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Old 08-12-2018, 02:27 PM   #1
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Replacing a tablet with ultra-portable laptop


Hi, guys,

I would like to hear your opinion about the GPD Pocket2 7 inch laptop.

https://liliputing.com/2018/07/gpd-p...-in-china.html

Will it run Linux well?

Is it worth the money?

Would Lenovo ThinkPad 11e be a better option?

GPD Pocket 2 might be a good replacement for a 7 inch tablet while ThinkPad 11e could be a replacement for a 10 inch tablet.

BM
 
Old 08-12-2018, 03:32 PM   #2
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I'd wait for specific reports of hardware working with Linux before picking up something like this.

I have a lenovo yoga I run Bodhi on that is a bit larger, but is a flipable device like this that I like a lot.
 
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Old 08-14-2018, 08:15 AM   #3
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I find an 11.6" netbook to be a perfect fit for me, small enough to carry, big enough to work on, decent screen resolution.

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Old 08-18-2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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Probably, Yoga 720 (12") is a better choice than GPD pocket since it does not need to have the OS re-spun.
 
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Old 08-25-2018, 12:15 PM   #5
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For those who really like a small size in a computer, the One Mix Yoga is running Unbuntu, all except for the sound -- as you may see in the linked review.

So as Jeff says, it's best to wait. But it's a matter of time before someone sorts out the sound driver problem.

This one has a slower processor than the GPD product but it's possible, for GNU/Linux, this may not be a problem.
 
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That One Mix looks like a modern day Psion5.
 
Old 08-27-2018, 05:52 PM   #7
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If I recall correctly, several years ago a Chromebook (or similar?) was the object of a drawing that one could enter, by making a donation to Bodhi. Jeff would know whether or not this was sufficiently successful that this effort might bear a repeat.

I wonder how much interest it would generate, if a One Mix Yoga could be offered in the same way, set-up with a dual-boot between the 'stock' MS Windows 10 OS and a Bodhi installation? That would have to be, of course, a Bodhi installation -- with the sound working ...

The GPD Pocket (first version) came with Ubuntu alongside Windows, but the Pocket 2 does not. The One Mix Yoga never came with a dual boot, but after someone fixes the sound problem, it should be possible.

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Old 08-29-2018, 08:56 AM   #8
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I keep watching the news about GPD Pocket 2 and I am waiting for it to be released to retail.

The hardware and 7 inch form factor look impressive. Still, if it cannot run Linux in general and Bodhi in particular, it is useless.

Lenovo Yoga 720 12 inch i7 is just a couple of hundred of bucks more expensive but is much more capable machine. Even though it is slightly bigger.
 
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:03 PM   #9
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Question Would be curious to hear what someone who's using the Pocket 2 thinks of this ...

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Originally Posted by BaronMunchausen View Post
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I would like to hear your opinion about the GPD Pocket2 7 inch laptop.
https://liliputing.com/2018/07/gpd-p...-in-china.html
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BM
Well, since you did ask, maybe someone who has had practical, hands-on experience with this UMPC could tell us whether or not this is a problem:
The optical fingertip sensor (touchpad analog) is on the extreme right, above the keyboard. The left-and-right mouse 'buttons' are all the way at the opposite side of the device, the extreme left, also above the keyboard.
Therefore, moving the cursor and following this up with a right or left mouse-button click--becomes a two-handed operation. I think most people are accustomed to performing 'mouse functions'--and these are, moving the cursor and clicking the buttons--with the fingers of one hand?

Does anyone having hands-on experience with the Pocket 2 see this as a problem? Of course, if it is, it could be solved by connecting a small external mouse.

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Old 09-25-2018, 02:12 PM   #10
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GPD Pocket 2 is available at Amazon

Hi, guys,

Since the GPD Pocket 2 is now available at Amazon, I would like to revisit the original question.

https://www.amazon.com/GPD-Ultrabook...D1FJ9BYVMMYMKH

This device's size makes it an attractive replacement of a tablet. Any ideas how it might perform with Linux (with Bodhi in particular).

Yoga 720 12" is another alternative even though it is a little bigger and less portable.

Sharing any first-hand experience and/or opinions is highly welcomed!

Thank you again and as usually!

BM
 
Old 09-25-2018, 02:33 PM   #11
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Kinda neat.

Purely opinion, but it's hardware specs are certainly good enough for bodhi to perform well. And since it's basically just a laptop, probably uses standard chipsets, so probably everything would be supported. I dunno about bodhi for touchscreen tho, no experience there.

I just started reading the amazon comments, one you may be interested in:
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I've had some success getting Linux to run on it but it is not stable. The WiFi hardware doesn't seem to be supported by the Linux kernel. The Broadcom BCM4356 driver is missing in my Linux kernel but was present in earlier ones. Here is the problem: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-firmware/+bug/1772624

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Old 09-25-2018, 03:04 PM   #12
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HI, enigma9o7,

Thank you for the reply. I've read that review. I've noticed that the review was written before the actual GPD Pocket 2 was released. My guess is that the review is related to GPD Pocket 1 rather than to GPD Pocket 2.

I will keep watch it. If I find any new info regarding this mini laptop and Linux, I will post it here.

Thank you again,

BM
 
Old 09-26-2018, 02:11 AM   #13
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https://www.startpage.com/do/dsearch...x+gpd+pocket+2
the results suggest that multiple distros run just fine on that.

18 x 15 x 1.5 cm - just a few cm larger than my current phone.
but heavy! 1 pound = 450g or so.

the yt video suggests that typing is possible.

still - it can't really ever fully replace both a phone and a laptop, as much as i'd love that, can it?

in the long run, that is something i'm thinking about: how many devices do i really need, and could i ever reduce my current number of 3 to 2 or even 1.
 
Old 09-26-2018, 01:04 PM   #14
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It isn't a phone anyway. I guess you could use it as a phone with a headset and voip software like any laptop, but it's certainly not set up as a phone.

I thought it was smaller, it's not quite pocket sized. I saw it described as about the size of a DVD case.

I personally wouldn't want one, I'd rather have a real computer with decent sized screen and keyboard, and a small smartphone. But there are probably some real good use cases, like using it for diagnostics working on a car/etc, portable movie player (for both watching on screen and on tv)....

There's a company working on a qwerty landscape slider smarthphone with 6" screen that supports android & sailfishOS. It's supposed to be announced soon. Kinda in the same ballpark.

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Old 09-26-2018, 04:49 PM   #15
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Hi, ondoho and enigma9o7,

Speaking about an equipment set - I would enjoy a simple non-smart phone and GPD Pocket 2 with Linux.

As far as the phone goes, Light Phone 2 is an ideal device for me. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/light-phone-2#/

GPD Pocket 2 with Linux would be for everything else - checking email, browsing, Uber and Lyft, watching movies.

I have an iPhone 6 Plus and I am sick of carrying that monster with me every day. I do not need mobile internet except for travels. During travels, I would also use GPD Pocket 2 to copy pictures from the camera's SD drive to USB as a backup.

I am just trying to get light with all respects. That explains my interest in GPD Pocket 2. If it could not run Linux, it would be of no interest for me.

Regards,

BM
 
  


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