PinePhone keyboard prototype transforms the Linux phone into a tiny Linux laptop
This is an instabuy for me.
Damn, that’s a sick keyboard! I thought it was going to be like BlackBerry, but nah we don’t do that here :)
Looks nice, something I would hapilly carry arround in my backpack for some really light work or email
The fact it is a power bank make it a natural companion for the phone itself
Currently it discharge way too fast :/
Do you have one? Like a daily driver or is not roght there yet?
Yep I have one.
I used it as a daily for 2 week when I got it autumn 2020.
I couldn’t last a day using it. Basic experience was OK. My second biggest issues was lack of messengers app on (even emails). Most of my relatives are on signal and that wasn’t working.
BUT it getting better as os’es are developed. There is a working signal app and mail, better battery. I’ll probably retry the experience soon.
Thanks for sharing it. I’ve been folowing the releases of different OSs and people seems to be working very hard and continously, if that trend contonues I see some brilliant future for linux based phones.
Yeah, the Pinephone is on its way to being usable!
That looks like it’d be horrible to type on though. Might be a better idea to spring for the PineTab or a System76 laptop for actual productivity, or get one of those “dumb terminal” display and keyboard combos that can hook up to a phone and take advantage of mobile Linux’s convergence features. Or a bluetooth keyboard, which has the additional benefit of being usable for any computer, some of them even fold for portability.
All the things just mentioned are not even in the same ballpark as the use case for this. This will still fit in your pocket. As one device. Obviously a full size tablet/laptop or BT keyboard would be nicer to type on but…they don’t fit in your pocket.
I’ve seen the Pinetab out of stock since many months, though I don’t check very often. Was it ever available again lately ? JingPad is another thing : https://en.jingos.com/jingpad-a1/
That rounded edge screen on the JingPad though, not sure if I like that TBH. It would probably interfere with other non-JingOS desktops and probably adds to the cost.
I blame Android phone manufacturers for popularizing it to the point where everyone wants to do it.
Pity the keys are staggered. An ergonomic layout would have been better, especially on a small keyboard.
Genuinely curious: What ergonomic designs are there that can make a 5-inch keyboard comfortable to type on?
A random example of staggering keys in the right direction (vertical) and with a better angle:
This already looks double the size of the pinephone from the video. This board is most likely going to have to be smaller like a netbook keyboard given the pinephone’s size
Community about running GNU/Linux on phones. Projects like Ubuntu Touch, Plasma Mobile, PostmarketOS, Mobian etc. Either on former Android phones or hardware like the PinePhone.