The Neo1973

We test the world's first fully open-source smartphone

by John Mahoney

Below the battery lies the SIM card slot, and below that a place for a microSD card.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

A sight us geeks have been waiting for-Tux the penguin sitting confidently on the screen of a cellphone as it boots up.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

The front and back finnish is a sort of rubberized, glittery plastic. Feels great in the hand.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

The Neo is the perfect size for a smartphone-not too small, not too big. And those rounded edges...John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

On the other end we have the mini-USB plug, the power button and another speaker.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

In its current interation, the software chokes on starting up the visual user interface. But with the OpenMoko source code opened to the public this week, that is sure to change quickly.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

On one side is an audio minijack, one of two speakers and a profile-switching button.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

The phone will ship with a lanyard that loops through the hole in the bottom.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

Hello?? Hellllloooo? Can you hear me?John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

The back cover pops off to reveal the battery, which is of course fully replaceable-unlike the iPhone's.John Mahoney