At MozSummit 2013, me and a fellow developer from France asked (or maybe complaint :P) at Chris Heilmann class about the difficulties on getting Firefox OS device. Sometimes simulator is not enough. You need to test your functions, your app in a real device to get the feel and to get to know that it will actually work.
At that time, only Geeksphone selling Keon and Peak to open market. But they seemed to be unable to fulfil the developers’s enthusiasm to get the device. They’re just small company anyway (we’re talking about Samsung, Huawei class of manufacture :P).
Meanwhile, device makers like ZTE/Alcatel only sell the device as part of operator’s bundling program. You need to have contract with the operator (other friends said you must be a citizen of the country where the carrier operates). Even at last MWC Barcelona where Mozilla has a big booth there we couldn’t buy any devices. They were for display and testing only :P
So when I read Asa Dotzler (Director of Firefox OS Participation at Mozilla) post at hacks.mozilla.org that we could pre-order Firefox OS Flame device from everbuying.com for about USD 170. I didn’t think twice. Paid my order on May 28, and got the device in my hand last Friday :)
So, Firefox OS Flame is the reference phone and considered as the flagship of Firefox OS powered device. It’s not a super high end phone, but it is higher end than any of the previous devices such as Geeksphone Keon, ZTE Open C for example. It’s got dual sim cards, front and rear cameras, adjustable memory, etc.
It’s unlock and this is the specs:
- Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor
- 4.5” screen (FWVGA 854×480 pixels)
- Cameras: Rear: 5MP with auto-focus and flash / Front: 2MP
- Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- UMTS 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- 8GB memory, MicroSD slot
- 256MB – 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer)
- A-GPS, NFC
- Dual SIM Support
- Battery capacity: 1,800 mAh
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB
I’ll try to use it for a couple of days during mudik and make review of it :)
DHL charged me IDR 281,000 for tax and handling, but i heard Andi @belutz has to pay IDR 400,000. Is it right, Ndi?