JioPhone 

price₹ 1,500 onwards

launchSep, 2017

13.8

excellence score

84.9

value for money score

 This phone is available "effectively for free", as long as you do regular Jio recharges. Read more here
 The phone can be booked on jio.com
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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 6 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Good build quality
  • Weight is manageable and the phone fits well in the hand - the curved sides and edges mask the size of the phone quite well and it does not feel bulky to hold or carry
  • The keypad buttons are well spaced and easy to reach, and offer good feedback when pressed
  • You can stream music using Jio Music without any issues, and JioTV and JioMovies can also be used to stream TV shows and movies respectively - the fact that the subscription to them all is currently free is a big bonus

Display

  • Although video watching experience is pretty ordinary on the small display, there will be a TV cable accessory available, which should prove to be a good investment (you can connect the phone to your TV using that, and consume the videos there)
  • The screen is of course tiny at 2.4 inches and has a resolution of 240x320 pixels - vertical viewing angles are poor and colours appear washed out - all of this is pretty much expected at this price point

Software

  • Good, easy to user user interface - quite easy to learn
  • Comes with an app store called JioStore - although it has nothing but Jio apps at the moment
  • There's a software update feature for over-the-air updates, which is rare in the feature phone segment, and should allow Reliance to introduce new features for the Jio Phone over time
  • There are also other nice touches in the software - saved contacts are auto-suggested when you type in a number to dial, there's T9-style predictive text input for typing, there's a quick settings panel that you can get to by hitting the up arrow on the homescreen, you can launch video calls quickly by long-pressing the call button, and there are granular security and privacy controls in the Settings menu
  • The phone comes with multiple Jio apps preinstalled. There is JioCimena, JioChat, JioGames, JioMusic, JioTV, JioPay, and JioXpressNews, JioVideoCall - there are also basic calculator, unit conversion, notes, FM radio, video player, and gallery apps
  • The phone also has a voice assistant called HelloJio which can be triggered by long-pressing the D-Pad's select button - it can understand basic commands to dial a contact by their name or open a specific app (although it is slow) - this may be a handy feature for people unfamiliar with technology, helping them do things without having to learn the phone's user interface
  • To be clear, the Jio Phone isn’t targeted at smartphone users but at first-time buyers and feature phone users who want to upgrade without spending much - it is aimed also at bringing people from well beyond tier-II and tier-III cities online, especially those who have never touched a computer and cannot dream of paying for Internet access even at current prices - and it has the potential to do that because the hardware is capable and the software delivers a good enough experience
  • It might be packed with a lot of features, but at the end of the day, this is a feature phone, not a smartphone, so it can only be compared only with feature phones (and yes on that comparison, it does do well)
  • Popular social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp are currently not available on the Jio Phone (although the company is reportedly working to add them) - although of course you do get an inbuilt Web browser that can be used to log in to Facebook, YouTube etc

Performance

  • The performance of the Jio apps is of course dependent on Internet connectivity - if you have good 4G connectivity, you won't have to wait more than a few seconds for a movie or song to begin streaming
  • Speed/performance is of course not really smartphone level - navigation is a little slow and apps take time to load - again, something that you should expect from a feature phone

Camera

  • Mediocre cameras - again as you would expect at this price point - there is a fair amount of noise in the pictures, and motion blur is unavoidable

Battery

  • Excellent battery life - one of the biggest batteries for a feature phone at 2000mAh - with moderate use the phone can last for four full days, before needing to be charged
  • And if you want to save battery life further, there is power saving mode which switches everything off, turning this into a basic feature phone

More

  • Low upfront cost - for the kind of feature set it packs - and that cost too is refundable after 3 years, depending on some terms and conditions
  • You can also play a few games on JioGames and while they are incredibly basic, they don’t seem too bad
  • The phone works only with 4G VoLTE networks - which basically means only Jio at this point of time - so you won't be able to use it with other networks

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JioPhone Specifications

Display
Screen Size2.4 inches
Screen Resolution240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • TFT
Processor/RAM
Processor1.1 GHz, Dual Core, Spreadtrum SC9820A
GPUMali-400
RAM512 MB
Memory
Internal Memory4 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2000 mAh
Battery Standby360 hrs
Battery Talktime12.00 hrs
Camera
Camera2.0 MP
Secondary Camera0.3 MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
NFCYes
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Torch/FlashlightYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Voice Assistant (Hello Jio)
  • 22 Indian Languages Support
  • SOS Button (long-pressing ‘5’)
  • Smart Pay
  • Connect To TV: Using JioMediaCable
  • Jio Apps

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