MicroSD card does not fit in Freerunner

thomasg thomas at gstaedtner.net
Fri Jul 11 12:30:15 CEST 2008

On 7/11/08, Randy S. <randypower at gmail.com> wrote:
> I received my FR today and had trouble fitting the microSD card in place.
> The problem is that the pins in the FR for the SD card are so high that the
> flimsy little cover can't snap down over the SD card. I tried it anyway, and
> put the SIM card in over the SD card to hold it in place.  I booted the
> device but it never stopped "Registering...". So I removed the SD card and
> now the SIM card seems to sit correctly in place (making contact on all of
> its pins) so at least the device works and registers with the network
> provider (T-Mobile in San Antonio, Texas).
> However, I'm running without a memory card.  This is one more thing on the
> list of disappointments with the FR (no complete and stable software, bad
> battery life, noisy audio during calls).

I don't understand how anyone can talk about bad battery life. I did some
benchmarks for myself:
WLAN on + GPS on + GSM idle +  Display on + Backlight on 100%: 3 hours 8
WLAN on + GSM idle: > 6 hours
GSM idle: > 9 hours

This all is without any kind of powermanagement (except the
backlight-dimming in the last both modes), so no cpufreq, no
display-turning-off, and _no_ standby!
This is all but bad, imho it's more or less awsome!
It can even get better if we send the cpu in powersave modes (cpufreq would
be fine) and turn the display off when the backlight is off, but even
without this the freerunner is on the same level as many modern smartphones
(some nokias do better because of the better SoCs, higher capacity batteries
and way smaller displays).

So maybe there are points to complain (I for myself have the GPS-problem),
but the battery is definitely not the point.
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