Jolla Review and First Impressions
Not too long ago, Jolla launched its first smartphone onto the world stage after over a year of careful planning and crafting their device was finally ready. I couldn't wait to try one out; fortunately I didn't have to wait long and got a test device directly from Jolla, the company built by former Nokia employees who didn't want to see MeeGo disappear from the face of the Earth. While I didn't enough time with it to do a full on review I will give you a quick hybrid first impression/review.
While this device is more about the Sailfish OS and less about the hardware powering it, hardware is still an important factor when you are thinking about purchasing any device. Here's a look at the Jolla specs
- Weight: 141g
- 4.5 inch display
- 540 x 960 pixels
- Dual core 1.4GHz Krait 200 CPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of Internal Storage
- support for up to 64GB micro SD card
- 8mp rear camera
- 2mp front camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2100 mAh battery
As for the device itself, it is unlike any other recent device I have seen in the past couple of years, with its squared edges and the unique "Other Half" design, you will not mistake it for any other device on the market today. The small, by today's standards, 4.5 inch screen is completely flat and seems to be the perfect size for the gesture based swipe interface. In fact, I am unsure how much bigger you can go and not lose the true beauty and usability of the Sailfish interface. Thanks to the heavy reliance on gestures to move around, this is the ideal size to have a decent sized screen that's easy to hold and swipe across.
While the 8mp camera on the Jolla phone didn't blow me away, it is a fairly decent shooter and should satisfy the average user. I placed a few indoor samples below since that is where most mobile cameras are at their weakest. Outdoors, it did as great a job as you would expect it to do.
One promising feature of Sailfish is that it's able to run many Android apps. Jolla has a few issues with non-native Android apps but for the most part it did everything I asked of it without any lag; it also mutli-tasked beautifully. I was impressed with the device except for a few inconsistencies on swipes across the UI. That being said, Jolla themselves admits that this device is a beta device and to that end I received several core updates in short amount of time I had this device.
Below I placed a brief overview video on how you navigate around the Sailfish OS. I will let you know that if you have never used a MeeGo based OS before, there will be learning curve; however, after that you will see the beauty in a button-less device.
Is the Jolla phone something that I recommend? I would for myself and other experienced fans of the mobile space. However, if you are the average consumer right now, I'd hold off for a little bit. I have a feeling there is going to be some absolute brilliant devices coming from Jolla in the coming years and this first device is just a peek into that future. I will be watching Jolla closely and can't wait to see what this start up company brings to mobile space with it's next few releases.