Wanted buyers for NeoFreerunner GTA04: free smartphone tries again
Nearly four years ago I wrote an article (I've also talked about here and here ) in which I spoke of the imminent launch of the first smartphone built according to the typical principles of Free Software and Open Source. Many of you will remember, in fact, the NeoFreerunner produced by OpenMoko and others will remember that this magnificent gadget, on which so many have put a huge confidence, it was disappointing as far as concerned the real usabilità.Oggi, after more than three years , here check out a new "revision" of the hardware NeoFreerunner: the GTA04 . This will be the right time to get a smartphone completely free?
Let me say that after the "burn" suffered with the purchase of the then NeoFreerunner expensive, I would move with extreme caution and for this reason I avoid responding affirmatively to the question that I asked myself. On this point I would make two observations from which will be stated in the because of my failure to take a position.
First let's start with what were some of the problems that plagued the "old" NeoFreerunner: 1) have a hardware only partially free, 2) poor management of the graphics department at the hardware level with the processor bus (the hated Glamo ) shared with the the memory card. Virtually all projects operating systems birthstone for the Freerunner you are stranded on the slowness and lack of responsiveness of the graphical interface that made the experience of using this smartphone for nothing appealing.
One of the aspects, however, the more I liked and what I'm really delighted to have been (and still be) the owner of the old Freerunner GTA02, also known as the "soap" for his unique look, is to have known and frequented the Italian community in telefoninux.org .
Coming to the new hardware of the Neo Freerunner, for which specifications please refer to the official website , the considerations that I do relate to the costs and the technologies used. These two aspects leave me very puzzled about the real success of the project and especially make me give up the idea of purchasing one. In fact, the hardware, though significantly higher than the previous version, it remains quite dated. We are talking about a system that nowadays is not even comparable to many entry-level smartphone low-end ... I wonder ... with the fast-paced technological evolution of the CPU and GPU, what sense would buy a product that is already "old"? It would make sense only if the cost of having a mobile phone completely free being only slightly larger than an equal level of closed type, but it is not so! To take home a GTA04 should shell out at best and at least 400 euro up to over 500 ... for me it's not worth the money.
I close, linkandovi what he wrote about one of the admin (as well as founder) of the website telefoninux.org, m0nt0, that I would fully agree!
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