Why one cannot recommend the freerunner as a daily phone (was Re: Is a FreeRunner sufficient for me?)
openmoko at ginguppin.de
Sun Jun 21 09:46:51 CEST 2009
i use it for about a year now as sole phone, after some weeks with 2007.X
i installed debian with fso (a kind of distri you forgot to metion, too).
> - The device wakes up too slowly, I lost some calls.
no problem for month now.
> - The vibrator is too weak, I missed more calls.
most if not all vibrators i have known i cellphones were _way_ weaker --
most notably the treo650's, which made me lose more calls than the fr
> - The volume is way to low, You can really only use it indoors.
no problem here.
> - The Display is too dark for sunny days, even in the shade.
-no problem here
> - I lost many SMS. I eventually receiced most of them after restarting
experienced tha a long time ago, imo at least in fso that is fixed.
> - The battery lasts only a few hours, again, I lost many calls (this
> on the distro. But even with a »good« one, I had cases in which the
> device did
> not suspend due to something crashing)
dunno, what you mean by "couple of hours", i get at least 48h standby,
crashing and leaving th fr in a unsuable state happens every couple of
month. i say, that's a rate other devices have too.
> - Sometimes I cannot access the phonebook (Android, SHR)
no problem here, but i use zhone and tweaked it to read not from sim but
> - Wifi does not work reliably and it takes a long time to connect.
> - The device/software is terribly slow. How fast was even the oldest
> palm in comparison!
compared with a plam, that's true -- but then, the palms were never able
to do multi tasking.
> - the on-screen keyboards are all terrible for finger-typing. I liked
> the one from QTe, but you have to install german wordlists by hand. Also
> it was
> impractical to switch upper/lowercase. Best solution would be to use
> landscape automatically.
no problems here, i use matchbox-keyboard, which is sufficient for my
needs. and i am no friend of completion either.
> - Even simple tasks like inserting the number of the caller into the
> addressbook is sometimes impossible or very complicated.
far to general -- what software/distribution are you talking about?
> - The alarm clock does not work reliably.
don't know, i never used them. in the beginning there were no working
alarms and i bought a little alarm clock, which is the only use i have for
> - When the battery is completely empty, it takes ages to reload the
> phone and you're not able to turn it on even when plugged in.
not more than about 1h -- after that the fr is able to boot and you can
> - You cannot sync dates or even contacts, PIM-functions are virtually
ever checked avaliable sw repos? debian has all kinds of sw available and
thus even pim, the integration with other apps (namely calling/sms) is
indeed missing so far.
and with those apps you can sync the same way you would eg a laptop's pim
with a desktop's
> (And I did not mention nice things like video-playback, a good
> MP3-Player, voice-notes, a nice email-Interface or a feed-aggregator...)
see above. if you can't find apps for non-debian distris, it's most likely
because of the fact that no one missed the really so far and cared to
create them. i for one don't miss those.
i don't say (like you do) "it is ready. period", but i say "it is ready
for _me_ and sufficiently fits _my_ needs. period."
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