Feb 17 AT 1:54 AM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

MWC: Hands on GeeksPhone One

One final hands on video from Mobile World Congress. Our friends from and.roid.es stopped by GeeksPhone and got a look at their One Android phone. The hardware is pretty standard, but this phone comes with root access out of the box. GeeksPhone wants to target the hacker and development communities and even gave Cyanogen a shout out in the video. The company was only founded in 2009 and they are already working on more devices which will keep the same level of openness.

Highlights of the GeeksPhone One include (see complete specs):

  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225
  • 3.2″ WQVGA Fujitsu MVA hybrid-resistive touchscreen
  • 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
  • Camera (main): 3.1 megapixel HD camera with AutoFocus, Camera (front): 0.3 megapixel fixed-focus camera [Not yet available]
  • 40-key physical QWERTY slider (d-pad and fn keys)
  • 110 x 55 x 15 mm, 123g
  • Android 1.6 based OS with enhanced UI

Customers can purchase the One for €299 free of contract at http://shop.geeksphone.com

Update: Javier Agüera from GeeksPhone added the following response in the comments.

Hi guys… I’m Javier, the guys actually holding the device in that video.

Any doubt that you have… jsut let me know and will reply here or by email if you prefer (javier@….)

Just wanted to remark… this is our first product, and feature-wise it’s quite standard. Actually as of now it’s the cheapest Android device that you can purchase (below 300€) and we believe it offers a good quality/price/service ratio =)

Cheers!

PS: This is just our start… be prepared for what comes next ;)
PS2: Our community is working right now on having 2.1 ported to the device.
PS3: The graphics processor is as poweful as the HTC Hero one.

Source: GeeksPhone

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  • http://Website John

    Does this work on US carriers?

  • http://Website hector

    Uses EU 3g frecuencies, so it’ll work for t-mobile US (won’t work for CDMA)

  • http://Website Sergio

    Congrats Geek’s guys!!!!!

  • http://Website tomas herman

    even though the hardware is quite far from high end, i love how slick the animations are..too bad it does not have 2.1 though

  • http://Website Jonathan

    Man I have been wishing for a company that had the balls to release a product like this. Finally a phone made for the higher level of understanding consumer. I don’t understand why all phones released from companies without carrier subsidy are even locked. If I buy a computer I can put whatever I want on it but phones have been different until now. Finally!!!!!!!!

  • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

    I like the idea, but a resistive touchscreen and budget ARM11 processor with no GPU? Only 256MB RAM? I’ll pass on what’s essentially a rebadged G1. Let me know when they have something with a decent graphics chip and processor in it.

  • http://www.geeksphone.com Javier Agüera

    Hi guys… I’m Javier, the guys actually holding the device in that video.

    Any doubt that you have… jsut let me know and will reply here or by email if you prefer (javier@….)

    Just wanted to remark… this is our first product, and feature-wise it’s quite standard. Actually as of now it’s the cheapest Android device that you can purchase (below 300€) and we believe it offers a good quality/price/service ratio =)

    Cheers!

    PS: This is just our start… be prepared for what comes next ;)
    PS2: Our community is working right now on having 2.1 ported to the device.
    PS3: The graphics processor is as poweful as the HTC Hero one.

    • http://www.youtube.com/jactehgeek Jack Shaw

      Hi Javier,
      Just wondering who’s best to contact with regards to having a unit to review?

      Kind regards,
      Jack

  • http://Website Jim R

    @Javier
    Any intention of releasing a version of this phone with NA HSPA frequencies? If not, how about future phones?

  • http://www.geeksphone.com Javier Agüera

    Hi Jim,

    Not really this model, but I can confirm that ALL the upcoming devices will have Tri-Band WCDMA frequency support so they will work in the US.

    The One and the upcoming models all have HSPA (7.2mb/s downlink) support, at least.

    Anyway.. we believe that while the most exigent users may need to jump to 1st tier (500-600€ market), the One is quite good and the overall experience is above the offered by the G1/Magic. Some of our clients are purchasing it as backup phone in order to play with it ;)

  • http://yellowrex.com William Furr

    @Javier: I don’t like the Hero, either. Let me know when you have one with an ARM Cortex A8 or A9 based processor inside. Or Intel Moorestown.

  • http://www.geeksphone.com Javier Agüera

    Haha done ;) nVidia Tegra sounds good enough?

