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Jolla problems

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Why I will stop using Jolla for a while:

  1. 6 nights in a row, the phone has switched off over night and then, stuck in reboot loop (yes, the battery was charged at about 50% and for 2 nights, the phone was even plugged to the charger). To be able to start it again, press the power button a couple of times (and get annoyed by only seeing the Jolla logo and red led) and finally, I need to pull out battery, put it again. And yes, I think its overkill for getting my laptop every-time and trying to get the phone out of reboot loop by reseting it using telnet. Also, my TOH has become little loose on the corners because of this exercise.
  2. Problem with connection: I have just moved to a new address and don’t have an internet connection. So, I am using wireless tethering a lot. But apparently, I see this problem with connection (for data connection) a lot and this annoys me again. I need to switch off the data connection from settings and turn it on again for the whole thing to work again.
  3. MMS: I sent an MMS about 30 days ago. Its still sending!
  4. Yellow thing (like burnt screen) on one side of the screen.

I get annoyed by these “small” issues and would rather prefer a working stack of things. I have liked Jolla from day one and support their eagerness but guys, be realistic. You people are shipping a CE hardware. These issues will reduce your credibility in the market.

And as an end user, I think every person (including me) will get annoyed with the above mentioned problems. At this moment, I will switch back to my precious Nokia N9. Will eagerly wait for the software  updates for Jolla and will make a #switch when they are fixed!

Can the community point me to any (reliable and not hack-ish) fixes, please? Or should I give my device to Jolla HQ for debugging? What should I do? Please suggest on my twitter handle @aseemshakuntal.

Jolla

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Like all others, I received my Jolla phone a few days ago.

On first few hours of usage, I am amazed to see its performance and happy that Nokia N9 possibly has a worthy successor. In the coming few days, I will give this phone a full try and then post what I liked and what I did not. Although, I must confess that I have not yet started to use it as my primary phone (which is still Nokia N9) so far. Especially the social part of it.

Some of my initial thoughts about it (in about 24hrs of basic usage):

Happy to see:

  • Jolla store showing live feeds of whats happening
  • Nice calendar application. Especially like the way you show week numbers and week days
  • Time picker in Timer is quite familiar to me and I liked it.
  • Quite an intuitive date picker which takes one from Year -> Month -> Day

Disappointments:

  • No SIP account support available
  • Forced to sync social (facebook, twitter) contacts to local phone
  • Cannot mount the SD Card to laptop / PC (or am I missing something?)
  • Cannot save camera pictures to SD Card
  • No head phones in package and if you connect the phone to another headphone, music player does not respond to button press, e.g. for changing songs.

Improvements required:

  • Add a shortcut to connectivity in home screen pulley menu. Following “Settings -> WLAN -> List of networks” to connect to WLAN is a bit painful.
  • Allow to change the unit settings in the Map application. Always seeing YARDS when I am used to METERS is very very annoying
  • Add support of mounting SD card on PC
  • Allow saving camera pictures in the SD Card
  • Would you mind adding a “Close all” button in Multitasking view (just like N9)?

Some easter eggs required:

  • Please add a “Are you missing N9?” dialog / application when someone tries to swipe from L to R on Home Screen

Points for me:

  • Play with the phone more
  • Make it my primary phone in days to come
  • Try to find out some time and possibly contribute to the Jolla ecosystem with some apps!

Any comments, please post on twitter @aseemshakuntal

Sailfish SDK

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So, I took the plunge and downloaded the Sailfish OS SDK from here. I really appreciate the unique three step install that the SDK provides and that it was good to go in a few minutes as soon as download was finished. That is the power of Qt.

Really happy to see the documentation for the Qt Components. Guess, I was looking at them not after really a long time. Good old times were refreshed in my mind.

Next steps? Over the weekend, have my first application ready for you, #Jolla.

#Respect for you, #Jolla.