I hate to skew the due prominence of Jolla phones in this thread, given the relative ratio of them out there, but I do know someone who owns one. Not the other guy in this thread either He was enthusiastic enough to often wear his “I am the first one” T-shirt from the crowdfunded campaign for it many casual-Fridays in the office. I think he’s happy enough with it now but if I picked up correctly, and also totally my experience with crowdfunding, it did arrive late and there were still a few (fairly standard albeit less used basic phone) things he couldn’t do for a while.
I had a N900, loved it and still want that keyboard experience back but decided a mostly freedom-hating Android experience was my most usable choice after that. Flash worked great on the N900 for a good while btw… And video Skype calls (before it did anywhere else) - those people at Nokia realised the importance of getting core apps on the phone, and I think the SailfishOS folk do too; but lack of Google Play services might cause a lot of friction for users and even more so as Google move that way to allow upgrades to roll out to older devices. They don’t state that issue in the indiegogo campaign and it will really bite anyone who hasn’t done any further reading and expects All their favourite apps to work. Like Google maps (iirc), freemium games etc.
Despite loving the idea of more open source/ish systems out there and wishing them best of luck I still would rather (based on device spec) take a regular tablet and install their/other Linux OS(eg. Ubuntu) on it.
Products taking longer and changing spec before release is all part of usual development process but most people aren’t used to that in products they buy into as a consumer, and don’t know how to evaluate the team’s ability to deliver, especially hardware. The crowdfunding bubble will continue to expand but that realisation across the general public will take a while to settle in. It’s a big gamble.
PS I wrote more cos I didn’t have time to make it less, and I need more sleep. Tl;dr: crowdfunding sucks as a buyer experience but Jolla did an ok job before, considering other crowd funded projects. Still wouldn’t ‘buy’ their tablet.