By good luck and ill fortune, we were recently given 5 minutes of time with a Motorola A780 “Ming” – one of the first Linux touchscreen phones ever. Mobile Linux didn’t grow much in the last years…was it the Ming’s fault?
Size-wise, the machine is very similar to Nokia’s N71:
Motorola chose a very interesting concept in order to make the phone usable without a stylus. The keys are on the outside of the flip – if the lid is closed, the phone behaves like a regular phone:
The user interface has a ‘japanese’ touch, but worked very well. The phone’s home screen has two bars that allow quick access to a few applications.
When a third-party application is fired up(I was shown Picsel Viewer), the bars remain on top(allowing instant access to important phone apps):
The device that we were given was an early engineering sample, but nevertheless seemed very stable and well-built:
In the end, the A780 is a very impressive touchscreen phone…especially given its age. Mobile Linux has been capable to power a decent phone on 2004′s hardware(aka max. 200MhZ CPU) – if Google can stay as effective, I predict that Android will have no issues…
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- 40% of Americans do web surfing, e-mail or IM on their phones
- Palm Linux development finished soon?