gta02-core (was Re: OM future)

rakshat hooja rakshat at
Thu Feb 25 17:48:31 CET 2010

> internet. need i say more. as such its actually used here in australia, and
> in
> japan, and korea, and the usa, etc. - people really do use phones for
> looking
> up stuff, maps (yes downloading the  maps as you go), blogging, instant
> messaging and email - oh god email. sure - video calls, tv etc. are pretty
> moot
> - but the other things definitely use 3g - there is a big difference
> between 2g
> and 3g for speed when it comes to loading web pages. not to mention
> cost-wise -
> 2g and 3g get priced differently with 3g being much much much cheaper for
> data
> in au than 2g generally (cheapest telco for data is 3 and they are 3g only
> - 2g
> data rates are just silly. 3g data is cheap).
> but - u'd need a phone that actually uses such things nicely and still most
> people dont have one. you'd need an iphone, modern android or palm webos
> device
> for this to really work. then it becomes a different game as your phone can
> make use of all that data...

Lets take the desktop analogy further I use a 2004 Tosiba laptop with a
celeron processor (ubuntu ) as my main laptop still. 6 years down the line
the "modern" internet runs perfectly on it (modern games pretty much don't
:).  Firefox renders pretty much everything, Java works, maps, banking,
server hosted apps, social networking sites; everything really does work.

Now I have two employees in my 3 people company and both my employees have
had their laptops upgraded (at my cost). One has a fancy HP with one of the
latest intel processors and the other a macbook. Did they really need these
upgardes to use the modern evolving web? No. But they definitely felt that
they needed the latest hardware to be productive in their work.

Why am i mentioning all these anecdotes. Because I feel that they highlight
the fact that people will always want the latest and fanciest hardware they
can afford but at the sametime its just BS to say you need the latest
hardware to run the evolving internet. Snapdragon is cool but the 233 MHz
samsung in the Neo 1973 is still more than capable of handling anything the
mobile internet has thrown up till now (if designed properly - like raster
is right about the qvga screen in the OM phones).

I do buy the 3G module and lisense cost issues and till date I don't see how
this can be worked around for a fully open phone.

Anyway Qi's roadmap does say Open Phone in 2012

So we continue to dream :)


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