[Gta04-owner] Keyboard for GTA04
Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
hns at goldelico.com
Thu Mar 15 13:50:26 CET 2012
Am 15.03.2012 um 13:29 schrieb Martin Jansa:
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 03:09:09PM +0400, Gennady Kupava wrote:
>> Hi, Nicolaus,
>> Actually detached keyboard is almost useless for phone. It is not
>> possible to use it any conditions expect then phone lays on some surface
>> and you not holding it.
>> This is because if you using one hand to hold phone, you have one one
>> hand free. Holding and using keyboard with one hand is not possible.
>> Before implementing such detached keyboard, buy bluetooth one in shop
>> and try it - you'll find it completely useless :)
> I fully agree on this, I have bought smaller keyboard (with USB cable)
> for freerunner and I don't use it very much, because as you said it's
> not really usable e.g. while sitting in train and trying to balance
> phone + keyboard on your lap. So in trains I'm using n900 only and
> om-gta02 is sitting at home always connected to desktop (with real
>> So, keyboard on phone should be build-in and usable... and i don't know
>> how should look something better than keyboard on n900.
> I don't have hands-on experience but keyboard on pictures of Motorola Droid 4
> looks even better then n900 keyboard, mostly because of extra row.
Yes, but do you think it does help to dream about the best keyboards
made by (formerly?) big companies? They will most likely not do anything
for our GTA02/04.
So we have to roll up our own sleeves...
>> If gta04 have hw keyboard, i buy it immediately as a every-day phone.
>> Linux has excellent set of command-line tools and it's a crime not to
>> have a hw keyboard on linux device.
> Agreed, that's why I also prefer more common layout with enough keys to
> map also '/', '|' etc. somewhere close to fingers.
That appears to be easily done when printing key caps at Shapeways and
making the keymap ourselves (open source).
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