My experience with the ZTE Open was so good after I upgraded the OS to 1.1 that I decided I wanted to get version 1.2.
Instead of getting enough information, I grabbed outdated instructions to install an old 1.2 image... back then, it was a pre-release version of Firefox OS 1.2
The process was smooth and I got a new interface:
I was very excited when I saw that some of the regular features of a smartphone has were at last operational with this upgrade, such as microphone recording, contact storing, etc.
This new version also allowed me to create functional music playlists... but with the new system, my problems with the ZTE Open phone began.
I know that it was actually my fault for installing a pre-release image. So, I could not receive updates and certain apps stopped working. One was ConnectA2, the WhatsApp equivalent. There were other apps that could allow me to access the WhatsApp network, like Loqui IM or OpenWapp, so I did not worry much.
But Run, Bike, Hike, HereMaps, and all apps that needed GPS were misbehaving. The reason: GPS was simply not working!
This GPS problem was a show-stopper. I tried to revert to Firefox OS 1.1, but the process did not work. I tried everything to no avail; I was stuck with this version of 1.2.
That's when I decided to buy the Alcatel One Touch Fire C, the only phone they sell in my country with Firefox OS. I was a bit reluctant at first since the carrier that offers the phone is Movistar, a Telefonica-owned company.
Last Monday, I bought the phone anyway. I must say that I am very pleased by its performance and very cheap price. One can swap the SIM card to use the phone with another carrier here, too.
|Home Screen of Alcatel OneTouch Fire C (with my Nihilumbra Wallpaper)|
- CPU: Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU
- Camera: 2 MP Rear
- Battery: 1300mAh
- Display: 3.5” HVGA, TFT 262K color display, Capacitive Screen with gesture.
- Resolution: 320x480 pixels
- Internal memory: 4GB ROM + 512MB RAM
- External memory: MicroSD Card: up to 32GB
- Size: 112.2 x 62 x 11.95mm
- Weight: Approx.100g
|Three app screens|
My main complaint is the color: I would have preferred it in Mozilla Orange... but this phone satisfies the strange requirements of a mobile phone hater like me ;-)