What do you think about Astro Slide project?



  • I ask users and devs opinion here.

    It's a device from planet computer (designed by Martin Riddiford the designer of Psion 5), crowfounded device maker that already achieved 2 devices, that is planed to support androïd 10 with it's manufacturer version (or any other version of it, from replicant if they support it for exemple), and also a native dual boot possibility, with a GNU/Linux OS. Or any other combination of OSs that would support it.

    It's a full smartphone and a micro laptop with mechanical backlighted keyboard in the same device.
    Not a clam type but slider one, if you don't need keyboard, it doesn't bother you.

    The perfect convergence achievement i believe.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/astro-slide-5g-transformer#/
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    Would you be interested by such device, with a UBports on it, would you be more interested if a 100% open sourced hardware of it is made, even with a lower version of it (only 4G for instance)?

    Is UBPorts team heard about this project, and if yes, interested in porting OBP OS on it?

    https://www.planetcom.co.uk/



  • Yes this seems rather cool. But to be honest, I can't really justify the expense until I actually need a new main phone.

    Thus as a developer's plaything it is too expensive, and I think the PinePhone with the upcoming keyboard shell is probably the more realistic option.





  • @poVoq said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    Thus as a developer's plaything it is too expensive, and I think the PinePhone with the upcoming keyboard shell is probably the more realistic option.

    For a dev maybe, but for a daily user, having a keybord integrated in device all in the pocket is far more convinient than a keybord in addition to it.
    Not to mention the power gap between those devices.
    Pricing of this device is barely the same as Librem 5.

    @Lakotaubp said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    Just moved to OT please see here https://forums.ubports.com/topic/206/will-you-port-to-device-x

    This is NOT a "will/would you port to device" topic, that aspect is secondary to this topic, i think asking people (including devs) what they feel about a device that COULD see a ubports on it is not off topic...

    Additionnaly, i didn't post it on "porting" section, but "general" section, so i don't understand why you put a link to "porting" section topic rules.

    Just tell what you feel about this device instead please...



  • @Keneda said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    @poVoq said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    Thus as a developer's plaything it is too expensive, and I think the PinePhone with the upcoming keyboard shell is probably the more realistic option.

    For a dev maybe, but for a daily user, having a keybord integrated in device all in the pocket is far more convinient than a keybord in addition to it.

    The keyboard addon for the Pinephone will be a backplate replacement, so it would be integrated and quite similar to the photos above.



  • @Keneda True not posted in porting but it is in a similar vain/variation of that point. So really the topic is OT and not about UT in general.
    It also runs android 10 so no halium for that either. It might make a good topic for discussion but for now it does not have a fit except in OT. Thanks for your understanding.



  • @poVoq said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    The keyboard addon for the Pinephone will be a backplate replacement, so it would be integrated and quite similar to the photos above.

    Personnally i don't like having a "clam" style backplate/protector for my phones, i use pounchs. (that's why i did not make a topic about their gemini pda/phone https://www.www3.planetcom.co.uk/gemini-pda )

    And if pinephone do the same as their laptop keybords (i checked that 2 weeks ago as i was interested with their laptops), there will only be qwerty (iso/ansi) ones. I use azerty.

    And again, really pinephone is interesting, pricing good, but personnally i'd prefer hardware more powerfull like librem 5.

    I don't think this astro phone should be compared to pinephone, but to librem 5.

    @Lakotaubp
    I undestand.

    As i understood, halium is to make GNU/linux based phone os better portable to androïd phones (mine, MX4, doesn't have a halium port). Halium will never be compatible with A10?



  • Maybe interesting but not in my budget! Might as well go towards the Volla phone which will have the advantage of being officially supported by Ubports and being able to support two interesting complementary and interchangeable OSes at a price that is almost still affordable. Anyway I don't see UT porting to a 1000 € device however powerful it is, even if it were possible ! Only my point of view.



  • @Keneda said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    @poVoq said in What do you think about Astro Slide project?:

    Thus as a developer's plaything it is too expensive, and I think the PinePhone with the upcoming keyboard shell is probably the more realistic option.

    For a dev maybe, but for a daily user, having a keybord integrated in device all in the pocket is far more convinient than a keybord in addition to it.

    In this stage of the project it is exactly the fact that this device is rather expensive that will be a barrier for having a port anytime soon, if at all.


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