How small can a smartphone possibly be? No, I am not talking about those tiny as in, in feature phones but a full-fledged smartphone which is miniature in terms of SIZE. In the era where a 4-inch device is too small for most of us, folks at Unihertz has come up with a Kickstarter project, the first result of which is ‘Jelly’.
Anyone who owned cell phones before the advent of smartphones will recognize Jelly’s design as being inspired by the before time, the time when candy bar and flip phones were popular and the best handsets were trendy due to their tiny size. Jelly follows in those phones’ foot-steps, being small enough to fit into the coin pocket in a pair of jeans. It’s tiny enough you’d be justified in worrying about losing it forever.
Measuring 92.3 x 43 x 13.3 mm (3.6 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches), Jelly sports a 2.45-inch screen with 240 x 432 pixels, and, compared to most handsets currently on the market, it looks like a toy. And yet it’s a fully-fledged smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat and has support for 4G LTE. Jelly is powered by a quad-core 1.1 GHz processor and comes in two variants: 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal memory and second variant with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space. Both models feature two cameras (8 MP on the back, 2 MP on the front), dual SIM support, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 950 mAh battery.
Broadly, it is no surprise that a phone this small can be built because we’ve had the wristwatch phones for years now, but what makes Jelly interesting is that it is tiny and it is a fully fledged phone; you can swipe between home screen to apps and widgets, turn it side ways to watch videos and put it up to your ear to take up calls. Although your voice might sound a bit muffled on the other end. And the best part of the whole miniature gadget, no superhuman palm and finger stretches needed to get to the notification shade! Praise Jelly!
All this for a price of $79, which is about Rs 4999 though we are highly sceptical if this device will ever make it to India. However, this smartphone is worth all the attention. So it can be pitched as a ‘sometimes’ phone for those gym days or as a backup communicator or probably a phone for kids? Or probably just an extra secondary phone with ‘decent’ functionalities. Jelly is for those who really need super pocketable phones but doesn’t want to lose out on the functionality that a smartphone offers.
So will you buy a smartphone this small, this tiny, this miniature? If you are just looking for a coin-pocket friendly smartphone, Jelly might be an okay fit at a compiling price tag. Just don’t expect it to ‘excel’ at anything beyond being super tiny and in such case, you stand a pretty good chance of making your big-phone-toddy friends ‘JELLY’.