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A decade ago, people were still furiously clicking on the physical keyboards of BlackBerries and some Android phones. Wiping was not yet a thing and many stuck to the idea that a smartphone must contain real buttons to press. These preferences faded over time and key-operated phones largely died out. Nevertheless, there are still some problems that Fxtec wants to address with the Pro1.

The Fxtec Pro1 has a large screen and a physical keyboard that hides behind the screen when not in use. When opened and placed on a table, it resembles a mini laptop and is clearly intended for those who want to be productive.

Can this small company convince people to return to the keyboard? You can find out in the Fxtec Pro1 test from Android Authority.

About this Fxtec Pro1 test: I tested the Pro1 over a period of two weeks with the phone as the main device. Android 9 Pie ran on the phone with the security patch of September 5. Fxtec delivered the test device to Android Authority.

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Fxtec Pro1-Test: The big picture

The first real smartphones from BlackBerry and Palm had tiny keyboards for typing. I happily poked my BlackBerry 8700 and Palm Treo 650. Millions of mobile professionals cut their teeth on these devices, which often came from work, and were the first real wave of smartphone users.

However, the tech industry is moving fast and the Apple iPhone changed everything in 2007.

Keypad phones were lost to devices with large screens for one reason: people prefer phones with large screens. (Did you see the size of the screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus?) Keyboards affect the space available for these screens, and solutions such as Gboard, Swype, and auto-fix have helped to fix typing issues on the screen. phones only.

Still, some of these early, original smartphone users miss the keyboard, which they believe provides a better experience composing email on a screen. Fxtec doesn't necessarily target older people, but founder and CEO Adrian Li Mow Ching says that "people who have to do shit".

Did the Fxtec Pro1 help me do more? Stuff done in the time i used it? I am here to tell you.

What is the Fxtec Pro1?

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<p> Finding a modern smartphone with a built-in QWERTY keyboard is next to impossible, the TCL-made BlackBerry Key2 and Key2 LE are just the ticket, but these two are candybar-style phones like the old BlackBerry models, which means that the screens are smaller to accommodate a keyboard that is clogged in the chin of the phone. The Blackberry keyboards are always accessible. </p>
<p> The Pro1 is what we called the side slider, although it’s not completely slidable. The phone has two halves on top of each other: the top screen and the keyboard underneath. There used to be a lot of them: the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the Motorola Cliq, the LG Mach z for example. </p>
<p> The Pro1 is not easy to slide back and forth, but has a hinge that tilts the screen up at an angle. It is not 100 or 110 degrees; Rather, it is a comfortable 155 degree angle to look at the screen when you hold the phone in your hands. </p>
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<p> The phone that most closely resembles it is the Nokia E97 from the 2007 era, which according to Fxtec was actually the inspiration for the hinge design. </p>
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<p> As far as basic features are concerned, the Pro1 might surprise you. The screen measures 5.99 inches across the diagonal with Full HD + resolution (2,160 x 1,080). It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. I would call it a decent screen, but also an unforgettable one. The size and resolution are decent, it offers a lot of light and the colors are accurate. The view outside is good enough. </p>
<p> The Pro1 is at least comparable in length and width to other cell phones with 6-inch screens. However, its depth of 14 mm makes it chunky. The front may be glass, but Fxtec had no choice but to use a lot of metal for the sliding hinge mechanism and the lower half of the phone. It is difficult. At 244.6 g or 8.63 ounces, the Pro1 is heavier than a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus – with the case turned on. </p>
<p> Fxtec smoothed the profile of the phone and gave it curved side edges (including the display) and rounded corners. This absolutely necessary design decision helps to reduce the total space requirement to a pocket size. The rear metal has a matt black finish and a nice grain. </p>
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<p> The Pro1 is thick and heavy, but aluminum and glass feel good. </p>
<p> There are three buttons on the right edge of the phone, including volume control, on / off switch and camera button. I am not a fan of buttons making loud, clacking noises when pressed. The volume control is loose and hovers a little while the camera button barely moves. </p>
<p> A fingerprint reader is also attached to the right edge. It is a bit low. I found it easy to train, but it hardly ever worked properly. I gave up and used a password. </p>
<p> There is a 3.5 mm socket at the top, a USB-C port at the bottom and a SIM card slot on the left I appreciate that the SIM – Can only be removed with your fingernail. It can hold two SIM cards or a SIM card with a microSD memory card. </p>
<p> The Pro1 is neither robust nor waterproof nor resistant. </p>
<h2> How is the use of the Fxtec Pro1? ? </h2>
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<p> Although I have seen different prototypes of the Pro1 over a period of more than seven months, I am still not convinced that Fxtec did the design correctly. I like and appreciate it the basic concept here, but the execution is simply not there. </p>
<p> The main problem is the hinge. The physical act of forcing the top half to open is crazy. Instead of just jumping open with a little pressure, you have to Squeeze the top half vigorously to convince the hinge to move – this applies to all prototypes I've seen, including the shipping model we tested. Thanks to the rounded design, your fingers have little Pressure, which means that you can accidentally hurl the phone across the room just as easily as successfully open the hinge. </p>
<p> Opening the hinge to access the keyboard is far too difficult. </p>
<p> Clearly: opening the hinge to access the keyboard, the signature function of the phone, is far too difficult. I shouldn't have to think about it, it should be a one-handed muscle memory action that I don't even know I do. Instead, I fight the phone every time, and I'm afraid I'll blow it up. In addition, opening it successfully and securely takes longer than simply using the on-screen keyboard. </p>
<p> Unfortunately for Fxtec, frustration determines the overall experience of using Pro1. </p>
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What is the keyboard like?

