Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Feb 2018 18:20 UTC, submitted by jido
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Over the weekend, Nokia released a new feature phone, the 8110 4G - a re-imagining of the phone used in The Matrix. I really like the design of this phone, and at a price of just €79, it looks like a steal. The most interesting part of the phone, other than its lovely design, is the operating system it runs. It's called KaiOS, a distant cousin to Firefox OS.

KaiOS is not Firefox OS. Our platform is based on the original Mozilla project. We even have people from the original Mozilla team in our engineering and UX departments. But KaiOS has been developed into something much more robust and expanded than the original Firefox OS. Think of us as distant cousins, not siblings nor children.

It's a HTML5-based operating system already in use in a whole bunch of phones today - they claim it's already on 30 million phones in India and North America - and on the 8110 4G, it has that traditional, classic Nokia design with a modern touch. I'm really curious to see just how powerful or expandable (maybe even hackable?) this feature phone platform is.

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RE[3]: not a bargain
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 27th Feb 2018 16:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: not a bargain"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

No, if you use it as a feature phone, it will suuuuuuuck. Use a feature phone, notice how everything is fast as hell. They all used to be this fast. I get smart phones being slow every now and then as the phone part isn't the most important part. But if it were, I wouldn't use it.

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RE[4]: not a bargain
by nicubunu on Tue 27th Feb 2018 16:45 in reply to "RE[3]: not a bargain"
nicubunu Member since:
2014-01-08

What is slow? The dialer starts in 1 second instead of 1/10 of a second? Who cares about that?

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RE[5]: not a bargain
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 27th Feb 2018 17:53 in reply to "RE[4]: not a bargain"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

You feel it, trust me, you feel it.

You know what the lag was on a digital tone princess phone of the 1970's for dialing? 0 ms. Press a button, tone issued on the wire. We've really regressed in terms of phone usability, but no one really cares because we aren't phoning as much.

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