Technophile

Bringing back touch-and-type

Mirza Mohammed Ali Khan | Updated on August 15, 2018 Published on August 15, 2018

Jivi Revolution TnT3 is a very basic offering for those looking for budget options

Jivi Mobiles, an Indian phone-maker, has been around for a while, though not as prominent in the mainstream yet. However, the company in December 2017 claimed to sell five lakh feature phones and 70,000 smartphones every month, which are healthy figures. Jivi Mobiles expanded its smartphone portfolio with the addition of the Revolution TnT3, which is a touch-and-type model, bringing back some nostalgia. Remember the Motorola Fire and the Motorola Charm? They were one of the first Android touch-and-type smartphones back in the day. Not to mention the Blackberries.

The phone looks good, but once you hold it, you cannot miss the plastic feel that betrays its budget and basic build. The back is plastic that is finished to make it look like leather, complete with faux stitches. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is a worthy addition at this price. The full frontal keypad along with navigation keys, select and back softkeys, and the calling keys can ensure that you can navigate the phone even without using the touchscreen, in a throwback of sorts.

The screen itself is a four-incher and is harshly bright indoors, so I found myself lowering the brightness. Its sunlight legibility isn’t all that good either. The colours also look a little washed out. Touch response on the on-screen keyboard is okay, given its size. The 5 MP and 2 MP primary and front cameras respectively are very basic shooters and nothing to write home about. The phone gets 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, of which about 5 GB is available for use. But there’s a removable back cover that gives you access to a MicroSD slot, along with two SIM slots. The phone is juiced by a 2,300 mAH battery that lasts close to a day with regular use.

The 1 GB RAM means that daily tasks run okay. But too much gaming with the likes of Subway Surfer or Fruit Ninja can see it stutter. I’d recommend using the lite versions of whichever apps are available, for this phone. But remember it’s a budget, entry-level offering before you compare it to other products. It runs on Android 7.0 and the experience is almost stock Android, which is a plus. It comes with a case and with tempered glass and a scratch guard for the screen in the box.

The Revolution TnT3 makes no bones about the fact that it’s a basic offering and comes at a proportional price. This one’s for entry-level buyers and for those who prefer a keypad.

Price: ₹3,086 (on offer, online)

Pros: Touch and type, almost stock Android, fingerprint sensor at this price is a plus

Cons: Display not very good, poor camera quality

Published on August 15, 2018

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