Back to the basics: improving user experience

Warren Baird photogeekmtl at
Mon Oct 20 19:54:33 CEST 2008

I really welcome the 'back to basics' focus by OM.

However, I'd echo what other people have said - for me, the 'basics', are
ensuring that the phone works as a phone.   My FR is sitting in my backpack,
with my SIM in another phone - I missed several calls and wasn't able to
make calls on several occasions because the FR got into a strange state and
refused to make or answer calls.   I missed other calls because the phone
was suspended and didn't wake up quickly enough for me to answer the call
before it went to voice mail.  Then I stopped suspending the phone, and
missed calls because my battery had died.

I would *love* to go back to using my FR as my phone - but I can't do it
until I'm confident that I'm not going to miss calls, and that I'll be able
to make calls when I need to.

For me, there are 2 'basics' that need to be met before addressing any other

1:  rock solid phone performance - making / receiving calls
2: enough battery life that I can make it through a working day without
having to plug in the FR - this can be either through increasing the battery
life, or by fixing suspend mode so that it's reliable and doesn't break #1.

Until I'm convinced those items are addressed, my $400 FR is going to remain
turned off in my backpack, and my friends who bought iPhones will continue
to laugh at me for 'wasting' my money on such a 'phone'.  *please* give me
some ammunition to use against them!


On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 3:47 AM, John Lee <john_lee at> wrote:

> Hi,
> Like Wolfgang said in
> We assembled a team to focus on improving the user experience.  Here
> is our todo list at the moment:
> * Reduce boot time.
> * Optimize the touch screen driver on freerunner for finger usage.
> * A generic python loader to enhance the start up time of python
>  scripts.
> * Work with system team to improve suspend/resume user experience.
> I would like to ask the community:
> What do you want us to work on?
> The idea is
> * We improve the current stack, not creating new features.
> * Prefer stuffs which could be brought over to gta03 instead of
>  gta02/om2008 specific.
> * won't work on om2007 stack.
> So, tell us what you want, then the coding monkeys will start working!
> :)
> Regards,
> John
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