Jolla Phone

Jolla Phone, is the first device with Sailfish OS, the innovative operating system of Jolla based on gestures and oriented to multitasking. It is a smartphone with an original two-color Scandinavian design.

The device

The Jolla phone, otherwise called Jolla 1 or J1 is the Jolla’s first product. This is a device with Qualcomm dual core processor 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM, a good amount for 2015 standards, which still allows you to use multiple apps in multitasking without slowing down.

The standard storage space is 16GB, expandable with another 32 GB micro SDHC card.

The display is of type IPS, 4.5 “, a dimension that today is slightly below average, but is perfect for those without large hands.

A peculiar feature in continuity with the N9 is that it is possible to reactivate the phone by double tapping the display. The glass is in Gorilla glass 2, rather resistant to the test of time.

The physical dimensions of the Jolla phone are 131 x 68 mm, 9.9 mm thick, with a weight of 141g.

Overall, the phone gives a feeling of solidity thanks to the aluminum base body, and ensures a good grip.



The operating system is Sailfish, upgradeable to the latest version 2.1.3. (Note that Jolla Phone receives updates after 4 years!)
The user interface, in advance of years compared to iOs, is based on gesture, and the lack of a home button is not heard after a few hours of use.
Multitasking is the other central aspect of Sailfish: all apps are shown reduced to windows in the foreground, and processes continue in the background as on a computer.

The ambiences are the graphic themes: they are created by the semi-transparent system screens on the background image, and they can be modified, saved and changed quickly.

In general, Sailfish now seems very well optimized on the hardware of the Jolla 1, and manages to enhance it with a good autonomy and fast power-on times.

Consumption is progressive well signaled, and the battery is easily removable and replaceable.
Although Jolla has stopped producing hardware, new OEM batteries can easily be found on ebay.


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The Other Half

The Other Half, often abbreviated TOH, is the plastic back cover, which completes the design of the Jolla Phone.

Together with the telephone the variant called Snow White was always sold.
Subsequently, 7 other color variations were launched:

  • The First One, red tomato cover with the inscription “The First One” at the top. Reserved for those who preordered the phone at the time of the market launch.
  • Aloe, blue cover
  • Kiera Black, black cover
  • Lime, lime color cover
  • Nadeshiko Pink, pink cover
  • Poppy Red, tomato red cover
  • Angry Birds, pink Angry Birds themed cover.

The Other Halfes have an NFC chip that communicates customized settings for sounds, colors and background images to the phone. A second connector passes data and power to the TOH.

In Jolla’s intentions, the Other Half was one of the most publicized features of the J1: for this reason Jolla released an SDK to allow partners and enthusiasts to make alternative versions of the TOH.

The success was partial, but led to interesting results including:

A bit of history

The Jolla phone, is the first smartphone produced by the Finnish startup Jolla, released on November 27, 2013, anticipated by several ads and video teasers.

The company was founded by a group of engineers who left Nokia in 2011 against the choice of Microsoft to stop the promising Nokia N9 MeeGo project in favor of switching to Windows phone. 🙁

Just like its predecessor from which the ashes reborn, the Jolla Phone combines a Scandinavian design (excellent industrial design) with a redesigned and proprietary software. Jolla has (ambitiously) created both the software and the hardware of his first phone, as Apple does. (Production was in China).

The result was a very good sf/hw optimization that allows normal hardware an excellent autonomy, efficient multitasking and very good booting times.


Technical features

Dimensions & weight
  • Height: 131 mm
  • Width: 68 mm
  • Thickness: 9.9 mm
  • Weight: 141 g
  • Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz
Network & connectivity  
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz (Bands 1/8)
  • 4G LTE 800/1800/2600 Mhz (Bands 3/7/20)*
  • WLAN802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR HS
  • USB2.0 HS
  • Standard 3.5mm 4-pin audio jack
  • Micro SIM
  • Standard MicroUSB connectivity and charging
  • Extension interfaces for wireless NFC, power in/out and I2C data connectivity
  • *LTE wireless service may not be available even if listed bands are supported by your carrier.
  • 16GB storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot
  • Ample 4.5″ IPS qHD (960×540) display
  • 5-point multi-touch with Gorilla 2™ Glass
  • 8MP AF camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro
  • E-compass
  • Ambient light
  • Talk & stand-by time (approx.): 9 / 10hrs (GSM/3G) & 500hrs
  • User-replaceable battery (2100mAh, 3.8V, 7.98Wh)




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