What do you think about Astro Slide project?
That's a very good new ^^
Will they send you some devices to help?
I guess what I have in mind are community ports.
The only one i know is the cosmo one.
For the OS running on PC devices you can go here : https://www.qwant.com/?q=cosmos communicator&t=videos&client=qwant-firefox
"keyboard will be laptop equal"
I can vouch for the Planet keyboard having run a Cosmo as my daily driver for the last 12months, that Martin Riddiford chap clearly knows what he's doing. I can only speak from my own experience, mine needed to bed in initially, but now it's quicker than me. Some people have reported some issues, maybe related to early production issues or expectations, it isn't a real 'real' mechanical keyboard after all. Have a look at oesf.org for info and other experience. Personally I am more than happy with mine.
On a desk typing 'properly', in the passenger seat with it on my lap, or thumb typing stood up or reclining on the sofa, it is just so nice. Out of the pocket, instant on, no farting around with a separate bluetooth keyboard, it makes you productive, you look forward to using it. Pecking away at a virtual character behind a flat untactile piece of glass like some demented seagull looking through the window of the local fish and chip shop just feels so wrong now. How did this ever become the norm? I also genuinely even prefer it to my 'real' laptop, which is only a little 11" one, but the keyboard seems so vast and so much effort compared to my Cossie. I came to Planet for the possibility of Linux, but definitely stayed there for the keyboard. UBPorts on Planet Cosmo is the best.
I am watching the Astro Glide or Slide keenly, as I watched the Cosmo and the Gemini before it, it's nice to have a choice. I won't be buying one just now, simply because I am happy with my Cosmo, but if I could justify it I would be in at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, if I ordered yet another gadget in the current climate or whatever, my loved one would smother me in my sleep.
Planet computer is also doing Q&A videos for backers regularily.
This evening is Q&A day, starting in 3 hours :
If a partnership could have been established so that this device could become a promoted device (and only with this condition of promoted), I would have thought about buying this device which indeed has many assets to please and to last. Fairly high price but price of quality.
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@domubpkm That could happen, finger crossed, see this https://forums.ubports.com/topic/3453/cosmo-communicator/15?_=1614206809303
@keneda Yes but Maybe or not. But above all on which Android base? Downgraded on a base of Android 9 ?? That would seem rather strange... And if was even of an Androïd 10 base, it isn't for now to have something running and reliable..
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So . . . because my Nexus 5 has serious issues (broken Mic, weak battery, no 3G anymore), and my Pinephone's cellular modem isn't working anymore, I find myself looking for a new device (one that functions well enough in the US); And, I am close to taking a chance with the Astro Slide (because I like the form factor with a physical keyboard [and I am hoping that eventually there will be at least one Linux Phone OS capable of functioning as a daily driver]).
Although, I might just pick up a Goggle Pixel 3a, install UT, and use that as my daily driver for the next couple of years.
Either way I enjoyed reading this older post . . . and couldn't resist commenting.
You could not come more on time as astro first production prototype is just finished ^^
And there is some hope for uTouch on it ^^
But, as it comes with android 11, i assume lot of work is to be done when device's out.
@keneda im a backer...really looking forward to mine