El Neo FreeRunner (codigo interno: GTA02) es el segundo telefono diseñado para el software Openmoko y es un descendiente directo del FIC Neo1973. Las especificaciones de Hardware se encuentran en Neo FreeRunner GTA02 Hardware.
FreeRunner ya a la venta!
El FreeRunner puede comprarse en la Tienda online desde el 3 de Julio de 2008. El software disponible en el teléfono es para usuarios avanzados y desarrolladores, todavía no esta preparado para el usuario en general. Tal como se ha indicado en los anuncios oficiales que podéis encontrar en announce mailing list. Para consultar las preguntas frecuentes revisad FAQ. Aproximadamente dos veces al mes un miembro de equipo Openmoko realiza una comunicación sobre el estatus de proyecto en Community Updates.
Intended use and users
The Neo FreeRunner is a Linux-based touch screen smart phone ultimately aimed at general consumer use as well as Linux desktop users and software developers.
Linux users and software developers will appreciate the total freedom they have to use and design software for the FreeRunner.
General phone users will eventually appreciate the high spec and performance of the phone and the wide range of free software packages expected to emerge. These will allow users to make the maximum use of the hardware and tailor it to their particular needs. Since launch, the pace of software tweaks and improvements has increased as both the Openmoko team developers and the wider community work together.
The specs share some features with the previous Neo1973 such as:
- A very high resolution touch screen (1.7" x 2.27" - 43mm x 58mm) 480x640 pixels
- 128MB SDRAM memory to allow operation of many applications at once
- Internal GPS module for map and tracking programs
- Bluetooth for local data exchange
- Physical appearance will be the same as the Neo1973. See openmoko.com for more.
With the following additional features:
- 802.11 b/g WiFi for fast web browsing and data transfer
- A faster 400Mhz processor (up from 266MHz)
- 2 3D accelerometers so that the phone can know its orientation for example switching to landscape mode automatically
- 2 LEDs illuminating the two buttons on the rim of the case (one bi color [blue|orange] behind the power button, 1 uni color [red] behind the aux button)
- Tri-band GSM and GPRS for North America (850/1800/1900 Mhz) and the rest of the world (900/1800/1900 Mhz)
- USB Host function with 500mA power allowing you to power USB devices for short periods (will drain the FreeRunner battery faster)
A full list of the hardware specs and components of the Neo FreeRunner (internal codename GTA02xxx) can be found at Neo FreeRunner GTA02 Hardware.
A comparison between Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner is available at Neo1973: GTA01Bv4 versus GTA02 comparison.
What is the price?
The device is being sold through multiple channels (including Openmoko.com), the official price has been set to 399$ but it could slightly vary in some countries (due to taxes).
How usable is it?
As the hacker's dream toy: it is fully functional. As a GSM phone: some people have been using it to receive and place phone calls and SMS for months, but with currently shipping software the battery life is only one day. As a GPS device: critical bugs have been ironed out and there is nice software to know where you are using OpenStreetMap. As an alarm clock, media player, internet browser, game console, email reader and contacts manager: software is not stable yet.