[Gta04-owner] Beta Tester's Report

Sven Dyroff S.Dyroff at phytec.de
Mon Feb 13 09:34:27 CET 2012

Hello Christoph, Radek and all others,

thank you for your answers and your further inquiries. Over the weekend I 
played around some more with QtMoko and I can tell you the following:

Starting the phone
I always have to boot it twice. After poweron and first boot it will hang 
showing the numeric keypad and the message "Please Wait...". I can touch 
numbers but I don't have an unlock button. I have to press the power 
button instead and choose "Restart Device". Only after the second boot I 
get the message "Enter PIN then press Unlock".

Power management
I charge the battery completely. After constantly seeing five balks 
"Applications" / "NeoControl" shows me:
    Capacity: 100
    Voltage: 4184000
    Charge: 1097775 (which indeed seems to be maximum)
    Energy: 3946380 (which indeed seems to be maximum)
    Temperature: 316
I switch off the Phone by pressing the power button and choosing "Shutdown 
Device", then I remove the power supply. After twelve hours lying on my 
table by a constant surrounding temperature of 17-19 °C I switch it on 
again and after having the chance to enter my PIN, I see only three balks. 
"NeoControl" shows me:
    Capacity: 62
    Voltage: 3853000
    Charge: 678657 (constantly decreasing)
    Energy: 2500980 (constantly decreasing)
    Temperature: 266
The secret service of which country had access to my phone in the 

Power supply
With an USB connection to a PC or with an USB AC adapter from a Sony 
Ericsson handy (that obviously activly replies to USB requests) I got no 
problems. But with a simple USB AC adapter that only delivers power 
without reacting on USB requests I got very strange results. First the 
phone didn't react at all. Later the icon in the upper right corner showed 
charging. So never I would have expected that after some time of charging 
I'll suddenly get the message that the battery is about to run very low. 
Much more surprised I've been to see that after removing the supply the 
icon still showed charging and charging and charging and charging......

Outgoing calls
It's 100% reproducible and doesn't matter when you try it. You call a 
number, let it ring once or twice, then touch "End Call". The called phone 
will continue to ring as long until you it pick up and listen to the busy 
signal you'll get after a short pause.

Incoming calls
I made a little mistake in my previous description. The phone doesn't ring 
only once but four or five times until it says "missed call". Then it 
continues to ring four or five times until it says "missed call" again, 
and so on. But when trying it again and again, I found that sometimes 
there's a little bit different behaviour. Then it rings only two times, 
then makes a pause of some seconds, then it rings five times again, then 
it throws the "missed calls" message and then it continues to ring and to 
ring and to ring although the calling phone already gives you the mailbox 
of the called number. In the end I can tell you that in 100% of all tries 
it never behaved like it should, but I cannot tell you when it will make 

Erasing "Missed call" messages
Thanks to your hint I found a way that works. When having the list with 
all the "missed call" messages, you call the menu and choose "clear". 
You'll get a screen titled "Clear Call History". Press on "missed calls" 
and get the question "Are you sure you want to delete: all missed items?". 
Touch "Yes" and the phone says "Missed Calls" "No items". After that, 
they're ALL really gone.
But what if you only want to delete some of them? That's the way I tried 
first and for 100% it doesn't work although it should. Just get the list 
of "missed calls". Touch one of them in order to see its details. THEN 
call the menu and choose "delete". You'll get the question "Delete Call 
History Item" "Are you sure you want to delete this item from the call 
history?". Choose "yes" and wonder why the item is still there...

Net strength
After having typed in the PIN the GTA04 searches for net. Then for a short 
time it reports highly available net with four or even five balks and a 
"G" aside. But then it goes down to one or two balks, shows a "3" aside 
and remains there at this very low level. Why? I always get this effect.

Handling the touch
I like that the GTA04 has a resistive touch. So it detects very precisely 
where you touch it when using a pen. But it's not quite accurate to detect 
how long you touch it. Choose the "Games" menu and try to play 
"Minesweeper". I bet you're not able to flag at least three mines, because 
you'll explore before. OK, I didn't spend 854 EUR in order to play 
"Minesweeper", but I tell you that because there are some other menues 
where I get a long list of items, unfortunately without a TOUCHABLE slider 
aside. Just call "Devtools" for example and try to get through the list. 
Again and again it will happen that you unintentionally choose an item. 
Then a terminal session opens and something happens what you never wanted 
and where at least I don't know what it is. Very very nasty!
Other long menu without touchable slider is the "Settings" menu. Again and 
again I choosed items I never wanted to choose when trying to slide up or 
down. But at least in this case no actions started at once, where only 
Gurus know what they do. In this case at least I always had the chance to 
touch the "back" item or choose to get some help in order to explore where 
I was.
But there are wonderful fine working examples where you can see what I 
want. Try "Settings" / "Application Services" or "Applications" / "System 
Info". Please place these thouchable sliders aside every list or long 

Display backlight
It's interesting to find the possibility to dim the backlight or to set up 
a time after that it switches off automatically within the "Power 
Management" and not within the "Appearance" item of the "Settings" menu, 
but thanks to your hint I finally found it. But that only solves half of 
the problem. The other half remains unsolved: What if you lock your phone 
by touching the "Lock" item of the main screen and then put the phone into 
your pocket? At every little touch the diplay and its backlight go on 
again and again until the battery is empty. I would expect that one second 
after I locked the phone the display will switch off despite how long I 
set up the time (in my case I set it up to one MINUTE, otherwise I would 
not have been able to play a game like "Fifteen Pieces"...). And then I 
would expect that I need to press the power button for a short time in 
order to switch it on again.
Currently after locking the phone display backlight will switch off after 
20 seconds despite how long I set up the time. And please tell me: Why on 
earth does it switch on periodically every 4 minutes again and again for 
another 20 seconds each while lying somewhere being locked and not being 

OK, I found the correspondence you mentioned. But sorry, I need a 
translation for bloody beginners. Already the first advice is a mystery 
for me: "0/ connect to /dev/ttyHS3  (others might work)". What does this 
mean? Do I really need to connect the phone with a PC in order to get 
mobile internet? Not very practical because intrinsically  I bought the 
GTA04 in order to be able to let my PC at home when I want to surf for 
example in a bus......
Please give me a chance to find out if "Arora" really is a browser because 
I never heared this name before. And within the conversation it has been 
said that you're able to manage your mails with the GTA04. What program 
offers QtMoko for reading and writing Mails? 

Installing my own Applications
For example there's an ARM-version of Firefox available. How do I install 
programs like that under QtMoko? I extra bought a fast and big SD-card in 
order to be able to make such experiments without failing due to low or 
slow memory...

The last question
What does it mean when the power button shines green instead of red?

Best regards,
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