In October 2011, with the writing on the wall after Nokia switched to Windows Phone and closed the long-running MeeGo project, several former Maemo Nokians left the company (“Nokia was a coward“). With support from their old employer through the Nokia Bridge program, but without any access to Nokia’s intellectual property or patents, the new company – called Jolla – continued the work that spawned the legendary N9, only able to use the open source parts of that phone’s software.
Late 2013, their work culminated in Sailfish, running on their own smartphone, the Jolla. In a way, this device and its software has been in the making since 2004-2005, and considering the rocky roads and many challenges these people had to overcome between then and now, the phone sometimes seems to radiate defiance and determination.
Now if I can just get a Neo900 http://neo900.org/ running Sailfish…
OSNews may well be one of the few tech sites i know that can mention the Nokia Internet Tablets without a followup “what’s that?”.
Ever so often i ponder reflashing my N800, as right now it rests in a drawer with a messed up FS.
Great review. The conclusion matches to my experience with that beautiful device.
Some Jolla users called that bright color “screaming lifejacket orange” to highlight the connection to marine theme which is common in Jolla.
Edited 2014-01-30 20:30 UTC
i haven’t oredered my jolla yet because i wanted to read a trusted review first. Sure the main reason i got interested with this phone is purely ideological (F/LOSS and what not) but i want a phone i can use and even enjoy using.
Reading your review reassure me that this is the phone for me.
The Jolla Mobila does not mount as a mass storage device. Instead, it uses MTP (like Android). The reasons are explained here:
Sounds like a good decision to me. So if you use Windows I think it will automatically mount as if it was a USB drive, if you use Mac OS X I don’t think there’s ANY way to mount it currently, and if you use Linux… well, anything’s possible in Linux.