Target Market (was: Re: Charger?)

Marcus Bauer marcus.bauer at
Mon Apr 14 22:08:44 CEST 2008

On Mon, 2008-04-14 at 20:06 +0200, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> I have made the same observations when showing the Neo. An additional  
> feedback came from a former key account manager who had sold millions  
> of phones to Vodafone and other MNOs: it is impossible to sell this  
> industrial design to any mobile network operator because they are  
> fashion and not technology driven.

My personal view is looking at the Neo as a Linux computer and not just
as a phone - this opens a completely different perspective: as such the
Neo is an absolutely unique device. There is only one similar device
which is the N810 but it lacks the GSM modem.

I know that there are HTC devices with similar hardware specs but the
important differnc is that the Neo does have full vendor support. Thus
when the Neo is sold there runs Linux on it already. No reverse
engineering needed to get all the hardware to run properly.

It is a Linux computer that simply fits into your pocket.

Whoever just wants a phone has plenty of choice already. But looking at
it like the *world's smallest linux laptop* sheds another light on the
battery endurance too. It runs just five hours while in full use? So
what, a battery is just 20 grams - just take a couple with you. If a
stand-by time of twenty days is needed then there are many phones out
there just not smart ones.

My first computer was an AT286/16MHz with 1MB RAM and 40MB harddisk, EGA
color monitor with 640x350 resolution. No network, no internet. 5,25"
floppy for data exchange. Weight: 30kg (very sturdy case):

Now I can put into my pocket:
- 266 MHz CPU
- 128 MB RAM
- up to 8GB storage
- have USB device and host mode
- 640x480 display
- Wifi, bluetooth

To me this is just exciting. 
And it runs Linux instead of DOS :-P

As Sean said in the very begining of the project: this opens a new era.


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