There seems to be a constant push to always be upgrading your smartphone to the next latest and greatest model. That push comes from the smartphone manufacturers and the mobile networks, both of which want more of your cash. Smartphones are also getting bigger and can look quite ridiculous sticking out of a pocket. Then there's Jelly.
Jelly looks to be the opposite of everything companies including Apple, Samsung, and Google tell you is what a modern smartphone should be. It's a tiny Android phone, using a 2.45-inch display, only costs $109, the battery is removable, there's a microSD card slot, and it has dual SIM card support.
This is probably the first time you're hearing about Jelly as it's being offered through Kickstarter by Unihertz. With 34 days left to go, it's already fully-funded and can be ordered for as little as $69 for delivery in August. There's also a Jelly Pro, which costs $95 in return for double the RAM and on-board storage.
Here's the full spec of the Jelly:
- 1.1GHz quad-core processor
- 2.45-inch five-point touchscreen (240-by-432 resolution)
- 1GB RAM (2GB in Jelly Pro)
- 16GB internal storage (32GB in Jelly Pro)
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 4G LTE
- 950mAh battery
- 2MP front-facing and 8MP rear cameras
- Dual nano SIM card slots
- 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5Ghz WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, G-Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope
While it's true the Jelly isn't ideal for watching video or playing the latest mobile games, it's certainly good enough as a communication device making calls, messaging, e-mail, etc. The 950mAh battery is expected to last 3 days through "average use" and 7 days on standby. It has full access to the Google Play Store, comes in three colors (pearl white, space black, or sky blue), and there's an armband making it easy to wear during exercise.
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Measuring just 3.6-by-1.7-by-0.5-inches, the Jelly will disappear completely inside a pocket. And maybe that's going to be the main draw of the Jelly. It's a very cheap, capable smartphone you can hide away for times when your very expensive iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, or Google Pixel smartphone isn't ideal.
If you're wondering who Unihertz is, they're a team based in Shanghai with a decade of experience in phone design and manufacturing. Jelly isn't their first phone, with the 3G Android 4.4 Micro X having been released previously for $64.99.