10 Reasons Why the Crowd-Sourced Jolla Tablet Is Worth Checking Out

10 Reasons Why the Crowd-Sourced Jolla Tablet Is Worth Checking Out
The Design Is Actually Quite Nice
Sailfish Customization Could Be a Killer Feature
It Works With Android Apps Already
Jolla Promises a High Level of Data Privacy and Security
The Hardware Specifications Are Solid
Jolla Is Inviting the Public to Suggest Improvements
It's a Worthwhile Alternative to the iPad Mini 3
Consider Some of the Neat Software Features
This Isn't a First-Generation Product
This Isn't Your Typical Mobile Device Maker
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10 Reasons Why the Crowd-Sourced Jolla Tablet Is Worth Checking Out

By Don Reisinger

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The Design Is Actually Quite Nice

The first thing anyone will notice about the Jolla tablet is that it's well-designed. While it might not be as thin as devices like the Nokia N1 or the iPad Mini 3, it breaks away from the standard rounded corners and other design features found in today's products and delivers something novel. It's nice to see Jolla going above and beyond typical tablet designs.

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Sailfish Customization Could Be a Killer Feature

One of the big advantages to Sailfish OS, the operating system in the Jolla Tablet, is that anyone can customize the software to suit special needs. In the enterprise, especially, that could prove to be an important feature as companies quickly alter the operating system to serve particular applications or business plans. That's something you don't see with Android or iOS.

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It Works With Android Apps Already

There should be no issue getting apps to work on the Jolla Tablet. The device's software includes full support for the vast majority of Android applications, which means the tablet will launch with a huge library of supported software. One of the main reasons other devices running new operating systems die is the lack of software support. Jolla won't suffer from that problem.

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Jolla Promises a High Level of Data Privacy and Security

One of the major aspects of the Jolla mission is to support a high level of data privacy. The company has made a public commitment with the Jolla Tablet that it will not share any user data and will not allow for any backdoor access to user data through third-party apps. That's a major selling point for companies.

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The Hardware Specifications Are Solid

Overall, the specs provided in the Jolla Tablet are solid. The device will ship with a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel-based processor, as well as 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The tablet also comes with a respectable 5-megapixel camera and a 7.9-inch display that boasts 330 pixels per inch.

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Jolla Is Inviting the Public to Suggest Improvements

Jolla is doing something rather interesting with Sailfish and the tablet: It's opening up design ideas to the public. Through a "Together" forum, users can submit upgrade ideas for the Sailfish OS and the tablet hardware. From there, the community will vote on the ideas, and the Jolla team will implement the most popular concepts. The company did the same thing for the Jolla Smartphone.

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It's a Worthwhile Alternative to the iPad Mini 3

Jolla has made it clear that it views its tablet as an alternative to the iPad Mini 3. And based on the features we know about so far and the fact that it's running an open-source operating system, it might be a worthwhile alternative. It seems rather unlikely that the tablet would be able to beat the iPad Mini 3 in sales, since Jolla so far has only sold an initial production run of 1,000 units, but it could ramp up production if the device proves popular. As of right now, it appears to have a fighting chance at becoming a contender in the tablet market.

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Consider Some of the Neat Software Features

So, what exactly does Sailfish offer that users won't necessarily find done as well elsewhere? First off, the operating system has a multitasking function that allows users to see all of their running apps in a single view. Switching between apps is also extremely easy, and it analyzes a wide range of hand movements to interpret them as gestures that control the software. While forms of all of these features are available in other products, Jolla's Sailfish arguably does it better.

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This Isn't a First-Generation Product

One of the big questions that has to occur to many potential buyers, particularly business buyers, is whether the tablet a first-generation product that isn't reliable enough for sustainable productivity. Historically, the corporate world has shunned first-generation devices for fear of them hurting productivity. While the hardware will be first-generation, the company's software is actually in its second iteration and, judging by the reviews, is getting better each day. So on the surface, the Jolla Tablet doesn't look like an unreliable prototype.

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This Isn't Your Typical Mobile Device Maker

It's rather refreshing to see Jolla come on the scene and make a splash in a tablet market dominated by huge manufacturers. Jolla calls itself "people-powered," and it's hard to argue with the business model. Jolla enlists the help of the community, gives power to its users and is actively seeking the public's help with funding through the crowd-sourcing model. Jolla should at least get credit for trying to break the mobile industry mold, and it will be fascinating to see if it can grow from a small venture into a thriving enterprise.

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