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JIO PHONE REVIEW

JIO PHONE FULL SPECIFICATIONS

General

BrandJio
ModelPhone
Release dateJuly 2017
Launched in IndiaYes
Form factorBar
Battery capacity (mAh)2000
Removable batteryYes
ColoursBlack

Display

Screen size (inches)2.40
TouchscreenNo
Resolution240×320 pixels

Hardware

Processor1.2GHz dual-core
Processor makeSpreadtrum SC9820A (SPRD 9820A/QC8905)
RAM512MB
Internal storage4GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)128

Camera

Rear camera2-megapixel
Front camera0.3-megapixel

Software

Operating systemKAI OS

Connectivity

Wi-FiYes
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 4.10
NFCYes
InfraredNo
USB OTGNo
HeadphonesYes
FMYes
Number of SIMs1
Wi-Fi DirectNo
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)Yes
SIM TypeNano-SIM
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GNo
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes

Sensors

Compass/ MagnetometerNo
Proximity sensorNo
AccelerometerNo
Ambient light sensorNo
GyroscopeNo
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo

JIO PHONE LOOK AND FEEL

It looks and feels like a standard feature phone. It has a small screen with a numeric keypad on the front side. The whole body is made up of plastic and it is of good quality. It fits well in the hands and it is not heavy also. The curved sides of the phone look good and also does not feel bulky to hold or carry.

The size of the screen is 2.4 inches and has a resolution of 240×320 pixels. Vertical viewing angles of this phone are bad, but you have to compromise with it keeping in mind the price of this device. There’s a VGA front-facing camera above the screen. The buttons are well placed by JIO on this phone and easy to reach.

The backside of the Jio Phone has only the 2-megapixel camera along with the loudspeaker. It comes with the 2000mAh battery. You can also open the backside of this phone. This phone supports a single Nano-SIM slot and a microSD card slot. You will get a Micro-USB port at the bottom of the phone along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. LED torch is also fitted on the top of the phone.

Talking about the box accessories, you will get the main headset and a charger with an attached Micro-USB cable. The phone comes with a pre-installed Jio SIM in the phone, and it needs to be activated before it will work.

PERFORMANCE CAMERA AND BATTERY LIFE

With the combination of basic hardware and KaiOS, speed is not going to be very fast and you will have to wait for apps to load. The hardware is still powerful enough to playback full-HD videos. As usual, you can only run one app at a time. The performance of Jio apps totally depends on Internet connectivity.

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CAMERAS

The phone comes with a 2-megapixel camera at the backside with no flash, and a VGA camera in the front for selfie. At this price, the support of two cameras is rare, but don’t expect high from them. The camera app is basic and the user interface is easy to use.

Photos taken with the 2-megapixel rear camera by this phone have a resolution of 1600×1200 pixels. You will find a lack of details in landscape shots. Motion blur is unavoidable on this phone. Nighttime camera performance is average and you will need a still and steady hand to get a good shot. Subjects are visible only in, adequate lighting, and you won’t see anything in low light. Photos look better on the phone screen rather than on a computer. Video quality isn’t horrible and is usable, but never expect any kind of fine detail.

Selfies have a much lower resolution of 640×480 pixels and have a noise like the rear camera. Photos are blurry and shaky unless you have a steady hand with decent lighting. The highest video resolution is 352×288.

BATTERY LIFE

It has a battery of 2000mAh, but at the same time, it has 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS which are known to drain battery life. With normal usage which included calls, a little Web surfing, and streaming songs, we found that the phone would still have around 80 percent of its power after 24 hours, which would mean that with judicial use, the phone could last for four full days before charging.

If you leave the phone untouched for 12 hours the battery resulted in just a 3 percent drop. If you want to save battery life there is a power-saving mode that switches everything off, turning this into a basic feature phone and thus saving your battery life.

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SPECIFICATIONS AND SOFTWARE

It is a feature phone but the specifications are very impressive of this phone. It is powered by a dual-core processor manufactured by Qualcomm or Spreadtrum and comes with a 512MB of RAM. You will get 4GB of internal storage but you get only 1GB out of 4GB storage. Storage is not a concern because you can add a microSD card up to 128GB.

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Talking about the connectivity options, this phone has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth can be used to transfer files. You can connect your phone to Wi-Fi networks to access the Internet without using cellular data. You won’t get these connectivity options in any feature phones, this helps the Jio Phone to stand out of the competition. There is no hotspot feature.

The Jio Phone runs on KaiOS. The user interface is very simple which can be understood even by the common man. The Jio Phone comes with a preinstalled app store called JioStore.

This phone supports geolocation which uses GPS, and Wi-Fi data if available to pinpoint locations. Reliance has added NFC for payments but isn’t currently available.

Navigation is a little slow.

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You will get multiple pre-installed apps on this phone. You will get trademark apps of JIO such as JioCimena, JioChat, JioGames, JioMusic, JioTV, JioPay, and JioXpressNews, JioVideoCall, and the names are self-explanatory.

The screen is tiny and isn’t suitable for watching movies, especially because of its poor viewing angles.

The phone has a voice assistant called HelloJio. It can understand basic commands to dial a contact by their name or open a specific app, but it is quite slow. This is a good feature for people who are unfamiliar with technology, helping them do things without having to learn the phone’s user interface.

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VERDICT OF JIO PHONE

The Jio Phone isn’t targeted at smartphone users but this phone is made for those who want to upgrade without spending much. It is aimed at bringing people especially those who have never touched a computer and are not able to pay for Internet access even at current prices. The hardware is capable of doing things and the software delivers a good enough experience.

For people looking for a way to get online and communicate with others at an affordable price, the Jio Phone really has no competition. The combination of the phone hardware, the network, and the tariff plans is that feature that truly changes our society – and is already making the competition work harder. With all these great features, it can truly be a smart feature phone.

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I hope my JIO Phone review is helpful for you.

I will be glad to know if you have any questions regarding this phone or about anything in the comment box below.

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