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asked 2014-06-22 22:55:13 +0300

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updated 2015-04-26 23:00:44 +0300

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My N900 is dying, now I'm forced to use the Jolla as my primary phone, and I suffer from the keyboard. It looks like I'm just not a touch screen keyboard person, I used it now for almost half a year, and I am still not used to it. I need haptic feedback from a keyboard, I want to feel the keys and not tap on some glass surface.

Sometimes I have the feeling even my first Motorola phone from 2001 with iTAP was a better device for text messaging. :-(

I ordered the Jolla because I was hoping for a keyboard other half, but this is still not available (And I doubt it will ever be).

I have seen Sailfish running on other hardware. Is there a chance I can run Sailfish on state of the art hardware with a real keyboard in the near future?

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Have you seen this?

There is a hardware keyboard on the market. Only problem is it is not sold anymore.

You can contact the maker(DirkV) if he can arrange you another one.

BonoNL ( 2014-06-22 23:02:55 +0300 )edit

Do you have any experience with the keyboard? How good is the system integration? Does it automatically fade out the on-screen-keyboard?

Cmdr_Zod ( 2014-06-24 20:48:07 +0300 )edit

I can only say I agree 100% with you Cmdr_Zod! The touch principle for text input is totally flawed, it is slow, error prone and without feeling. It was a hype that sort of landed permanently in the mobile world. It is sad that majority of people don't realize that they have opted for an inferior input method that should have died off as the hype is was.

I'm hoping this will come back to sanity one day. Few things in the daily life irritates me so much as when writing long text with a touch screen, it is simply a retarded technology.

Larswad ( 2014-06-25 11:00:45 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-23 01:18:48 +0300

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updated 2014-06-23 01:20:00 +0300

I'm a Hardware Keyboard fan as well, and haven't stopped looking for a keyboard device with a large touch screen display (slider?) for some time.

Shortly to answer your question, No. Because almost all phone makers apart from BlackBerry stopped making qwerty device. The newest Android keyboard device, afaik is the Motorola Photon Q from 2012, which is 2 years old. And I see no sign of any new qwerty Android devices from anywhere.

I believe the keyboard TOH will be out sooner or later, it is one of the best way to present the idea of "other half" and at least, there is a hope, and foreseeable.

Currently there is no solution for your (and my) problem, if you love N900 it's worth trying the Neo900 or N950 if you can get one, otherwise just be patient and wait for keyboard TOH, I believe it is the closest!

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answered 2014-06-22 23:04:44 +0300

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AFAIK, Sailfish currently can be made to run on a few Android devices. I don't know if that includes a) current ones with b) a hardware keyboard, but my guess is no for both. If you want such a thing, for now you're stuck with Android I'm afraid

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... some day someone will probably try porting it to the Neo900. There is acutally already a keyboard other half, but I'm not buying it because it's too small for my taste, too expenisve, and I believe the software is not consumer-ready

bennypr0fane ( 2014-06-22 23:06:56 +0300 )edit

Neo900 sounds nice, but it depends on the availability of an N900. After 4 years of usage, my N900 has seen some use and is a bit worn down. I don't mind if it doesn't look new (You really own a device once it has some signs of wear and tear :-) ), but I needs to work reliable.

Cmdr_Zod ( 2014-06-24 21:03:43 +0300 )edit

I'm sure there are still a few undead N900s lying around in people's drawers, waiting to be resurrected (like mine, e.g.). If you feel your keyboard has glitches, I'm sure you can find an N900 on TMO. The insides will be renewed anyway. I don't know if they have resolved the problem of the camera yet though, and you really can't call the Neo900 state-of-the-art hardware either :-)

bennypr0fane ( 2014-06-24 22:34:39 +0300 )edit

actually i'm still using my n900 and almost also because of its keyboard. but now, five years after it was released, there are still a lot websites which won't work propply. btw, i thought jolla would issue a hw-keyboard-oth as fast as they could cause even before the jolla was realised maemo talk was full of wishes of haveing such a oth. call my nostalgic, but i wish to touch some keys if im typing...

toba ( 2014-07-14 22:35:03 +0300 )edit

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