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 opportunity to test-drive a new platform is so rare, and our early looks at the Sailfish OS were so promising, that we just had to share our experience with you. On paper, what we found was equal parts encouraging and disappointing – but the net result of our time with this new skiff on the smartphone sea is a sense of optimism. We’re surprised by how much Jolla has accomplished in a fairly short time, and we’re excited for what comes next.

Want the details? Sure you do. Hop on down to our love & hate video for the first Jolla smartphone, and then tune in for some more informal impressions in episode 075 of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast!

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