QVGA V/s VGA for GTA03 - product management, features & assumptions

steve steve at openmoko.com
Sat Jun 14 22:56:23 CEST 2008


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Subject: Re: QVGA V/s VGA for GTA03 - product management,features &

Ken Young wrote:
> This is especially true because if the GTA03 tries to be an iPhone
> clone, it will be at best a half-assed iPhone clone.   The hardware just
> isn't competitive with an iPhone's.   If the GTA03 has QVGA, will it have
> fast 3G networking?   No.   Will it have a state-of-the-art SoC?   No.
> That's not to say the GTA03 will be a bad device.   There's a lot
> of very exciting things you can do with the Freerunner hardware.   But
> it's just stupid to try to imitate the slick, largely useless, graphics
> goodies found on high-end video feature phones.   It is also a little
> alarming to hear that alpha blending is even being discussed by 
> corporate OM personnel, when you consider the state of the current OM
software stack.
> I don't think OM should target consumers who care about watching videos
> and having slick graphics at all.   They should go after uses of Palm
> and RIM products, who will be attracted to a rich ecosystem of useful 
> 3rd party applications, and a phone geared towards letting professional
> people get some work done.   There are not nearly so many of those
> people as there are Apple fanboys, but they are willing to part with 
> serious money to get the best phone for their work and hobbies.
> Think Differently!
>                --
> Ken Young
I second this as well.

I posted an email with some ideas / brainstorming about how we can take the
phone idea and extend it with some lateral thinking.

There is A LOT of room to innovate and set the moko appart from the

I think what the project needs to do is OUT THINK the competition, not COPY
the competition.

Look, Microsoft cannot compete with the Apple brand ... why try and fail at

Let's not follow behind iSteve (tm) and beast in Redmond.  I think we can
take this mobile device thing and take it in a totally different direction
and really set it apart.


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