After reviewing many smartphones, the Jio phone feels very different. It is a feature phone and comes with a standard candy bar design. It is small and holding it in the hands is convenient. Your thumb will easily reach any button on the keypad. Looking at the price of Rs 1,500, we will say that the build quality of this phone is good. Its grip in the hands is good due to its curved edges. And the weight is not too much.
The screen is 2.4 inches and its resolution is 240×320 pixels. There are two function buttons at the bottom of the screen. There is a big click D-pad, call and disconnect button and number pad. The plastic quality used in the phone is good. The buttons give good feedback when clicked. With the Jio phone you will be connected to the Jio network. You will get unlimited call and SMS facility.
There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back and also a loudspeaker. There is a VGA camera on the front panel. The device uses a micro-USB port for charging. A travel charger is also available in the box. It also has a 3.5mm headphone socket. The back cover of the Jio phone goes out. You will be able to see a removable battery of 2000 mAh. Nano is a SIM slot and up to 128 GB card can be used in microSD card slot. Dual core processors have been used in Jio phones. Its RAM is 512 MB and the inbuilt storage is 4 GB.
The Jio phone runs on KAOS which is a new mobile operating system. You’ll find easily recognizable apps in the icon grid layout. It can be easily navigated with the help of D-pad. You can also use every button on the D pad as a shortcut to launch the selected app. Basic functions such as calling are very fast. You will be able to make calls on the VoLTE network in a pinch. If you are thinking about using the free data you get every day with this phone, then let us know that there is no hot spot feature in the Jio phone.
Jio apps are pre-installed in the phone. You will be able to access Jio Music, JioTV and JioCinema. Jio Store is an app store for Jio phones. Here you will find all the apps that are made for the phone. Popular apps like Facebook and YouTube are not available yet, but there are plans to bring them soon. Till then you will be able to use Facebook and YouTube without any trouble with the help of inbuilt web browser. There is also a voice assistant who can handle basic commands in Hindi as well as English. We used it and the results came out as expected.
The phone supports 4G and it automatically connects to the Reliance Jio network. We also tried to stream the song on the Geomusic app and it worked well. We also ran Geosynema and JioTV apps and found that streaming on the 4G network is fantastic. We were able to stream the entire cinema over the phone. You have many options to watch, but the screen of the Jio phone is not made for watching videos. One is the size is low and the viewing angles are also very poor.
The Jio phone has geolocation and NFC with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There are many quick toggles that can be used from the main screen. The battery carries along. We used both the cameras of the phone. Found that if your hands are not stable then the photos will blur. The resolution of the photo is 1600×1200, while the video recording is at 320×240 pixels. With the front camera, you will be able to take pictures with 640×480 pixels resolution. We will discuss all these aspects in detail in the review of Jio Phone.
After about a day with the Jio phone, we can say that the battery life is good and the user interface is easily understood. At the moment, the testing of free live phones is taking place. We will come up with a review soon.