The World’s First Truly Crowdsourced Tablet
In the world of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, Jolla became the first company to launch the world’s first crowdsourced tablet. The Jolla Tablet was conceived to be a revolutionary approach towards designing and developing a utility oriented tablet and was listed on Indiegogo.com on November 19, 2014, to raise $380,000 as the seed capital. Deliveries of the new device were slated to begin during May of 2015, and investors were offered an option of pre-ordering the tablet at a discounted price.
The crowdsourcing project met with an incredible response and managed to generate close to 250% of the goal within the first 24 hours. The tablet was priced at $189, which made it an attractive proposition, and the company received 1000 pre-orders as soon as the campaign was listed on Indiegogo. However, the company failed to live up to the expectations, and the deliveries were delayed indefinitely. If recent statistics is to be believed, even the first 1000 orders haven’t been delivered to its buyers as of November 2015.
The Jolla Tablet is powered by an Intel 64-bit 1.8 GHz Quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM and runs on their own proprietary Linux-based platform known as the Sailfish OS. The tablet is available in two storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB, and also has an additional microSD slot for expandable memory that supports up to 128 GB of storage. The Jolla Tablet has a display size of 7.85 inches with 2048 X 1536 resolution at 330 PPI, which promises to offer great texture and depth to colors for the display. This, in turn, offers better clarity and video resolution than other mainstream tablets in the market that includes the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Jolla Tablet is equipped with a 5 MP primary camera at the back and a 2 MP front-facing camera, along with a 4450 mAh battery that promises a good battery backup. The entire device weighs in under .85 lbs, which makes it an extremely light-weight and practical tablet. It was even awarded the “Best Tablet of the Whole Event” at the Mobile World Congress 2015.
The Jolla website currently lists the tablet as sold-out, but with initial buyers still waiting for their deliveries, we believe that it is hard to come by this tablet anytime soon. However, an unpaid and unofficial version of the Jolla Tablet with an Android OS is available for sale on a Chinese website known as Tabao, but the authenticity of the product cannot be verified. Therefore, if you wish to buy the Jolla Tablet, your best bet is to sign up to their newsletter wait for them open up their order book once again.