Technology convergence in mobility is inevitable; today a mobile device is a camera, storage device, workhorse, entertainment centre, a walkman, health device and a lot more. But it is also comically fast becoming a flat-screen TV. Users are craving for more, more power, more battery but in this quest of more – the words like compact, small, handy seem to be disappearing. Maybe users have compromised that if they want more they have to live with 5″-7″ Screen size Mobile phones. But we are sure many users remember the good old days when you didn’t have to dedicate a pocket to a mobile device. Unihertz, a Shanghai-based company, is daring to challenge the status quo and in the process has embarked on a journey to redefine a smartphone again. Who won’t want a full powered 2.45″ smartphone? It seemed like a long time ago when ‘small’ was the competing factor in the evolution of mobile phones. Something the new Kickstarter sensation Jelly Pro world’s smallest 4G smartphone is all set to change.
Yes with a screen size of 2.45 inches only, the Jelly Pro may look too small at first – compared to the gigantic Android OS powered devices that are being currently produced by brands like Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and more. However Jelly Pro is a breath of fresh air, apart from having everything that a modern smartphone possesses, it looks like a small pebble that fits right into the coin pocket of your jeans. And yes it is equipped.
Don’t let the size fool you, the 60.4 gm-heavy phone packs quite a punch. Jelly Pro is a full-featured Android 7 Nougat device and is the first of its kind to support ultra-fast 4G network. It houses a Quad-core 1.1 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM space with supports MicroSD cards of up to 256 GB. Under its removable rear cover, you’ll find a 3.8V, 950 mAh battery – it may be small by today’s standards but so is the overall device. And all of this costs less than Rs. 5,000/-
Jelly Pro is an excellent option for those on the move and looking for something really small. Unihertz also kept in mind the dilemma of our increasing dependency on smartphones to track activities like hiking, running and working out and designed a comfortable armband to tackle it.
High on practicality, Jelly Pro contains dual Nano SIM card slots and allows you to access virtually any app from Google Play Store. It also has the latest Wi-FI standards, GPS and G-Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope and Bluetooth 4.1.
The front camera is a 2 MP one, and the back is an 8 MP unit which isn’t much, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue. The photos it captures are usable and much better than the old-school cameras. However, we don’t expect this to be used as an alternative to a real camera. Convergence of technology is good but its appaling at times when brands like Google and even Apple rely on photography to advertise a telecommunication device like a Mobile Phone.
In addition, Jelly Pro is great for someone into adventure and fitness stuff; it’s also an excellent option for when you’re on business travels. It’s refreshing to have an alternate smartphone that isn’t too large and heavy to lug around. Another great usage case could be of companies deploying low-cost 4G smartphones to their staff. Also, since the starting age of using a cellphone is rapidly decreasing, the smallest 4G smartphone would also be great to give to kids. Another class of people who may appreciate Unihertz’s Jelly Pro are those looking for a simple utilitarian tool instead of large size smartphone relationship.
Both Jelly Pro and its creator Unihertz are worth keeping a lookout for. While the device isn’t available in an Indian store, it is up for grabs on the Amazon US store. You could also get your hands on the device via their Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns and avail of a discount on the regular price. The Jelly Pro comes in three different colours – pearl white, sky blue and space black. Should other smartphone brands follow suit and start manufacturing smaller versions of their devices as an alternative for users? Tell us what you think.