While many of you may not have heard of the Geeksphone One when it was announced in 2009, it was the first European brand to launch an Android Smartphone to the mass market and has quite a following among its users. Since that time Geeksphone has not released any other device but the Geeksphone Zero is now on the horizon and pre-orders are suggested to be taking place within the next 2-weeks. When it comes to specs they are a little underwhelming when compared to newer devices but still, capable:

  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi  b/g
  • 5 MP Camera
  • 512MB of RAM
  • AMD Z430 GPU 256MB
  • Qualcomm 600 Mhz MSM762
  • 3.2 Inch HVGA LED Multi-touch
  • Quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz), dual-band UMTS / HSPA (2100/850MHz)

Again, not the most impressive specs but considering the device will cost you only €189 unlocked and only €168 if you were a previous Geeksphone One owner it's not all that bad of a deal. Especially if you're only looking for an entry level device -- a market that is growing. [Android-France]

 
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Why? Because it doesn't have dual-core processors and appeal to you? Believe it not some folks couldn't care the slightest about any of that.

lol seriously why do people always have to bash a phone. Every android phone is not a superphone and it looks like a nice device :)

In this case, it's kind of justfied. They named it "Geeksphone" but it's hardly spec'ed for geeks.

If it was named "Tweensphone" you'd have a point.

Hi guys!

I'm Javier Agüera, co-founder of Geeksphone; I like to be over here, so any questions/comments/(constructive) critics that you wish to make, I'm here to take note and answer if possible :)

It is not menctioned in the article but the software of this particular device has been tuned up by Cyanogen Team and RMCC, so its performance actually beats many 'higher end' devices ( for example, 48 FPS in NeoCore).

It comes pre-rooted, with Clockwork Recovery, and with ROM Manager preinstalled, so you can upgrade in a matter of seconds to CyanogenMod 7
Also it implements our BootLink technology that makes possible flashing ROMs from the bootloader, so the device is almost impossible to brick =)

Cheers!

Its a good looking phone
Better looking than the Galaxy phones that have a smiler spec. & better than the HTC facebook phones (chacha (cha) & the other one)

Its refreshing to see a manufacturer put out a phone with that level of openness. Pre rooted? Recovery and Rom manager built it? Kudos Javier. I'd love to see this in the US so I could use it on Sprint.

This looks like a great option for me. Living in europe but frequent the states a bit. I'm looking for a cheap Android to pop my t-mobile sim into while I'm there. This seems better than the Optimus T on offer currently from t-mobile. One thing Javier, what's the battery rated at?

Too bad no USA T-Mobile 3G band (1700) ! I love the idea of an open phone ready for custom ROMs out of the box.

Hi Mapin, Will this not work on the TMobile 3G band? I didn't even check the specs. If not, is the optimus the best Pay as you go option for Tmobile currently? Just need something for checking mail and facebook on the go. Cheers

Hi again!

The Zero has the 850 Mhz UMTS band. With this, you should be able to get 3G in the USA at least in some areas.

My understanding is that T-mobile in USA does use band 2100 as well in some areas for their 3G. Will test this ones I get my hands on a GP Zero. :)