GTA01 first impressions
Mikko J Rauhala
mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi
Mon Jul 30 13:28:01 CEST 2007
I just got my Neo (yay)!
First impressions: Flashing is frustratingly slow when you want to get
tinkering ;) But really, the phone itself is a lot faster than I
expected what with all the complaints; granted, optimizations may have
crept in since then, but anyway I didn't feel it especially painful to
use. Now, I'm used to the s60 N-gage, which may blind me to the lack of
instant snappiness which _was_ present. ;] So it's not like it couldn't
use improvement, just that it's not _that_ bad, IMAO. Of course, I
haven't used it much yet, so my mileage may vary.
I managed to even make a call. Well, three, but the first were quite
silent. I loaded up the ALSA mobile phone profile settings and called
again, this time from the libgsm-cli (though apparently the calls from
GUI did also go through, just with the silence). This resulted in
massive feedback, but some words were able to be transmitted. On IRC a
developer who shall remain anonymous mentioned that oh yeah, he'd had a
phone with the earpiece shot, so he put the audio out of the stereo
speakers (_right_ next to the mic) instead, and that seems to have ended
up in a root image... At least there should be easy to fix then ;) For
now, got a prepaid SIM for my Neo playing, not replacing my usual phone
USB networking works out of the box (well, after flashing), which is
nice. Oh, and the Freedom Mini Bluetooth keyboard did snap, with its
spring-hinge, the Neo solidly enough. Neo's bluetooth seemed disabled
when I tried to run hidd, and I left it at that for now (BT was
recognized during bootup, though, so I don't think it's faulty, probably
just needs enabling).
Further tinkering will have to wait until tonight. Thanks to the team;
it's been a rocky road (I'm sure I don't even know how rocky exactly),
and longer than expected, but a significant milestone has been reached.
And it don't seem half bad.
Mikko J Rauhala <mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi>
University of Helsinki
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