Posts tagged with: Sailfish
  • by | December 24, 2013 7:01 AM

    We think it's pretty cool that the last device to hit our review desk in 2013 was the flagship for a new smartphone platform, one we'd been eagerly anticipating for the better part of a year. Jolla's Sailfish OS isn't just a confluence of MeeGo, Maemo, Moblin, and a bunch of other made-up words; it's a sign that innovation in new platforms isn't dead yet. If you're bored of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and you're not too sure about BlackBerry, Jolla is here to soothe your contrarian soul ... and all you need do in return is tolerate a little Beta tag. We weren't able to render a full ...

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  • by | December 23, 2013 6:56 PM

    As we warned you in last week's first impressions video, spitting out a full Jolla phone review in the span of five days -in an unsupported region, no less- would have resulted in a pretty shoddy end product, and it also wouldn't have painted an accurate picture of the device. We generally don't review smartphones whose operating systems still carry the Beta tag, and we only review out-of-region devices if they fully support our local cellular bands. But though the Jolla that landed on our doorstep last week doesn't conform to these restrictions, we needed to take it for a spin anyway. The ...

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  • by | December 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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  • by | December 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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  • by | December 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    It's a Jolla phone! Er ... a Jolla. Our Jolla. Whatever the proper phrasing, the flagship device from Finland's most ambitious mobile outfit has finally landed on our doorstep - and we're here to show you what unboxing it feels like! We're pressed for time on this one though, folks, so we're relying on you to help us out with our first-ever Sailfish OS review! With only three days to spend with a demo unit, we need you to tell us exactly what you want to know about Jolla Ltd., the Jolla itself, and the fresh new operating system powering it. Normally we'd answer those questions ourselves ...

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  • by | May 22, 2013 8:30 AM

    At this point, longtime readers of Pocketnow should be familiar with Jolla. We've taken every opportunity to write about the outfit over the course of the past year, for a few reasons. Part of our interest lies in the company's roots: it was founded by a group of ex-Nokians who decided the all-Windows Phone route wasn't the one for them. We love underdogs and smaller ventures, precisely because of the spunk and dedication it takes to make such a move. The software driving the company's smartphone effort is also intriguing: it may be called Sailfish today, but its roots lie in MeeGo, a ...

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  • by | May 21, 2013 7:00 AM

    The mobile market has proven to be vicious. Companies we never thought would be struggling are fighting tooth and nail to become relevant again. Some powerhouses of yesteryear were acquired on the cheap. And even Microsoft is struggling to gain any traction with its new and updated mobile platform, Windows Phone. And while companies that once had a lot of clout, such as Nokia or BlackBerry, are barely thriving off the scraps left over by Google and Apple, it makes one wonder if the efforts of smaller start-ups are in vain. Jolla is a perfect example of a company many of us are rooting for. ...

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  • by | May 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    Interview by Michael Fisher Transcription and text by Jaime Rivera ___ We've seen platforms come and go in the last couple of years, many from very prominent companies. Whether you've witnessed the death of webOS at the hands of Palm and HP, or the struggles that companies like Nokia, Microsoft and BlackBerry are having lately in order to compete with Android and iOS, the battle for third place is a tough one. One might even say that there are really no points for third place in this market - but Jolla thinks differently. Putting Jolla against every other company currently in the running ...

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  • by | May 20, 2013 6:09 AM

    We knew Jolla was preparing something for today, and even if the press event happens later, the first Sailfish OS smartphone has been unleashed. It will set you back 399€ (about $515), and the Finnish company is trying to get them out by the end of this year. As far as specs are concerned, we're looking at a "Jolla original design with ample 4.5-inch Estrade display", a dual-core processor of unknown make, model, and speed, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot), eight-megapixel main shooter, 4G compatibility (though frequencies and countries are not disclosed), and ...

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  • by | May 16, 2013 9:23 AM

    Remember Jolla, the upcoming cool smartphone platform? If not, you can read an exclusive Pocketnow interview here and see our detailed hands-on with the Jolla Sailfish operating system from MWC. Back in Barcelona there was nothing we could tell you regarding an approximate date for hardware but it appears that it is getting closer. May 20 appears to be the date at which Jolla -- a company and software maker built by ex-Nokia employees who loved MeeGo -- will make an  official announcement. The video teaser below hints that there are only four days left to go until we'll see Sailfish ...

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  • by | March 7, 2013 4:37 PM

    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 4:36 PM

    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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  • by | March 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 7:53 PM

    Technically, the Mobile World Congress may finish-up tomorrow, but with all the big smartphone and tablet events over, we're calling it a wrap. We've had a great time the past several days bringing you news of all the new hardware and software companies came to the event to promote, and as we now begin to recuperate and get back to business as usual, we wanted to take a look back on MWC 2013 and everything it brought us. The week leading up to the MWC was filled with rumors, as we should expect, and while some played out, others fell flat on their faces. LG really got things started early, ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 5:57 PM

    We think it's pretty fair to say that MWC 2013 was one part IFA and one part CES: a few stark disappointments peppered among some really amazing stuff. We've seen technology this week ranging from the incredible to the absurd - from the third iteration of ASUS's wild Padfone concept to the improbable debut of a Kyocera Echo lookalike. The big guys have come out to play, too, but they're a little shy this time around: neither Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 nor Nokia's midrange Lumias blew the roof off the joint. Even a few has-beens came out to confuse us with their wares, some of which will be ...

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