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Jivi JSP 20 Hands on, Short Review, Photos and Video

Jivi JSP 20 is the cheapest Android smartphone to be released in India with a price tag of Rs 1,999. The handset has been launched in the country today targeted at the feature phone users. While it is priced pretty low, is it the best smartphone available for the price? Let’s see in our hands-on.

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Jivi JSP 20 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 3.5 Inch HVGA OGS, 480×320 resolution
  • Processor: 1 GHz Single Core Chipset
  • RAM: 128 MB
  • Software Version: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
  • Camera: 2 MP, LED flash
  • Internal Storage: 256 MB
  • External Storage: MicroSD support up to 32 GB
  • Battery: 1,350 mAh (Removable)
  • Connectivity: 2G, Dual SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0

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Design, Build and Display

The phone features a brushed metal finish on its sides to provide a good grip and chrome plated side-rail buttons. The handset has rounded edges at the bottom and a laser cut precision drilled speaker grill at its back. The OGS (One Glass Solution) display that replaces a glass layer of the display with a Indium Tin Oxide to reduce the thickness renders a sleek look to the device.

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The display is 3.5 inches in size with mediocre viewing angles, good clarity and moderate colors. It is pretty much suitable for the basic tasks such as browsing the web and others without any difficulty.

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Processor and RAM

Processor used is 1 GHz single core unit of unknown chipset and this is assisted by 128 MB of RAM. Such a basic hardware combination is definitely scanty for an Android smartphone and we would like to see at least around 512 MB of RAM for the platform to sail smoothly without any lag.

Camera and Internal Storage

Imaging hardware is pretty basic going with the pricing of the device. There is a 2 MP primary camera with the solace of LED flash for a decent low light performance. Of course, the imaging aspects in this phone would not please the photography enthusiasts, but the handset is not meant for this. The camera quality is decent for the pricing of the device and it is better than the other devices in this price bracket.

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Internal storage is something that is too basic with only 256 MB of RAM of which only a part would be accessible to the users. Expansion of this internal storage capacity is permitted and the upper limit for this is 32 GB, however it cannot be used for applications.

User Interface and Battery

The phone runs on the dated Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread platform and has some pre-loaded applications, but not many of them. It supports widgets of important settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data sync and others on the home screen. The OS is definitely pretty outdated one. Besides memory, the dated OS will also limit your Android experience. Android kitkat should have been a better choice since it has been optimized for low end hardware.

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The battery capacity is 1,350 mAh that sounds decent for the pricing of the phone. Jivi has claimed that this battery would last for up to 7.5 hours of backup under mixed media usage. We will have to spend more time with the device to give our verdict.

Jivi JSP 20 Photo Gallery

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The Jivi JSP 20 is meant to lure the feature phone users to the trend of Android smartphones. It is the cheapest Android phone selling at a price analogous to Firefox but several compromises have been made. The device is meant for the first time Android users with basic usage requirements. The handset is priced at Rs 1,999 making it affordable for the users who are considering an upgrade. There are several preloaded applications and features, but the lack of 3G should be taken into consideration.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.