Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Spirit of Nokia is Reincarnated in the Jolla Smartphone

Ever since a promising boom in the smartphone industry was witnessed, many have tried to conceive their own smart device in hopes of making it big against all odds. Some managed to outpace their competitors including the game itself, while there are those that gradually lost the momentum and failed to thrive till they ended up to their demise. And as time passes by, the tech companies leading the smartphone cartel have grown even bigger. The challengers may have been trimmed down to just a few, but the competition has become steeper than ever.

Given this, it’s absolutely insane to go up against these powerhouses; not even Nokia, a game-changer in the mobile phone industry back in the late 20th century till the early 21st century, was able to muster its expertise in stopping the rise of Apple and Samsung in their quest to greatness. And speaking of Nokia, its recent measure to sell its mobile phone division to Microsoft has warranted big changes within the company. And this is what led a team of former Nokia employees to come up with a smartphone in the name of Jolla.

The handset is unlike any other because it has its own operating system called the Sailfish OS. This might be a perfect alternative for mobile users who are fed up with the dominance of Android and iOS. The look of the Jolla smartphone is dense and compact, similar to the mainstream smartphones on the market. Additionally, the device is devoid of any physical buttons, giving its exterior a clean, minimalist appearance.

Going further, let’s head to what the said smartphone is all about—its specs. It has an Ample 4.5-inch IPS qHD display with Gorilla 2 Glass, capable of 5-point multi-touch. It is integrated with an 8-megapixel camera at its rear with LED flash and a 2-megapixal front-facing camera. It runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm and 1GB of RAM. The same as most smartphones, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, LTE support, and NFC.

The relatively new OS won’t pose an issue on the availability of apps that can be downloaded in the phone, for it can support Android apps. It may just have a 16GB internal storage space to house the apps that you opt to download, but it features a microSD card slot underneath its rear cover to add some more storage space. The team has come up with the ‘other half’ feature, wherein you can replace the dorsal portion of the phone, and you can be able to integrate more features for your device.

This emerging smartphone brand shows great promise. It possesses its own uniqueness that makes it stand out among others. With the expertise and experience of the former Nokia engineers, you’ll be assured that the device they have conceived is something worth your money that retails at €399. It may have its own set of flaws, but this atypical handset will surely bring a brand new spark in the smartphone industry.

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