How will you use the Pro1?

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    dantegidantegi
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    Greetings from wonderful New England everyone!
    I would first like to say thanks a bunch to everyone behind the F(x) Tec Pro1. You have seriously made my dream phone real.

    That said, I would like to ask anyone who cares to answer: How do you plan on using the Pro 1.
    I for one will use the device in landscape mode even with the keyboard closed.
    As far as Android goes most apps seam to work fine in landscape. I don’t do the social media apps so I wouldn’t know. But Outlook and many other apps work fine.
    I would love for root access to lock the orientation to always landscape!

    Till then I will stick with my always portrait atomic BlackBerry Key2 LE …

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    EskeRahnEskeRahn
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    I primarily use my phones/phablets for SMS, and a bit of browsing.

    I think I will use it in landscape whenever I need to enter text, and keep it in portrait for utilities such as advanced calculators or playing sudoku.

    In my experience not too many apps support Landscape. It was already an issue back in 2011-2012 on my Xperia (Neo) Pro, and it certainly has not become better since…. Lazy programmers!!

    But whenever I got more than one available app I consider to use, the first thing I do after install is to rotate the device, and if no landscape-suport I look for alternatives….
    And many apps are not designed for there NOT to be a software keyboard. Many SMS apps only allow a few lines of entry even in portrait (That was a pest with finfdng apps for the BB Priv. Textra is one of those that works well – it is not perfect, but does the job for me.

    To me the Key½ is the worst of two worlds. You get a large device and a small display. I never understood why anyone favoured the form factor of the Key½ over the Priv. But there have been long discussions on the pros and cons on CrackBerry, to each their own, and let us keep that discussion over there, amongst those that prefer a keyboard in the ‘wrong’ orientation…. ;-p

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    sic_zer0netman
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    Lately i’ve been using my android only as a fancy camera and sending photos to people thing because i always get angry and dread typing more than a word or so with only a touchscreen. So I imagine myself using the pro1 to be able to message people comfortably and be able to look things up on the net and take notes (and photos) when at work as a technician. And I may even use it to take my programming hobby to the bed and couch occasionally if my thumbs can handle that :).

    It does not seem all that long ago I used my nokia e72 to message and ssh to my desktop pc and get some small things done, still miss that and I’ve been tempted to get one of the android blackberries but the form factor seems silly and no rooting is kindof a dealbreaker, and attaching a bluetooth keypad to a phone is not really ideal either.

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    aznfantasystarSteven
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    Galaxy S Relay 4G Keyboard Layout

    When I had a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, I made heavy use of the Number Row, dedicated decimal button, and the movement keys. ← ↑ → ↓
    The open nature of Android (i.e rooting) ensured I was able to go into #/system/usr/keylayout and edit in whatever dedicated keys, macros, that I wanted such as greek symbols, math symbols well after Samsung dropped support. You can imagine this made spreadsheet work incredibly mobile. If Livermourium (or F(x) Tech, or f(x)tec) stays true to their word then I’ll be able to return to those glory days of 5 years past; when I finally gave up my aging Galaxy S Relay 4G for a Blackberry KEYone.

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    EskeRahnEskeRahn
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    Steven, I too hope for open access to the layout, and hopefully even without rooting. And there is a thread also with that here.

    #7698
    zurvan2zurvan2
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    I’ve used phones with slide-out keyboards before. It’s not an all-or-nothing thing. A lot of the time, I will use it more or less the same way I use a portrait form-factor phone. I will even still use the on-screen keyboard for stuff that is mostly english prose.

    I will switch to the keyboard for:

    • Complex text like time, dates, figures, or anything where a spell-checker won’t help.
    • ssh using VX ConnectBot
    • games, specifically roguelikes, specifically Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, Cataclysm: DDA, and possibly nethack as native android apps
    • Similar games and terminal-based applications via ssh

    I also really like the hardware camera button, and will use that quite a bit!

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    martin.rottensteinermartin.rottensteiner
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    As realease date is confirmed to be really close now, it is time to bump this thread.
    If the keyoard fits my purpose then I think this phone will suit these use cases better than my old phone:
    – Fotography
    – Text structuring (org mode)
    – Messaging
    – Navigation
    – Youtube

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    #35337
    mvmarxistvegan
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    Hello fellow New Englander!

    I too will probably use it more in landscape mode, as I did with the N900. I am also anxious for the SailfishOS support.
    In any case I will likely use it as a phablet and hope to do more work from it so I can leave my laptop at home more often.

