OpenMoko Smartphone: Did They Have a Time Machine, or What?

When we first saw this Linux-based OpenMoko FIC Neo1973 smartphone last November, we were wondering if it would capture the imagination of the open-source community. Now, after Apple's iPhone (pictured at right next to the Neo1973) has been unveiled, we're looking at this smartphone in a different context.

Not only does it have similar design, its user interface has a lot of similarities as well. Good thing this concept wasn't introduced after the iPhone, or there'd be some splainin' to do. Take a look at its user interface pics and spec list for even more startling similarities:

OpenMoko Smartphone: Did They Have a Time Machine, or What?

OpenMoko Smartphone: Did They Have a Time Machine, or What?

OpenMoko Smartphone: Did They Have a Time Machine, or What?

OpenMoko Smartphone: Did They Have a Time Machine, or What?

Preliminary Specification
Note: These are _not_ final. But since we've had so many questions on our mailing lists,
it's probably best to post them in one place:
Hardware
• 120.7 x 62 x 18.5 (mm)
• 2.8" VGA (480x640) TFT Screen
• Samsung s3c2410 SoC
• Global Locate AGPS chip
• Ti GPRS (2.5G not EDGE)
• Unpowered USB 1.1
• Touchscreen
• micro-sd slot
• 2.5mm audio jack
• 2 buttons
• 1200 mAh battery (charged over USB)
• 128 MB SDRAM
• 64 MB NAND Flash
Software
• Dialer
• Contacts
• Application Manager
• Calendar
• More...

Could Apple have borrowed an idea or two from this open-source design? Hmm.

Press Information [OpenMoko]