Snapshot review/2008-04-21

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Summary

Improvements to suspend support (thought not greatly usable), little improvement to userspace. I recommend this image.

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Date: 21 April 2008

Rootfs Snapshot name: Openmoko-openmoko-devel-image-glibc-ipk-P1-Snapshot-20080421-om-gta01.rootfs.jffs2

Kernel snapshot name: uImage-2.6.24+git20080421-r0-om-gta01.bin

uBoot Snapshot name: u-boot-gta01bv4-1.3.1+svnr4297+gitb29661fc1151077776454288051bc9a488351ce8-r3.bin

Device type: Neo1973 GTA01Bv4

Boot

  • First Boot Speed - 3m14.809s (10.101s slower than 18 April 2008)
  • Second Boot Speed - 1m47.926s (1m 26.883s faster than first boot)
  • Error Messages - None
  • Failures - None.

Phone Functionality

Incoming Calls

  1. Can receive - Yes.
  2. Kinetic alert (vibrate) - Yes
  3. Auditory alert (sound) - Yes.
  4. Missed calls display on OM-today2 - Yes
  5. Calls recorded in call log - Yes
  6. Stability - Mostly stable.

Outgoing Calls

  1. Can make - Yes
  2. Calls recorded in call log - Yes
  3. Stability - No issues noticed.

Call Quality

  1. Quality as heard from Neo - Good.
  2. Quality as heard from other - Good-. There is a noticeable echo of the other person's voice on their own handset when calling a Neo. Bug #1267 This is either intermittent or affects different handsets differently.


Messaging Functionality

Incoming SMS

  1. Can receive - Yes
  2. Kinetic alert (vibrate) - Yes
  3. Auditory Alert (sound) - Yes
  4. Sender identified if applicable - Yes
  5. Is message readable - Yes
  6. OM today2 displays new messages - Yes
  7. Communication logged - Yes
  8. Stability/Usability - Incoming SMS messages aren't matched against Contact list if entered using local format. Bug #1345 Reported

Outgoing SMS

  1. Can send - Yes
  2. Message readable - Yes
  3. Delivery notification works - No
  4. Communication logged - Yes
  5. Stability - No issues.

Person Information Management

Contacts

  1. Can create new - Yes
  2. Can add from call record- Yes.
  3. Can add from SMS - Yes.
  4. Can create groups - Yes
  5. Can modify - Yes
  6. Stability - Occasionally a (null) contact is created. Bug #1332 reported. Particularly nasty, If contacts have a null entry, messages will seg fault.

Calendar

  1. Can add events - Yes
  2. Can view events - Yes
  3. Can remove events -Yes
  4. Events appear on openmoko-today2 - Yes
  5. Events trigger kinetic alarm - No
  6. Events trigger auditory alarm - No

Media Player

Stability

Attempts to play videos results in black screen. Pressing power kills media player and occasionally causes screen flicker and "scrolling". There is no way to remove items from a playlist Bug #1312 Reported.

Music

  1. Playback - Yes.
  2. Pause - Yes
  3. Advance - No
  4. Rewind - No
  5. Next Track - Yes
  6. Previous Track - Yes


Video

  1. Playback - No.
  2. Pause - No.
  3. Advance - No.
  4. Rewind - No.

GPRS

  1. Enabled by default: No
  2. Provides options to configure: No.

GPS

  1. Can power up - Yes?
  2. Can power down - Yes?
  3. Works out of the box - No
  4. Default installs provide GPS software - No.
  5. Driver is under a Free Software license - No.

Bluetooth

  1. Can turn Bluetooth on - Yes
  2. Can turn Bluetooth off - Yes

Battery Life

No measured test.

Suspend

  1. Suspend works: Partially. No way to manually suspend Bug #1365 reported
  2. Resume via AUX works: Yes - Sound is broken upon resume.
  3. Resume via POWER works: N/A
  4. All features work after suspend / resume cycle: No, sound is broken after resume.
  5. Wake from suspend on incoming call: Yes but Sound is broken and GSM appears unresponsive after resume
  6. Wake from suspend on incoming SMS: No.

Software Keyboard

  1. Keyboard type - Multi-tap
  2. Displays correctly - Yes
  3. Usability - Poor. Multi-tap input's lack of CTRL keys harms terminal use. Without predictive input, too many key presses per line make this less than enjoyable to use. Also, the move from a landscape input to a portrait signifigantly decreases usability of many apps (like Contacts and Calendar). Additionally, the game "Solo" is un-playable since there is no way to call up the keyboard. Bug #1215 reported

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Summary

Improvements to suspend support (thought not greatly usable), little improvement to userspace. I recommend this image.

