[Gta04-owner] Keyboard for GTA04

Martin Jansa martin.jansa at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 13:29:41 CET 2012

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.

> 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.


Martin 'JaMa' Jansa     jabber: Martin.Jansa at gmail.com
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