QUOTE(undrwater @ Sep 6 2007, 12:41 PM)
Why is there such a lack of excitement here about the Neo? These phones are already being sold to developers, and the consumer model is scheduled to be released in Oct.
It has almost everything folks here are asking for. Am I missing something?
I am one who is also interested in the Neo, but let's be honest, it is a good bit away from being a finished end-user product. It is a developers dream platform (all open-source); unfortunately, I'm not much of a developer so I need a more stable and mature platform.
Now that you've mentioned the Neo, I will say this. I think it has even more upside potential than the iPhone or the iPod Touch because it is truly a phone of the people, for the people, and by the people. Unfortunately, that is also the major negative, will the open-source community produce quality apps for the device(s) and will people buy it in high enough quantities to justify continuing putting money into the effort?
It's a lot like the current state of operating systems (MS, Mac OSX, and Linux). MS is everywhere and very usable, just not very fun. OSX is sweet and clearly the best of the bunch as far as fit and finish, but it's development is tied to what Apple wants to put in and when. Linux has the "potential" to be FAR better than either one but it is dependent on the community, which again means that the people can have an OS that is more responsive to their needs, 'if' someone gets around to coding it and polishing it up.
That's my nickel's worth, feel free to make change.