First Impressions: Geeksphone Keon running on Firefox OS

A sweet little thing arrived in the mail when I got home from work! Hello, little orange phone, Keon!

The packaging is quite unique from what we are used to with smartphones. It a square box which opens upwards to reveal the phone.

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And when you lift it up, it will reveal the manuals and accessories.

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At 199g it is slightly heavier than an iPhone 5 and lighter than the S4. The back has a neat matte surface similar to the Kindle Fire HD.You can find more specs here.

Yes, the phone gives you a familiar feeling with only a circle button and three hardware buttons on the left side. The UI doesn’t give much confusion for smartphone users, as they are almost the same as most UIs currently available. The round icons are quite familiar too.

It has the usual connectivity features like WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet sharing and 3G. The battery life is quite impressive. I have tried leaving it with WiFi on for more than 24 hours and have left it on stand-by for 3 days.

Keon is not really a powerful phone, but if you just want to have the basic features with Internet connectivity, with an expected price tag of Php3-5k, this is a good choice. Especially if you are a mobile apps developer or you plan to become one.

Firefox OS was built using open web technologies and is of course, entirely open source. What makes me say it is perfect for developers? Well, for starters, developers don’t need to pay anything to submit an app to the Marketplace AND Mozilla doesn’t intend to gain anything from their earnings, if they plan to sell their apps. Talk about using and marketing a phone plainly for developing the Web and exploring its capabilities, instead of the usual capitalist thinking.

The OS and the device still have a lot of areas to improve on. However, I must say that I have a huge trust on the open community about developing for the sake of the craft and not merely to heartlessly earn from it.