Wow, it was an incredible 16 months ago that Jolla, a Finnish startup comprised of ex Nokia employees, vowed to keep the MeeGo dream alive, and ultimately pick up where the Nokia N9 left off.
Well, they’ve kinda succeeded, in the sense that the Jolla smartphone might’ve impressed had it been released last year. Alas, it’s almost 2014, guys.
To be fair to Jolla, the Jolla smartphone (which appears to be its actual name) isn’t exactly out to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it comes to specs.
That notion is evidenced by the dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with microSD), 8MP/2MP camera combo, and 4.5in display with 960 x 540 qHD resolution.
No, the Jolla looks to stand out with its MeeGo-derived Sailfish OS, which is all centered around swipe-based navigation (check it out in action on YouTube).
Another potential plus point is compatibility with Android apps. Fingers crossed that works out better than on BlackBerry 10.
It remains to be seen if there’s room in the market for the Jolla, but with a modest 450 handsets produced initially, it seems like the phone might be doomed to remain a niche product for people who still think the Nokia N9 was the best phone released in the past five years (no offense, Jan).
Not to mention the fact that the Jolla smartphone costs a whopping €399, which is more expensive than the likes of the Google Nexus 5, and more than twice the price of the wallet-friendly Moto G. Eek.
Still, we’re all for choice and variety, so good luck to you, Jolla.