmo. What do you think of yours so far?
 

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So I have a Gemini but in the end have stopped using it much. My main problems with it were that the phone mics were poor quality (people often said they couldn't hear me well) and that the keyboard hinge was covered in a flimsy plastic which frequently broke when I used it as a daily driver. I had to do several RMA requests.

I wasn't interested in an external display and was wary of poor quality so I took a pass on the Cosmo. What do you think of yours so far?
It is a big improvement:
It feels more robust in every way.
The keyboard is far superior, ten finger typing is no problem any more.
The feeled speed or the reaction speed is much faster and the backlit keyboard is wonderful.
The hinges look more stable, but I don't know how long they will last.
I think, most likely longer than the Gemini ones.
The outside display is a nice to have, but I would not miss it, if I wouldn't have it.
More often than not, I accidently (de)activate something in android, just by touching the outside display, which is very laggy by the way.
The cell reception, the mic and the voice are much better than on the Gemini.
So for me, it was a big improvement and I use it on a daily basis as my primary (work)phone.
Also: Bluetooth and WLAN are really stable now!!
AlsoAlso: The fingerprintsensor is a very nice edition too!
 

Swordfish II

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It is a big improvement:
It feels more robust in every way.
The keyboard is far superior, ten finger typing is no problem any more.
The feeled speed or the reaction speed is much faster and the backlit keyboard is wonderful.
The hinges look more stable, but I don't know how long they will last.
I think, most likely longer than the Gemini ones.
The outside display is a nice to have, but I would not miss it, if I wouldn't have it.
More often than not, I accidently (de)activate something in android, just by touching the outside display, which is very laggy by the way.
The cell reception, the mic and the voice are much better than on the Gemini.
So for me, it was a big improvement and I use it on a daily basis as my primary (work)phone.
Also: Bluetooth and WLAN are really stable now!!
AlsoAlso: The fingerprintsensor is a very nice edition too!
Exactly this. I can type accurately and shockingly fast on it. I like the outside screen, coming from an lg v20 with a second screen that i love. Sure it's a bit laggy but nbd and it is shockingly accurate even with my large hands/fingers.

The whole thing feels solid. My biggest complaints are the battery optimization (poor right now), the large amount of useless stuff preinstalled, and lack of linux right now.
 

mrpalmtop

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Thank you @Swordfish II and @NetBLOKS for those impressions. I appreciate the updates.

I was so irritated with the hinge stuff. I hope it will be better this time. The outside screen didn't look very nice to me on the videos so that was another reason I've held back.

What do you guys mean by being able to type better on the Cosmo? How is the keyboard better?
 

NetBLOKS

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Thank you @Swordfish II and @NetBLOKS for those impressions. I appreciate the updates.

I was so irritated with the hinge stuff. I hope it will be better this time. The outside screen didn't look very nice to me on the videos so that was another reason I've held back.

What do you guys mean by being able to type better on the Cosmo? How is the keyboard better?
The Gemini keyboard did not react very often, the space bar did not work half the time, the click was not exact etc.
The Cosmo keyboard feels like a real laptop keyboard with a significant click to it.
You do not have to check for missing letters that you know you have typed but the keyboard did not accept them.
It just feels right!
The Cosmo is a real Mini-laptop... with Android
 

Swordfish II

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Thank you @Swordfish II and @NetBLOKS for those impressions. I appreciate the updates.

I was so irritated with the hinge stuff. I hope it will be better this time. The outside screen didn't look very nice to me on the videos so that was another reason I've held back.

What do you guys mean by being able to type better on the Cosmo? How is the keyboard better?
I didn't have a gemini. But i do have a viliv n5 which is about the same size as the cosmo but thicker (being a umpc from about 2008). The viliv keyboard is terrible since the buttons are all flat and you can't tell where one starts and the next ends.

If you look at that keyboard from the side, all the keys look like this ----. The Cosmo keys have like a bevel so you can feel where they start and end and feel the gap between keys. They are more like this /\/\ but flatter on top.

The key spring feel is great and the size on the keys is also decent while including arrow and number keys. So far the only mistakes when typing are due to me.

The hinge feels very solid.
 

mrpalmtop

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I didn't have a gemini. But i do have a viliv n5 which is about the same size as the cosmo but thicker (being a umpc from about 2008). The viliv keyboard is terrible since the buttons are all flat and you can't tell where one starts and the next ends.

If you look at that keyboard from the side, all the keys look like this ----. The Cosmo keys have like a bevel so you can feel where they start and end and feel the gap between keys. They are more like this /\/\ but flatter on top.

The key spring feel is great and the size on the keys is also decent while including arrow and number keys. So far the only mistakes when typing are due to me.

The hinge feels very solid.
I have an N5 as well. The keys on it are indeed terrible. They also press down too easily which makes typing difficult. The shape of the keys on the Gemini/Cosmo is much better.
 

Swordfish II

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I have an N5 as well. The keys on it are indeed terrible. They also press down too easily which makes typing difficult. The shape of the keys on the Gemini/Cosmo is much better.
I wanted an mbook bz back then but there were delay issues. So i ended up with the viliv. My most under used pocket computer. Keys are terrible, battery was terrible.

I still have it just in case i absolutely need a Windows computer for something.
 

mrpalmtop

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I still have it just in case i absolutely need a Windows computer for something.
I still have mine as well but the Windows was so slow that I just wiped it and put Linux on it. I managed to get a slimmed down Plasma 4 desktop on there that took up 200MB of RAM.

Unfortunately, the SSD on mine just died one day. I haven't bothered to see if it can boot and run from microsd. Not worth the effort for such a lousy keyboard.
 
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