[GTA04] When is the next and more powerful openmoko releasing

Al Johnson openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Tue Oct 26 19:33:15 CEST 2010

On Tuesday 26 October 2010, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Am 26.10.2010 um 10:58 schrieb Patryk Benderz:
> > [cut]
> > 
> >> To say more of the price, it is necessary to have the design available.
> > 
> > This question you asked Boudewijn, is very important.
> > 
> > 	Nikolaus, do you have some design available for preview? If so, I could
> > 
> > also make a research in Poland, how much would it cost?
> 	http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/CAD_models
> This is what I use for asking for quotes (the Neo 1973 case separated into
> the important parts):
> 	http://download.goldelico.com/ombeagle/images/Neo1973.step.zip
> BTW:
> I just come back from another plastics manufacturing company. They can
> produce a case by milling and glueing plastic plates. It would come to
> approx. 50 EUR. But is much larger (wall thickness 10 mm, slice thickness
> 3mm) and needs modifications to the whole construction. Personaly I would
> dislike this as a "Smartphone" (compared to a
> Nokia/Palm/HTC/Apple/Samsung) and we won't get many friends...

10mm?! Friends were doing better than that when I was at school!

> And I discussed with them about laser cutting. Their opinion: can be used
> only for engraving into acrylic parts and cutting a general shape. But not
> for fine grained cuts. The laser burns the plastics until the color
> changes.

That runs counter to representations I've seen from multiple manufacturers. 
Here's a counterexample:
Discolouration is a problem with polycarbonate, but many others seem to be 
fine. I guess there's only one way to find out for sure, and the case of my 
PJB100 is starting to fall apart. I'll let you know how I get on, and whether 
it ends up looking acceptable.

> How many new cases would you and your friends buy if it costs:
> * 20 EUR
> * 50 EUR
> * 100 EUR
> * 200 EUR

I need at most 2 phones, and wouldn't recommend this style of phone to most of 
my friends. As for cost, it really depends on the case and what's going in it. 
I'd probably think twice about 200 EUR unless it was something special though!

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