- TECH SPECS
- Contents of delivery
- Working hours
- Communication capabilities
- Memory, processor and performance
|Dimensions and weight||95x50x16 mm, 110 grams|
|Body materials||Glass and plastic|
|Display||3 inches, 480×854 pixels, IPS.
Brightness 350 cd / m2
|Operating system||Google Android 10|
|Platform||MediaTek Helio P60 (12nm, ARM 4xCortex-A73 + 4xCortex-A53; Mali-G72 graphics)|
|Memory||6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128 GB internal memory, microSD up to 512 GB|
|Wireless Interfaces||Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac, 2.4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC|
|Сеть||2G: Band 2/3/5/8
3G: Band 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
Dual SIM nano, combo slot
VoLTE, VoWi-Fi support
|Navigation||GPS / AGPS / GLONASS|
|Sensors and connectors||Rear Fingerprint Reader, USB-C, 3.5mm
Proximity sensor, gyroscope
|Main camera||16 MP main camera|
|Front-camera||8 MP front camera|
|Battery||Capacity 2000 mAh, 7,5 W adapter|
Two microphones for noise canceling
Just the other day, my wife and I recalled the “zero” from the point of view of technical equipment of everyday life: how we went to the Internet using a modem and who used what phone. For example, my first phone was a 3510i (yes, I somehow jumped over all monochrome devices and immediately used a gadget with a color screen), which I later exchanged for a Sony Ericsson T300, because it was small, it had LED indicators and beautiful polyphony sounded from the speakers. And at that moment my wife was using the classic – Nokia 3100. By the way, it still works, but the battery is already completely dead. That’s what quality means!
During our cozy conversation, we remembered that special connoisseurs of small phones have chosen the Panasonic GD55 somewhere. And now this model seems to be very compact, even in comparison with modern push-button telephones.
And this whole conversation was born after I received Unihertz Jelly 2 for review – the smallest smartphone in the world. I used an Atom a while ago and was impressed: despite its size, it had good specifications and a rugged case. That is, for hiking, as a spare – a great thing.
The Jelly 2 model immediately struck me as strange: the price is around 200 US dollars (in rubles it is about 15 rubles), which is a lot, without protection, with a microscopic screen, with one camera … I mean that the positioning of such a smartphone is very blurry … Until now, I have not been able to come up with an appointment for him: if as a spare, then it is expensive; if on a hike – there are no standards of protection; as the main one – too small; if for calls with Google contacts – again, you can look at something more accessible. Definitely not for social media and toys. The only excuse for the purchase: you already have some Samsung Galaxy S000 Ultra, and you don’t mind taking an Android smartphone as a dialer, which will be in the glove compartment of your car.
I will definitely wait for you in the comments: what do you think about this? Until then, let’s deal with Unihertz Jelly 2!
Contents of delivery
- Network adapter
- Network cable
- Instruction and warranty card
- Film on the screen
I am sure that the first question to be asked is: what dimensions and weight does this baby have? Sounding: 95x50x16 mm and 110 grams! That’s slightly less than the average push-button phone, let alone a smartphone.
I used the Jelly 2 as my main device for a while, and after that my iPhone 12 (one of the compact smartphones) felt just huge and uncomfortable. You get used to good things quickly. Basically, I had an idea to stay on Jelly 2 longer, but I am too dependent on social networks, where it is necessary to write messages. And with this model, you can only read more or less comfortably. Well, since I have already started talking about convenience, here are my impressions.
It is a pleasure to operate the gadget with one hand: the thumb reaches any place on the smartphone screen. There is no constant shifting of the phone in the palm of your hand, for example, to pull out the notification curtain. The smartphone fits into the pockets of any clothing.
Another issue is thickness. Still, 16 mm is a bit too much. And the weight of 110 grams for such a small phone is also a lot. On the other hand, you realize that you are holding not a toy, but a full-fledged smartphone.
It is also sad that the protection was removed. Now it is just a device in a glossy case. Thus, the number of potential buyers of Jelly 2 is sharply reduced. If it had a MIL-STD-810G or something similar, it’s another matter: instead of an expensive device, I would have taken Jelly 2 for a short trip. But here everything again depends on the price. If Jelly 2 cost no more than $ 100, then in the event of a “crash” of the smartphone, the loss would be small.
The body of the novelty, apparently, is made of metal. The top is painted with dark blue paint, the surface is glossy. Another silly point. Why not matte? Fingerprints, of course, quickly cover the back.
Comes with a silicone case. I would advise using it. The device slips less in the hand and gets dirty.
The screen is protected by glass. I have not found information on the type of glass. It is durable. A factory film is glued on top, and another one is included in the kit.
On the top of the front panel: battery / notification indicator, front camera, earpiece. It is loud, the sound is clear and pleasant. The proximity sensor is not buggy.
Bottom: three touch buttons responsible for “Back”, “Home” and showing all applications. Frankly speaking, I have already lost the habit of physical sensors under the screen.
On the top you will find a microphone, a standard 3.5mm jack and an IR transmitter. Yes, Jelly can be used as a control panel for equipment. Among the applications there is a special “app”.
At the bottom is the main microphone and speaker. It’s very loud, sounds great. I did not expect such a loud speaker from such a small phone. Theoretically, it can be used as a portable speaker.
On the right – USB-C for charging the battery and synchronizing data, a multifunctional button (they shouldn’t have placed it here – there’s little use, and there are a lot of false positives: you constantly press on it, and not on “power”) and the power button. There is also a metal slot for two SIM cards or a microSD memory card and a SIM card.
On the left is the volume rocker key.
On the back, you can notice a round fingerprint scanner (slow and poor at recognizing fingers), a flash and a camera lens.