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<p> The physical keyboard itself is fine. It's a five-line job with dedicated lines for numbers and other controls like space and arrow keys. It's pretty much a full QWERTY keyboard. </p>
<p> Me has never been a fan of the side keyboard layout. I think my thumbs have to move too much, which limits typing efficiency. That means there are certainly people who like this form factor and find the keyboard pleasant. Personally, I’m with Gboard much faster. </p>
<p> The keys have a dome-shaped, rounded shape that can be used to define them. Each key has its own and appealing effect. I think it's great, that the caps lock key is lit. According to Fxtec, the Pro1 has a backlit keyboard, but it is so dark that you can only see it in areas that are almost pitch black. </p>
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<p> The real advantages of the keyboard? Shortcuts and multitasking. </p>
<p> The real advantage of keyboard shortcuts. There are a number of pre-installed keyboard shortcuts for launching apps or actions, but you can customize a lot of them to suit your needs. Power users will appreciate the speed know that will speed up your workflow. </p>
<p> I will say that the physical keyboard improves multitasking. An on-screen keyboard is no longer required, so more space for your apps remains on the display. For example, you can use Gmail and Open a browser or other app side by side and quickly navigate and enter text in each app, which is the most obvious advantage of the Pro1 displayed on the screen, one or both apps are often deleted by the software keyboard, which affects the user-friendliness. </p>
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<p> Here's a fun bug or missing feature: If you open the phone while the screen is locked, none of the keyboard The buttons activate the screen so you can unlock it You need the screen lock button on the side * Facepalm * </p>
<h2> Is the Pro1 working well? </h2>
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<p> Fxtec presented the Pro1 for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in February 2019 and is expected to be delivered in May. With the lens from February 2019, the Snapdragon 835 made at least some sense as a cheaper alternative to the 845 or 855. Now, at the end of 2019 and after Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865, the 835 feels like a serious misstep. </p>
<p> The processor, 6 GB RAM and the software together deliver at best a jerky performance. I know that Fxtec worked hard to optimize the software. This is also evident when using the keyboard and multitasking. Almost the entire standard user interface of Android 9 Pie has been optimized for landscape view. Almost not all. For example, if you use the app switcher, you will encounter apps that get stuck in portrait mode. </p>
<p> However, almost everything about the experience is faulty. Apps don't open quickly, the side buttons aren't always registered, the screen seems overly sensitive to touch, and I find the phone does something I didn't intend to do often. </p>
<p> The Pro1 has a good battery life and works well with AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA. </p>
<p> The 3,200 mAh battery works really well. The Pro1 easily pushed through full working days. I've never been worried about running out of juice. Furthermore, the included charger can turn on the phone after a little over an hour. That's very helpful. </p>
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<p> I would describe the camera as chaos. At the beginning the app is completely faulty. The buttons only respond 50% to the touch. At least there are a number of shooting modes, including HDR, portrait, landscape, sport, Candle light, sunset, night, beach, snow and professional. The phone has a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with depth sensor and flash. It takes passable shots but nothing spectacular. The portrait / bokeh tool has problems with edge detection. </p>
<p> Wireless performance was good all around. The phone is being sold unlocked and supports LTE 4G from AT&T / Cricket and T-Mobile / Metro in the US. It worked well on both networks. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios do the job, and there is an NFC radio for Google Pay. </p>
<p> The vibration motor is terrible. Sigh. </p>
<h2> Should You Buy Fxtec Pro1? </h2>
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<p> Simply put, no. Although I have great respect for the team behind the Fxtec Pro1, this device is not polished enough. Hardware and software problems degrade performance too much. The hinge is difficult, the keys are loose, and the processor I like the keyboard very much and the battery life is solid, but these are not enough to save the entire phone. </p>
<p> Furthermore, the value is not available. Fxtec calculates for the Pro $ 699. Phones in this price range must work well across the board, and it will take four to six weeks for you to reach them once you have placed an order. </p>
<p> If you have if you really need the additional space for multitasking and typing, the LG G8x ThinQ will serve you much better </p>
<p> Ultimately, I can only recommend this phone to those who <strong> absolutely must have a physical keyboard </strong> on it Telephone connected – and even then I think the two-year BlackBerry Key2 is a better choice overall. </p>
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Fxtec Pro1 Android smartphone with a full-size keyboard.

Typing on the glass screens of modern smartphones is not suitable for everyone. The Fxtec Pro1 with a physical keyboard brings back the tactile experience.

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