The Smartphone Platform You've Never Heard Of

After many years, the smartphone platform wars have finally whittled our choices down to iOS or Android. But as much variety as there is to be found in the latter, and as solidly reliable as each platform has become, the fact remains that we’re now trapped in a somewhat dull duopoly.

Sailfish OS is not here to save us. The platform, which first saw wide release in 2013 but traces its roots all the way back to the heyday of Nokia, doesn’t have enough momentum to topple the entrenched competition (nor do its custodians seem to yearn for such an upset). But for those who simply can’t brook the idea of toting an Apple- or Google-powered smartphone, the mere existence of Sailfish OS as an alternative choice is reason to celebrate. And for the rest of us, who defected to one of the two evil empires long ago but still yearn for some innovative influences on these predictable platforms, Sailfish serves as a refreshing reservoir of new ideas (and friendly fonts). Join me for a quick look at this rarely-seen platform in MrMobile’s Sailfish OS hands-on!


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MrMobile’s Sailfish OS Hands-On was produced following several weeks of on-and-off usage with Sailfish X running on a Sony Xperia X on loan from Jolla. The device was not unlocked for the North American market and so it was used exclusively on WiFi.


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20 Replies to “The Smartphone Platform You've Never Heard Of”

  1. Emilio Lopez

    Wait. It can run Android apps through an emulator? Sounds like Blackberry 10's 4.3 Kitkat emulator which actually worked pretty well but it was never updated. Google wouldn't let that happen so they could protect their monster marketshare.

  2. Nikita Shimkus

    I was Jolla C user for about half a year after iPhone 4s and then BlackBerry Passport. It was wonderful, the only thing that made me switch was poor camera quality. Since BlackBerry 10 is dead, I would love to see a high-end sailfish os-compatible phone

  3. Ryan Johnson

    Sailfish OS just needs hardware partners to ship it and PR to get developers interested. It has already done a fantastic job with software and aesthetics from the looks of it.

  4. William Vinyard

    The local law enforcement from the states of New Mexico Colorado Wyoming have ducked my operating system out of my smartphone and replaced it with another to use my operating system to commit crimes and blame me for it. They ate all involved in Treason by committing federal crimes against the citizens of the USA under written laws

  5. dweiss1

    I put money down on one of their devices. Never got it. Never saw my money either. I still hope they survive. We need more choices in phone/tablet OSes.

  6. Charles David

    Well reviewed.
    #i am still an Android user who would like to try on some new OS but I think it folly 2 do such thing as I fear of the implications of such an action on my device.

    #I'd like to know what challenges am I to face if I use Sailfish?

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