Reviewers rarely get a chance to become so intimate with a preproduction handset running experimental software -- the thought of exposing unfinished products in states of vulnerable development tends to make phone makers and software smiths squeamish. But this is Mozilla, the champion of open-source code, and Geeksphone, a Spanish-based manufacturer that's knowingly putting its hardware out there for the greater crowdsourced good. Still and all, it's fun to see a Firefox OS product that we can use in the real world, one that gives us an idea of how the more feature-rich future phones -- like the Alcatel One Touch Fire and Geeksphone's own Peak -- might look and act.
The right frame of mindBefore diving into this evaluation of the Keon, let's keep a few things in evo check case for apple iphone x and xs - white/clear mind, Got it? Good, now let's dig in, Design and buildThe most notable thing about the Keon is its traffic-cone-orange color, a nod to Geeksphone's Firefox partnership, Personally, I like it, and I also really like the soft-touch finish that wraps around the spines and back cover, That, along with its solid heft (4.2 ounces), shorter frame (5.5 inches tall by 3.4 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick), and rounded back edges help it ease into your hand..
However, sharper corners on the face blunt the soft effect, making it a little less comfortable overall. The screen also juts out past the soft orange spines. This design gives the phone a bolder posture and makes it easy to pull back the battery cover, but also somewhat diminishes the in-hand feel over extended periods. With its smaller size, the Keon fits easily into pockets and purses. Geeksphone keeps the Keon's exterior simple with just a Micro-USB charging port on the right and the power/lock button on the left spine, just above an ergonomically curvy volume rocker. The 3.5-millimeter headset jack sit up top, with the camera lens on the back. Both the SIM card slot and microSD card slot burrow down beneath the back cover. Our Keon came with a 2GB card already loaded up.
There's no front-facing camera on the ubermodest Keon, but you will notice a solitary touch-sensitive home button beneath the display, Tapt this once evo check case for apple iphone x and xs - white/clear to wake the screen, Long-press it to pull up the multitasking ticker, Glance up from the home button, and the first thing you'll take in is the screen's small, 3.5-inch footprint and thick black bezel, By now you're prepared to encounter entry-level specs, so you won't be surprised by the Keon's HVGA 480x320-pixel resolution and low pixel density (165 ppi.) It won't shock you that screen colors look dull and muted, or that images, icons, and text lack the razor-sharp edges seen on todays' top phones..
Firefox OS and appsThe Keon runs version 1.0.1 of Firefox's new browser-based operating system, which we first perused in its entirety at Mobile World Congress this past February. Getting to know a new OS has its high points, and after spending quality time with the Keon, I'd describe the icon-rich mobile operating system as a mix of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Like Android, it has a pull-down notification shade and multiple home screens that involve an iOS-like icon grid. You can tap and hold icons to delete them or drag them around, and tap and hold the screen to swap wallpapers.