[QT Extended] Observersation on QtE 4.4.2

Warren Baird photogeekmtl at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 20:37:45 CET 2008

Well, I've been running QtE for a bit over a week now, and I wanted to give
kudos to Lorn and the QT team for making the FR something close to a usable
phone...     It's not perfect yet- I'm still using the original images, so I
don't have bluetooth working, and there are a few other gaps, but at least I
haven't missed any calls due to slow responsiveness.

I've been rebooting the phone every day or two, and perhaps that's why I
haven't yet seen the strange instablities I was seeing earlier with FDOM and
QtE 4.4.1 - but the basic phone functionality has been pretty reliable - I
used the phone on a short business trip, and aside from having to reboot to
get out of 'airplane' mode, it worked well.

QtE also has *way* better battery life than anything else I've tried - I can
go 36 hours or more without having to plug in the phone.

For the first time, I'm starting to feel like I can use my FR as a phone.

Of course, I haven't had time to install any interesting software on the
phone, get wifi or gprs working, get the gps working, or anything like that,
so things may get more interesting at that point - but I've gone more than a
week without feeling the need to put my Sim back in my old cell phone.


On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Warren Baird <photogeekmtl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been trying out QT Extended 4.4.2 for a few days now, and I thought
> I'd share my observations so far:
>   - Stability seems better than I originally thought - After my one
> experience seeing it not wake up from suspend on a call, I haven't noticed
> any other issues - I've received a fair number of calls and sms's, and the
> phone has always woken up.
>   - The biggest issue for me atm is that I don't get an audible ring tone
> for either calls or sms messages - This is a regression since QtE 4.4.1 -
> any suggestions on how to resolve it would be very welcome.
>   - I've missed one un-expected phone call because by the time I noticed
> the vibration and got the phone out of my pocket, all I saw was the dreaded
> 'view missed calls?'.   However, I think this is more related to the lack of
> an audible ring, rather than the problem I saw in OM2008.8 where by the time
> the phone woke up from suspend the call had gone to voice mail.   I was able
> to sucessfully answer an unexpected call this morning, which I don't think
> *ever* happened with OM2008.8
>   - Battery life is *much* improved over OM2008.8 - I went more than 24
> hours without recharging and still had two bars of battery left.
> There are a few minor issues I've noticed:
>   - the lack of an icon for the terminal in the apps list is annoying.
> Does QT Extended provide a 'run' capability, which would allow a user to
> directly enter an application to run?
>   - 4.4.1 provided 3 different appearance themes - but 4.4.2 only provides
> 1, and unfortunately it's not the one I preferred.
>   - speakerphone mode didn't work - I think this is also a regression from
> 4.4.1.
> Even with the various annoyances and regressions, QT Extended is the
> closest I've seen so far to making my OM usable as a daily phone.
> I haven't seen the behaviour I saw once with OM2008.8 and once with 4.4.1
> where the phone gets into a strange state where it can no longer make or
> recieve calls - we'll see if I bump into that one eventually or not...
> Warren
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