consider buying Neo Freerunner

Fredrik Wendt fredrik at
Mon Oct 20 22:01:06 CEST 2008

Hi. This is my first and hopefully only post in where I whine.

I love my FreeRunner - but it doesn't work as a phone reliably (I sure
don't want to miss my first daughter being born soon) and the progress
since July when I bought it is far from convincing ... FSO sure looks
good but it won't help that I can theoretically use the phone with any
UI and applications thinkable,

unless the hardware and it's basic functionality works.

My whining ends with:

* Can't call reliably
* GPS takes forever
* Accelerometer's interface 
* Bluetooth with a headset is far from working
* Playing ogg/mp3 that all my other phones does hogs the CPU
* usage patterns regarding power and battery - there's a LOT to wish for
* using speaker as a conference phone ... well do I need to

So what use cases is left that it can actually fulfill?

* A wonderful toy
* A wonderful playground for learning python
* A wonderful project (the commercial GPS product does show that it
*should* work)
* book stand

but I don't know what to do with it - it's almost useless in it's
current state.

My suggestion: Wait for GTA03. On the other hand - I do believe that
they will fix everything with the GTA02 and that the phone will be
really awesome. Perhaps the GTA03 will have the same mountain of issues
that the GTA02 version has revealed.

I have a fever (home from work) so perhaps that's pulling my mood down a
bit too - normally I'd just warn you with the last "My suggestion"
part. :)



PS. If one would want to go with Qt Extended, the phone is much more
useful and complete regarding the software. But the hardware issues are
still the same. DS

mån 2008-10-20 klockan 16:19 +0200 skrev z.pekar at
> Hello,
> I consider buying Neo Freerunner, and would like to use it with Debian
> (since its what I have on my PC). I intend to use it as my primary
> cellphone and not merely as PDA. My problem is the Hardware bugs,
> mainly concerning audio quality during call, listed here
> :
> #  Caller hears a loud echo of their own voice #1267
> # Buzzing noise caused by GSM radio interference #883 #1352
> My question is - would those hardware bugs be fixed in some revision
> of GTA2 or do I have to wait until GTA3? If it is going to be fixed in
> GTA2 how long could it presumably take before new revision will be
> available for purchase, and if not, the same question regarding
> presumable release of GTA3?
> If neither option will be availabe soon - do you know some
> alternatives - a smartphone with option to install debian on it, so it
> could be usable?
> I ask because of this recent post:
> :
> "Won't work on om2007 stack. Won't do hardware."
> thank you in advance
> Zeev
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