Linkandzelda 44 Posted November 27, 2020 Share Posted November 27, 2020 First of all I would like to say I've been on quite the quest for a handheld device like the Pro1. I'm a Linux sysadmin and Linux enthusiast. I have Linux on both my home and laptop computers. I have a customised desktop environment containing my workflow made up of scripts and programs I created over time to make me more productive. My quest has been to find a device that let's me work in the Linux environment at an actual usable level while on the go. Well, I can safely say the Pro1 is that device! In the picture above is my Pro1 running Arch Linux inside a chroot with full root access and separate user account. It is connected to via VNC, and the connection is pretty good. The window manager is i3. I have all my programs running here such as neomutt, weechat, vim, tmux, ssh connections, mosh connections, sshfs mounts, and even full chromium with extensions. I was even able to do some coding here and it was quite pleasant. A lot went into this project to make it usable for me, because out of the box Linux on it is not functional. So I wrote a lot of scripts and did a lot of research to fix all of the bugs and glitches I encountered while setting it up. Back in July it was finally usable. So, I said this is the device for me, but I was getting ahead of myself... I decided to get the Pro1 back when the pre-order launched and I think I got my device around November 2019. I was following the Moto Keyboard since it appeared previously. I had a Galaxy Note 9 at the time but for the Pro1 with it's keyboard I was willing to switch from it. I transferred all of my content and apps, and after it was finally done and ready to use the device as my daily driver I put away my Note 9. I did a video call to my fiance. But, she was shocked to see that the quality of my picture was terrible and asked if I was sick because the colour was missing. She sent me a screenshot, and the best way to describe it is that it looks like a 90s webcam with 320x320 resolution and absolutely no colour depth... This was present on both Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger calls. It was absolutely no comparison to the quality of the Note 9. On top of that, she could not hear me speak well and said the microphone level was too low. So I put in my headset. She could hear me fine after that... but she could also loudly hear herself talking. It was unusable for her when I called her. Back then we were not living together and could not visit each other, so it was very important that we could properly communicate through video call. I had to unfortunately put the Pro1 aside and wait for this to be fixed. I informed Liang Chen directly about it and he said he's working on it. During this pandemic me and my fiance got the chance to be together, so I decided to go back to the Pro1 after the first stable build of Lineage OS 16 was released. I tested the video calls, but it was the camera issue from before and microphone issue still present like in stock. This time I just decided to go forward with using the phone and my other friends have to put up with the poor quality. I have been using the Pro1 as my only device since July until November 2020, these are my final thoughts... Pros - For my Linux use case, it absolutely does the job because the keyboard is really good (albeit a few bugs). - It charges very quickly. - It provides a reasonably good Android environment. - People see it and ask what it is! Cons - I did not have a single video call with people not telling that they A could not hear me or B that my picture was very bad. The same can be said with standard calls, with people claiming that I'm breaking up constantly. - Taking pictures with the camera was not enjoyable as it would randomly crash often, fail to take the pictures without informing me it failed, and taking 2-3 seconds to take a single picture. I was used to opening my Note 9 camera, snapping quick a few times, and picking the best ones. I stopped taking pictures and videos because of the crashes. - Finger print reader to unlock only seems to work 1/10 times, with me taking long to just unlock the device before I give up and just enter my pin and curse it every time. When I need to use my phone I look like an idiot staring at a blank screen while the fingerprint reader fails on me. - I'm getting very slow performance of the phone, bootup takes over 2 mins and apps in the background are frequently "killed" so that when I open them again they have to reload. Also slow response of apps themselves, which slowly but surely gets on my nerves. - With the placement of the power button I often press it by mistake, or find that the torch turned itself on and drained my battery in my pocket. I like that shortcut to use the torch so I'd rather not disable it. - I found the keyboard enters random characters or brings up the symbols box, as if its lagging. It also misses keys quite often making it annoying. Honest Verdict In this day and age some of the most important features of a smart phone are the camera, being able to call and do video calls, and being fast/snappy. If I am totally honest, I am getting tired of using the Pro1 and putting up with the cons I listed. If the phone had no keyboard then I would have to say it would be a really average/borderline bad phone. It's got to the point where when someone asks what it is, I have to tell them that I can't recommend the device to them simply because it fails on the most simple aspects of what makes a phone these days. And it really hurts to say that, because I am in a love hate relationship where I pendulate between never using any other phone, and then I am reminded of the cons when they appear every day in my life. So, I have a strong feeling I will be stepping off the Pro1 train soon and moving on to another device. That also goes for the Pro1-X, because from what I can see it's the same phone but just with an extra 2GB of memory. That's nice, but the phone needs much more than that. I will be checking out the Pro2, the Pro3, and whatever else comes from FxTec because they have still pulled off an amazing feat of engineering. Thanks FxTec very much for making the Pro1 and giving something to us keyboard lovers 🙂 8 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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