Jolla http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/all en-GB Jolla http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia fans - meet the feisty first phone from Finland’s upstart handset crafters Jolla </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review " alt="Jolla review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Jolla-review-main-pic.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung" target="_blank">Samsung</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a>. We troll and snipe over tiny differences between top-tier phones. We even get into fisticuffs over these handset heartthrobs (three words:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23681200">LG balloon launch</a>).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £330.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 399 euros </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorgeous, swipetastic UI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Other Half concept has real potential </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Relatively low res screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Apps and games lovers, look elsewhere </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life can be a pain </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thumb, Meet Sailfish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> is out. This Linux-based smartphone runs Jolla&rsquo;s own Sailfish OS - a gesture-based beta with a debt to Nokia&rsquo;s (and Intel&rsquo;s) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-returns-jolla-phone-sailfish-os/news" target="_blank">doomed MeeGo OS</a>. Not surprising considering Jolla was created by ex-Nokia employees - a big chunk of the internet thinks the Jolla is an unofficial <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/n9/nokia-n9-revealed/news">Nokia N9 </a>resurrection. &nbsp;</p> <p>Sailfish isn&rsquo;t an OS that you&rsquo;ll lust after having spent five minutes with - coming from Android or iPhone, the swipes and shortcuts feel unintuitive and it&rsquo;s easy to get lost. There are no physical or capacitive buttons on the front of the Jolla, either.</p> <p>But spend a week with it and it&rsquo;s easy to come around to Sailfish. It&rsquo;s far from perfect but the simple idea of letting your fingers and thumb stay on the touchscreen the whole time (rather than moving to press buttons) makes for a speedy, non-stop experience.</p> <p>So how does it work?</p> <p>A basic notifications list is a swipe up from the bottom of the screen: fairly standard. But swiping left from the right of the screen minimises the app you&rsquo;re in and takes you to a homescreen of open apps, like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-z10/review" target="_blank">BB10&rsquo;s Active Frames</a>. Only nine are shown on the one &lsquo;home view&rsquo; screen, but as you hold down and delete, other open apps take their place.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla/gallery?viewid=112484" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL JOLLA GALLERY HERE</a></strong></p> <p>Pulling the screen down in most Jolla apps brings up a list of options for things such as changing settings, sharing, search and sending messages or emails - this is the &lsquo;getting things done&rsquo; gesture. And finally glowing dots in the top left hand corner show you which page you&rsquo;re on like tech Tinkerbells guiding the way. Swipe left or right for forwards and backwards. For exampls, when viewing a photo you can swipe right once to return to Photos and right again to the main Gallery menu.</p> <p>Learning the system is an investment, but use the Jolla for three to four days and your thumb will take on a life of its own, racing around Sailfish with fluid efficiency. And it&rsquo;s a very well presented, pretty UI with glowing sliders and toggles, grids of letters and teardrop-shaped icons. There are design flourishes everywhere - we set the time more than once because we enjoyed it so much.</p> <p>Still, niggles abound. The browser needs more work as navigating is a bit of a chore, and while most apps are see-through (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7-style</a>) to show your &lsquo;Ambience&rsquo; (i.e. homescreen background) some, such as Email, switch to a boring (but more readable) monochrome design in-app. It&#39;s just not consistent yet.</p> <p>Sailfish does have the basics covered - easy-to-use People, Messaging, Email and Media (music) apps, plus HERE Maps, which (like Calculator, Notes and other essentials) has to be downloaded from the Jolla Store. Nothing is pushed on users, which is largely great, but apps are also a bit of a mess overall.</p> <p>Remember we said Android&#39;s a no-show? That&#39;s doesn&#39;t quite tell the whole story...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-homescreen.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-UI.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-email_0.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-apps-1.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jolla Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong> - Sailfish OS beta</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 1GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 4.5in qHD with 540x960 resolution (245ppi), Gorilla Glass 2</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 8MP rear (with AF, LED flash), 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16GB (microSD expandable by up to 64GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2100mAh&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 131 x 68 x 9.9mm/141g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jolla apps with a side of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no getting round it - it&rsquo;s slim pickings on the Jolla app store. With about 200 or so to choose from, if you want a battery or data tracker you&rsquo;re in luck. If you want a casually addictive side scroller, not so much.