JioPhone has been one of the long-awaited phones of 2017. This is a 4G and VOLTE phone that was introduced in the general meeting of Reliance Jio. The main reason for the frenzy around it is that it is effectively free. Customers will have to pay Rs 1,500 to buy this, which will be returned after returning the phone after three years at all the terms and conditions. Reliance Jio started the pre-booking of this feature phone in the month of August and the delivery of this phone was promised starting September.
Jio phone can not be placed in a particular category. It looks like a feature phone, but there are several smart features that make the phone different. All the apps of Jio work in this feature phone. You will be able to watch movies and also stream songs. With this tariff plan is being provided free data so that you can use these services. These claims are good to hear, but what is the experience of using the live phone? Let’s tell you. Have a look on the 2018 Phone review in India.
Reliance Jio Phone Design
Jio Phone is like to a common feature phone, according to the texture and feel. It comes with small screen and Numeral keypad. Everything is made of plastic and we would say that its quality is good. Weight is not very much and it fits easily in hands. Due to the curved edges the hold of the phone is good in the hands. It does not feel to be fat or weighty.
The screen is 2.4 inches and its resolution is 240x 320 pixels. Viewing angles are bad enough, but according to the price it will be considered well. Below the display there are two function buttons, D-popped, call and disconnect button and number pad. There is a VGA camera next to the earpiece at the top of the screen. There is enough distance between each button and it is easy to reach. Let’s feel strong on pressing the button.
There is nothing excepting 2 megapixel primer cameras and loudspeakers on the back of the phone. You can see 2000 MAH batteries by removing back cover. Jio is a single SIM device and has a Nano SIM slot. You will get a separate slot for the MicroSD card. There is a headphone socket with a microSB port at the bottom. On top, there is a LED torch. It can be activated by pressing the up button on the D Pad for a long time.
In the retail box, you will get a charger and micro-USB cable in addition to the Jio Phone. The phone will already have a live SIM. It has to be activated before it can be used. We used an old live SIM in this phone and it went without any problems. According to the expectation, Airtel SIM did not work.
Reliance Jio Phone 1500 Specification and Software
The phone is a feature phone, but the specification is worth considering. There is a dual core processor with 512 MB of RAM. Inbuilt storage is 4 GB. There is 1 GB available for user. 1 GB is reserved for apps and the rest will be used for storage software updates and app cache. Storage is not a concern, because you will be able to use up to 128 GB MicroSD card. You will be able to transfer files via USB cable to your personal computer via USB cable, simply to inbuilt USB mode.
The phone has Bluetooth and WiFi for connectivity. With the help of Bluetooth, you will be able to transfer files to another phone. We have access to the internet through no hassle Wi-Fi router. These connectivity features are not available in the feature phone. Because of this, Jio Phone goes beyond the rest in the race. It supports 4G VoLTE feature. The phone quickly connects to the Jio Network. There is no hotspot feature, that is, those who want to consume free data that gets us every day from other devices will be disappointed.
We have got many questions about Jio phone’s operating system. For your information, let us know that the live phone runs on KiaOS. This is a customized version of Firefox OS. It seems that Reliance has worked to improve the software. Because there were many drawbacks in the Firefox OS given in Intex Cloud Fx. The user interface is simple and easy to understand. There is grid style menu. The app’s name and icon easily identify them. You can not punish these icons according to your own. But you can surely keep the favorites at the top. The Jio Phone has a JioStore App, but here you will find nothing other than Jio Apps.
On the Home screen, the four buttons of the D-pad also work on the shortcut to launch the app. You will be able to access the settings app, camera, message and inbuilt music player from these buttons. We are unable to use these buttons for the app of your choice. Alerts are in one place. These can be accessed through the left-hand function buttons. The settings menu is a good out-of-the-way and finding options is easy. Software update is available and OTA updates will not be found which is not common for feature phones. We hope that Reliance Jio will continue to add new features to the live phone through it.
The feature phone has geolocation which tells the location through GPS and Wi-Fi data. It is used for SOS Emergency Function. If the user has long pressed the number 5 button, then the phone will send the SOS message with the coordinates. NFC has also been given for payments in the Jio Phone, but it is not available right now. It is possible that it is enabled through OTA update.
There are also other nice touches in the software. Whenever you type a number to dial, the contact names will be automatically found in the suggestions. If you want you will be able to make a video call by pressing the call button for a long time. However, navigation is a bit slow. Do not expect smartphone level function from you. When we dialed or dialed a number, we found that the beeped voice from the keypad came shortly. The experience got worse, while in reality there is no lag in the keypad. After mute the phone, we could type faster.
