Jolla Smartphone Review

What's unique about the Jolla smartphone is that it is powered by Sailfish OS – a new platform based on the now-forgotten MeeGo operating system. The software is capable of running Android apps and it its user interface relies heavily on gesture-based user interaction...
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118 Comments

17. SleepingOz unregistered

GSMArena did a preview of this a while ago, and they came to the same conclusion as PA.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Whoa, hold on there. The GSMArena preview most certainly did not. It was a great write up that showed what they liked, what they didn't, what needed improvement, and had great followup. They dug into each piece and showed a complete picture of the device. This is a hack job of a review that contains wayyyy less detail than that preview (which is sad in and of itself).

24. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

well I rarely trust PA reviews... but this is definitely not an outstanding product either... specially for the price

6. lucid.brat unregistered

PA how much does Sammy and apple pay u????

7. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

well i know it can't compete with android and windows phones but 2?! seriously?! i think it deserves a 6. not a bad camera, average display, nice design, average hardware... of course it has many downsides but 2 is not fair at all...

8. X.E.R.O. unregistered

Harsh!

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wow. The utterly negative tone in this review is simply not welcome. Grade a product with a low score if it applies, but this was written as though the author had every intention of disliking the product from the get go. Things like: "Remember MeeGo? Don't feel bad if you don't. Announced jointly by Intel and Nokia in 2010, it was a Linux-based OS that never really achieved any commercial success... In other words, we're dealing with an underdog mobile operating system built upon a product that flopped." Are are a gross oversimplification bordering on downright fabrications. The entire slant of this review is just brutally oversimplified, with no time taken to even dig into anything. It's literally a list of "didn't like this, didn't like that, not a fan of this..." with no context, no understanding, and no concept that this isn't just another device from a big name manufacturer. If a phone deserves a 2 out of 10, fine, give it that score. But this reads like the author was looking for reasons to give this device as low a score as possible, and simply wasn't going to like it. Expecting a device made by a small group, with extremely limited means to offer a 100% competitive product from the get go and try and compare the device to those made by juggernauts like Apple or Samsung is utter folly. You could have done the same review, given the same score, but stripped away the negativity and offered a compelling look at a flawed product. Could have gone in deep and identified what had promise, what needs a complete overhaul, and offered constructive criticism. This site is a great place for news, rumours and editorials. But the reviews here are incredibly inconsistent, follow no set parameters that I've been able to see, and consist of little more than hack jobs for products that aren't loved, and giant circle jerks for products that tickle the reviewers fancy.

19. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Some reviewers are really Pathetic!

45. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

And some reviewers are honest. He took some time to review the product and he believes it's a 2.

49. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

sometimes review numbers have limits.

50. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

He took some time to review the product and he believes it's a 2. Reviewer should be a reviewer and must be fair and honest. He should not give higher score just because its not ios, android or wp.

61. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The score isn't the issue, it's the content. The review contains no real context, very few actual details, some terrible half truths, and a negative tone from the get go. He didn't take the time to do the review, he took the time to do a hatchet job on a product and offer nothing of value.

43. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

"This site is a great place for news, rumors and editorials. But the reviews here are incredibly inconsistent, follow no set parameters that I've been able to see" I have been saying this for as long I have been commenting here. This especially applies to their camera comparisons.

75. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"Remember Meego?" and "product that flopped" are just plain incorrect on the reviewer's part. The N9 "flopped" because it was never allowed to succeed, thanks to new-at-the-time CEO Stephen Elop. Meego has quite a cult following out there, just like Ubuntu does, and the Sailfish team is evidence of this. This site has become so biased due to big dog money being tossed at it, whether it's Microsoft, Samsung, Apple or whoever. Nobody will succeed outside of this realm if people base opinions off of what they learn here. Jolla has a way to go, yes. But I am rooting for them. This is a first product, there will be hiccups. But wisecrack statements with no evidence to back it up tied to a two rating make you guys look like a bunch of marks. And, if you hate the phone so much, send it to me, I'll make better use of it than any of you would with all your free test and demo devices you end up giving to your hipster friends and family members.

111. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Honestly, this phone is as horrible as it sounds. This is something you would see as a prototype. One of the first if I should say. It is a horrible device for $550 regardless of what OS its running. I'm amazed by some of you people defending it. The company should be ashamed of releasing a product like this. I feel bad for anybody that gets suckered into buying it.

122. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

tbh if you go on talk.maemo.com you'll see that meego is more alive then it seems we have sailfish we have opened our own app store we have nitdroid running on it which is android we have tweaks that overlay is entire software bug fixes and improvements by the community apps still being worked on !

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

This is why I'd much rather go to GSMArena for a FAIR review

21. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

gsmarena is the best. and i buy my phones based on their reviews and have never been disapointed

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree. they have mature reviewers.

12. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Lower than asha 503. What a shock!!!

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Bit harsh, but I guess per review standards, true.

18. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Wow wonder why you don't say Samsungs eye tracking is a complete gimmick or how every other OS also has bugs! This just confirms PA is run by a bunch of Samsung/Android fanboys!

23. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

It is very certain that PA doesn't get anything paid for this review. Otherwise even the nonsense phones have got a rating of 7+. Come on PA, be honest to the industry. Even the initial version of WP got much more than this, which were nothing by s***.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

'The phone is too expensive for what it delivers'. well that should apply for all iphone reviews.

30. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

iPhones are quite expensive, but they actually are really good devices. 5S is one of the fastest flagship phone on market, camera is awesome, it's well made, great app store, vivid, bright and crisp display, the list goes on and on. Jolla is not good device, and it's really expensive.

27. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If there were nothing to compare this phone against, perhaps it would have rated higher, but in comparison to others, the score of 2.0 is probably justified. There seems to be zero reason to buy this phone instead of others except to try a different OS. And even then, the price should be way, way less. And for all you fanboys accusing PA of being fanboys, EVERY major manufacturer has a currently available phone that has scored 9 or higher. HTC One, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Apple, Nokia (OK, everybody but BlackBerry).

31. Diego!

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Oh Gosh... this was slashed! Wasn't this phone outselling Nokia Lumias and iPhones in Finland? Is that accurate? I think I remember reading that here in PA.

77. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I think you're thinking of the Nokia N9 a few years ago, which ran an infant version of what OS this phone runs. Regardless, the review is harsh by any standard.

123. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yes on the carrier DNA for christmas it was the 3rd most sold phone more then iphone and lumias !

32. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

This is not better than wp8! I hate when people hate on an os they never sat down and used.

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