PPP – Plastic Pandora Prototype (unofficial)January 8, 2009
Looks like the fans are moving faster than the developers these days! Forum user “lobo” has posted his plastic-mould prototype of the Pandora, and gives the rest of us some idea of how it feels.
He had this to say:
My initial impression was “Damn that’s small: it even fits in the back pocket of my jeans!” (closed of course), quickly followed by “Thank god it’s a clamshell or it wouldn’t last long in my back pocket!”
When closed the dimensions are very similar to a GP2X, which somehow surprised me because when it’s open the case seems to be smaller somehow
The analog nubs are placed to reach perfectly, which is good because I thought they would be a bit awkward to get to from the renders up to now. Bad thing is that my hands are slightly pressing on the first and last keys in the bottow row, although this shouldn’t be a problem if the keys aren’t overly sensitive.
I love the location of the power switch, since it is not possible to reach it by accident (not unlike my GP2X which is always freezing on me because I slightly touch the damn switch while playing )
The keyboard itself does not feel very comfortable to be thumb-typing on i.e. while holding the device in your hands, though laid down on a table it’s great.
Big thanks to Clean3D for creating and publicly releasing the 3D model: I’ve been waiting for someone to do one for months now so I could prototype it and get a feel for the Pandora.
More pictures after the jump.