The open-ezx project launches
Posted Oct 19, 2005 17:01 UTC (Wed) by ajross
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Yup, that's pretty much the deal with this phone too. The killer
application is the built-in Opera browser, which works surprisingly
well for viewing typical web pages on the 240x320 screen. Everything
else is pretty much junk. The email client is a joke (as is IMAP over
GPRS). The Qt-based UI is astonishingly slow.
My favorite UI glitch is the "recent calls" list, which shows (no
joke) only time of day for all the entries, even those made weeks ago.
But: you can get a shell on it (it's a USB CDC network device with a
telnet daemon and samba running out of the box), compile lots of
useful gadgets (ntpdate has been very helpful) and have a ton of fun,
if you're already a Linux geek.
Unfortunately you can't build Qt programs -- they have a custom
version that doesn't play well with the free downlaods. The only
mechanism for writing UI software is J2ME. Hopefully the OpenEZX
project can help to rectify this -- I joined the list, certainly.
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