Jolla Tablet vs. Nokia N1 Tablet

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 19, 2014
Updated • Nov 19, 2014
Mobile Computing

The recent development of the tablet market is quite interesting. Once hailed as devices that will make PCs obsolete its market is showing signs of a slow down. Even Apple's tablets are not selling like hot cookies anymore.

Two new tablets were announced this week and both are related to Nokia in one way or the other. First the Nokia N1 tablet which Nokia revealed yesterday and then the Jolla tablet, designed by former Nokia employees.

Both tablets have a lot in common but there are also important differences that may persuade customers to pick one over the other.

As far as similarities are concerned

  • Both tablets run on a quad core Intel processor with the Jolla Tablet processor running at 1.8 GHz while the Nokia N1 on 2.3 GHz.
  • Both ship with 2 Gigabyte of RAM and 32 Gigabyte of storage.
  • The screen resolution is 2048x1536.
  • Both only support Wifi.

This is where similarities end though.

The operating system is probably the biggest difference. Nokia's N1 tablet runs Android 5.0 while the Jolla Tablet the open source operating system Sailfish OS 2.0. This may look like a disadvantage for Jolla when it comes to support for apps but once you realize that it can run Android apps it is not really that much of an issue even though it seems as if compatibility is limited.

Jolla Tablet

The Jolla team promises no back doors, no data selling or making available to third-parties, or monitoring of user activities.

There are other differences however. The Jolla Tablet ships with a SD slot while Nokia's camera and battery are superior. The Nokia N1 has two cameras, a 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera while the Jolla has a 5 MP rear and a 2 MP front camera.

It is too early to tell how long the devices will run on battery. The battery of the Jolla Tablet offers 4300 mAh while Nokia's battery 5300 mAh. It remains to be seen how memory efficient the new version of Sailfish OS is in comparison to Android 5.0.

nokia n1

The Jolla tablet weights 66g more than the N1 tablet while dimensions are nearly identical.

As far as price is concerned, it is currently available for 204 USD which is 45 less than Nokia's tablet.

There is another difference of importance. The Jolla Tablet is crowdfunded on Indigogo. It has reached the required amount already which means that financing is secure.

Here is the video that the Jolla team posted on Indigogo as part of the crowdfunding campaign.

Now You: What's your take on these new tablets? Interested in one?

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  1. Simakuutio said on November 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Jolla tablet is now available to Australia and Canada. How cool is that?

  2. tuna said on November 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I’ve been playing with Sailfish OS ‘Early Adopters’ on my Nexus 4 for the last few months. I was not able to use it for a daily device as it has a few productivity shortcomings still, but I am pleased with how it’s improved and find the gesture based interface very useful/intuitive. So much so, I often swipe from the edges when booted into other OSes to no avail. I loathe the spying Goog & Apple & MS cook into their ecosystems(forget about the modem’s direct access to CPU/RAM) and can only crank down CM so much before useability suffers. That’s why, when my 3rd N900 dies, looks like I’ll be getting a flip phone.

    “The Jolla team promises no back doors, no data selling or making available to third-parties, or monitoring of user activities.”
    Can anyone direct me to Jolla’s official policy on metric collection & privacy? I hear the right words being spoken, people keep repeating ‘promises’ but I have yet to see anything official in print.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 20, 2014 at 8:31 am
    2. tuna said on November 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Oh yeah, the tablets. I already have one that collects dust. Nothing replaces my laptop for mobile productivity, speed and resolution.

  3. Berttie said on November 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    As seems to be often the case the Jolla tablet isn’t available to us Australians. No doubt it will be in the future at a greatly inflated price compared to the rest of the world. Pity, it looks like a promising device.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      They mentioned something about unsupported countries, not sure though what they offer (prolly collecting interest and enabling additional countries).

      Makes me wonder why they limit the regions in first place.

  4. Simakuutio said on November 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Jolla with SailfishOS is offering a fair alternative to overpopulated Android market and very strict iOS market. Of course, because Jolla is pretty small company with very limited resources, it’s products are more or less niche compared to all others but … it’s still a good change Jolla have a nice (no matter how small) slice of that cake.

    I’m one of those who purhaced this tablet as a pre-order (I paid $189 + $20 for shipping) and I’m a proud supporter for this movement.

    Hopefully this tablet reaches wider markets also, would be good alternative for yet-another Android tablet from Nokia…

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