The tablet designed to act as an alternative pole to the Android and iOS proposals interesting but not yet ready for the average user
Price: 299 euros | Vote: 6.5More information: Jolla
Jolla Tablet the tablet of the Finnish house already producing the homonymous smartphone: partially realized in crowdfunding through Kickstarter, the avevamovista previewed in Barcelona seemed interesting to us. Now that it is coming (among many problems) in the first supporters who funded it, we managed to get our hands on it for a while and see if it is actually a product that can rip users off Android and iOS competition.
The nice look. The rounded profile on the upper and lower edges is a nice touch, which together with a not really reduced thickness d texture and personality to the tablet: Jolla Tablet an object designed with care, with a clean but intriguing appearance. To the touch, however, things start to change. Between the hands Jolla holds up without problems, the finish on the back cover guarantees the right friction with the fingertips, but the general construction quality not the best. On our unit pushing the display you can feel it recessed slightly in the body, and even at the twist test it showed some crunching too.
At power-up we get distracted from the screen, a panel from 7.85 inches at very high resolution (1536 x 2048 pixels) capable of displaying brilliant colors and more than satisfactory contrasts. Even black intensities and viewing angles of the display are convincing at the level of much more expensive alternatives, and guide the user towards an operating system – Sailfish OS – all to discover.
We had already tried it on the first smartphone made by Jollae our opinion compared to then not changed: the interface is very different from the one Android, iOS and Windows Phone have used to us, it has no buttons, all based on gestures, and master it requires several days of use during which the feeling of never knowing where app, notifications and recurring settings are located. Once the break-in period is over, you are at ease as on any other operating system, and Sailfish OS learns to appreciate originality and particularity, like the home screen that controls multitasking apps without having to open them, or concurrent men disappearing, dragged from above.
The problem is always the apps. Those developed by Jolla are elegant and functional, but the integrated store still hosts a small amount of software coming from external developers, of which only a minimal fraction in Italian. Alternatively you can install Android apps from external stores like Aptoide or Yandex, but in this case tablet compatibility is not always guaranteed and the performances (in the hands of an otherwise capable Intel Atom quad core supported by 2 GB of RAM) suffer from annoying slowdowns and hiccups. Not an optimal way to use a gadget that should be exploited in full relaxation or for small-scale productivity operations, and the user will be able to get out frustrated from an experience of this kind.
The issue changes for users already interested in the tablet for those who have contributed to the crowdfunding campaign to finance production. The latter will know that Jolla's mission to give life to an alternative to free and original Android and iOS, and that a mission of this kind cannot be considered completed after the first or second gadget. In this sense, the Jolla table should be seen for what, or part of a path: a product in the making and full of potential. Frequent updates of the operating system fix bugs and add features requested by the community and the project remains intriguing but, more than a product ready for the general public, Jolla Tablet for the moment still remains a bet for adventurers.
WiredSailFish OS an original and fresh approach, in contact with users' needs.
TiredTough to use for those who expect a tablet like everyone else.