A first look at the OpenMoko Neo 1973
Posted Aug 31, 2007 9:35 UTC (Fri) by shane
In reply to: A first look at the OpenMoko Neo 1973
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There are certainly users who care about the "sexiness" of a phone, or
consumer products in general.
But everyone I know has something they don't like about their
particular mobile. For instance, in Holland you often send an SMS in
English as well as Dutch. Some phones save the last setting for T9 text
input, which can be quite annoying as you start to enter text, if you
don't remember what the language the last SMS you sent was in. It would be
nice if the phone either had a tiny 2-letter language icon somewhere (EN,
NL, FR, and so on) or flashed the language for a half second or so when
you started to input.
Also, on my current phone it takes me 10 keypresses to change from English
to Dutch or back. On my previous phone there were fewer keypresses, but
you had to hold down a key for a period of time to change. Either is time
consuming, and annoying as my Dutch is horrible and I often give up and
throw in an English word or two in the middle of an SMS. ;)
Another example is custom dictionaries on T9 input. On my phone, if you
choose to add a word the phone defaults to the capitalization you are
using. So, if I want to add a word at the beginning of a sentence, it
defaults to caps - I have made a mistake a few times and now have a few
capitalized varsions of words in my custom T9 dictionary.
Plus, I've never had a mobile that let me delete or edit entries in my
custom T9 dictionary.
And on and on and on.
My belief is that if there was user-hackable mobile software a lot
of these issues would be resolved.
I bought my MP3 player because it was sexy, and now run Rockbox on it.
Which, while the best firmware for the player, is actually anti-sexy. (I
hide it from my girlfriend so she can't see the user interface - and the
embarrassing pop music in my playlist!)
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