It seems like we will never see physical qwerty keyboards on mobile devices.
But then an idea came: if the major smartphone manufacturers will no longer build smartphones with qwerty keyboards, i will make one myself. More exactly modify one.
So i got a samsung galaxy note 4, because it has top specifications, and started to think on how can i add: a phisical keyboard, a regular size usb port, a desktop operating system (even emulated ones, if they are running at usable speeds).
- A hardware qwerty keyboard - I am thinking on making a slide mechanism from two cases and for the keyboard i already ordered this:
That is a bluetooth qwerty keyboard with a mose pad (the mouse pad will be really useful for the operating system). I was thinking on a verus slide case:
However this case is the thickest case i saw, so adding the bluetooth keyboard to that will make the phone very thick. I will have to search for thinner cases.
- The "normal size" usb port - this new smartphones seem to be so thin, that it is almost impossible to fit a regular usb port inside the phone
I also tried to fit a usb port in a samsung galaxy note 3, which is thicker than the note 4. However this seem imposible too
As you can see, unless i cut the anthena of the phone out, there is no room for the usb port.
Now going back to the note 4, the way to get the usb port is by using the verus case, which is almost twice the phone thickness
However i will wait for the bluetooth keyboard to arrive, and then i will see what cases to use, and where to place the usb port.
- Desktop operating system - In this case the note 4 seem to use its processing power quite good, allowing the usage of linux and windows. Here is a video of windows xp emulated using limbo pc emulator (you can search it on google, but you'll need to root your phone):
It is not very usable, but still the fastest emulated windows on an android device.
I also manage to run Linux Debian with xfce interface.
This one does not need root, and the s-pen realy do a nice job by simply hover the pen above the screen, you can move the mouse.
I did not tweak any of this systems yet, to make the faster, i just installed them and leave everithing as default. I'm sure that with some settings i can get this systems more optimized for the note 4.
I am also thinking at a solar panel on the back (as i did on nokia n900). In this case, it should be easyer becase the note 4 supports inductive chargers, so it does have the power conectors already soldered on the back of the phone.