Total: a really small, but plump and heavy (for its size) phone, made of high-quality materials; the case is glossy, but there is a silicone case; the screen has ordinary glass, but there are films.
The Unihertz Jelly 2 display is only 3 inches! What a twist! Yes, of course, more than push-button phones, but half the size of a typical smartphone at any price point.
Physical size – 37×66 mm. What did we have there n years ago with such screens? For example, Sony Ericsson Xperia Active or even further down the timeline – Sony Ericsson P990i.
The Jelly 2 resolution is 480×854 pixels – that’s 326 PPI. This density is enough not to worry about pixelation. In this regard, the screen is clear! The matrix here is IPS. Probably, with OLED it would be more fun, but … what we have.
The display of the novelty is of average quality: the viewing angles are maximum, but under certain slopes the picture slightly turns purple. And the maximum brightness is only 350 cd / m2. Considering the small diagonal and low brightness, I can safely assume that the screen will be poorly visible in the sun.
In the same section, it is worth mentioning the convenience of reading information. As usual, none of the Android manufacturers bothers about the comfortable presentation of information when “playing” with screen diagonals: whether it’s a small or a large display, the interface is always the same. It doesn’t have to be that way. You are only 3 inches in front of you, you need to optimize. Yes, imagine, programmers have to strain, and not just roll the bare Google Android OS.
The native Google keyboard is small, the fonts are small, the icons are small. Well, except that the icons on the desktop are adequate – you hit it with your fingers.
However, no matter how much Unihertz programmers are puffed up with the shell, no one will optimize third-party programs. Therefore, in some applications, it was necessary to reduce the scale in order for the information to fit into the screen.
In general, you can re-read a piece of my section on Atom here.
In this section, I should have told you about long battery life, but no. 2000mAh battery. On average, the device shows 3.5 – 4 hours of screen glow. When playing a video, you should count on 8 hours, and the simplest games discharge the phone in 3 hours.
I don’t know, I had a second generation iPhone SE with a 4,7-inch display and 1800mAh battery. But it worked longer.
The Unihertz Jelly 2 comes with a 5V / 1.5A adapter. That is, it’s not even fast charging. And they could power the device in 30 minutes! We are talking about an ultra-compact smartphone. This means that it should be charged quickly. No wireless charging.
The smartphone has everything that a modern smartphone needs: GPS / GLONASS, NFC chip for payment, 4G support, VoLTE and VoWi-Fi. No complaints, everything works like a clock. 5G technology is missing here.
During a call, you can record a conversation.
This model has only two cameras: the main one is 16 MP (f / 1.7) and the front one is 8 MP (f / 2.8).
The main camera does not shoot very well: there are small corners, narrow dynamic range, slow autofocus. I liked the front one. For such a small device, it is very good.
The device shoots video in the maximum FullHD resolution of 30 frames per second and with sound on one channel. The picture is average, there is no stabilization, it all looks so-so. Selfie video can be shot in 1280×720 resolution at 30 fps. Hardly enough for social media.
The interface is primitive and poorly translated: photo mode – “Normal”, time-lapse – “Timelapse”. There are essentially no settings.
Memory, processor and performance
That’s what the device can be praised for, because it’s memory: RAM – 6 GB, and internal memory – 128 GB. However, nowadays you will hardly surprise anyone with this. The speeds are weak and correspond to budget devices. Below is the data.
The heart is the eight-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset (12 nm, ARM 4xCortex-A73 + 4xCortex-A53; Mali-G72 graphics). It was introduced three years ago. An AI unit is built into the chip. What exactly it serves is difficult to understand, even on the MediaTek website they talk about it very vaguely.
Last year, more than 20 devices were released on this chip, including Unihertz Atom L and Atom XL, ZTE Blade 20 smart. And in this – BQ will show the Aurora 6430L. Yes, they were in advance with the processor in time.
The Unihertz Jelly 2 is fast, but you can’t get away from microlags as long as Google Android is there (no, I’m not trying to turn on the fan).
In the Antutu test, the smartphone shows 150 points. Still would! At a screen resolution of 000×480 pixels. However, in throttling, Jelly 854 shows an awful result: after a couple of minutes, the performance drops by 2-35% and remains so until the end of the test.
The phone is not suitable for games – the screen is too small. And if you play, then something simple like runners or Sudoku.
Total: in general, the device is fast, but it gets very hot from time to time, throttles under load, sometimes the shell slows down.
I did not begin to describe this model in great detail, as I found it extremely peculiar.
However, the Unihertz Jelly 2 is the smallest smartphone in the world and this stands out among all devices. At the same time, the device has all the modern chips: 4G, NFC, 6/128 GB of memory, Google Android 10, USB-C, a very loud speaker and an IR transmitter.
I was confused by many points: high price, lack of protection against water and dust, weak camera (only one, recording FullHD 30 fps video), heating of the case, CPU throttling, too small screen.
The only application is as an advanced dialer with Google contacts, the ability to work with calls via WhatsApp or Skype. A kind of spare phone for those who have a cool smartphone. A pouch gadget. In short, a very strange device.
In fact, Unihertz Jelly 2 has no competitors. For 200 US dollars (15 rubles), you can purchase a huge number of analogs in terms of parameters. But all of them are equipped with screens over 000 inches.
Despite the above, I enjoyed using the little Jelly 2, remembered the stable “zero” ones, re-read the reviews of the legendary Siemens SX1, Nokia 3510i, Sony Ericsson P990i. In general, Unihertz gave me several hours and even days of unusual pleasant experiences.
The author would like to thank Unihertz for providing the Jelly 2 smartphone for review..
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