i Phone & OS X vs. FIC neo1973 & openmoko

Andy technil at riseup.net
Wed Jan 10 01:09:43 CET 2007

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Hmm. looks like apple is entering the handset market....


The size and design idea seems similar to that of the Neo1973. (neo
screen has twice as much detail (480 x 640) vs. (320 x 480), but is
physically smaller 2.5") touch is primary input method for both, with
the iphone supporting "multitouch" (like those touchstream keyboards
that were around a few years ago ?), and a stylus for the neo (?). Both
have quad band GSM. The Neo has a mini or micro? usb port (host/device
configurable), the iPhone has an ipod dock (device). iPhone comes with
4-8 gig internal memory -no word on ram or other flash and has no slots
for expanded memory, neo supports micro-sd cards and has 64MB flash, 128
RAM. Neo has GPS/AGPS, iphone doesn't. iphones sold in the US will be
locked to Cingular (1 SIM assumed) and you will have to get a 2 yr
contract. neo is unlocked. iphone has EDGE, neo has 2.5G (GPRS?). iphone
has 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0, the neo doesn't, yet. The iPhone has
accelerometers and a 2 MP camera, the neo doesn't. It isn't clear
whether the embedded version of Darwin/OSX that runs the iphone will be
made open source, as apple only provides open source ports of darwin for
x86 and ppc. http://www.opensource.apple.com/darwinsource/

That said, the Neo1973 and OpenMoko are still at the top of my list for
many reasons; GPS, Open Embedded Build system, Linux, unlocked, price,
etc. If the UI of OpenMoko and the application suite can equal or rival
that of the iPhone, i bet lots of people will want to have the neo in
their lineup, even without 802.11b/g aand bluetooth.


Technical Specifications

Screen size 		3.5 inches "Widescreen"
Screen resolution 	320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method 		Multi-touch
Operating system 	OS X
Storage 		4GB or 8GB
GSM 			Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data 		Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera 			2.0 megapixels
Battery 		Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing
  			Up to 16 hours Audio playback

Dimensions 		4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
Weight 			4.8 ounces / 135 grams

Apparently uses the "ipod connector" for connection to a computer.
MSRP in June of this year: $499.00 (4gig) $599.00 (8gig) US
ONLY available with Cingular 2 yr contract.

- -andy
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