The Jolla Tablet is not your standard slab. Billed as “the world’s first crowdsourced tablet,” it runs an independent, security-conscious OS and costs just £130.
Made by Jolla, it runs their Sailfish 2.0 OS, which is open-source, independent, and is driven by the need for user privacy. It’s tricky to launch a tablet running an unfamiliar OS, but Jolla says it’s worth it for the extra privacy and customisation they can offer.
The company has promised that the community will be a very big part of its development process, and users will be able to vote on which ideas and features should be developed further. That’s not exactly a unique trait amongst software developers these days, but it is nice to know that Jolla are actually including the people funding the product in the process.
If you’re still worried about the whole ‘independent OS’ thing, it might ease your concerns to know that the Jolla tablet is compatible with all existing Android apps as well as coming with its own native apps. So just because it’s a custom OS doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on much.
So is the Jolla Tablet worth your investment? Hardware-wise, it comes with a 2048 x 1536 7.85-inch display with a 330ppi pixel density, 2GB of RAM, a 64-bit quad-core 1.8GHz Intel processor, 32GB of storage, microSD expansion, and a 4,330 mAh battery. That’s pretty good for just £133 including shipping.
The Jolla Tablet is currently looking for backers on Indiegogo, and will be released in May.