The Jolla tablet is a 7.9 inch tablet that is very different to any Android, Windows 10 tablet or iPad it was seen. It is packed with a gesture based OS called Sailfish. It is a Linux-based platform that has been developed by former Nokia, and Intel employees by developing from the MeeGo OS that Nokia abandoned many years ago.
Jolla mixes the colors up adding a flat white plastic on the trim of tablet and that is where you will find the standby button and volume rocker tucked up on the left hand side.
The micro USB charging port and micro SD card slot are over on the right. That expandable storage will give you add an extra 128GB to the tablet’s in built 32GB or 64GB of space. The screen performs a solid viewing experience overall peculiarly married with Jolla’s heavily stylized operating system. It is sharp, with no signs of pixellation. But there is still room for amendment.
It is a more than capable tablet for a box set binge. View angles are strong also with no noticeable drop in image quality when you are watching from more acute angles. There is an 7.85-inch IPS LCD screen making it in a marginal manner smaller than the Apple tablet’s. But it does pack the same screen technology with a 2048 x 1536 res and 330 ppi pixel density the same as the Mini.
Sailfish’s big play is on gestures. Most tablets rely on a similar form of interaction, but in the case of the Jolla tablet, there aren’t any physical buttons or keys at all as an alternative to touchscreen navigation.
The Jolla team will try to address it, whether that is doing it themselves or with help from its community of developers. It is a refreshing approach, but the question mark still remains whether this can really be a mainstream alternative to iOS, Android and Windows 10.
There is a 64 bit Quad Core Intel Atom Z3735F processor clocked at 1.8Ghz accompanied by 2GB RAM. That is a similar specifications outlay that you’ll see on 7-inch Windows 10 tablets. On paper, the clean, bloatware free slate looks well equipped but in reality, that isn’t how things work out.
The Jolla tablet packs a 4,450mAh battery and it is sealed behind that plastic back. Jolla does not state a claimed battery life but if you equate that to similarly sized tablet, that should give you enough for a day’s play.
You can also shoot Full HD 1080p video. Unsurprisingly, image quality isn’t going to contend with the phone in your pocket and it does not do a significantly better job than similarly priced tablets.
The Jolla Tablet is a tablet with unique software that needs a more suitable home.