2The 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.
3Sailfish 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.
4It 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.
5Jolla 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.
6The Hardware Specifications Are Solid
7Jolla 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.
8It’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.
9Consider 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.
10This 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.
11This 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.