I own a Jolla Phone !
I recently discovered the Jolla project and their OS : SailfishOS. I think it is the launch of the crowd-sourced Jolla tablet that made me take the leap.
I saw the great interest of the community around it and, in response, Jolla performed a seduction operation on their phone. And that worked on me.
So I bought one for myself.
What makes the Jolla Phone unique ?
The Jolla phone is the only smartphone (for now) of Jolla. It runs on SailfishOS, an open platform but more on that later.
The Jolla phone looks a lot like a Nokia smartphone. It is because most of Jolla, originally comes from the Nokia Company.
It looks pretty simple, there are no useless buttons and that is something I like.
Here are the main specifications of this smartphone :
|Display||Ample 4.5 IPS qHD display
5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2™ Glass
|Camera||8 megapixel AF camera with LED
2 megapixel front-facing camera
|Talk time & battery||9 / 10 hours (GSM / 3G, approx.)
|Processor||Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4Ghz|
|Design & dimensions||Height: 131 mm
Width: 68 mm
Thickness: 9.9 mm
Weight: 141 g
|Supported languages||Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong),
English UK, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Danish,
Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian.
Another interesting point about this phone is what we call The Other Half.
The Other Half is a smart cover for the Jolla phone. There are sensors on the phone and they can be used by the cover to make, let's say a solar cover for example.
There is a funny and simple use of this smart cover. When you change your cover from white to black for example, the phone detects this change and ask you if you want to change the ambiance of your phone interface to match your new cover. This is done with an NFC connector, at the back of the phone.
SailfishOS, the operating system
SailfishOS is an independent OS. As Jolla say "they are unlike". Indeed, the experience of SailfishOS is not the same as iOS or Android. The Jolla phone does not have the same buttons, for example there is no 'home' button. Everything it based on gestures. This is something I am really interested about, this gesture-based interactions. I like the fact that SailfishOS wants to be, and is, different.
Not everything is free on Sailfish OS, and that's only logical. Would you make a completely free OS and let other manufacturers sell phones with your OS on it ?
All the native apps have the same design and that is something cool. But more on that later with articles about apps development.
On the next post we will see how to install the SailfishOS SDK and create an HelloWorld project.