The primary reason why it's resistive is that they are reusing the screen from the N900.
I wouldn't refer to the N9's screen as a rectification. A resistive screen is a good choice for an Internet Tablet and a capacitive screen is a good choice for a smart phone.
IMHO, a resistive screen plus stylus is the better choice to replace a desktop mouse in a mobile device that aims to be a fully functional computer.
It might be different from the typical Android vendor but the Neo900 is not aiming to be an Android replacement.
Have you ever tried running normal Linux tasks on Android such as compiling a C program, "ssh -X", running strace, etc.? Ever tried running X11 or Wayland instead of SurfaceFlinger? I think you'll find that Android's environment is not very well suited for these kind of tasks. Google's chose to use Bionic libc making Android makes it largely incompatible with the desktop and server Linux we know and love. Firefox OS is based on Android and also uses Bionic libc. Most regular Linux apps require extensive modification if you want to build them to run Android. These same apps can be recompiled for Debian ARM or Maemo 5 with little or no modification at all.
Of course if Android is your thing, the Neo900 is expected to run the Replicant variant which is already running on the GTA04 that it is based on.
There are many of us so these numbers are to be expected.
Whoops. That should read "There aren't many of us so these numbers are to be expected."
However, it's not over. The project has decided to continue the campaign, as they need as many "preorders" as possible in order to lower the price of the device (by producing more than just 200) and make production of some custom parts more feasible. Therefore their next goal is set to 100 000 €."
Here's a link to the Neo900 feasibility study: http://projects.goldelico.com/p/neo900/downloads/get/neo900-feasibility.pdf
Can this be included in the in the summary?
Here is a video presenting the idea: http://youtu.be/EJHMXQ3nSt0
If your donation is above 100 eur, then that amount will be deducted from your purchase of the final version of the Neo900. The final motherboard is expected to be in the range of 500-700 eur depending on the amount of orders and availability of components."
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Too bad Nokia quit making fun phones. The last was the N900. I'd love to have a new phone similar to that with modern specs.
It seems that you haven't heard of the Neo900 project which aims to deliver just that.