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Openmoko Snapshot Review Criteria

Date: 21 April 2008

Rootfs Snapshot name: Openmoko-openmoko-devel-image-glibc-ipk-P1-Snapshot-20080421-om-gta01.rootfs.jffs2

Kernel snapshot name: uImage-2.6.24+git20080421-r0-om-gta01.bin

uBoot Snapshot name: u-boot-gta01bv4-1.3.1+svnr4297+gitb29661fc1151077776454288051bc9a488351ce8-r3.bin

Device type: Neo1973 GTA01Bv4

Boot

  • First Boot Speed - 3m14.809s (10.101s slower than 18 April 2008)
  • Second Boot Speed - 1m47.926s (1m 26.883s faster than first boot)
  • Error Messages - None
  • Failures - None.

Phone Functionality

Incoming Calls

  1. Can receive - Yes.
  2. Kinetic alert (vibrate) - Yes
  3. Auditory alert (sound) - Yes.
  4. Missed calls display on OM-today2 - Yes
  5. Calls recorded in call log - Yes
  6. Stability - Mostly stable.

Outgoing Calls

  1. Can make - Yes
  2. Calls recorded in call log - Yes
  3. Stability - No issues noticed.

Call Quality

  1. Quality as heard from Neo - Good.
  2. Quality as heard from other - Good-. There is a noticeable echo of the other person's voice on their own handset when calling a Neo. Bug #1267 This is either intermittent or affects different handsets differently.


Messaging Functionality

Incoming SMS

  1. Can receive - Yes
  2. Kinetic alert (vibrate) - Yes
  3. Auditory Alert (sound) - Yes
  4. Sender identified if applicable - Yes
  5. Is message readable - Yes
  6. OM today2 displays new messages - Yes
  7. Communication logged - Yes
  8. Stability/Usability - Incoming SMS messages aren't matched against Contact list if entered using local format. Bug #1345 Reported

Outgoing SMS

  1. Can send - Yes
  2. Message readable - Yes
  3. Delivery notification works - No
  4. Communication logged - Yes
  5. Stability - No issues.

Person Information Management

Contacts

  1. Can create new - Yes
  2. Can add from call record- Yes.
  3. Can add from SMS - Yes.
  4. Can create groups - Yes
  5. Can modify - Yes
  6. Stability - Occasionally a (null) contact is created. Bug #1332 reported. Particularly nasty, If contacts have a null entry, messages will seg fault.

Calendar

  1. Can add events - Yes
  2. Can view events - Yes
  3. Can remove events -Yes
  4. Events appear on openmoko-today2 - Yes
  5. Events trigger kinetic alarm - No
  6. Events trigger auditory alarm - No

Media Player

Stability

Attempts to play videos results in black screen. Pressing power kills media player and occasionally causes screen flicker and "scrolling". There is no way to remove items from a playlist Bug #1312 Reported.

Music

  1. Playback - Yes.
  2. Pause - Yes
  3. Advance - No
  4. Rewind - No
  5. Next Track - Yes
  6. Previous Track - Yes


Video

  1. Playback - No.
  2. Pause - No.
  3. Advance - No.
  4. Rewind - No.

GPRS

  1. Enabled by default: No
  2. Provides options to configure: No.

GPS

  1. Can power up - Yes?
  2. Can power down - Yes?
  3. Works out of the box - No
  4. Default installs provide GPS software - No.
  5. Driver is under a Free Software license - No.

Bluetooth

  1. Can turn Bluetooth on - Yes
  2. Can turn Bluetooth off - Yes

Battery Life

No measured test.

Suspend

  1. Suspend works: Partially. No way to manually suspend Bug #1365 reported
  2. Resume via AUX works: Yes - Sound is broken upon resume.
  3. Resume via POWER works: N/A
  4. All features work after suspend / resume cycle: No, sound is broken after resume.
  5. Wake from suspend on incoming call: Yes but Sound is broken and GSM appears unresponsive after resume
  6. Wake from suspend on incoming SMS: No.

Software Keyboard

  1. Keyboard type - Multi-tap
  2. Displays correctly - Yes
  3. Usability - Poor. Multi-tap input's lack of CTRL keys harms terminal use. Without predictive input, too many key presses per line make this less than enjoyable to use. Also, the move from a landscape input to a portrait signifigantly decreases usability of many apps (like Contacts and Calendar). Additionally, the game "Solo" is un-playable since there is no way to call up the keyboard. Bug #1215 reported

User Feedback

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