Software Status - Shall I buy or shall I wait?

Lorn Potter lpotter at
Tue Jul 1 22:14:35 CEST 2008

Ingmar RIeger wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm watching the OpenMoko Project for more than a year. And now with a
> available Phone with W-Lan I'm thinking, if I shall buy it now. I often
> read the list the last weeks but not everything is clear to me now. I'll
> write a list of Questions what isn't clear for me now and I'm hopping,
> you can help me.
> 1.) How long is the battery life? Can I use the FreeRunner a hole day if
> I only use little MP3, maybe a short phone call and maybe a little time
> GPS? And are there batteries available which could be charged in the FR?
> I often read that Nokia batteries are utilizable but not chargeable.
> 2.) Whats the state of the software? I mean both, the "normal" software
> and the ASU one. Is it possible to make and recive calls with both? This
> would be the most important thing if some other functions work. And
> which of the following things is working on which version of the
> distribution?

Speaking for Qtopia phone (not ASU, thats really not Qtopia), phone 
calls and sms have worked since the first week I got a neo1973.

> 3.) Is there a browser which basically works and which can use a proxy?

Qtopia 4.4 will have a working web browser.

> 4.) Is there a working application for GPS logging/tracking? I'm a
> OpenStreetMap-User and I want to contribute with the FR.

There is a third party application, open citymap which runs on Qtopia. I 
will try to compile it for gta0*

There is also a GPS example app in Qtopia, but that just spits out 
lat/long coords. If you are really good, you can navigate that way.

> 5.) Is there a working MP3-Player with basic functions? This is one of
> the most use cases for me.

Qtopia phone does. :) Haven't tried it lately, but will test today.

> 6.) Is there a funambol-connector for the addressbook and the callender
> or is somebody working on it?

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, Trolltech, a Nokia company

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