Many Jio apps are already installed. You will find live apps like Jio Cinemas, Jio chat, Jio music. Basic calculator, unit conversion, notes, FM radio, video player and gallery app are also given. We were able to stream songs on Jio Music. He saw television serial on Jio tevi and enjoyed cinema on Jio Movies, without any problem. This subscription is free for Jio phone buyers, which is a good thing.
Streaming videos play in Jio Apps in landscape mode. But only the microscope cards are played in portrait mode. In both cases the viewing experience of the video was very bad. There will be a TV cable accessory, which should prove to be a good investment. Control of the volume is not easy because no physical buttons are given. This reduction will cause you to play media or phone during normal use.
There is also a voice assistant in the phone, which is named Hello Jio. It can be activated by pressing the depressed button for long periods of time. It understands the basic command. Like – Call the caller, or open the app. But it is slow. This is for those who are unaware of this technology.
Popular social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp are not available in the live phone yet. The news is that the company is working on it. You will find a web browser through which you will be able to take advantage of Facebook and other services. During the review, we were able to use the Telegram Messaging app on the Jio Phone web browser. We used YouTube as well, whose experience was fine. However, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video were not worth living on the phone browser.
Reliance Jio Phone Performance
Even after sharing the common hardware and KiaOS, you can not expect cheap smartphone speeds from it. The app will take time to load, but you will not be disappointed with this reason. The hardware is so powerful that it plays full-HD video. You will be able to run the same app at a time. We also played some games on Jio Games. Even though these games are very basic, but are not bad. The performance of the Jio app depends on Internet connectivity. During the review our phone got good 4G coverage. Therefore, waiting for a few seconds for the songs or the streaming of the cinema. But in the coming time, the status of millions of live phone users can change.]]
Reliance Jio Phone Camera
There is a 2 megapixel camera with no flash on the back of the phone. The VGA camera is on the front panel. At this price two cameras are welcome steps. We do not have much hope for these cameras. The camera app is very basic. You only get photos, videos and self-timer modes.
Photos taken with the 2-megapixel rear camera have a resolution of 1600×1200 pixels. There is a lack of detail in the landscape shots. There is a lot of noise in this. In comparison, close shut shots are better. Photos are blurred every time due to motion. At night, the performance of the camera is very simple. For the good shot you will need a paused hand. Subjects are seen only if there is enough light. Sightly appear in low light. The photos look much better than handsets on the screen compared to the computer screen. You can choose the resolution of your video. The video with a high quality video will be 720×480 pixels. The quality is not very bad. It can be used in use. But do not expect much detail.
Selfie’s resolution is 640×480 pixels. In this you will also find rear camera knees. It would be wrong to compare Jio Phone to today’s smartphone. Photos do not fade due to lack of light or slight hand shaking. The highest resolution of selfie camera is 352×288 pixels. This is not of any use.
Reliance Jio Phone Battery Life
We were desperate to know how much the phone battery will be used in common usage. According to the feature phone, it comes with a large battery of 2000 mAh. But there are features like Bluetooth, 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS which are known for battery consumption. After the common use, we found that even after 24 hours, 80 percent of the battery is still left. The phone goes without charging for about 4 days.
After 15 minutes of continuous talk, we found that the battery was reduced by 2% and 5% on talking for 30 minutes. This is a good performance according to the 4G data connection. We also streamed the TV serial on the phone. It was found that after watching 30-minute episodes, the battery decreased by 7 percent. In the same type of test on Wi-Fi connection, there was a decline of 6 per cent. When the phone does not touch even once for 12 hours, the battery is reduced by just 3 percent. You will also get a power saving mode that switches off everything to reduce the power consumption.
Our decision: You Should Choose or Not
The Jio Phone smartphone is not made for the user. It is for a user who wants to upgrade from feature phone, but without much money spent. Apart from this, it is made for connecting people of Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities with the Internet. Will the Jio Phone achieve the target of the company? We will say that there is a capability in it. Hardwar is enabled. The experience of using the software is also good.
The free subscription of Jio Apps makes this deal even more spectacular. The ability to update OTA just indicates that more features can be found in the future. However, you should read the ‘Apply Terms’ section carefully on Jio’s website. Here, the specifics related to the tariff plan and the call back and mentioning the necessary conditions for refund. Apart from this, buying a phone is not easy. What will be its performance after a long time? And how dependable is it? All these questions can not be answered yet.
To upgrade the phone, tell the user who wants to spend as much as possible to upgrade that the phone is much better than the rivals. Seeing the feature, it can be called a smart feature phone. If you are successful in booking it, you will not be disappointed.