After one year on Geeksphone Keon as my primary device I’m now switching to other mobile device.
Firefox OS is still a young developing operating system. I’ve been using Firefox OS 1.1. on Geeksphone Keon. Few things that I like on this phone are good battery life (3 days) and small form factor of the device. Firefox OS 1.1 doesn’t support notifications and that was a big plus. Why? Because I’ve found out that I’m much more productive when I’m not constantly on my phone checking email and social media notifications. You should really try and turn off all your notifications on all your devices, I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion as I did.
I also have Geeksphone Peak device which is much better if you compare device specs. Keon only has 3.5” screen and Peak has 4.3” screen. Peak also has more RAM and a lot better dual-core processor with front 2-megapixel and back 8-megapixel camera. I’m using Peak for testing the latest nightly versions of Firefox OS. It’s a good phone but I’ve never used it as my primary phone. Keon is small, practical and simply does the job.
I’ve also bought the ZTE Open device which also runs Firefox OS. This device is similar than Geeksphone Keon if we compare the specs. This phone was intended for my mother. This was her first smartphone. She is still using it and I was surprised how quickly she learned to use the device (having switched from feature phone).
Last week I got a new Firefox OS phone. Called Flame, the reference device. When I first opened the box I was really impressed with the build quality. The device really feels like a premium device (if you compare it with Samsung Andoroid based high-end phones). This device has similar specs than Geeksphone Peak with more RAM (1GB). You can also adjust the RAM to simulate the use of lower-end devices and optimize your apps. That’s really nice feature. The device also supports two SIM cards and NFC. When booting the device the operating system was smooth and worked really good.
I’m not a fan of big (or should I say huge) phones. Flame has 4.5” screen and Geeksphone Peak has 4.3” screen. Even though the Flame has bigger screen than Peak the device is smaller. The decision was made. I’ll be using Flame as my primary device because it’s really good looking, with great specs. Firefox OS is really smooth on this device. This phone comes with Firefox 1.3 installed which supports notifications (but I’ve turned them off).
And that’s my personal journey with Firefox OS smartphones.
Till next time …
Cheers, Nino Vranešič