Aspera Jazz 2 review: It’s cheap… and that’s all
Quick Verdict: The Aspera Jazz 2 is acceptable if your needs are very basic, but there's better value to be had in the budget phone space.
- It costs less than $100
- Android Go makes the most of meagre resources
- Removable battery
- Dual SIM
- Poor performance
- Terrible camera
- Poor battery life
Power, storage and battery
|Launch price (RRP)||$99|
You can't expect that much out of a phone that retails for $99, because you're not giving any manufacturer all that much money to actually build a phone at that price point.
The Aspera Jazz 2 is one of the most rudimentary phones we've tested at Finder for quite some time. That price point has some obvious appeal, but when you consider the wider field of budget phones available, it quickly becomes apparent that this isn't exactly a bargain.
- Cheap plastic build
- 4.95-inch low-resolution display
- Huge screen bezels
- Dual SIM, which isn't common at this price point
- 5MP rear camera is awful
- 2MP front camera is no better
- Android Go makes the most of a simple processor
- 1,900mAh battery with poor endurance
- Removable battery continues the retro theme
- It's super cheap, but it's not great value
The market for a $99 smartphone is by definition buying primarily on price. If what you need is just a basic smartphone, then the Aspera Jazz 2 fits that bill.
It's just that we've seen so much competition recently in the budget and mid-range spaces that the kinds of experiences you'll get out of the Aspera Jazz 2 feel like poor value anyway. You're not going to get top-flight photo, performance or battery experiences – but it's really not hard to get better than what the Aspera Jazz 2 offers.