The operating system is Sailfish, upgradeable to the latest version 2.1.3. (Note that Jolla Phone receives updates after 4 years!)
The user interface, in advance of years compared to iOs, is based on gesture, and the lack of a home button is not heard after a few hours of use.
Multitasking is the other central aspect of Sailfish: all apps are shown reduced to windows in the foreground, and processes continue in the background as on a computer.
The ambiences are the graphic themes: they are created by the semi-transparent system screens on the background image, and they can be modified, saved and changed quickly.
In general, Sailfish now seems very well optimized on the hardware of the Jolla 1, and manages to enhance it with a good autonomy and fast power-on times.
Consumption is progressive well signaled, and the battery is easily removable and replaceable.
Although Jolla has stopped producing hardware, new OEM batteries can easily be found on ebay.
The Other Half
The Other Half, often abbreviated TOH, is the plastic back cover, which completes the design of the Jolla Phone.
Together with the telephone the variant called Snow White was always sold.
Subsequently, 7 other color variations were launched:
- The First One, red tomato cover with the inscription “The First One” at the top. Reserved for those who preordered the phone at the time of the market launch.
- Aloe, blue cover
- Kiera Black, black cover
- Lime, lime color cover
- Nadeshiko Pink, pink cover
- Poppy Red, tomato red cover
- Angry Birds, pink Angry Birds themed cover.
The Other Halfes have an NFC chip that communicates customized settings for sounds, colors and background images to the phone. A second connector passes data and power to the TOH.
In Jolla’s intentions, the Other Half was one of the most publicized features of the J1: for this reason Jolla released an SDK to allow partners and enthusiasts to make alternative versions of the TOH.
The success was partial, but led to interesting results including:
- TOHKBD, a removable and magnetic physical keyboard
- Solar TOH, by Funkyotherhalf, a photovoltaic version seems able to recharge the batteries
The site is currently closed, version 2016
- The other halves, a little TOH ecommerce
- Too 3D files of a TOH on shapeways
A bit of history
The Jolla phone, is the first smartphone produced by the Finnish startup Jolla, released on November 27, 2013, anticipated by several ads and video teasers.
The company was founded by a group of engineers who left Nokia in 2011 against the choice of Microsoft to stop the promising Nokia N9 MeeGo project in favor of switching to Windows phone. 🙁
Just like its predecessor from which the ashes reborn, the Jolla Phone combines a Scandinavian design (excellent industrial design) with a redesigned and proprietary software. Jolla has (ambitiously) created both the software and the hardware of his first phone, as Apple does. (Production was in China).
The result was a very good sf/hw optimization that allows normal hardware an excellent autonomy, efficient multitasking and very good booting times.
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