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Jolla's new smartphone, called Jolla, will be the companies first smartphone to be running the Meego based Sailfish OS which will support the use of Android apps. The phone has a 4.5-inch display, 8MP camera and 16GB of internal storage.

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Engadget May 20, 2013

The most notable design point is how the device is split into two halves, with a back cover (available in several different colors) that can contain its own hardware components and communicate information from those components.

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Ars Technica May 20, 2013

The Jolla has a 4.5-inch “Estrade” display, an unspecified dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The phone also has a stylized feature called “The Other Half,” a shell that clips onto the back of the phone and comes in colors.

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TechCrunch Nov 30, 2013

Building a new smartphone on a new platform is already an impressive achievement. But Jolla isn't about to stop and admire the view. This startup has no intention of letting a single lovingly crafted handset remain its crowning glory.

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CNET Nov 29, 2013

The Jolla phone is certainly an unusual piece of kit, with its two-tone design and Sailfish software. While an entirely new operating system for a phone might seem like a dangerous move for Jolla, its support for Android apps means it's already off to a decent start.

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PC Advisor Nov 29, 2013

It's laid out in a vertical way with, top to bottom, a lockscreen, homescreen and an app menu. Getting accustomed to the gestures is difficult, but that's acceptable for a new operating system. Luckily users will be guided through a tutorial on first use.

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TrustedReviews May 23, 2013

In hand the Jolla feels angular, though by no means uncomfortable compared to the 5-inch monsters now on the market. It was noticeable on our demo unit that some of the fittings weren’t flush and it had chips and dents, but we won’t read anything into that for a handset likely in heavy testing.

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The Verge Nov 30, 2013

One of the most glaring omissions from the shipping software is LTE support. The hardware's inside the phone — along with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, both of which are functional — but Jolla hasn't been able to get the software support done in time.

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TechRadar Feb 24, 2014

It's a breath of fresh air with some neat ideas that will appeal to anyone looking for a bit more individualisation in their phone, but for those comfortable with their more familiar operating system, Jolla doesn't offer anything mind-blowing enough to warrant a switch.

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Geek.com May 20, 2013

As for the all important question of apps, Sailfish will indeed be capable of running Android apps. You won’t be able to just grab them from Google Play, but third party stores and sideloading will make it easy enough to load your favorites.

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The Next Web Nov 29, 2013

The Jolla smartphone is certainly unique. The styling of the hardware is unusual and the gesture-based Sailfish OS is intriguing. I enjoyed my time with the device, but I’m still not sure who this handset is for.

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jpdurand jpdurand

I open the box with a LOT of excitement and was really hoping this phone would be the answer to all my problems. At the moment, I'm using a BlackBerry Z30 as my main device and an iphone when I need an app. I have used android a lot and was disappointed by the UI and the lack of a unified inbox....

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9.0
Jyrgal Jyrgal

I was waiting a long time for this phone, ' coz I always thought I'm missing the access to all the Android apps, with all the hype around. After having it, the Play store is just pissing me off. Trillions of apps for one and the same purpose. I takes ages to find a suiting one, but still with...

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7.0
nadriel nadriel

A quick summary would point: Hardware is solid in hand and very functional. I like how the device feels in hand, about just right. Software is getting there, UI works the way I like it to work. Terminal Editor is available natively by enabling developer mode. Basic utilities, email, media,...

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8.0
william1988 william1988

This was the first smartphone I bought but not the first I have used before. The UI I found to be very intuitive and after using the tutorial and 10 mins of playing with the phone it all seems natural to me. The main downside at the moment is number of apps, but with Android compatibility...

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8.0
blundell blundell

It's quite good, the lack of apps is so annoying, I didn't realise how Google dependant I am. It brought my contacts in but lack of WhatsApp and Google Calendar is annoying.

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