openmoko at underhand.org
Mon Apr 13 04:06:58 CEST 2009
Great to see the useful discussion going on here. I hope my
contribution is helpful too!
Steve Mosher wrote:
> The next Phone:
> 1. GTA02 cost down
> 2. GTA02 Glamoectomy - G
> 3. GTA02 -G+E Glamoecyomy, new Edge +E
> 4. GTA02 -G+E+P add 6410
Reviewing these kind of options is difficult in isolation. But cost /
timescale / target market asside my personal instinct would be to keep
changes for the next phone super simple: a glamoectomy and some cost
savings - gta02.5 maybe. Save the new ID for a later device, targeted
further in the future. But whether a 02.5 is sane would depend when it
might enter MP.
Now the buzz / bass problems are understood (fixed in new designs?) The
Glamo seems to be the biggest weakness in gta02 - affecting UI
responsiveness, 'wow' and software development of funky new stuff. We'd
need a changed interface for the wifi (iirc), but from my non-expert
position it seems reverting to the gta01 LCD interface should be low
risk. A simple gta02.5 should have a highly predictable schedule, and
allow the new s/w stack to shine, with minimal software re-targeting
needed. If we kept RF & case designs from gta02 does that make
gta03 / gta-future would then be (a little) further reaching, +p +e +cam
+ new ID +external SD card, and aimed at better defined 'consumers'.
With more lead time, this is the one I see the community getting more
involved in designing - identifying the target audience, appropriate
parts, roughing out schematics, exploring limitations, rinse and repeat
of paper designs until OM are happy that it's buildable.
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