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    #36916
    antoine.sauve01antoine.sauve01
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    I’m still unsure about how much I’ll be using the physical keyboard.
    I think when browsing web pages and social media, i’ll be using it like a normal phone, except if I’m multi tasking; instant messaging with somebody and browsing ebay for example.

    However I do use my phone to watch a ton of Youtube / Netflix / News and the angle of the screen when keyboard is out will be highly useful when the phone sit flat on a table.
    I’ll also be using it for occasional teamviewer session since the on screen keyboard won’t take 3/4 of the screen when typing, Can’t wait to use it for SSH connection with my local server in landscape mode.
    Sending long emails will hopefully be a joy with the physical keyboard, as for reviewing text documents and notes.

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    #36933
    MuppensishOliver Lundström
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    I believe I will use the keyboard mostly for writing songs.
    But I do have alot of GBA ROMs, so emulation is probably something I will use it for.

    I’ll see how the “in hand feel” is, mostly depends on that.

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    #36937
    VaZsoVaZso
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    Based on my experience with N900, I would use the keyboard also for reading web pages, especially forum messages.
    Currently, web pages are trying to give a phone experience which is sometimes usable, sometimes not – but this way one will not really need to navigate the page sideways.
    However, reading a text is much more convenient with the help of up/down arrows – don’t need to touch the screen but the text will follow exactly the direction the user wants (as I also use it on my computer).

    Also, I don’t like to write any messages on touch screen, especially not long messages.
    If someone writes me on instant messaging, I see myself doing the reply too much, then a new message, new reply – it consumes almost 100% of my time if I would like to do something else.
    So instead, if I am near to a PC, I launch the application and answer on that interface – that way it consumes much less time.
    It was also much easier with my N900 with its built-in support for Skype – I did not feel it is necessary to launch PC application.

    Not speaking about e-mails, I don’t really like to write them on my current phone because the lack of keyboard. On PC, it is much more convenient in every way.
    (Also, sometimes e-mail quoting handled poorly on some phone applications anyway and maybe it is related of Google’s threaded view…)

    Moreover, I would use it sometimes for VNC-like connection and more often for SSH to some systems.

    Otherwise, there are complains of user’s spelling and shortening of words. I think touch-screen only virtual keyboards makes this thing even worse.

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    #36977
    cboehm91Chris Boehm
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    I believe I will use the keyboard mostly for writing songs.

    But I do have alot of GBA ROMs, so emulation is probably something I will use it for.

    I’ll see how the “in hand feel” is, mostly depends on that.

    This! GBA emulation will be awesome on this thing. I was able to play PSP games on a much older phone too so that will be another option. All on the up and up of course…

    Also love keyboards for texting and controlling other games

    #36988
    MuppensishOliver Lundström
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    This! GBA emulation will be awesome on this thing. I was able to play PSP games on a much older phone too so that will be another option. All on the up and up of course…

    Also love keyboards for texting and controlling other games

    I have 70GB Gameboy/ Gameboy advanced games, 40GB Ds games and around 20Gb Ps2 Games.
    Gonna definitely try some pokemon and some platformers.

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    sorgoSorgo
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    When I had a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, I made heavy use of the Number Row, dedicated decimal button, and the movement keys. ← ↑ → ↓
    The open nature of Android (i.e rooting) ensured I was able to go into #/system/usr/keylayout and edit in whatever dedicated keys, macros, that I wanted such as greek symbols, math symbols well after Samsung dropped support. You can imagine this made spreadsheet work incredibly mobile. If Livermourium (or F(x) Tech, or f(x)tec) stays true to their word then I’ll be able to return to those glory days of 5 years past; when I finally gave up my aging Galaxy S Relay 4G for a Blackberry KEYone.

    Yep, this was one of my best keyboard phones. This is what I liked, being able to control all just by the keyboard, not needed to touch the screen at all. The keyone and keytwo are a disappointment, you can’t avoid touching the screen for basic functions.

    I especially miss the search key, which is unfortunately deprecated in higher android versions. Without root, we’ll still be able to do some key remapping with 3rd party apps.

    #37152
    therenegadeoffunktherenegadeoffunk
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    For me it will be sort of a hacker phone. I always keep two phones for different purposes. I have a Note 9 as my main phone and I’m perfectly happy with it (can’t believe they removed the headphone jack on the Note 10! Bleh!).

    The Pro1 will be for more experimental stuff and essentially a backup. I also just want to support new designs. Hopefully they come back in a year with a phone with better specs. If this one works well I’ll consider making the next version my main phone.

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