Openmoko Freerunner Soon – Reviews Here

Not here, here… but it’s in the link here:

This guy gets to review the version that is to be distributed next month. According to him, the mass production began on the 9th of this month. Wow! It’ll be out (finally) next month, with a usable User Interface and Operating System.

As soon as the distribution centers have product to ship, the store will begin offering the devices for $399 USD (or a 10-pack at $3,690 as part of the reseller system).

For those unfamiliar, the single biggest feature improvement for most people is Wifi capability though the addition of accellerometers opens some creative (and sometimes goofy) avenues to explore. For Free Software enthusiasts, Openmoko has eliminated the need for a non-free GPS device driver so Freerunner users can now make use of GPS features without comprimising the integrity of their devices.

That made my day. Comparing the new Freerunner with the old GTA01 version:

Feature Model Model
FIC Internal Codename GTA01Bv4 GTA02
Brand & Model Name Neo 1973 Neo FreeRunner
Sale Sold out Not ready yet. See
(no differences)
120.7 x 62 x 18.5 mm 120.7 x 62 x 18.5 mm
Weight 184 g 184 g (unconfirmed)
(no differences)
2.8″ 480×640 at 285 ppi, 2.8″ 480×640 at 285 ppi,
Storage 64 MB integrated flash memory (expandable with any size microSD or MicroSDHC memory cards) 256 MB integrated flash memory.Expandable with any size microSD or microSDHC memory cards
CPU Samsung s3c2410 SoC @ 266 MHz (Source) Samsung 2442 SoC @ 400 MHz
Graphics Accelerator   SMedia 3362 2D/3D Graphics Accelerator announcement
RAM 128 MB 128 MB
Wireless Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900, GPRS Class12/CS4/B 2.5G (Not EDGE), Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Tri-band GSM 900 or 850/1800/1900, GPRS Class12/CS4/B 2.5G (Not EDGE), Bluetooth 2.0 EDR; WiFi: Atheros AR6K (See also AR6K) (802.11 b/g)
Embedded devices Assisted GPS, 2 buttons Assisted GPS, 2 backlit buttons; 2x3D Accelerometers
GPS Hardware Global Locate (now Broadcom) Hammerhead u-blox/Atmel ATR0635 [1]
Sound Built-in stereo speakers, stereo handset Built-in mono speaker, stereo jack for output to headset/earphones
WiFi no yes
Accelerometer no yes, 2x3D Accelerometers
Software Extremely buggy. Most software needs to be added or made to work. Basic PDA included. Software can be created by normal users.
Battery Replaceable 1200mAh battery charged via USB 1.1 Replaceable 1200mAh battery charged via USB 1.1, or wall charger supplying 1000mA[2]. Also has a coulomb counter for accurate charge reading[3]
USB Host Support Yes, but external +5V is required Yes, powered port [4]
Ready for use Not really. What to expect from the Developer preview GTA01. Yes, when released(!)
(not including shipping costs and applicable taxes for your country)
USD 300 (base model), USD 399 including additional development hardware. (All units are shipped from the U.S.) USD 399 for the standard version (the only sold). You can buy the debug board for USD 99.

So, there you have it. I think it’s cool.
But again, my ONLY problem with it is… the lack of ANY CAMERA!!!!!!! sigh. I’m sure that will be solved in the 3rd version. I am sure. Hopefully. But for a PDA phone (cameraless) it is really a tantalising offer. I put it on par with Nokia’s E51(cameraless version). Except that Freerunner gets to run any software it wants, with not much hassle.

5 thoughts on “Openmoko Freerunner Soon – Reviews Here

  1. A Bit Overpriced Not To Have A Camera…Just Cuz It Runs Any Software…? I Don’t Know. The Phone Has Taken Too Long To Come Out. It Looks Unique ‘N’ I Love The Concept Behind Open Moko. But I don’t Know If That’s Worth 400 Dollars. Yes…”I **** Hate The Iphone”.

  2. Hey at least spell it right. It’s the iPhone! 🙂

    The other day I was helping out in the 3-year-old class at church, and one of the kids had a cell phone! At 3!!! Times have changed…

  3. 😛 iPhone…. shesshhhh….

    Yea… I finally got my new PDA phone!!!! Woo hoo… just upgraded the ROM set and leaving it for a while, since my church camp is around the corner.

    It’s an o2 Stealth. Finally, I get to use a PDA phone (Windows Mobile). I was quite surprised to see a student (foundation) use a HTC tytn II in class a few months ago… yea… it’s really changing (the times, that is).

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