JECE 24 Posted August 6, 2022 Share Posted August 6, 2022 (edited) First off, thank you to the F(x)tec team for pushing through against adversity and sending the Pro¹ X out to us loyal keyboard fans! I had ordered through the website in August 2021. I'm really glad to be one of the lucky few who already has this fun piece of hardware! I got Model QX1050 in the mail earlier this week. I've been playing around with the device and need help. Some things, like opening and closing the keyboard, I'm getting used to. Other things, not so much . . . The first issue that I came across has nothing to do with F(x)tec. Transferring from one Android device to another Android device has come a very long way since I last had to do that a decade ago between the Droid 2 and Droid 4. On the whole, I'm satisfied with how many settings and how much app data got transferred over from my KEY² to my Pro¹ X. However, even with a Google One subscription that is supposed to give me more functionality, my Google Messages did not get transferred over correctly. Recent texts seem to have gotten corrupted. Anyway, point being I need to restore the device to factory settings to try and get that fixed. However, unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure that I will want to use stock Android on the Pro¹ X anyway. There seems to be no software customization at all on my device from F(x)tec. Where are the landscape-optimized custom apps (launcher, calendar, email) that are promised on the website? How about the customizable keyboard shortcuts? The fancy [F] F(x)tec logo key just acts as a home button. How do I access accented letters on the physical keyboard? Holding down a letter just repeats that letter over and over (e. g., "eeeeeeeeeee"). The [Sym] key just brings up a "Choose input method" virtual keyboard menu. Why do I have to hold down one of the [Shift] keys to type a capital letter? In every other phone with a physical keyboard that I have used (those I mentioned above plus two versions of the BlackBerry Passport), the [Shift] key has been sticky. Also, I don't see a way to enable autocomplete. I ended up disabling that feature on the KEY² because a glitch kept giving me a bad suggestion, but I was looking forward to tapping on suggested words again as I transitioned back to using a landscape keyboard. Finally, I always see an Android System notification on reboot about configuring the physical keyboard. Choosing different keyboard layouts seems to do nothing, so am I just supposed to follow the old advice here and leave it unselected? Hopefully the keyboard and software issues above can be fixed with future updates or with workarounds or with the upcoming LineageOS version. I really hope that I can be as productive on the Pro¹ X as I have been on my old smartphones! But there is one more potentially serious issue that has me pretty worried. When I play sounds, I often hear a tapping noise coming from the bottom of the phone. The Quick Start Guide only indicates that there is a microphone there, but there seems to be a second loudspeaker at the bottom of the phone too. This is particularly evident when playing a short notification sound. I hear two distinct sounds, one before the other, almost every time that I play a short notification. But on longer sounds, it's also obvious: there tends to be a regular tapping sound coming from the bottom of the phone. In addition to the tapping sound, the sound quality coming from the bottom of the phone seems to sometimes change. I hope that one of my two speakers is just defective and needs to be replaced, but I noticed that there were speaker issues mentioned in the June updates on Indiegogo: "minor speaker/microphone issues. Specifically, the speaker occasionally generates a slight static and metallic noise when outputting sounds." While those issues were "fixed", I seem to be experiencing something similar now. I haven't tested the microphone yet. Anyway, I would really appreciate some support on the keyboard software and speaker issues! If I should send these notes over e-mail, please let me know. Edited August 6, 2022 by JECE added "the" to final line 1 1 1 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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