Daily Snapshot Review 04 April 2008

Kevin Dean kevin at foreverdean.info
Sat Apr 5 00:09:46 CEST 2008

My apologies, I mistakenly misquoted someone. In relation to the
startup sound, the actual description was that it sounded like the Neo
whimpered. I think that word is a bit more vivid.


On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 6:06 PM, Kevin Dean <kevin at foreverdean.info> wrote:
> Today's full review can be found at
>  http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Snapshot_review/2008-04-04 and the list
>  of reviews at http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Category:SnapshotReview
>  First and foremost, as of yesterday I updated my uBoot image. I've had
>  several people ask me about if certain uBoot versions work better than
>  others and I'm not able to answer that. I didn't buy a debug board, so
>  once I got a good image I left it. Yesterday I took the plunge and
>  updated to the msot current image (at the time). The full review now
>  reflects that I use the
>  u-boot-gta01bv4-1.3.1+svnr4297+gitb29661fc1151077776454288051bc9a488351ce8-r3.bin
>  image on my device. A link has been put there and the image can be
>  found in the recommended section in Openmoko Downloads
>  (http://downloads.openmoko.org/recommended/)
>  This is also the first time in a few days I've seen a reduction in
>  boot speed and I think I attrbute it to uBoot which has a slightly
>  faster startup (doesn't scroll up, just appears).
>  Not too much has changed since yesterday's review, but I did a few
>  different tests on the "Echo" issue and I'm finding that it's somewhat
>  inconsistant. Testing on my work phone had very little echo though the
>  echo I heard was slightly distorted (could have been the work line).
>  I'll do some more testing tonight and tomorrow and see if my wife's
>  phone has shown any improvement or if it's just as bad.
>  I forgot to mention a tiny issue the other day when I commented about
>  the new startup sound. On the Neo this sound is pretty much two notes
>  (low-high) but when connected to my car's AUX input the sound is full
>  of life with echos and tone changes... In short, it's a neat sound in
>  my car (and I'd guess on a PC) but on the Neo, it sounds quite dull.
>  I've heard someone in IRC say they felt like their Neo was moaning.
>  My recommendation today is that anyone wishing to upgrade their image
>  do so. Today's image is pretty good, though I don't think someone
>  running a very recent image would benefit too much from an update, but
>  doing so always helps test the most recent code. :)
>  -Kevin Dean

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