Community meet up in London

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    michael.bosscha
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    Crap. I was hoping for the 31st… Oh well. Let us all know how it went people!

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    jason
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    Crap. I was hoping for the 31st… Oh well. Let us all know how it went people!

    tbh so was I :D

    #15369
    peter
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    Depends on where the office is for me but the actual date is fine.

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    #15609
    Waxberry
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    Event
    Grab the gift, win the prize and play the Pro1. :)

    Please register at:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fxtec-pro1-early-hands-on-experience-tickets-62433966675?aff=eivtefrnd

    (Purely for event management as we have a maximum number we can host)

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    #15625
    vitaliysemenko
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    I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m coming.

    P.S. My manager deserves a t-shirt =)

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    #15908
    EskeRahn
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    I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m coming.

    P.S. My manager deserves a t-shirt =)

    C U
    …Invite him to come along ;)

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    vitaliysemenko
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    I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m coming.

    P.S. My manager deserves a t-shirt =)

    C U

    …Invite him to come along ;)

    The change from Thursday to Tuesday messed with the plan =(
    I’m landing in London late Wednesday.

    At my current position, I’m frequently traveling to different places. At this time it was a little bit of work to arrange.

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    EskeRahn
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    The change from Thursday to Tuesday messed with the plan =(
    I’m landing in London late Wednesday.

    At my current position, I’m frequently traveling to different places. At this time it was a little bit of work to arrange.

    Tough luck, too bad ;(

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    doktor.oswaldo
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    Have fun everybody and don’t forget to share your experience ;-)

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    #16418
    Testdevice
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    Oh yes, have fun tonight!
    Cheers

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    #16430
    FlyingAntero
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    Would you consider setting up a livestream?

    Livestream would be awesome!

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    #16534
    storyworks
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    All the initial feedback is on Liangchen’s twitter feed.

    Curiously, nothing on F(x) Tec’s social media. I hope someone from here who attended comes by and gives a detailed account.

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    #16546
    richardlondon
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    I hope someone from here who attended comes by and gives a detailed account.

    I attended the event, my phone history is that I’ve had two Nokia E7s, but then had to switch to Blackberrys, initially a Classic and then a KeyOne so I was interested to view the Pro1.

    I think there were about twenty people there, all in all, along with the guys from F(x)tec.

    There was a brief intro from the team and then we had a hands on with the Pro1. There were I think five (or so) devices for us to get to use.

    I can give specifics if anyone has any, but first thoughts:

    I only used a limited number of apps, but there didn’t seem any lag
    Screen was bright, clear and sharp.
    Feels a high end device, e.g. rounded edges to screen.
    Good sliding mechanism, very reminiscent of the the E7.
    Device seems robust, I did try to see if it flexed when closed/open and it felt solid; there didn’t seem any lateral play when the hinge was open.
    Good travel on keyboard, better feel I think than KeyOne, more like the E7. It is backlit but was difficult to see in bright lights in the room.
    Transitioning from a narrow keyboard on a KeyOne to this was an initial jump but even in the short time I had with the device I was getting my speed up equivalent on KeyOne.
    Will need to get used to having alphabet keys set in middle of keyboard, I was initially offsetting to the left by one key for everything, but I learnt to correct this. I have small-ish hands so I did find it quite wide to use compared to the KeyOne and E7, but I guess I will get used to it.
    Great to have the arrow keys back on a keyboard, worked in the browser perfectly.
    Tabbing and shift tabbing works in email application, etc.
    The landscape rotation when the keyboard is opened seems to work fine, there were limited apps on the phone so I would need to play around more with it.
    Good split screen function once you learn how to use, so would be good in landscape view, say with maps open in one half and messaging in another.

    These weren’t final production devices, but from what I saw I was impressed, and I think the majority of people there were of the same impression. There are obviously going to be personal preferences that the team can’t accommodate, but I think the Pro1 is a great achievement.

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    richardlondon
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    Apologies for the poor quality photo but it was taken on a Blackberry Classic.
    Here is the Pro1 lined up against my KeyOne (sporting a clear flexi-plastic case) for reference.
    The two are pretty much the same size.
    I wouldn’t notice the difference.

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    #16577
    Serolfic
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    I attended the event as well! My only experience with keyboard phones is having a Blackberry Q10 and Blackberry Priv. There were about 20 people there, free pizza and drinks offered. There was definitely a shared interest as we all had a collective whinge at the lack of good keyboard phones lately.

    A lot of details have already been covered by tech journalists, but were a few of my observations:

    Software
    They’re committed to providing Android Q, and to sticking as close to stock Android as much as possible. In addition, there is currently a developer working on getting Sailfish OS running on the F(x)tec Pro 1. As said above, there was limited availability for apps. One device had the Google suite on it, and I was happy with how Sheets and Docs were on the little thing. Did not find a device with MS Office so can’t comment on that (would have liked to try OneNote).

    One interesting point: the demo devices had Android P with stock gestures. When you slide out the keyboard, the starting point for the gestures does not change (ie. still have to swipe up from the ”bottom’ as if it were in portrait). I’m not sure what the expected behaviour was here, but it was just something that I noticed.

    Keyboard
    The buttons have a decent click to them. The whole phone is a bit wide though so some of the middle keys were a bit of a stretch for me. With the keyboard tucked away, the device is about as tall as a Priv but narrower. As part of core Android, keyboard shortcuts for text editing work exactly as expected ie:

    • Arrow Keys
    • Ctrl + C, V, X, A, Z
    • Shift + Arrow Keys, Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys

    Hinge
    One of the F(x)tec people demonstrated opening and slamming shut the device over and over again and it held very well. I’ve been really interested to see how this hinge would perform. It feels very, very rigid — every bit as satisfying as I imagined it’d be. There’s a nice *click* from both opening and closing it and there’s zero give when in either position. Took a couple pictures of the hinge:

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