    Right now we are comitted to provice great value devices. Right now for our upcoming range, Qualcomm Adreno (32M Triangles/sec) will be the basic (HTC Hero has 4M Triangles/sec)

  • http://eanmeldelser.weebly.com Norfeldt

    That looks like a really good idea. I believe you guys have a different concept that can make a difference

  • http://Website Jjchong

    I love that they made a physical-keyboard device native to 1.6 and not married to CDMA while the rest of the market seems to have abandoned texters for the time being. Get a fast, 2.1-enabled phone out there quick and you’ll have at least one immediate U.S. convert.

    Minor issues with the rep’s presentation though, when the lead is “it’s a nice box”…=(

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  • http://google.com Norbert

    I absolutely love this idea. I fully support your efforts and look forward to buying the TWO.

    The Norbert

  1. JohnGuest 5 years ago

    Does this work on US carriers?

  2. hectorGuest 5 years ago

    Uses EU 3g frecuencies, so it’ll work for t-mobile US (won’t work for CDMA)

  3. SergioGuest 5 years ago

    Congrats Geek’s guys!!!!!

  4. tomas hermanGuest 5 years ago

    even though the hardware is quite far from high end, i love how slick the animations are..too bad it does not have 2.1 though

  5. JonathanGuest 5 years ago

    Man I have been wishing for a company that had the balls to release a product like this. Finally a phone made for the higher level of understanding consumer. I don’t understand why all phones released from companies without carrier subsidy are even locked. If I buy a computer I can put whatever I want on it but phones have been different until now. Finally!!!!!!!!

  6. William FurrGuest 5 years ago

    I like the idea, but a resistive touchscreen and budget ARM11 processor with no GPU? Only 256MB RAM? I’ll pass on what’s essentially a rebadged G1. Let me know when they have something with a decent graphics chip and processor in it.

  7. Javier AgüeraGuest 5 years ago

    Hi guys… I’m Javier, the guys actually holding the device in that video.

    Any doubt that you have… jsut let me know and will reply here or by email if you prefer (javier@….)

    Just wanted to remark… this is our first product, and feature-wise it’s quite standard. Actually as of now it’s the cheapest Android device that you can purchase (below 300€) and we believe it offers a good quality/price/service ratio =)

    Cheers!

    PS: This is just our start… be prepared for what comes next ;)
    PS2: Our community is working right now on having 2.1 ported to the device.
    PS3: The graphics processor is as poweful as the HTC Hero one.

    • Jack ShawGuest 5 years ago

      Hi Javier,
      Just wondering who’s best to contact with regards to having a unit to review?

      Kind regards,
      Jack

  8. Jim RGuest 5 years ago

    @Javier
    Any intention of releasing a version of this phone with NA HSPA frequencies? If not, how about future phones?

  9. Javier AgüeraGuest 5 years ago

    Hi Jim,

    Not really this model, but I can confirm that ALL the upcoming devices will have Tri-Band WCDMA frequency support so they will work in the US.

    The One and the upcoming models all have HSPA (7.2mb/s downlink) support, at least.

    Anyway.. we believe that while the most exigent users may need to jump to 1st tier (500-600€ market), the One is quite good and the overall experience is above the offered by the G1/Magic. Some of our clients are purchasing it as backup phone in order to play with it ;)

  10. William FurrGuest 5 years ago

    @Javier: I don’t like the Hero, either. Let me know when you have one with an ARM Cortex A8 or A9 based processor inside. Or Intel Moorestown.

  11. Javier AgüeraGuest 5 years ago

    Haha done ;) nVidia Tegra sounds good enough?

    Right now we are comitted to provice great value devices. Right now for our upcoming range, Qualcomm Adreno (32M Triangles/sec) will be the basic (HTC Hero has 4M Triangles/sec)

  12. NorfeldtGuest 5 years ago

    That looks like a really good idea. I believe you guys have a different concept that can make a difference

  13. JjchongGuest 5 years ago

    I love that they made a physical-keyboard device native to 1.6 and not married to CDMA while the rest of the market seems to have abandoned texters for the time being. Get a fast, 2.1-enabled phone out there quick and you’ll have at least one immediate U.S. convert.

    Minor issues with the rep’s presentation though, when the lead is “it’s a nice box”…=(

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  15. NorbertGuest 5 years ago

    I absolutely love this idea. I fully support your efforts and look forward to buying the TWO.

    The Norbert