MWC: Hands-on with the Jolla tablet

Towards the end of last year, the Jolla Tablet was announced by the young Finnish mobile maker, Jolla. And today it’s on show at Mobile World Congress
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MWC: Hands-on with the Jolla tablet

BRAND NEW TABLET FROM JOLLA

Towards the end of last year, the Jolla Tablet was announced by the young Finnish mobile maker, Jolla. And today it’s on show at Mobile World Congress, so we’ve gone hands-on to see what makes it different to everything else.

When you first pick up the Jolla Tablet you’re not struck by anything remarkable about it. It’s small and lightweight, has a sleek design and feels well built. The ends of the tablet curve nicely round from front to back, but there’s nothing in the design that sets it apart.

But once you switch it on and start flicking through the screens, you get a sense that you’re using something very different from an Android tablet or iPad.

NEW OPERATING SYSTEM: SAILFISH

That’s because the Jolla Tablet uses a completely different operating system called Sailfish. It’s easy to use, looks modern and runs really smoothly.

When you first switch on the tablet, you get taken to a screen that displays all the apps you currently have open in the background, making it easy to get to the things you use often.

A swipe to the left takes you into an event view. It reminds us of HTC’s BlinkFeed as it pulls in social networks, your calendar and more. But, it has a much simpler design that relies more on text than images, which makes it easier to see what’s happening.

One more swipe takes you to a page that you can add your favourite apps to as widgets. Most of us only use a few apps frequently and it’s really nice to have this easy access to them.

If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, you get to the Jolla Tablet’s app drawer, which looks like any other app drawer on any other tablet. But you can add Android apps to it, which is nice as it means you can use the apps you’re used to.

In terms of hardware, the Jolla Tablet can compete with the best out there. Its 7.8-inch screen has Quad HD resolution, so everything looks pin sharp. Under the hood, there’s a speedy 1.8GHz Intel processor that’s great for gaming and watching HD movies. There’s even a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera squeezed into the slim body so you can get some decent photos.

Jolla plans to launched the Jolla Tablet later this year, and we honestly can’t see it being anything other than a success.

Let us know if you’d move from the big brands to this small Finnish company in the comments below.

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