Jelly Pro Smartphone Review: Tiny Yet Solid, With Android Nougat On A Budget


The Jelly smartphone is the world’s smallest handset to assist 4G web speeds and it is amazingly tiny, however arguably potent for its class.

The present development is likely to be about more and more greater smartphones with big shows, however that is the alternative of the minuscule Jelly that sports activities a 2.45-inch display.

Jelly blazed by its preliminary Kickstarter objectives very quickly and it is now on Indiegogo InDemand to broaden its already spectacular community of supporters earlier than it begins transport subsequent month. It’s absolutely funded and absolutely succesful, so why has this tiny, tiny smartphone gained a lot curiosity that it raised $1,499,283 USD to date?

The little Jelly smartphone begins at $79 and it is available in two variants – the common mannequin with Eight GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM, and a extra highly effective Jelly Pro model with 16 GB of storage and a couple of GB of RAM. The remainder of the specs, in addition to the design and software program, are the identical for each variants. I’ve spent the previous week with the Jelly Pro, making an attempt to make use of it as my major smartphone as a lot as potential. I anticipated a extra cumbersome and sluggish expertise contemplating the Jelly’s dimension and entry-level class, however I used to be pleasantly stunned. Here’s the deal.

Jelly Smartphone Design 

The very first thing that strikes you in regards to the Jelly smartphone is its design and, implicitly, its dimension. It undoubtedly stands out as a result of it is a fraction of the scale of present smartphones, however in any other case its design is fairly fundamental and unimpressive – as anticipated for a funds handset. It has a shiny plastic construct that may be slippery at occasions, however being so tiny makes the Jelly straightforward to make use of one-handedly and slip even into the smallest pockets.

That stated, the miniature design does include its drawbacks and people with bigger arms may need hassle working the smartphone particularly with regards to typing. A 3rd-party keyboard reminiscent of SwiftKey does make issues simpler, notably for individuals who do not thoughts typing by swiping, however it’s nonetheless troublesome to have a dialog. The keyboard additionally takes up roughly half of the display even when you choose the smallest format, so you will not see a lot content material on the show when you’re typing.

While within the design division, it is also price noting that in contrast to many present smartphones that include a unibody design, Unihertz designed the Jelly smartphone with a detachable again and battery. Once you pry it open and take away the rear cowl, you will see two SIM card slots and a microSD slot, which isn’t too shabby for an inexpensive entry-level telephone.

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Jelly Pro Smartphone Review

The Jelly telephone comes with a rear digital camera with flash, a selfie digital camera within the higher proper nook of the entrance panel, a microUSB port and the facility button on the proper aspect, two quantity buttons on the left, and a headphone jack on the left of its high aspect. Simply put, it principally has all you want from a smartphone, albeit to a decrease customary.

The 2.45-inch show has a meager decision of 432 x 240 pixels, so do not anticipate any crisp visuals. With a low-cost telephone this dimension, nonetheless, Unihertz needed to reduce corners someplace and the show is a far cry from what we have gotten used to with trendy smartphones. It’s first rate sufficient to test messages, social media, and such, however the dimension and determination usually are not precisely match for media consumption. Since audio is not all that nice both, it is best to look at movies and the like on a special smartphone. On the opposite hand, a tiny telephone beginning at $79 does not actually scream media consumption from the get go.

Jelly Phone Specs And Performance

The Jelly telephone packs a quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz which, coupled with the two GB of RAM gracing the Pro model, accounts for a clean efficiency. The handset can simply deal with fundamental duties reminiscent of checking emails, social media, messages, and the likes. I anticipated social media websites reminiscent of Facebook to load with slight delays, however that is not likely the case.

Applications run easily and with none hiccups, on each 4G and Wi-Fi connections. I have not even tried putting in extra graphics-demanding video games on the tiny Jelly, however lighter ones reminiscent of phrase puzzles or the likes work with no points in the event you can play on a show this dimension. The 16 GB of storage of the Pro model is sufficient for a couple of important apps, images, and favourite songs, however the Eight GB of the common mannequin is likely to be a tad too limiting. If you employ it as a secondary telephone, nonetheless, that should not be any concern.


Despite its entry-level class and low value, the smartphone runs a near-stock model of Android Nougat. Plenty of different far costlier smartphones nonetheless run older variations of Android, so it is a nice bonus for the tiny Jelly. The telephone additionally comes with DuraSpeed preinstalled out of the field, which is designed to enhance efficiency by proscribing background apps and boosting the velocity of the app within the foreground. It hurries up the app’s launch time, however you may miss some notifications from background apps. I disabled DuraSpeed and apps nonetheless labored easily, however they did take barely longer to load.

Jelly Phone Battery

When it involves battery efficiency, you’d anticipate a tool of this dimension to final for quite a bit on a single cost. At the identical time, a tool this dimension additionally signifies that it has to suit a tiny battery underneath the hood, and the Jelly telephone comes with a 950 mAh unit. Unihertz says that it ought to final for as much as three days on a cost, however essentially the most I’ve gotten out of it was roughly 28 hours with medium utilization primarily comprising of some telephone calls, a variety of e mail notifications, and a minute or so on social media each infrequently. Using it as a Wi-Fi hotspot drained the battery a lot quicker. The telephone has a customizable LED notification gentle that is extra seen than on most different smartphones, because it lights up the entire residence button somewhat than only a tiny dot on the high.

Jelly Phone Cameras

The Jelly telephone has an Eight-megapixel rear digital camera with flash. The images will not be nice, however they’re nonetheless first rate. They do not appear to be a lot at first, on the Jelly’s modest show, however viewing Jelly images on a special gadget with a superior show may truly be a pleasant shock. The Jelly will not compete with any flagship smartphones with high-end cameras, however it does not intend to.

For the occasional picture on the go, it’s going to do the trick though the images are sometimes fairly noisy and blurry, with washed-out colours. HDR does appear to assist a bit, however it does not work wonders. The 2-megapixel rear digital camera, in the meantime, works like a 2-megapixel digital camera – do not anticipate any good selfies. The picture under is taken with the Jelly Pro’s rear digital camera.

Jelly Pro Camera Sample

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Jelly Pro rear digital camera pattern

Bottom Line

The Jelly telephone undoubtedly has a couple of drawbacks, however that was totally anticipated. Overall, nonetheless, the Jelly is stable, dependable, straightforward to make use of, and it suits in a coin pocket. It will get sturdy reception and even dealt with calls higher than my common smartphone in areas with poorer reception, which is a notable bonus. It’s surprisingly responsive and hasn’t crashed or frozen as soon as, not even once I left a slew of apps open within the background and continued to make use of one within the foreground.

The Jelly Pro model is at present out there on Indiegogo InDemand at a promotional value of $95, however will value $105 as soon as it hits the market. There are different entry-level smartphones on the market within the $100 value vary and a few could even ship a greater expertise, however the Jelly’s major promoting level is that it is the world’s smallest 4G telephone.

Unihertz itself markets it as a substitute for your major smartphone, and it could match this position with no points. It’s excellent to take for a jog or a exercise on the fitness center, use as a Wi-Fi hotspot or just as a backup telephone in case your major one dies in the midst of the day. That stated, I would not use the Jelly Pro as my major driver, however as a secondary telephone it is undoubtedly price contemplating.

Jelly Pro

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Jelly Pro Smartphone Review

Jelly Pro

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Jelly Pro Smartphone Review

Jelly Pro

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Jelly Pro Smartphone Review

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