I played a lot with Firefox OS during the weekend but today was the real test. It’s Monday so like most people I had to work and when I’m at work my phone just has to work too otherwise I won’t get anything done. I ran into a few issues but over all it worked well. I think I should wait until the end of the week to make an informed decision before I will start calling it “dependable” though.
At work I have to make and answer quite a few calls so I do need a phone that I can rely on, that’s why in the morning I did consider taking my Galaxy S2 with me just in case. I didn’t and if I did I wouldn’t need it anyway. FFOS worked fine but there were some minor problems. Searching through contacts is slow, the time between when you enter someones name into the contacts search box and when their information appears on screen is rather long, and I only have about 270 contacts on my phone. It could be a hardware issue but there is a software solution to it, most people only use a small portion of their contacts on regular basis, in my case it’s about 20. When you use the phone app you have three buttons on the bottom of the screen: Call Log, Contacts and Phone. A fourth button that would list my “favourites” or rather just a list of 20 most used contacts would solve my problem for the most part.
I also often need to look up addresses and there is no Google Maps app, which is what I used before. Instead ZTE Open came preloaded with HERE maps (app, official website), which to my surprise did better at finding addresses than Google Maps, especially in rural areas. The maps aren’t too outdated which is not bad considering that I live in a fast developing area. I will definitely keep using it but if at some point I decide that I don’t like it the mobile version of Google Maps works just fine.
I also synced the phone with the hands-free device in my vehicle over Bluetooth which was easy and fast as you would expect it to be. My car radio is just that, a radio, it doesn’t have a auxiliary port or even a cassette player so I use one of those small radio transmitters that plug in through 3.5mm jack to play music from my phone and I noticed a strange issue. When the screen is locked and I unplug the jack the music starts playing for about half a second from the phone speaker before pausing, its not a critical bug by any means but it’s still a bug. Also the music player did not display all the music I have on the miniSD card, my guess it’s because it doesn’t support all of the formats I got on there, I will investigate this further tomorrow.