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Trolltech's Qtopia Greenphone and SDK gets reviewed

Brian White

The Qtopia Greenphone was announced last summer and it hit up the Linux developer market pretty nicely with the forthcoming support that was announced. Well, has just completed a review of the Greenphone and the SDK for the unit as well -- and while the overall impression was favorable in terms of the "out of the box" experience, it's hard to say if this device is ready for prime time. Yes, the Greenphone could pass for a very nice standard candy bar handset -- but its intention is to become another Linux OS standard for mobile according to Qtopia (using its own Qtopia Phone Edition OS). The difference here is that Qtopia wants to open development for this platform to the masses. Now, if we could find some flex-agent spray paint, we'd turn this into the Purplephone. Still, with a QVGA display, Bluetooth, miniSD, Linux kernel 2.4.19, a touch screen and a 1.3 megapixel digicam, this unit is nice portioned for everyday use regardless of color.

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