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Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production 109

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First time accepted submitter wick3t writes "The Neo900 fundraising campaign has already achieved the milestone of 200 pre-orders which means that mass production is now feasible. This follows a successful first prototype that was showcased at the OpenPhoenux-Hard-Software-Workshop 2013. Their next target is 1000 pre-orders as they aspire to reduce the production costs of each device." For those not familiar, the Neo 900 is an offshoot of the OpenMoko GTA04 designed for use in the popular Nokia N900 case (and, yes, they're fixing the weak usb port).

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Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

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  • Ubuntu Edge (Score:4, Interesting)

    by johnsie (1158363) on Monday December 02, 2013 @08:20PM (#45579883)
    Why does this phone get produced but the Ubuntu Edge doesn't?
  • Re:Yay (Score:5, Interesting)

    by oodaloop (1229816) on Monday December 02, 2013 @08:25PM (#45579905)
    My slashdot sig was once, "2010: The Year of Linux on the Phone". That year saw many new phones running Android and a few other Linux OSs, remarkable advancement from Android 1.5 to 2.2, and a huge increase in Android users and percentage of smart phones. Android is now past 80% of smartphones and climbing. I used to have an Android decal on my car, but I took it off because it was too mainstream. It was like saying I supported computers. I hope we have more competitors in this space, like Sailfish, but we are way past the year of Linux in your pocket.
  • by Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) on Monday December 02, 2013 @09:33PM (#45580303) Journal

    Can't buy this for the same reason why I didn't buy the n900, the terrible resistive touchscreen. It was a terrible choice, as all the android and iOS devices of note were capacitive at the time.

  • by DerPflanz (525793) <bart@fri[ ] ['eso' in gap]> on Tuesday December 03, 2013 @04:44AM (#45581847) Homepage

    the world moved on. When the N900 came out, it was one of the best phones available, both in package and in software. But it has been over four years now. The world has moved on. It has moved on to slimmer phones, larger screens, not to mention better touch screens (yes, I have used the N900, and the screen is way worse than the touch screen of my Galaxy Nexus). I type faster with Swype than I ever did with the QWERTY-keyboard, the screen is better, it fits better in my pocket, it is lighter, etc.

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.