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Aspera Jazz 2 review: It’s cheap… and that’s all

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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

4.95 inches

Display size

480 x 854px

16GB

Internal storage

5 MP

Rear camera

1,900 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
4.95 inches
Resolution
480 x 854px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
197.9 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
5MP
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
2MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
140mm x 68mm x 9.5mm
Weight
150g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MediaTek MTK6739WW
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 64GB
Battery capacity
1,900mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$99
Launch date2019-10
Aspera Jazz 2

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.


Design

  • Cheap plastic build
  • 4.95-inch low-resolution display
  • Huge screen bezels
  • Dual SIM, which isn't common at this price point
Aspera Jazz 2

Camera

  • 5MP rear camera is awful
  • 2MP front camera is no better
Aspera Jazz 2

Performance

  • Android Go makes the most of a simple processor
Aspera Jazz 2

Battery life

  • 1,900mAh battery with poor endurance
  • Removable battery continues the retro theme
Aspera Jazz 2

Verdict

  • It's super cheap, but it's not great value
Aspera Jazz 2

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.


Pricing and availability


Specifications

Display

Display Size
4.95 inches
Resolution
480 x 854px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
197.9 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
5MP
Video recording
N/A
Front camera megapixels
2MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
140mm x 68mm x 9.5mm
Weight
150g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MediaTek MTK6739WW
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 64GB
Battery capacity
1,900mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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