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Jolla Sailfish: frequently asked questions

|September 29 2014 |Android, Smart Phones, Jolla

"Here are the answers to the most common questions regarding the Sailfish-powered Jolla smartphone"

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After Firefox, India is home to a brand new mobile operating system and an interesting new smartphone, the Jolla as well. So here, we'll try to answer some of the questions you might have regarding this new device and its operating system.

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What exactly is Sailfish OS?

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Sailfish is a mobile operating platform with its user interface built around the use of gestures for navigation. The OS is designed to perform well even on low hardware specifications, which in turn helps in reducing the cost of devices as well as offers a better user experience. The whole system is built from scratch, with linux at its core and comes with Android OS compatibility integrated, which allows users to sideload Android applications easily on the device from third-party app stores like Amazon... in addition to its very own exclusive Jolla app store as well.

What hardware specs does the Jolla smartphone have to offer?

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The Sailfish-powered Jolla smartphone features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display along with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor under its hood, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Additionally, for more storage, the device offers a microSD card slot and features a button-less design as the Sailfish OS offers control through the use of gestures only.

Can I use Android apps on the Jolla?

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Yes, Jolla comes with integrated support for Android apps, and users can download any third-party app store such as Amazon or One Marketplace to get access to Android applications and games on their device.

How can find my way around the Jolla smartphone UI

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The Jolla smartphone comes with an integrated and detailed tutorial on how to use this smartphone, and how to get around using the gestures. You just need to spend five minutes on that tutorial to learn the basics of the Sailfish operating system, and the rest you can learn as you get more comfortable using the device.

What is the price of the Jolla smartphone?

To buy this smartphone, users will have to pay Rs 16,499, and it's exclusively available through Snapdeal.

What is the 'other half'?

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Unlike any other smartphone, Jolla smartphones come with smart back covers which are not just to protect the internals and the device itself. The back cover of Jolla smartphone comes with an embedded smart chip that communicates with the device and upon installation, it prompts the user to change the ambience of the device... including the wallpaper, text color and window tint as per the cover’s colour or basis the user's preferences.

Does the Jolla support dual SIMs? What about the other connectivity features offered?

The smartphone offers single-SIM connectivity with support for 3G networks for both calling as well as data use. Sadly, there are no dual-SIM variants announced by the company or no such plans have also been shared as of now. In terms of connectivity, the Jolla smartphone comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0.

Does the Jolla support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality?

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The Jolla smartphone also comes with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot feature. Anyone who wants to share his/her internet using Jolla can simple create a Wi-Fi hotspot and share internet with up to five different users.

Does the Jolla smartphone have a front camera?

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Yes, the device features a 2-megapixel resolution front-facing camera allowing you to make video calls and click selfies as well.

Can I use the Jolla smartphone for gaming?

Yes, the Jolla app market comes with a number of games for the users to install and play on the smartphone. Additionally, if users want to play games that are available on Android, they can also do that as well as Jolla supports Android app installs through third-party app stores like Amazon and One Market to name a few.

How much storage do I get on the Jolla and is it expandable?

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The phone offers a total of 16GB of onboard storage, out of which nearly 13.7GB is available to use. In addition, users can make use of a microSD card and increase the storage by an additional 64GB.

Does the Jolla smartphone have Gorilla Glass?

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No, the Jolla smartphone does not have Gorilla glass protection on top of its display, but it does get a high quality glass scratch-resistant surface on top for protection against scratches and accidental knocks..

What accessories come bundled with the device?

The Jolla smartphone comes with the usual set of accessories in the box, including manuals, wall charger, USB cable and the main device along with the other half cover already mounted on the device in the box.

So this is it for now, do watch out this space for more about the Jolla smartphone including its full review in the coming days.



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