Our Opinion

The JioPhone is a slightly better phone than the Micromax Bharat 1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the JioPhone!

JioPhone  Micromax Bharat 1 
JioPhone Micromax Bharat 1
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Excellence Score
13.4
12.8
Value for Money Score
83.7
69.8
Price ₹ 1,399 onwards ₹ 1,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Oct, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS
Touchscreen
Screen Size 2.4 inches 2.4 inches
Screen Resolution 240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch) 240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features TFT N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.1 GHz 1.1 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Dual Core
Processor Name Spreadtrum SC9820A Qualcomm 205Ranked #98 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-400 Adreno 304
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 2.0MP 2.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus
Camera Flash
HD Video Recording
Other Camera Features N/A N/A
Secondary Camera 0.3MP 0.3MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A N/A
Internal Memory 4 GB 4 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 32 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness N/A N/A
Weight N/A N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh 2000 mAh
Battery Standby 360 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 12.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features Voice Assistant (Hello Jio); 22 Indian Languages Support; SOS Button (long-pressing ‘5’); Smart Pay; NFC; Connect To TV: Using JioMediaCable; Jio Apps N/A
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Basic, clean feature phone design
  • Sturdy build
  • The T9 keyboard has spacious placement of buttons, which is comfortable to use even if you have broad fingers
  • One edge the Bharat 1 phone has over JioPhone is that it is a network-unlocked device, so you can use it with any network (although the very attractive INR 97/month unlimited data/calling plan is only available with BSNL - and that really is the trump card for this phone)
  • It's use case can be both as a competent primary device for say rural audiences, that have previously used less capable feature phones, or even as a secondary back-up phone for smartphone users, especially given the long lasting battery
  • Built-in apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube are game-changers - very few other feature phones have them
  • Opera Mini for web browsing works fine too
  • Very good battery life - should comfortably last about 2-3 days with moderate use
  • Useful torch
  • The overall 3 year ownership cost of the phone (including the mobile plans) is pretty similar to JioPhone
  • Other connectivity options are solid too - there's Bluetooth for easy sharing, Wi-Fi, tethering and portable hotspot and GPS built inside
  • On the whole, as far as feature phones go, the Bharat 1 is a solid device, and the BSNL plan makes it even more attractive - and a straight competition to the other big feature phone name - JioPhone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • If you are coming from a smartphone experience, and are used to a QWERTY keyboard, using the T9 keyboard can be a struggle
  • The 2.4-inch screen is basic and certainly feels small while watching content on YouTube and scrolling through Facebook - the viewing angles are pretty limited too
  • There's a cursor for navigating inside multimedia apps, which can feel tiring at times
  • Also lacks the in-built content network of Jio via MyJio apps
  • Overall performance is pretty limited too (again as you would expect from a feature phone)
  • The two cameras are pretty basic as well (as you would expect) and their use is limited to well-lit areas
  • Lacks voice commands that are present on JioPhone
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