Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th May 2013 11:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The day has finally come! Jolla has finally announced the launch device for its Sailfish operating system - and by god this is a looker. It's decidedly different from other phones out there, but it has good specifications and carries a relatively reasonably price tag - EUR 399, and it's up for pre-order today, shipping in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Decidedly different?
by phoenix on Mon 20th May 2013 20:58 UTC
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Exactly how is this phone "decidedly different"? It's the same slab of a touchscreen phone as every other slab of a touchscreen phone out there.

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RE: Decidedly different?
by WereCatf on Mon 20th May 2013 21:47 in reply to "Decidedly different?"
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Exactly how is this phone "decidedly different"? It's the same slab of a touchscreen phone as every other slab of a touchscreen phone out there.

Well, the software makes the most difference here, but there's also another catch: you can apparently augment the phone with various kinds of active covers, like e.g. you can change the cover to one that has a more powerful flash than the default one, or to one that includes a hardware keyboard or gamepad and so on. I suppose you could just as well implement a cover that includes more storage space. That's a neat trick and one that will surely find its way to many a geek's heart.

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RE: Decidedly different?
by AnXa on Mon 20th May 2013 22:12 in reply to "Decidedly different?"
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Biggest few combinations of things in my opinion...

No buttons required to control the UI. SailfishOS is gesture based like the Meego/Harmattan. So far the only phone that has done anything similar is the only Meego/Harmattan in Nokia N9. All the iPhones, Androids, etc. rely on a button or many buttons to control the UI. Sailfish like Meego before it, makes it really seamingless experience.

True multitasking and native C++/Qt applications. If you start a video, swipe it to the background, it continues to playback the content and updates the task icon in task switcher.

The Jolla device's "The Other Half" is kind of a neat exchangable colour cover with some intelligence to it. A cover that can feature colour art of your favourite band in its exterior.

And when you stick it to your device, changes the the theme of your device with the colours and art of the band's latest album, and automatically gives free access to said album from some online music store for streaming or download purposes, or starts downloading the album to your device immediately.

"The Other Half" can be a kind of physical object which is a container for a digital consert ticket for the consert of the artist, or it could contain accesses to digital or physical places (say a secure website url).

Apparently some of the things planned for the future "Other Halfs" include things like additional hardware modifications and such features. Like making the device support additional PA features, larger and stronger flash, or other additional camera stuff.

...At least this is what guys of Jolla explained in their event about "The Other Half" as I understood it.

Edited 2013-05-20 22:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Decidedly different?
by TSDgeos on Tue 21st May 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE: Decidedly different?"
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/me looks at his BlackBerry Z10 and checks it still has no buttons, phew!

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RE[2]: Decidedly different?
by powderblue on Sat 25th May 2013 19:26 in reply to "RE: Decidedly different?"
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I pretty sure WebOS phones were buttonless and BB10 is also.

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