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Comparison between Apple iPhone and the FIC Freerunner (GTA02) running OpenMoko Linux

NOTE: The Openmoko phone this page is about is the Freerunner which has internal codename GTA02. For the earlier Neo1973 model see this page IPhone_(GTA01)

  • Apple announced their iPhone at MacWorld 2007.
  • FIC announced the FIC Freerunner in Jan 2008

iPhone UI Demo on youtube

Feature iPhone Freerunner(GTA02).
Announced 2007-01-09 2006-11-07 and several updates later
visual comparison comparison 2
115 x 61 x 11.6 mm 120.7 x 62 x 18.5 mm
Weight 135 g 184 g
Screen 3.5" 320x480 at 160 ppi, multi-touch 2.8" 480x640 at 285 ppi, maybe multi-touch later
Storage 8 or 16 GiB 256MiByte

Unconfirmed expandable with 8GiByte microSD

CPU ARM1176JZF-S™ (with coprocessor) (Source: Bits und so Podcast #20, 8'40" to 9'30" [german language]) Samsung 2442 @ 400 MHz SoC
3D Acceleration PowerVR MBX SMedia 3362 Graphics Accelerator
RAM 128MB 128MB
Wireless Quad-band GSM, WiFi (b/g), EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR (Bluetooth only supported for headsets, no RFCOMM or OBEX) Tri-band GSM, GPRS Class12/CS4/b 2.5G (Not EDGE), WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Wireless Carrier Locked to Apple-selected carrier (AT&T in the US), Firmware can be unlocked (via third-party software) Unlocked - any GSM provider
Embedded devices 2 megapixel camera, 4 buttons (power, volume up, volume down, mute, Home), accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor GPS, 2 illuminated buttons and 2 3D Accelerometers [1]
Operating system OS X (its own version of OS X) OpenMoko Linux (Source code available)
Software Basic PDA + PMP software included. Native software can only be created by unauthorized hacking (Source); Apple's official answer is that their web browser has very good AJAX support and that apps should use that. Basic PDA included. Software can be created by normal users.
Video Playback; No recording No recording. Maybe playback
Audio Playback (recording with third party hacks), speaker; 3.5mm jack (4 conductors: left/right/input/ground) Playback and recording, including playback of audio files via GSM and recording/playback of voice calls. 1 watt mono speaker. []

, 2.5 mm jack

Connectors USB 2.0 on proprietary iPod dock connector Standard USB 1.1, with a Mini-B receptor (can be connected via adapter to both host and client devices, can provide 100 mA of current to clients), exposed I2C, SPI and debug board connector inside case in all versions and Debug Board v2 (JTAG and serial console) in Advanced version
Opening case voids warranty and is extremely challenging. Refurbished iPhones always come with entirely new back covers (with special serial number prefixes that indicate they were refurbished) Advanced version comes with guitar pick and Torx T6 screwdriver so you can open case.
Battery Up to 8 hours talk, up to 7 video, up to 6 online, up to 24 hours audio playback, up to 250 hours standby. Non-user-replaceable Lithium-ion battery, charged via dock connector (USB) replaceable 1.7 Ah battery charged via USB
Ready for use Yes Not yet
Ready for sale US: June 29, 2007, EU: 2007Q4, Asia: 2008 Retail launch: 2008Q1
Price USD 399 for 8GiB (2 year contract required for activation of either; iPhone will not do anything without activation or common third party hacks.) More comparably, unlocked phones in France reportedly priced at € 750 ~ USD 1075. USD 450 for Neo Base, USD 600 for Neo Advanced (includes additional development hardware)
Community Google for iPhone Community to list a few, ##iphone on also IRC: #openmoko on Discussion list, Wiki, Be informed when it is sold
Workshops Free Hands-on Workshops Set up an OpenMoko event in your area!