Openmoko announced today the launch of the first phone based on the open source environment “openmoko”. The phone has a bit of a “iphone” look, has a very appealing design and the price is quite competitive. There are 2 versions of this phone: a basic package for 300 US$, where you get the phone, a 512MB Micro SD card, a stylus, a battery and a pouch, while the advanced version, on the market for 450 US$ gives you all the things the basic version has, plus a second Micro SD card, a second battery and a lot of stuff to “mod” your phone.
The phone is GSM only, has an integrated GPS-chip, but lacks of an integrated WiFi module, which will be integrated in a future version which is planned for this autumn. The phone has a bright 640x480px display, usable with the stylus or your fingers.
Here a few pictures:
I really like the design, but for the lack of connectivity I think I will keep my Blackberry for a while and wait for the second Openmoko series which is due in late autumn, hoping that they’ll integrate WiFi and UMTS