Monday, May 14, 2018

Gemini - second look

Here's a second round of pictures and screen captures of the Gemini I received earlier this month!


And screen captures of the Android side of things (I have not yet set up the dual boot/linux side; I am waiting for folks to figure out and troubleshoot all that, so that I have an easy set of instructions to follow!) The following are screen captures (both landscape and portrait) of the desktop, browser, apps list, images, Uber, Canary, and the Gemini in split-screen mode:

Although you can carry the Gemini in your pocket "unprotected" I have looked and found a couple of cases that work for it... 



The top case is larger than the bottom case... and is a great fit for length and width, though it will handily accommodate something much thicker. The Gemini is 'looser' in the case.. The bottom case is an exact fit, in fact it initially takes a fair bit of effort to get the Gemini into (lengthwise) the case. However, I think the leather will slightly loosen with use over time; and overall the bottom case is nicer (leather vs. faux leather; also I'm not that keen on the red part). They are both the same price, and rather inexpensive.

That's it for now... more to come!

Earlier looks:
Gemini - first look  (May 4th, 2018)

Resource links:
Gemini Planet
Gemini Troubleshooting
Gemini Planet: Tips & Tricks
XDA Gemini Forums
OESF Gemini PDA Forums
Planet Computer's Gemini Developers Forum

Friday, May 4, 2018

Gemini - first look

Today the Gemini I backed on Indiegogo was delivered! As soon as I was home I unboxed it and plugged in in to charge!

And my accessories: 

For comparisons re size, thickness, etc., here is the Gemini alongside a Sony Tablet P, the venerable HP 200lx, a Cool Bphone, a Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 (my current workhorse), a HTC U11 (my current cell phone), and a Nokia Communicator E90:


Here's are some pictures of the Gemini with a GPD Win and a UMID M1:


I currently use a combination of a HTC U11 cell phone and Sharp Zaurus PDA. The Zaurus dethroned the venerable HP 200lx I had used for years, but it is getting very old, I've had one model or another for fifteen or sixteen years, starting with the SL-C700. Over that period of time I've tried almost everything that has come out but have always gone back to the Zaurus despite its lack of connectivity! Size, weight, form factor, instant on, productivity applications such as IQNotes, Portabase, InforManager, etc. have keep it as my go-to daily 'second brain.' 

Will the Gemini dethrone it and take over? Will I be able to go from two devices down to one? We'll know in the next few weeks or months!

Resources links:
Gemini Planet
Gemini Troubleshooting
Gemini Planet: Tips & Tricks
XDA Gemini Forums
OESF Gemini PDA Forums
Planet Computer's Gemini Developers Forum

User reviews:
Gemini PDA 
Gemini PDA (Japanese)
Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'
Gemini PDA: We've come a long way since keyboards
Psion’s new pocket computer is a formidable workhorse
With the Gemini PDA the 90's (and keyboards) are back
Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts
Planet Computers might just succeed at bringing back the PDA with its $599 Gemini
User Reviews (YouTube):
The Phones Show 332 (Gemini)
Gemini (Planet Computers) review
The Phones Show 333 (Gemini PDA)
Hands on with Planet Computer's Gemini 
Gemini PDA: 20 years on meet the new Psion Series 5 
Planet Gemini Review: A Tiny Computer With Big Ideas
Planet Computers Gemini PDA - Hands On at MWC 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

eBeam Smartpen - first look

Received and unboxed the eBeam Smartpen that I had backed on Indiegogo... (I bought a yellow and a red one).


Plugged it in to charge up... I downloaded the eBeam Note app from Google Play and it showed how to use the item (not real obvious from the anemic paper "manual" that came in the box).


Started the app, it discovered my pen, I connected, then gave a quick try. Added the sensor to some paper and then wrote something random:


The result? Quite amazing fidelity given how bad my handwriting is! OK, so that's all I'm trying for now.  It does have many additional capabilities - you can synchronize your notes with OneNote, Dropbox, or Google Drive; you can share the notes via email or other apps; you can edit them; and you can also convert your notes to text.

In addition there are two other apps - eBeam Keyboard and eBeam Meeting - that further extend the capabilities. The first allows you to chat, etc; the second allows you to share and collaborate with others - you can invite and share with others in real time and authorize other meeting participants to annotate the notes.

I tried the conversion to text for the above, the result wasn't that great, but given the quality of the handwriting it actually didn't seem that bad! 

eBeam Smartpen reviews:
The last pen you'll ever need (YouTube)
Testing out the eBeam Smartpen (video)

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