Openmoko Community Survey 2011 ? Results

neo at neo at
Mon Jan 16 10:13:38 CET 2012

Hi Nikolaus,

> The cheapest UMTS Android 2.2 device I can currently get in
> Germany is at 129 EUR (most likely from some overstock clearance).
> Has a 320x240 display, no sensors, no free and open software. No
> hardware description, no schematics. Appears to be crap and much
> less featured than the GTA04. But the poll result indicates this is the
> way we should go. Really?

I need to correct you in this case: The cheapest UMTS-Abdroid is the Huawei Ideos X3 if I did not miss anything. It comes with Gingerbread 2.3, GPS, Sensors (see for a price of 100 EUR. Of course it is absolutely not open and in my opinion the GTA04 does not compete against it, but still it is a very usable phone for little money.

However it is clear, that you will never be able to compete against those prices unless you build a far bigger number of phones. The most people who seriously consider buying a GTA04 will probably spend more money if the get all the extra features. The GTA04 is not and will never be a mass market product:.

neo at

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