My JIO Phone got delivered today and I am kinda disappointed with it but it still has a few features that still make this phone worth the buy.
Here is my honest hands-on review of JIO Phone:
The JIO Phone is manufactured by Lyf which is the main reason for my disappointment. It has a 2.4 inches QVGA display which is quite good for a feature phone. It has a removable battery of 2000 mAh which would have been good enough for a feature phone but JIO phone is an exception. Its color display, music player, 4G LTE chipset and video streaming will cause the battery to drain within a day.
The Jio phone has a single SIM slot and up to 128 GB expandable memory card and a torch. It also has NFC for making payments with the JioPay app. Surprisingly it also has GPS, Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi as well.
The JIO phone does have some awesome features. It has a dual camera which I guess is OK quality for this price range. Both the cameras can be used for taking pictures and recording videos as well. The front camera can be used for video calls which
I haven’t yet tried as the video app is not getting installed works only with the Jio Phones and the devices which have the JioVideoCall app installed. The Jio Phone cannot make or receive direct video calls.
The device has 1 GB storage data and 1 GB apps storage which I think is for storing the cache of the streaming videos and music otherwise the device has no need of 1 GB storage for the few apps the phone has in its app store.
The JIOStore currently only has JIO apps which include JioVideoCall, JioCinema, MyJio, Jio Xpress News, JioPay, JioMusic, JioTV & JioGames.
The JioVideoCall app is not working. It gives a MANIFEST_MISMATCH Error while installing. The Jio Voice Assistant is also broken. On the 2nd day after the release of the device, the Jio phone got an automatic update which fixed the above-mentioned issues. Pretty neat in that department. Still, the Voice Assistant isn’t working. Another big disappointment is WhatsApp isn’t supported in JIO phone. But good News though is it supports HTML apps and soon new apps will be available on the JioStore.
The Web Browser in JIO phone is the worst part. Although you can browse the internet on it you wouldn’t want to surf the internet on the JIO phone.
The main reason to purchase the JIO phone is it’s Rs. 153 plan which gives unlimited 4G internet, free VoLTE calls and unlimited SMS. The unlimited 4G part is bit twisted though. You get only 500Mb of full speed data and after that, the speed will be reduced. If you are looking download torrent on this device overnight with the unlimited data, it’s not gonna happen. That being said, you know now what the JIO phone actually delivers.
JIO phone can’t be your primary device in today’s world but you can use it as a secondary device to take the benefits of it’s low priced package or you can gift this device to your parents as I am gonna do with it. If that’s not what you’ve in mind for the phone you’re looking to purchase, JIO phone isn’t really for you.