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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally 109

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the everyone-has-a-phone dept.
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Developers need access to device running the platform for which they develop. Nexus was Google's reference device and now Mozilla is coming out with its own device. Mozilla has opened pre-order for Flame, its Firefox OS reference devices for $170 including free shipping." Specs are, of course, modest: a dual core 1.2GHz snapdragon, 1G of RAM, 8G of flash, an 854×480 4.5" screen, and a 5MP camera. Now, if only they would release a device with a keyboard.
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Firefox OS Powered Flame Available For Pre-order; Ships Globally

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  • Re:LOL (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:14AM (#47109737)

    A physical keyboard is far superior to an on-screen keyboard, swype included. Too bad Blackberry sucks.

  • Expensive (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:19AM (#47109795)

    I can get a moto g for 179 $ that has more software, a quad core processor and a better screen. This won't cut it.

  • Re:LOL (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <taiki AT cox DOT net> on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:24AM (#47109851)

    Physical keyboard is more akin to a standard transmission. In theory more powerful and flexible,but for a lot of regular people, just kind of gets in the way.

    Soft keyboards have gotten good enough I just stopped caring.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:32AM (#47109939)

    I think you missed that this is a developer reference device to allow developers to get cracking before the main market hits.

    There is a certain advantage to having your product available before the mass market adoption of a platform kicks in.

  • Re:Expensive (Score:4, Insightful)

    by X.25 (255792) on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @12:43PM (#47110683)

    I can get a moto g for 179 $ that has more software, a quad core processor and a better screen. This won't cut it.

    Apples. Oranges. And all that.

    Jesus, now I understand why your leaders call you 'consumers' and not 'citizens' these days...

  • by mmell (832646) <mike.mell@gmail.com> on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @12:53PM (#47110789)
    Actually, I mean that. More choices, more incentive to improve, more approaches to the same problems.

    As long as it interoperates correctly (cellular/network communications, app/application support, etc.) I'm all for it - but I'll be waiting to hear more than a few firsthand accounts regarding usability before I plunk down my hard earned cash for one.

    Then again, my Android isn't exactly perfect. Neither is my daughter's iPhone. I don't know any Window phone users and I haven't heard a whole lot about Windows phone user experiences, but I don't get the impression that they're perfect either. Maybe with more competing options, somebody will move beyond "good enough" and at least try for "better".

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