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05-02-2004, 11:52 AM
I have been looking at the UX50 for some time now with some interest (so cool). Anyways, I have read several reviews, and not found my answer. For the screen, when it is open and folded over (like a regular handheld unit, the keyboard covered up). Does the screen change so that it is not horrizontal, but vertical (like a regular PDA)??? if not is there a third party app that would do this for you, so when the keyboard is covered you have a typical PDA and when not you have a landscape (horrizontal) view??
05-02-2004, 12:24 PM
05-02-2004, 12:24 PM
Hello, the unit is great and you will love it if you get it. when you flip the unit into tablet mode it turns the screen upside down so you could use the hardware buttons underneath the screen. The unit is available in portrait (verticle) when you choose to view photos or e-books that way, other than that it stays in landscape. I find it better then portrait personally because it allows you to view full lines of text, web, docs, and spreadsheets much easier. Hope that answers your question. Enjoy.
05-02-2004, 03:49 PM
cool, thanks dougf, I appreaciate your input, but that gives me one more question, if its always in landscape mode, what do programs look like that were desinged for a protrait display, like certain graphic games for example?? would they be stretched out to fit the screen (like some DVD players do on widescreen tv's)??
thanks again for the help
05-02-2004, 04:41 PM
No. Most games appear in just a standard square either to the left or the right side of the screen (depending on the user's preference). Some applications can be stretched out to full screen with the use of a program called CodeDiver.
More and more apps are available in widescreen though. And with Tapwave supporting the same screen resolution and orientation, it's more likely that the best games are going to be in that format these days (though whether they'll work with the UX's keyboard is another question entirely).
05-02-2004, 06:40 PM
Justanoob answered the question great, I'll just elaborate a little. Docs to go Word and spreadsheets now have the full landscape look to them, so instead of having a little 320 X 320 square like most palms, it goes across the entire screen. Same with Reader programs, and web and e-mails, you see more of the message naturally. Best example is look at your TV or PC monitor, if it was viewed in portrait mode you wouldn't have as much room to view what you wanted to view, imagine trying a spreadsheet like that? I feel the UX50 is designed like a mini laptop, the screen is smaller, yet you still have more real estate on the screen to view. Thats my best go at this, others may feel different. The best way to see is to go to your local electronics store and play with it a bit. Let us know your decision. and feel free to ask any other questions.
05-02-2004, 06:56 PM
viper_2_4, I would HIGHLY suggest to you if you like the UX50, get one now.
Everything in my bones tells me it will not be around much longer.
If you look around the web (ecost.com, newegg.com, compuplus.com, pricegrabber.com) you can find a brand-new, sealed in box unit for less than $500 U.S.
Get 'em while they're hot! lol ;) :p
05-02-2004, 07:49 PM
I'll say this, here in NJ there are none to be found except demo models (which I wouldn't buy one of those), I would listen to winexprt on this one, you definitely won't regret it.
05-02-2004, 08:21 PM
Just wondering, how does the Virtual Graffiti appear in tablet mode? In fact, does it have it?
05-02-2004, 08:37 PM
Yes, it has it. And it appears the same as it does when in 'open' mode and the keyboard is exposed.
05-02-2004, 08:44 PM
What the Virtual Silk area looks like when extended. BTW, that is a custom skin I applied.
05-02-2004, 09:09 PM
And you can adjust it in the settings for lefty or righty, also, you can shrink it down on most apps as discussed before to show full screen.
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