What do you do when you’re not satisfied with the smartphones on the market today. Well if you’re Tim Riker you make your own. Riker is the CTO of a company called Saygus that showed off a pretty exciting piece of Android hardware at least years Big Android BBQ.
Riker and his forward thinking engineering team took the time to put together their own Android phone. The VPhone isn’t pretty, it doesn’t have the fastest processor in the world. It’s heavy and the display isn’t superAMOLED, qHD or anything super fancy. What it is though is built with the developer and customization in mind. The Saygus Vphone comes rooted.
There’s one little big problem though and that is, it’s a year too late. When our then Senior Editor Russell Holly had a chance to interview Riker at the Big Android BBQ the VPhone was on it’s way to ODI approval at Verizon Wireless. This is a process which allows a device to use Verizon Wireless network without Verizon being responsible for things like warranty repair and customer service issues. For lack of a better word ODI is the approval process for companies like Saygus to use their network in a wholesale fashion.
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It’s not clear what version of Android the VPhone is running at this time but as we said it’s fully rootable out of the box (does it even come with a box). The other specs were top of the line superphone specs in March 0f 2010 when it was in development and in June of 2010 when it first applied for ODI through Verizon. Now though it’s closer to mid-range or entry level specs. But as you’ll notice some of the things on the Saygus VPhone, like the USB host are currently only available in phone form with the VPhone.
- Two-Way Mobile Video
- ‘Best in Class’ Slide Out Qwerty Keyboard
- 512 MB Flash
- 256 MB SDRAM
- 806 MHz Processor
- CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev. A
- USB Host Port (Others have Client Port Only)
- MicroSD Storage up to 32 GB SDHC
- Extensive Battery Life- 8 Hours of Talk Time
- Modem Port (USB Modem Capable)
- WiFi 802.11b/g * Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
- Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
- Multi Media Player
Check out our two part interview with Tim Riker of Saygus from last October:
Source: TalkAndroid and TDG