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Jolla Smartphone Part 2

Posted in hardware, opensuse by mschlander on 24/03/2014

Two months ago I gave an initial review of the Jolla smartphone after one week of use. This is just quick update to the original post.

A lot has happened in the meantime, two major updates have been released and SailfishOS is now officially out of beta. These updates have fixed many issues such as the power drain bug and added many new features including landscape support to the web browser and messaging app. MMS support has been promised for next month’s update. By then Jolla should have all the basic functionality covered.

There has been a steady trickle of nice new native apps to the Jolla Market, including some familiar ones ported from the Nokia N9. And I have also made new discoveries in the Android app world, among others the F-Droid appstore, offering free/open source applications only.

In my original post I claimed that the NavFree navigation app for Android worked well on the Jolla, but as it turns out I hadn’t tested it sufficiently. Instead I have found that the Android apps OsmAnd and MapFactor: GPS Navigation work quite well for gratis, offline, voice GPS Navigation.

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I still couldn’t be happier with my Jolla.

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