If you have ever been involved in a product release in a small company
Actualy, I have been involved. And this is where i recognize the patterns from. When unwanted buyer’s request comes in you quote the customer three times the actual price, so he won’t order. But then the customer says: “oh, ok. Then I want ten.”. This is what I think happened with Aspen. They tried to make it as unappealing as possible, so nobody would want it. I remember reading it and thinking: “What are they thinking? Nobody will want this!”. And there you go, just like me, they underestimated the fanboy-ism of their customers.
I’m by no means saying that they are scammers or something like that. But I am saying that it appears like they can’t handle the task but are afraid to admit it.
Additionally I think they work on reducing the power consumption / heat generation
Exactly thats the problem. You think they tell you nothing, save some heatpipes. If they had a good idea, they’d share it.
Pursim did great engineering job
I’m not so sure about this anymore.
I’m not even sure to what extent they designed the hardware themselves, as Nicole hinted in her presentation that they went to china where the know-how is. It sounded to me like they ordered a developement and china, which would explain perfectly why they mostly posted software updates.
Once they posted this picture, writing about validating boards. Really, every hobbyist has better equipment in their basement. This is in no way equipment fit to validate any part of a mobile phone. Mind you I still backed them AFTER this picture.
Really it looks like they will release something that’s borderline usable (if even that - up till today we dont have a full demonstration of a simple call)
Well, there was a bug report about an overheating issue. It was marked with high importance, but ignored for somehting like a month. Then it was merged with some other bugs, and never spoken of again.
They keep claiming that they can solve everything in software, but they also claimed that the silicone bug (reason put forward for the first delay) was solved, whereas NXP stated quite firmly that one of the two bugs doesn’t have a workaround and will remain like it is.