Take pre-orders for the first 3rd party tablet running Sailfish OS

asked 2016-01-28 20:14:04 +0300

Perhaps one option for those who can get a refund for the Jolla Tablet would be to state that we want Jolla to keep the money (for now) and add us to a list of people who pre-order the first 3rd party tablet delivered with Sailfish OS. I would be willing to let my money stay with Jolla until a tablet is delivered, whereupon I would e.g. get a discount equivalent to 50% or more of my contributed amount. No money spent on bank fees, more money spent on development of Sailfish OS.

I would still like a tablet running Sailfish OS, and more importantly would like the development of Sailfish OS and the ecosystem to continue,, and if such a list of (wild guess) 5 000 preorders could help Jolla secure a partnership with a 3rd party I would be more than happy to be on that list under those terms.

The terms would be that the first 3rd party who delivered tablets would get all those preorders. I suppose a couple of conditions would have to be put in place: the specifications (screen resolution, memory, battery etc) would have to be at least as good as the Jolla Tablet - and the price could not exceed that of the Jolla Tablet by more than 20%.That ought to be possible.

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I wish the Jolla supported, official port to Nokia N1. It should be piece of cake since the two devices are quite similar/same from internal hw point of view

Especially with official dual boot, it would be instant buy for me...

zlutor ( 2016-01-28 20:57:32 +0300 )edit

While I toy with the idea of simply not taking back my money and leaving it at Jolla for further OS development, I'm not sure if the idea of a "transfer" to a new tablet project is such a good one. It involves some administrative work that's just more burden for the company. It might fail yet again. Even if successful, people like the trolls we've seen over at the Jolla blog will start discussing if the conditions have really been met... It's probably not worth the hassle.

Of course I still hope that someone contacts Jolla and licenses their OS for a tablet. :)

ossi1967 ( 2016-01-28 21:16:07 +0300 )edit

I doubt they are able to create any business case. Even paid apps are still not possible!

Stefanix ( 2016-01-28 21:26:22 +0300 )edit

Ossi, I am not suggesting that they create a new tablet project or spend a lot of time on administration at all. All they needed to do is get the feedback from people who are eligible for a refund, and make a note of the name and contact information (and amount, I suppose). It would save some time and money in the refunding process and would allow them to keep a portion of the money until they succeed in getting a tablet to market (or go bankrupt).

They could just say to all potential partners; We have a list of N people who have preordered the first tablet that meets or exceeds these specifications. Winner gets them all. And of course, if that list consists of 163 people there is no point (better not mention it), it would have to be a few thousand at least I suspect. Anyway, it was just an idea. Jolla are free to pick it up and free to disregard it.

Perhaps there are not enough people who would select this option anyway, but perhaps it is worth a try.

Kjetil Kilhavn ( 2016-01-28 22:44:26 +0300 )edit

I'd support that idea - there are some quality tablets out there with similar hardware specs that you'd have thought would be able to run Sailfish OS - Nokia N1 already mentioned, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is another one. How hard would it be to maintain a database of names and addresses of tablet backers who choose to 'donate' to Jolla/Sailfish, but to have their names on a list that gets around 50% off a 3rd party Sailfish Tablet? It'd work out cheaper for Jolla in the long run, especially seeing as the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 can be had for round about £170.

Highmore ( 2016-01-29 10:39:45 +0300 )edit