</p> <p>The Store itself is laid-out to help you see what other Jolla users are downloading, but a quick swipe brings up more traditional categories. A few Stuff recommendations: Tweetian, a Twitter client, SailBox for Dropbox, and Bluewhale for Evernote are all useful workarounds, and the esteemed Snake makes an appearance.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not enough, though, and Jolla knows it - which is why the smartphone runs Android apps, too. By installing third-party Android app stores such as Jolla&rsquo;s go-to <a href="http://store.yandex.com/" target="_blank">Yandex store</a> (which actually played up rather a lot for us during testing), <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android/ref=mas_rw_ldg" target="_blank">Amazon</a> and <a href="https://www.aptoide.com/" target="_blank">Aptoide</a>, the Jolla gets access to &quot;proper&quot; apps such as Netflix, Facebook, Kindle and Jetpack Joyride. It&rsquo;s straightforward even for Android n00bs, Yandex problems aside, and the choice is there. Phew, right?</p> <p>Well, yes, but also no. Android apps just don&rsquo;t run as smoothly here as we&rsquo;re used to, even on budget and mid-range Droids. And to get full access to Google Play you need to dig into developer mode and risk bricking the device - Jolla tells us it will still fix your phoneif that happens, but it does void the warranty.</p> <p>Running Android apps also turns the Jolla into an OS and app experience of two halves - you can&rsquo;t swipe from the right out of Android apps, icons spoil the grid of teardrops and you even get the Android back button and multi-tasking screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-app-store.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-amazon-appstore.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-netflix.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-Android-multi-tasking.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two-sided design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Talking of two halves, like a chunky wafer in a black and white movie or a stretched out liquorice allsort, our black Jolla comes with a white rear panel that can be removed for access to the microSIM slot, microSD card slot and swappable battery.</p> <p>Jolla&rsquo;s additional backplates, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/redecorate-your-smartphone-instant-jollas-other-half-case/news" target="_blank">selling for around US$30, are, in fact, NFC-equipped smart covers</a> that can add ringtones and &lsquo;ambiences&rsquo; (themes) via NFC tags to the phone in a quasi-modular system. We haven&rsquo;t tried out The Other Half accessories yet but Jolla&rsquo;s released an SDK to 3D print cases with instructions of where to place the NFC tags. It&rsquo;s a fantastic idea but one without a killer use just yet - we want to see a &lsquo;work mode&rsquo; Other Half, &#39;guest mode&#39; Other Half or even in the future a wireless charging Other Half.</p> <p>With a similar size to the HTC One, the Jolla is neither skinny at 9.9mm nor featherlight at 141g, but its chunk does make it easy to hold. With a case snapped on it&rsquo;s sturdy, too, and looks eye-catching in a retro sort of way - opposite curves on the two edges, big bezels, everything 2014 smartphones don&rsquo;t do, but it works, and it doesn&#39;t look quite like any other phone. And isn&#39;t that why you went all off-piste with your handset choice?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-case.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-case-2.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-UI-light.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pixels Working Overtime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no HD screen but the Jolla&rsquo;s 4.5in 540x960 display is still surprisingly lovely. Colours are accurate and not too overcooked, blacks look inky, there&#39;s good contrast, and although it misses some of the finer details due to downscaling, it can play 720p and 1080p videos.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to use the Jolla for reading lots of text - catching up on tech news, say - the low resolution quickly becomes apparent. We&rsquo;d like it to go brighter, too, both for watching movies and for when you&#39;re using it as a camera viewfinder. Viewing angles are also only so-so.</p> <p>That might be fine on a bargain basement blower, but this is a &pound;330 phone, which means Jolla&rsquo;s simply a bit behind in the pixel wars. Having said that it is responsive, Sailfish itself looks great and Gorilla Glass 2 gives it good protection.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/yotaphone/review" target="_blank">YotaPhone review&nbsp;(the alterna-phone with two screens)&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-screen-1.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So-so performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not just pixels that are missing: on paper the Jolla doesn&rsquo;t look too powerful either, with an ageing dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM.</p> <p>Day-to-day it&rsquo;s respectable, and playing the best of the Amazon App Store&rsquo;s games doesn&rsquo;t fluster it - but as we mentioned earlier, Android apps trip it up and the Jolla can get stuck on pulldown options.</p> <p>Downloads of apps and files from Dropbox are fairly nippy, but we did have some connection problems to both Wi-Fi networks and a portable hotspot. And browsing isn&rsquo;t as fast as we&rsquo;re used to, with the Jolla scoring a mediocre 1583.1ms on the Sunspider 1.0.2 benchmark.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not all bad news: the Jolla supports 4G - not always a given at this price - and has a microSD card slot for expanding storage by up to 64GB. It might be a little slow but in other ways it&rsquo;s great value.