November 27th, this day is undoubtedly will be marked as the craziest day in our minds, even Alfred Nobel didn’t forecast that in the day Nobel prize came into being ,one small company which soon to be the largest phone manufacturer in northern Europe, is selling the world’s first Jolla Smartphone
Despite the fact that 450 guys lost their conscious couple of days ago (James included) Hundreds of thousands of MeeGo/Linux nerds are awaiting Jolla for now.
Well, I’m here to discuss some other things rather than preferences and performance of Jolla. Leave it to James, He’ll come up with more details and in-depth reviews of the phone, so, until then, sit tight.
In the event Tomi Pienimaki told us that Jolla will sell 20,000 devices this month and with rational optimism, he continues and bumps the sales volume to a rough 1 million devices a year. If you do some math, you can figure out that Jolla is going to sell around 250,000 devices per quarter similar to the amount of Lumia devices (not just a model but all) Nokia was selling in North America few quarters ago. If everything goes on well, Jolla’s revenue will be more than half a billion dollars and that is absolutely mind blowing for a startup. Jolla, just like any other company thinks about profits and in my view, Jolla has set a reasonable profit margin for each phone if you compare the price tag with Nexus5 and Motorola Moto G– sure it’s not as big as Apple for every iPhone – but it all goes to R&D division which worked on its own and other parts as well.
Press event: #Jolla will sell 20,000 phones only this month! (From the pre orders)
— Jolla Users (@JollaUsers) November 27, 2013
According to Stefano Mosconi, Chief Technology officer and Co-founder of Jolla, via ZDNet, the Finnish firm had targeted the code geeks at first and people who are bored with ordinary iPhone/Android work style. To me, even the initial 20,000 sales is a great number if you bare Stefano’s idea in mind. Furthermore, Jolla with almost zero advertisements is selling smartphones like hot cakes so what would happen they spent 20% of their revenues in advertising like Samsung? Yup, 20% is insane and destructive in some points but looting people’s minds is a must.
To be honest, I think Jolla must be more of a software company for now. All it needs to do is to release updates, enriching the OS, neutralizing bugs and most importantly future-proofing Sailfish OS against fragmantation.
Mr.Mosconi has told ZDNet about future products and said “If this goes well, we have plenty of ideas — the problem is we have too many maybe. We just have to choose which one is the coolest one.”
It seems Jolla has gone Apple-like strategy, release one phone a year – skip iPhone 5C for now, thanks.
Jolla is very small, but plays great. It makes phones and handles an OS simultaneously; Only Apple – the richest firm in the US – can do this. So from this standpoint, I see one product a year very much logical otherwise it can lead to cash drainage and yes, instable, fragmented and boring OS.
I previously mentioned why Jolla selected HERE maps instead of other platforms and it turns out to be right, nevertheless, I knew that many of you had already figured out. CTO, Stefano Mosconi, told ZDNet’s Jo Best that Nokia had ported its mapping system to Qt before so it was easier for the adoption and that’s why they opted to go with their fellow Finns.
Jolla is one of the soon to be the best examples of “Think Globally, Act Locally” since many Finns trust Jolla and they already have positive feedbacks to it but boy be aware! ST-Ericsson thought Sweden could be a great local market to sell its phones in the 2000s but it lost the ground to Nokia. Few months ago Samsung surpassed Nokia in Finland, so for god sake, Do not solely rely on local markets please.
Three months ago, engineers at Jolla stopped feature-fueling the OS and apparently focused on stabilizing the OS. Spending 90 days on bug-fixing and glitch-removing is a relatively short period and that’s why Jolla runs the Beta version so chill out guys if you noticed any probable crashes while working with it. Even Apple released initial bug fixing update after global release of iOS7 and that wasn’t in beta! So it’s a common issue amongst Operating Systems. Furthermore, Tomi Pienimaki promised a monthly updates for your Jolla phones so why to fear? (BTW, guys with AT&T Lumia phones, what do you think about monthly updates? Lol)
When the problems at Nokia surged and financial crisis in EU zone climaxed, Jolla was born – you call crashes a problem?
I respect folks at Engadget and TheVerge and I personally follow their reviews as much as I can (cough university cough!) but there are times you must go blind over their skeptically written articles especially when it comes to a non iProducts. Whining about confusing, mysterious and unintuitive UI isn’t a sensible matter that one can complain about. It takes sometimes to get used to it but when you did, you start loving Santa for the Christmas surprise!
I should admit however, Sailfish OS, at the moment, isn’t targeting aunt Lucy or uncle Fredrick (hah! what a name!) It is mostly suited for code geeks thus you must have a little extra more IQ to handle the gestures.
I know Jolla will address it. Sailfish OS is made for everyone’s usage, but give them some times.
I’m not going to ignorantly praise Jolla due to my love to them; they won’t grow up without hearing criticisms. We must give them some hints on bugs and crashes so that they can rule them out. And frankly, I saw some of the Jolla users have already marked those problems and reported them back Jolla. Thanks guys.
We’ve waited two years for Jolla. They didn’t let us down or disappoint us; they were unbelievably friendly and intimately … Now it’s time to pay them back. We can wait another two years to make Sailfish OS — Perfect.
Update: 1 Million Sailfish devices does not necessarily mean 1 million Jolla devices.
Many thanks to James for editing and Photos.
James adds: The experience article (a.k.a in depth review) is in the works!
1st: I didn’t want to release an unexperienced review based on what I see rather than what I can do with the phone,
2nd: My laptop was giving me problems so now that it’s fixed, we’re good to go!