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Jolla Smartphone Review

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Jolla Smartphone Review
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Call Quality


Sounds coming out of the smartphone's earpiece are clear, but weak in volume. We boosted the sound level as far as it would go, but that introduced annoying crackling noises to the conversation. In contrast, the microphone works quite well, with only slight distortion audible when the noise cancellation kicks in.

Battery Life


The removable battery inside the Jolla smartphone has a capacity of 2100 mAh, which is tolerable. What isn't, however, is that the OS in its current state doesn't seem to be very economic when it comes to power consumption. Leaving the handset on stand-by overnight, with no Wi-Fi and no cellular connectivity enabled, resulted in a whopping 13% drop in charge level for us. Then there was this one time when we left the phone on stand-by and when we reached for it two hours later its battery level had gone from 100% all the way down to 55%, presumably drained by the web browser which was only minimized, not closed. Although this could have been a glitch, we aren't entirely sure. Whatever the case is, we think it would be challenging for an average user to get over a day of usage from the Jolla phone even though it is rated for 10 hours of talk time on 3G.

Conclusion


If Jolla's goal was to craft a phone that's unlike any other, then it has definitely succeeded. Its first Sailfish OS device has a fresh, distinctive design that might grab the attention of anyone looking for something that's, well, different.

However, trying to stand out from the crowd isn't always advisable. Yet that's exactly what Jolla is trying to accomplish by betting the house on Sailfish OS, and we can't see how that would do the company any good. The whole user experience is, how should we put it, not for the average user for a number of reasons, mostly because of its steep learning curve. After all, most people just need a smartphone that they can buy and start using without needing to spend too much time getting used to its peculiarities and limitations. Then there's the lack of apps for Sailfish OS. Sure, you can always find some Android titles that are going to run somewhat reliably, but we can't see how the platform's library of native apps would grow to a respectable size anytime soon.

All in all, the first Jolla phone is a half-baked product with a hard to justify price tag, while Sailfish OS has no advantages over the well-established smartphone platforms. Even if you're desperately in need of a phone that's unique, we would strongly advise you to spend your 400 euro ($550) on a phone that can get you much more bang for the buck – a Google Nexus 5 or an LG G2. Even a Samsung Galaxy S4 or an HTC One can be bought online for a few bucks more, so consider giving these a try these as well.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Sailfish OS 1.0.3.8


Pros

  • Nice design
  • Usable daytime photos

Cons

  • The phone is too expensive for what it delivers
  • Lack of software availability
  • Android support isn't reliable
  • Mediocre display
  • OS still has some bugs
  • Gesture-based navigation takes lots of getting used to
  • The “Other half” concept is nothing but a gimmick
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2 Terrible
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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:05 16

1. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Man that's brutal !! :P

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:32 19

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Sometimes they need good Reviewer. This Is childish review. Sometimes I see fanism.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:48 23

20. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


Funny how these people comment that this is a terrible review, yet they have never even used the phone being reviewed. Quite hypocritical that this guy calls the author out on 'fanism'.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:15 16

29. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)


This is better than WP8

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:45 4

37. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Hahahahaha that was funny! LOL! +1

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:54 3

41. papss (unregistered)


Nice trolling skoms.. So cleaver and has nothing to do with this phone.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 11:13

85. Dastrix (unregistered)


Sure, 2/10 is better than 9/10. How's math for you?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:23 3

58. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


2 out of 10, men think about it, this is out of limits.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 11:59 1

90. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It's not good device, but after all, it's Jollas first smartphone, made by ~100 guys. OS is great, but it's more like alpha than beta or finished one. Some forgiving must do, and I think that this device should get like 4 or 5, just to be generous.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:49 1

95. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


I need John V. to wipe my tears.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 16:36 1

99. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


typically Nokia fanboy. It is clear that this is a junk phone. It has lesser specs than the Moto G and is about 3-5x the price (depending on where you get the Moto G at) and apparently is worse than the Moto G on all fronts. I cant think of a single reason why someone would buy this over that, and that is a phone that costs about 100-150$ generally.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 14:52

125. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


oh yeah the specs are what makes a phonne junk now may i remind that unlike android other OS's don't need big specs to run seamlessly

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:38 4

16. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The score is very low, but I read the review... the phone is really really disapointing and has the same price as the Nexus 5 or LG G2.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:32 3

34. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Brutal is a conservative term. There are no words that could ever describe this review on the planet.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:12 9

48. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Nick T. ,, just grow up.

Your review is more than disgusting.
This is the worst unprofessional review I ever seen.
I can't call a review either.

6 years child could write better than you.

I used to read only GSMArena reviews.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:52 9

65. cripton805 (Posts: 1452; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Honestly, I think the review was justified. The specs are horrible and every single pro the phone has, it has to be limited to what seemed "unfinished". For example, the NFC. Why didnt they finish NFC support, if its included. It's $550 which is not cheap by todays standards. It doesnt support much in multimedia. The camera has no HDR, camera lag, etc... Bad call quality. Low res screen...

I would have given it a 1 out of 10.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:14 4

71. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. I think some ppl have blinders on. Just because you like a phone or want it to succeed....doesnt always mean its a good phone.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 16:49

100. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


so true. Phones like Moto G are better when they're about 1/3rd of the price, and this phone is just BARELY ahead of the Lumia 520/521 which are about 1/5th of the price.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 22:04

121. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


you do know the jolla office is made out of 85 people they don't have advanced research facilities or beta testers the beta testers are the community i got sailfish running on my n9 and it's great for it's beta tag !

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:14

91. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iAgree, iL♥ve this new iPhone 6; there's no need for such a horrific review, that's just unprofessional!!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 21:39 1

105. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I wonder how much the price played a part in the overall rating. Yes, the Jolla phone is admittedly incomplete, but it's a device for people that like to tinker, explore, experiment, and modify their devices, and want more freedom than what android offers, or something different, fresh, and coming from a semi-grassroots foundation. If it were $200-300, I'd consider picking one up, but $550 is steep for what it is, and better to sell more $300 phones than few $500 phones, IMHO, as it gets the product in more hands and gives more opportunities for crowdsourcing and the like.

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 11:07 1

115. great (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


phonearena.... why so serious !?

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:07 4

2. Sesameopen (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Lowest score on PA up to date.

Damn I was actually thinking about getting this.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:00 8

25. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


PA will not give this phone a good review.
First it is a very small company to sponser thing for them.
Second, Jolla is made of revolting members of Nokia+Microsoft. They didn't surrender to the morachy.
Third, Tizen needs to be put in place.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:55 1

42. papss (unregistered)


So they instead made a pos OS with even worse hardware.. Awesome

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:10 3

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


2 out of 10? Really? Jolla is gonna kick PA's a**.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:22 1

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Not if everyone else kicks it first

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:11

4. Andrewtst (Posts: 642; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Wow! Score of 2 !!!

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:12 7

5. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


only 2/10 ??????
i feel sorry for the people who worked so hard on developing this phone

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:30 9

13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


You should feel sorry for the consumers who are manipulated into thinking that this is a terrible product

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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Krait 200 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.16 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches
(131 x 68 x 9.9 mm)
4.97 oz  (141 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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