Jio Phone

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Last Updated : 25-01-2019
Detail Score

Mobisium
Score

6

Reliance jio phone Performance

7
Dual-Core, 1 GHz
0.5 GB RAM

Reliance jio phone Display

5
2.4 inches (6.1) TFT

Reliance jio phone Camera

4

Reliance jio phone Battery

7
2000 mAh.
Removable
  • Supports Indian bands
  • Single SIM Nano
  • 4 GB + 128 GB (Expandable)
  • VoLTE
  • No Face Unlock
  • No Fingerprint Scanner
  • FM Radio

Buy Device

Rs. 1,501.00 onwards
Review from an Expert

Jio Phone - Best Feature Phone of India

Reviewed by Mobisium - Published on 31-07-2018

Score

5/5

In the box you get, of course, a phone, one battery, and a charger, which reads 0.7A at 5 volts. There is no user guide or any other cable or earphones. The price of the phone is 1500 rupees but Jio will also give you a preinstalled sim in the phone which then needs a minimum of more 153 rupees of recharge every month.

While powering on the phone it takes a minute to start. After that just select your language.

Most of the Indian regional languages are supported.

For the first recharge of 153 rupees, you get 500mb data daily, unlimited free calls, 300 SMS, and complimentary jio apps subscription services, like jio cinema and jio music.

The phone is very heavy, it has got a Candybar design, the T9 keyboard is backlit and the 4-way navigation key or D-pad is soft to press.

The phone seems to be made up of cheap plastic. And the phone design is much different compared to images shown on the jio website or in the launch event. It features a 2.4-inch display which is not great it has a resolution of 240×320. The phone has a micro USB port and a headphone jack at the bottom.

The keys here at the top works differently than a usual feature phone. The red button is for back and doesn’t directly jump to the home screen. These two upper buttons provide different options in the different app.

On the home screen, the left button with rupee symbol reveals alerts which are similar to notifications in android phone. Notifications show up on the top. And the right button is for contacts, the navigation key is mapped to shortcuts like camera, music player, messages, and quick actions which sadly cannot be remapped. And the center button is built in Jio assistant

You can import contacts from Gmail and outlook by just logging in to your account.

The back camera is of 2MP and there is also a front camera for video calling. Pressing Left and right button switches video and photos.

The phone menu is very bad and slow but you can favorite and un-favorite apps on the menu.

The setting apps are very well categorized, the phone has wi-fi, NFC for jio money and Bluetooth. You can set your own wallpaper and ringtone for calls.

If you want to check your phone number, you can just go to settings > device > device information.

The phone runs on KaiOS 2.0, There will already be an update waiting to install.

The screen can be rotated but after the update, it stopped rotating. And there is no option to re-enable it. There were not many apps at first but after updating the phone most jio apps popped up in the menu.

There is an app called jio store where you can download new apps and games but as of now, there are no apps to install because all the apps are already installed in the phone. We can also uninstall apps if you don’t use one of those jio apps.

It can be a little frustrating to get used to this new interface

This is not like the old fashioned feature phone and not even like those Symbian phones, it sort of sits around them trying to create a new experience. Which in my opinion is a step down when it comes to giving a good user experience.

The things I don’t like about jio phone is:

  • There is a delay in opening system apps like calls and contacts
  • Long press to unlock is very long and you cannot even remove this lock
  • Phone is slightly hot with normal usage
  • No direct way to go to the home screen
  • we cannot control volume in some apps

It heats while charging and takes about 3 hours to fully charge it. But it lasts a full day with continuous usage. There is no auto brightness feature.

The Sound quality is great in earphones but I faced some unexpected reboots while playing through the jiomusic app.

You can also watch live TV and watch a movie on jio TV and cinema app. You can also copy music from your computer and play it on jiophone. There is also an FM radio app which can play stations without needing any headphones.

The jiophone has 512MB of ram and 4gb of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB. Jio Phone has very sluggish performance, even slower than old Nokia and Samsung feature phones.

We get only 1gb of usable space. The 1.2gb space is locked for apps even though there are no apps to use it and the rest 1.8gb is for OS which is way more than old Android OS.

Jio voice assistant is smart and recognizes command but it is very slow. You can make a call, send text and play music using it.

There are no instructions on how to use jio money app with NFC.

The camera works fine when video calling but you can only video call to another person if he’s using a jiophone. And the call only connects if the recipient is using the jio videocall app. Otherwise, the call will not ring. The audio quality on normal calls is great. The phone dials the number instantly which I liked the most.

There is support for calculator, notes, clock, browser and unit converter as well. The browser doesn’t load heavy websites but it works fine with facebook, YouTube and Google searches. It doesn’t open pdf and other file formats as of now.

The phone is good but it is only useful when it comes to calling.

The hardware present can give a significant performance boost, but software is holding it back. We can expect major software updates in near future. And those who are waiting for WhatsApp to make an app for this phone then I highly doubt they will ever make it. As WhatsApp is very strict in providing the same app experience to all their users which in this phone is not possible. So don’t hope for it. There is no hotspot feature and if you want to use it as a hotspot then buy a jio-fi device which only costs 1000 rupees. Don’t waste your money on this phone. You can use other jio sims in this phone but not other operators sim.

 

Reliance - jio phone Specification

General

General specifications for Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Launch Date Jul 21, 2017 (official)
Brand Reliance
Model jio phone
Operating System KaiOS
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM
SIM Size
Network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands)

Display

Display specifications for Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Screen Size 2.4 inches (6.096 cm)
Screen Resolution (240 x 320 pixels)
Pixel Density ppi
Display Type TFT
Touch Screen No

Performance

Performance of Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Chipset Spreadtrum SC9820A
Processor Dual-Core, 1 GHz,
RAM 0.5 GB

Device Design

Device Design Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Build Material Front : Plastic
Back : Plastic

Storage

Storage specifications for Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Internal Memory 4 GB
User Available Storage Up to 128 GB

Camera

MAIN CAMERA specs for Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Resolution 2 MP Primary Camera
Sensor image sensor
Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash
Image Resolution 1600 x 1200 Pixels

Battery

Battery specifications for Reliance - jio phone
Specification Detail
Capacity 2000 mAh
Type Li-ion
User Replaceable
Wireless Charging
Quick Charging

Network & Connectivity

Network & Connectivity specifications for Reliance - jio phone
SIM Size
Network Support 4G (supports Indian bands)
VoLTE Supported
SIM
4G Bands:
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.1
Location
NFC
Cable Type

Multimedia

Multimedia specifications for Reliance - jio phone
Specifications Detail
FM Radio
Loudspeaker
Audio Jack 3.5 mm

Special Features

Special Features
Specification Detail
Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors None
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