Xperia XA2 Dual Sim - notes on Sailfish3

asked 2018-12-04 07:37:17 +0200

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updated 2018-12-04 07:37:17 +0200

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This is mostly a comment i.e. "idea" than question.

Recently acquired an Xperia XA2 (as in headline). After a couple of weeks of experience a few notes on issues not posted earlier:

  • in general the browser works okayish, however text input / responsiveness is occasionally sluggish, as in the browser (device?) seems to "pause to think"

  • text input doesn't work in all situations (in the browser)

  • when making a phone call the screen quite easily slides the call onto hold or switches to mute or loudspeaker

  • as I've mentioned in previous posts calendar functionality could use a significant upgrade; perhaps not emulating other, but instead a little out-of-the-box thinking might be useful

  • managing the volume level seems a little tricky

  • I'm not entirely sure if Sailfish3 is getting all the "oompf" out of the device it should (occasionally in an application I get an impression of being a little laggy, in a way a little difficult to define)

  • the camera software needs development; it works nicely enough in good / reasonable light, however focusing is an issue, as well as low light

  • battery life could be better (although it isn't bad)

  • largely Sailfish3 seems to work nicely enough on the device, however without upgrades to allow access to applications (or alternative browser) the potential is a bit of a question mark

Finally: (as in more of a comment) in the event Jolla wants Sailfish (and Jolla phones) to grow significantly from the current level I would suggest a more aggressive stance on publicity and the native app store. We live in a world were visibility is crucial. Not responding to this reality creates an unnecessary impression of a company not being serious in developing their product.

Some of the feel of Sailfish3 reminds me of my N9 (meego), which in all honesty was an impressive phone / OS. This is a good direction.

I am trying to manage with only a device, my current Xperia. At this rate it is a bit of a challenge, and I would really love to see Jolla succeed.

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Fully agree with their native store lacking crucial apps and publicity. It will make or break their acceptation in the world. You can have the most beautifull OS in the world, without good apps it's doomed. Or at least a uptodate browserengine so apps can be site-wrappers but working perfectly. Come on Jolla, step up!

JSE ( 2018-12-04 08:27:56 +0200 )edit

"when making a phone call the screen quite easily slides the call onto hold or switches to mute or loudspeaker" I can definitely support this. Maybe its an issue with the proximity sensor that does not turn off the screen?

bomo ( 2018-12-04 10:49:44 +0200 )edit