[Community] Next generation OpenPhoenux devices - What people don't like with their ${PHONE}

Sven openmoko at maricon.de
Mon Feb 25 13:46:22 CET 2013

Hello Nikolaus,

some more thoughts upon your question:

You should also ask, what people like with their ${PHONE} in contrary to 
an Openmoko. And there's one important aspect: When you tell them, that 
they *can* freely choose the software for the Openmoko and flash it onto 
it by themselfes, their first reaction is to discover that they *must* 
concern with lots of technical details, where they never spent any 
thought on. Then their first question is: "Can I do it?", not meaning 
the technical possibility but the intellectual.

Then further discussions reveal one important show stopper: They're 
using Laptops and/or PCs with Windows, not with Linux!

That's an important relationship: For using Openmoko you need Linux 
skills, not only for the phone, but also for your Laptop and/or PC!

So in the end that's also the way they see the Openmoko: They see it as 
*the* "Linux-Phone"! That's the way they call it to be, under any 
aspect, and undeniable they're right with that!

Unfortunately if you discuss with Linux-Users about their ${PHONE}, they 
prefer to hack and reflash their ordinary ${PHONE} instead of getting an 
Openmoko. The feeling of succuss having cracked an commercial phone 
seems to be more important for them than really having a free phone.

So I want to throw one idea into the area, but without knowing if it's 
really a good one: Could it help if we have a simple-to-use 
Windows-Application, that makes the same as makesd.sh under Linux, 
namely creating a proper formatted and recorded SD card? So that a 
Windows-User could start using our "Linux-Phone" without having 
Linux-skills? In my opinion Qtmoko v52 is sophisticated enough to give 
it a trial. But I don't know if that's a way that we - the community - 
are really interested in to try out...

By the way, in one point I have to correct myself. There's one technical 
point that in any case must be done in order to give our "Linux-Phone" 
the acceptance that it deserves: Having a working camera together with 
an QR-scanner! Being able to read QR-codes with your phone has become 
such an self-evident daily use-case, that noone accepts to spend much 
money for a phone that is not able to do this.

And perhaps it's also worth to think about if it's really senseful to 
spend much efforts in getting a driver working for a 1.3 Mpix camera, 
today. Wouldn't it be better to spend the GTA04A5 at least a 5 Mpix 
camera? Usefully one with already existing working driver for the OMAP3?

Best regards

On 22.02.2013 10:00, Sven Dyroff wrote:
> Hello Nikolaus,
> as far as I could collect experiences the problem that you address is 
> not a technical one, but an ideological. Especially when we take a 
> look at Apple. There're so much things people don't like, because 
> Apple makes many efforts that their phones are strictly proprietary. 
> Apple's phones are very expensive. Apple's phones will be assembled by 
> 13-year old children in China and meanwhile nearly everyone knows 
> that. But if you go into discussion with people whose phone is from 
> Apple, they find unbelievable outrageous excuses, why they buy them, 
> anyway. And if you discuss long enough, you'll always get the same 
> answers. It's simply the same answers, why people drive oversized big 
> and fuel-guzzling cars in times with increasing traffic-jams, 
> decreasing offer of parking lots and increasing prices of gasoline: 
> It's stylish. It's a status symbol. It's like wearing fur.
> Or in other short words: If you're using an Openmoko, you're standing 
> outside of society. It's like being punk with cockscomb.
> Best regards
>    Sven
> Von: "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com>
> An: OpenPhoenux Community <community at openphoenux.org>
> Datum: 22.02.2013 08:46
> Betreff: [Community] Next generation OpenPhoenux devices - What people 
> don't        like with their ${PHONE}
> Gesendet von: community-bounces at openphoenux.org
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Hi all,
> as things (hardware/software/case) of the current GTA04 generation 
> stabilize,
> I think it is time to start exchanging thoughts about the next generation
> of OpenPhoenux devices.
> So to give this a start, please can you interview your friends what 
> devices
> they have, they use and why? And what they don't like with them?
> Well, it will be obvious that they like chic design, big display, plethora
> of applications & games, quadcore, graphics, the low price etc.
> But since we won't be able to copy all this (e.g. a Nexus 4 feature 
> set and
> price point), I am looking for the unexpected. For something what your 
> friends
> are missing in all offers and something we can do, but the "big ones" 
> can't or
> don't want to do.
> Maybe this gives us some directions for planning a next generation 
> OpenPhoenux.
> BR,
> Nikolaus
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