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sun in Jolla&#039;s Eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sailfish UI designers have high standards and the Jolla&rsquo;s camera app looks lovely, with a drop-down grid of options including mode, flash, white balance and focus type. It&rsquo;s limited compared to most Androids - no scenes or effects, for example - but both auto-focus and tap to focus are fairly quick and for most casual snappers it&rsquo;ll get the job done.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="361" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12673322445/in/set-72157641303456274/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Pics are a mixed bag - they don&#39;t look brilliant on the qHD screen itself, but on a monitor you can see that the 8MP camera actually captures a lot of detail, more so than the HTC One&rsquo;s UltraPixel cam, in fact. Some people might prefer more pumped-up colours but the Jolla&rsquo;s palette is nice and accurate. Contrast could be better, though, while low-light snaps appear fairly grainy and the f/2.4 lens often struggles to expose correctly in daylight compared to superior smartphone cameras. The 2MP front-facer is fine in decent light but unlike HTCs and LGs it won&rsquo;t magically brighten-up dark living rooms.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n1/review" target="_blank">Oppo N1 review (the alterna-phone with a rotating 13MP camera)&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-camera-2.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-camera-1.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-design-1.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-gallery.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery Panic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The final straw? The Jolla&rsquo;s battery life just isn&rsquo;t quite good enough. This is a phone that&rsquo;ll do just fine if you use it lightly throughout the day, thanks to a good, solid standby performance (battery percentages stay put overnight), and on an HD video rundown at half brightness it manages 7 hours 12 minutes.</p> <p>But this screen really needs to be above half brightness to be most usable and if you hammer the processor for a couple of hours it drops a panic-inducing 30%. Forgiveable on otherwise flawless phones - think <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> - but a phone with as many &quot;quirks&quot; as the Jolla needs to keep its icons glowing longer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jolla Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But despite the flaws we can&#39;t help but find ourselves rooting for the little Jolla.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s alternative, and then there&rsquo;s alternative, and while the almost as swipetastic - and also MeeGo-inspired - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-z10/review" target="_blank">BB10 on BlackBerry</a> was surprising in the way that red-faced businessmen in bumper cars are surprising, the Jolla&rsquo;s fresh the way hip Scandinavians swigging jam from whiskey jars in password-protected bars are fresh. In short, it&rsquo;s cool.</p> <p>Jolla&rsquo;s slogan is &lsquo;we are unlike&rsquo;, and if that&rsquo;s your only criteria for your next smartphone you should jump for Jolla and never look back.</p> <p>But this is not a phone for everyone. In fact, it&#39;s just about as far away from that as it&#39;s possible to be without being a phone for absolutely no-one.&nbsp;If you care about the screen, camera or apps you need to forget the quirky Jolla and go for a &quot;proper&quot; phone such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1 Compact</a>, both of which can be had for the same sort of money.</p> <p>Jolla&rsquo;s experiments will keep the big smartphone makers nimble and we&#39;re grateful for that. We also can&rsquo;t wait to see a leaner, meaner Jolla 2 in the next 12 to 18 months. For now, the Jolla is a funky statement phone or iPad companion for tech hipsters, but as a standalone device for &quot;normal&quot; people, it&rsquo;s just not there yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-verdict.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla review" alt="Jolla review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jolla-review-design-3.png?1393211127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fresh &ldquo;indie&rdquo; smartphone that tears up the rulebook but is just a bit too limited to get a solid recommendation</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla/review#comments Jolla Sailfish Smartphones Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1432642 at http://www.stuff.tv Redecorate your smartphone in an instant with Jolla's The Other Half case http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/redecorate-your-smartphone-instant-jollas-other-half-case/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC-equipped smartphone cover changes your Jolla phone&#039;s theme from top to bottom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla The Other Half" alt="Jolla The Other Half" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jolla-the-other-half.jpg?1392081890" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s a phone back. Big woo </strong><br />The Other Half is a bit cleverer than that. Clip the NFC-equipped case to your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-smartphone-now-sale-europe/news" target="_blank">Jolla</a> smartphone and it&#39;ll instantly change the phone&#39;s theme to match the cover &ndash; everything from the wallpaper to the ringtones and notification sounds.