Questions about the usability of GTA02

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at
Mon Feb 2 06:50:25 CET 2009

this is a great mail, spot on, thank you very much.

On Feb 2, 2009, at 1:27 PM, roguemoko at wrote:

> Gothnet wrote:
>> Rask Ingemann Lambertsen wrote:
>>> Why? What is it that you expect the Neo Freerunner to do that the  
>>> other
>>> handheld devices out there won't? You will have noticed that  
>>> pretty much
>>> all
>>> the unhappy users are those expecting the Neo Freerunner to be just
>>> another
>>> well polished smartphone. If you buy a Neo Freerunner, do it for  
>>> the right
>>> reasons so you avoid disappointment.
>> I take issue with that a bit.
> Maybe it's better stated as "The people who expected reliable basic
> functionality as a phone" were disappointed. You can surely obtain it,
> but just don't expect it.
> I think the main point was to make sure it meets your extended needs  
> as
> a mobile device, just not as a phone. The phone part seems to be  
> further
> down the track for 'out-of-the-box' functionality.
> I don't think we should dance around the learning curve, especially  
> when
> someone says they are relatively new to linux. We can all debate the
> phone capabilities and reliability but in the end, some people are  
> going
> to have as much success using the freerunner as a phone as they have
> their desktop with comparable hardware. I think for now, we should  
> make
> it blatantly obvious that this is first and foremost, at this point in
> time, a portable linux computer and there is firmware yet to be
> developed to take full advantage of the freerunner as a reliable phone
> (TBA). Third party firmware should not be taken into consideration  
> when
> pitching the device as a phone, that should be something the user
> explores once OM can completely support their own device.
> Currently there are very few users, we are all QA/devs/coders/ 
> hobbyists.
> I do become a user now an then between battery removals :)
> Saying anything less is a little deceptive with regards to sales.  
> Saying
> anything more can get a little convoluted to the non-technical or  
> linux
> newbie.
> Don't get me wrong, I love my freerunner ... I really wish I could  
> pimp
> it as a phone rather than just exclaiming "look! it works!" ... when
> quite often I realise I'm wrong ... after hitting answer 50 times and
> yelling at it to shutup :)
> There really are some moments I can't help but giggle about ... but
> that's me and I know I have a wierd sense of humour :)
> Sarton
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