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Old 07-19-2015, 08:11 PM   #16
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Here we go - even get one in pink !

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detai...428397532.html
Reminds me of the one I owned a long while ago and sold real easy when it was time to move on.

http://pencomputing.com/images/itronix_t5200.gif

Worked off a AT&T phone wireless card on Windows CE. Was actually a fast runner at the time.

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Old 07-19-2015, 08:30 PM   #17
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Truly the first pocket computer!

I still have one of these in my desk drawer (shows that I have not cleaned the desk in many days and moves!):

http://www.vintagecalculators.com/ht...trs80_pc1.html

Mine is a Sharp branded PC-1212 (did not know Tandy sold them!) and has the cassette interface and printer and hard slipcover-case.

I wonder if I could upgrade to get wifi and HD display and extend the 12K RAM?

It has dual 4-bit processors!

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:12 PM   #18
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Here we go - even get one in pink !

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detai...428397532.html
Thanks, that looks interesting.
I hadn't realised there was an ARM version of XP.
 
Old 01-19-2017, 12:10 PM   #19
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As I'm planning to purchase a new "smart phone" I have come across the Open Pandora. I'm fairly set on the phone I'll purchase for reasons too boring to go into but either setting that "phone" up as an access point, or having a "4G" router, and an Open Pandora type device appeals.
Does anyone have any experience with the Open Pandora or its related devices? Do they turn up on time and do they work, for example?
 
Old 01-20-2017, 05:57 AM   #20
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Unfortunately, phones & tablets are the pocketable computers these days, & I do sympathise, as I prefer an actual keyboard as well.

(Even if you find a retro, you're likely looking at dead batteries, unless it ran on 'AA's.)
 
Old 01-20-2017, 11:08 AM   #21
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Unfortunately, phones & tablets are the pocketable computers these days, & I do sympathise, as I prefer an actual keyboard as well.

(Even if you find a retro, you're likely looking at dead batteries, unless it ran on 'AA's.)
It's not just the lack of keyboard which annoys me but the cut-down rubbish OS. I'll hopefully be able to make do with a Blackberry Priv as a communications device, as I do my Bold now, because the keyboard ought to allow me to type as I am now. However, general purpose tasks are still somewhat annoying under things like Android often requiring "Apps" rather than decent applications or just, for example, SSHing from an XTerm.
I think I'll keep looking into the Open Pandora otherwise I might have to do something with a Pi.
I'd like to be able to, for example, take a portable DVD drive and a pocket PC somewhere, rip a DVD, play the resulting files in VLC, select the relevant ones, later on upload them to a PC at home, run them through FFMPEG then upload the results to a web page. That's a silly example in that I may not want to carry out those exact steps (and they could be simplified) but it's something I could do with a laptop running Linux no problem but would be a PITA on an Android slablet.
 
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Well there is a 5.5" laptop of sort. The GPD notebook. It's a blackberry style keyboard, but it has my interest peaked. Only a 720p screen, but it's a touch screen. On one of those newer intel quad cores with 4gb of ram, it's no beast, but no slouch either. And more ports than a mac book pro.

https://www.amazon.com/Gamepad-NoteB.../dp/B01MCV637B

More of a novelty, but I'd rather have one of these than a phone in my pocket. If only to ssh into something while out of office or away from home. It also has game controls built in. Some have put linux on it, but there's a few bits that are hard to get working since it's really a win10 device. I still want one, but a fitlet-H with 16GB ram first for me. Since the modern job market doesn't really have me needing a mobile device just yet.
 
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My kind of device! Looks like it might be the fabled "Open Pandora" I mentioned with another OS?
 
Old 01-20-2017, 09:19 PM   #24
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I would classify most smartphones as "Pocket PCs," except for this:

If you actually want to get stuff done, rather than simply read stuff (or "consume media," as the kewl kids say), you need a keyboard--a real keyboard that fits human hands, not a little teeny retractable one.

Every "smartphone" I've had has been an HTC (starting with the T-Mobile Dash, aka the HTC Excalibur) and I've been happy with each one. Likely the next one I get will also be an HTC, because of their track record. Plus, so far at least, none of them catch fire (grin, duck, and run).

But when I really want to get stuff done, I need a keyboard designed for human hands.

Just my two cents.
 
Old 01-21-2017, 03:48 AM   #25
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Back in the iPaq days targus had a fold up keyboard for that device. I always wanted a usb keyboard like that. Folds up like a 1/3rd height cigar box. A full sized keyboard that folds to 1/4th the longest dimension. Now we have the spill proof ones that roll up with a pager box on one side, just not the same cool factor.
 
Old 01-21-2017, 03:55 AM   #26
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As I'm planning to purchase a new "smart phone" I have come across the Open Pandora. I'm fairly set on the phone I'll purchase for reasons too boring to go into but either setting that "phone" up as an access point, or having a "4G" router, and an Open Pandora type device appeals.
Does anyone have any experience with the Open Pandora or its related devices? Do they turn up on time and do they work, for example?
as i mentioned earlier the pyra is out there.
it is the successor of the open pandora, soft- and hardware development is based on it.
it looks like the most reliable alternative out there, in terms of the device itself, its future and its community. i did put some effort into research.
it HAS 4G and CAN be used as a phone, apart from being a full-fledged computer capable of running any mainstream linux operating system (their own distro is based on debian).
of course, it's a niche product and the price is equally niche.
which is why i didn't buy it in the end...
 
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as i mentioned earlier the pyra is out there.
it is the successor of the open pandora, soft- and hardware development is based on it.
it looks like the most reliable alternative out there, in terms of the device itself, its future and its community. i did put some effort into research.
it HAS 4G and CAN be used as a phone, apart from being a full-fledged computer capable of running any mainstream linux operating system (their own distro is based on debian).
of course, it's a niche product and the price is equally niche.
which is why i didn't buy it in the end...
Thanks, it was you who put me onto the idea and I was using Open Pandora as a sort of shortcut for the bunch of device they offer -- you are right, of course, that the Pyra is the successor. I just wish I knew somebody with one or could at least go and see one somewhere as it's a lot of money for a device from an otherwise unknown manufacturer, sight unseen with long lead times and a niche OS.
I know what you mean about a full-sized keyboard frankbell but because I find the most typing intensive things I do "portably" are using sites like this and email I find the small keyboard of the Blackberry sufficient the majority of the time. No way a portable device would replace my laptop or desktop any time soon though.
 
Old 02-28-2017, 01:40 PM   #28
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Of Interest ?

This article in the Reg describes a new effort to revive the old Psion : https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/0...k_meet_gemini/

Company Site : http://www.planetcom.co.uk/

I just signed up for one on Indigogo

Runs Linux, yeah !!!!
 
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GPD has 7" variant coming out (hopefully).

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/g...os-laptop--2#/

Seems like a much better keyboard than the 5.5" and a 1920x1200 touchscreen versus 720p.
 
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Thanks, both those look worth keeping an eye on to see whether they make production.
 
  


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