According to JollaUsers the smartphone OS maker, Jolla has successfully sold more phones than Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. This occurred within one of the country’s biggest carriers and was only accomplished because Jolla’s phone is only available on that carrier and since Jolla is a Finnish company/project it comes as no surprise. Lots of Finnish people owned Nokia phones back in the day of Nokia’s dominance and this appears to look the same.

Admittedly, Jolla has a lot more work to do in terms of hardware if they are going to attract more users and carriers, but for right now their crowning feature is their software. After all, they are able to run native applications along side Android applications which completely removes the whole ‘lack of apps’ argument that you usually hear about a new OS. Jolla isn’t entirely interested in becoming the next Android (even though I’m sure they wouldn’t complain) but they are interested in offering a competitive, clean, secure, and functional operating system. They want to offer an alternative to the binary Android or iOS situation of today. Sure, Windows Phone exists, but right now if you’re buying a Windows Phone 99.95% of the time you’re basically just buying a Nokia. Many of us reeled in the death of Meego, so it is nice to hear of Jolla’s success. If you’re interested in Jolla’s OS or phone, feel free to check out the video below.

Although the Jolla OS is beautiful and the hardware is elegantly designed, I cannot bring myself to spend the 400 euro price for a device with a qHD (960 x 540) when a Nexus 5 can be had for $349 US with an HD (1920×1080) resolution. Sure, they have nowhere near the scale of Google, but almost everywhere you look this phone lacks in terms of hardware specifications. The camera is a mediocre 8 MP and the CPU is a mere dual core. Sure, a dual core may be enough for this OS right now, but I suspect it will feel dated as you load it up with more of the latest Android apps. The SD card storage is a nice touch, but ti doesn’t quite make up for the lacking display resolution and inferior SoC.

Even so, if SoC and resolution aren’t a concern for you, this should certainly be at the top of your list. What also makes this operating system attractive is that it isn’t directly connected to the cloud like Apple’s and Google’s devices are. And there’s a good chance that it doesn’t have backdoors or vulnerabilities that the NSA has worked so difficultly to exploit. Hopefully they will come out with an updated hardware spec soon, because if they do I will happily throw my wallet in their direction.