First Jolla Sailfish smartphone made official

First Jolla Sailfish smartphone made officialNo doubt hoping there’s room for a fifth ecosystem behind Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 is Swedish posse Jolla, which aims to keep the MeeGo dream alive with its gesture-heavy Sailfish OS.

We’ve been jawing about Sailfish for a good few months, and the details of the first smartphone, seemingly called – simply – the Jolla, have finally been revealed.

Diving straight into the Jolla spec sheet, we have a 4.5in display (no word on the resolution just yet), dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion, a user-accessible battery, 4G LTE compatibility, and an 8MP rear camera.

The blurb on the Jolla website is fairly heavy on talk of the ‘Other Half’, which refers to the changeable rear case. Interestingly, the phone knows which colour case you’ve applied, and can change the colour scheme on the display accordingly.

There’s also compatibility with Android apps, though presumably that’ll necessitate developers specifically making their wares available.

Jolla aims to get the er, Jolla out by the end of the year, and it’ll be priced around €399. If you pre-order the Jolla now, that price is guaranteed.

In the meantime, you can watch co-founder Marc Dillon talk a little about Sailfish on YouTube, alongside this video reveal of the phone.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 12:09

Looks good. But "Android app compliant out of the box" could be a mixed blessing: many app developers will rather simply port than develop native apps... Like fr*gging BB10 apps.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 12:30

Like fr*gging BB10 apps

I should add that I have been using a Z10 for the past 3 days. There is one hell of a rant brewing.... :p You just wait.

Stelph  May. 20, 2013 at 12:42

"The blurb on the Jolla website is fairly heavy on talk of the ‘Other Half’, which refers to the changeable rear case"

Ah boooo, I thought this was going to be related to the earlier article that people would go without sex rather than phones for a week

"if youre not going to get any nookie, you might as well make your phone experience worth it! Buy Jolla...." etc

Stelph  May. 20, 2013 at 12:44

Like fr*gging BB10 apps

I should add that I have been using a Z10 for the past 3 days. There is one hell of a rant brewing.... :p You just wait.


I had noticed on twitter you were in rage mode, are you swinging more towards prefering OS's that enforce the "walled garden" approach (i.e. set it up like we say or get out) and/or OS's that build in core fuctionality deep within the phone rather than let apps do it? (like windows phone)

AhmadCentral  May. 20, 2013 at 12:47

Like fr*gging BB10 apps

I should add that I have been using a Z10 for the past 3 days. There is one hell of a rant brewing.... :p You just wait.


What i hate is the fact that there are no physical buttons. It's so annoying swiping up and left and right just to get somewhere/go back.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 12:59

Like fr*gging BB10 apps

I should add that I have been using a Z10 for the past 3 days. There is one hell of a rant brewing.... :p You just wait.


I had noticed on twitter you were in rage mode, are you swinging more towards prefering OS's that enforce the "walled garden" approach (i.e. set it up like we say or get out) and/or OS's that build in core fuctionality deep within the phone rather than let apps do it? (like windows phone)


Without saying too much after just 3 days: I actually like the Z10 in terms no-nonsense design, and much of the OS. Hey, even the camera surprised me positively - which is a first for a BB device.
The problem is: out of the box it lacks some features. Example: BB added Twitter to the much-hyped Hub. But: engaging with hubbed Twitter messages doesn't open the Twitter app... In fact, the Twitter app is pathetic. No multi-account support etc etc. And 3rd party Twitter apps for BB10 are the worst apps ever. Ca. GetJar 2006!
Every single BB10 app I tried is sub-standard compared to iOS, Android, webOS and even BB7! They either work poorly, are incredibly slow and laggy, or they do not work at all.
A €5 Movie player that claims it plays everything and has a 5 star rating takes 1 full minute to open a 10MB .flv clip... Symbian did better in 2006!

So where was I? A yes... Crackberry fanboys. I never knew they were worse than other fanboys, but I learned a lot these past 3 days.


And the hyped side-loading of Android apps? Give me a break.

On the plus side: the Z10 browser is the best mobile browser. No contest. Safari, Chrome, Opera, Dolphin and whatnot: you've been beaten. By Blackberry.

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 13:36

Oh, @stelph, more on your question: in a nutshell: a compromise. I reckon a jailbreaked iOS device would come closest to what I can put up with for more than a couple of weeks. Doesn't make me buy an iPhone, though - as long as Apple have nothing better to do than sabotage jb efforts.
"MeeGo" on the N9 is a bit like that: some functions built into the OS (Skype, Twitter etc)... but I'm tired of the N9. I was expecting further updates. Not happening. And my N9 is getting awfully slow - something a wipe and reinstall hasn't fixed, oddly enough. Maybe it's just my perception? (a risk when you toy with quad-core speed monsters while using a phone that is 'adequate' at best...)

Blackberry 10, on paper, is very much like jailbreaked iOS... the problem: It ISN'T! I can't believe it was delayed, because it still feels unfinished. There's a clash between old and new. Like using Sense on the HTC HD2, but then you access a menu that is pure WinMo and requires a stylus or very skinny fingers, and, heck, you need to find it first.

Stelph  May. 20, 2013 at 14:37

"MeeGo" on the N9 is a bit like that: some functions built into the OS (Skype, Twitter etc)... but I'm tired of the N9. I was expecting further updates. Not happening. And my N9 is getting awfully slow - something a wipe and reinstall hasn't fixed, oddly enough. Maybe it's just my perception? (a risk when you toy with quad-core speed monsters while using a phone that is 'adequate' at best...)


Perhaps Jolla will be the answer to that then since its essentially taking over the Meego project and youd expect them to keep updating the project as time goes on

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 14:44

True. And: it sounds as though Android apps will run natively on Jolla without conversion.

mightyforest  May. 20, 2013 at 15:21

needs something good to take off

JanSt / MOD  May. 20, 2013 at 22:54

needs something good to take off
Yeah... It'll become a beloved niche product like the N9. Not more, not less. But who knows? Give it the time it took Android to become the hit it now is.

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