</p> <p><strong>Okay, that is pretty cool. There must be loads of options for personalising your phone! </strong><br />There are, um, two. Keira Black, which is &quot;electric, urban and industrial,&quot; and also black. And Aloe, which is &quot;calm and relaxing.&quot; And sort of bluey-green.</p> <p><strong>Oh. Will there be more? </strong><br />You bet &ndash; Jolla is releasing a dev kit which will include CAD files for 3D printers, along with instructions and specs for creating your own theme.</p> <p><strong>That sounds a lot like work </strong><br />Well, you can always order the Keira Black and Aloe shells now from Jolla&#39;s <a href="http://jolla.com/the-other-half" target="_blank">website</a> &ndash; they cost &euro;30 and will ship to European customers in two to three weeks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-sails-smartphone-seas-new-os/news" target="_blank">Jolla sails into the smartphone seas with sexy new OS</a></strong></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/10/jolla-the-other-half-now-available" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/redecorate-your-smartphone-instant-jollas-other-half-case/news#comments Hot Stuff Jolla Smartphones Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:14:11 +0000 Stephen Graves 1432231 at http://www.stuff.tv Jolla smartphone now on sale in Europe http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-smartphone-now-sale-europe/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Order your Sailfish OS-powered phone today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla" alt="Jolla" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jolla-phone.jpg?1387471624" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Jolla smartphone, a handset designed by former Nokia employees and running on a modified version of the MeeGo platform, is now available to order in Europe.</p> <p>MeeGo has been modified into <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-returns-jolla-phone-sailfish-os/news">Sailfish</a>, an open source operating system with a gesture-based interface and the ability to run both native and Android apps.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Jolla good fellow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The phone also has a 4.5in Gorilla Glass screen, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB storage (plus microSD), dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE and comes with a white case.</p> <p>Jolla can be ordered <a href="http://shop.jolla.com/">here</a> for &euro;399 (around &pound;335 &ndash; and that doesn&rsquo;t include VAT or shipping fees), with shipping expected to take three to four weeks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lfAixpkzcBQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Jolla Sailfish Smartphones Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:43:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1430276 at http://www.stuff.tv Jolla sails into the smartphone seas with sexy new OS http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-sails-smartphone-seas-new-os/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows, Android and iOS, you’ve got company. And, mad price aside, it looks competitive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1335" height="1000" title="Jolla with Sailfish OS" alt="Jolla with Sailfish OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Jolla_PoppyRed.jpg?1385736795" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The future of smartphones has just gotten a tad more interesting with the emergence of a brand new handset and its even newer operating system - the Sailfish-running Jolla, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-returns-jolla-phone-sailfish-os/news" target="_blank">which was teased back in May</a> but we never quite expected to see light of day.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fish and Finns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What sets Jolla apart is its operating system - Sailfish.</p> <p class="p1">While the platform is not an entirely new species of phone smarts (it recognises the usual screen-stroking motions), it attempts to differentiate itself by swimming upstream.</p> <p class="p1">Users can check on updates in the Events view by swiping upwards, or pull and release to start up the camera via its Pulley menu. It might sound like driving on the opposite side of the road for now, but it should come naturally to adept tech adopters quickly enough. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">What&rsquo;s most critical is that Sailfish allows users access to both Android and native Sailfish apps, leaving even the most insatiable of appetites spoilt for choice. With the chance of more developers getting on board due to its open-sourced nature, the app-mosphere will be heating up, and hopefully, resulting in some choice picks for us. In any case, it immediately gives the Jolla a better app roster than any Windows Phone smartphone can currently muster.</p> <p class="p1">The Jolla is priced at&nbsp;&euro;399 a pop in Finland, which is crazily high compared to the likes of the &pound;295 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Google Nexus 5</a> and &pound;135 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/moto-g-cheap-smartphone-you-re-going-want/news" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>. We fear that could be its downfall, but look forward to giving the device a go if and when it hits the UK.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://jolla.com/" target="_blank">Jolla</a> via <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25120727" target="_blank">BBC</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-sails-smartphone-seas-new-os/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-sails-smartphone-seas-new-os/news#comments Jolla Jolla phone Sailfish Smartphones Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:49:24 +0000 Will Findlater 1429589 at http://www.stuff.tv