Mukesh Ambani unleashed a pricing war when he launched Reliance Jio during the Annual General Meeting 2016 earlier this month. The commercial launch of Reliance Jio gave a tough competition to top incumbent telecom players, including Airtel.
Reliance Jio's welcome offer, in which everything is free, attracted hordes of people around the country, who queued up outside Reliance stores to get their Jio SIM cards and LYF smartphones.
Reliance Jio's LYF series smartphones starting from Rs 2,999 are also offering a slew of benefits to the consumers at affordable prices. Well, free voice calls for lifetime, cheap data and affordable smartphones are quite attractive and of course, very lucrative.
But, should you really buy Reliance LYF smartphones just because of their luring price range? We give you five reasons why you should have second thoughts about buying Reliance Jio LYF smartphones.
Reliance LYF series smartphones may let you board the 4G train instantly, but they fail miserably when it comes to hardware they packs underneath.
Most of the LYF series smartphones features low-end processors and incompetent RAM, which will be of no good to free 4G internet services. For instance, Reliance LYF Flame 3 is backed by a low-end 1.5GHz quad-core CPU paired up with just 512MB of RAM to address processing and multitasking.
Moreover, watching movies and YouTube videos is really a bad idea on low-resolution qHD and HD displays offered by Lyf series handsets in the age of 1080p screens.
Almost all the Reliance LYF series smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop. This makes them lose the edge in the times when even the most affordable handsets run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and are ready to get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update.
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If you are buying a Reliance LYF series handset, be ready for delayed software updates and possible frequent app crashes. Moreover, Reliance LYF series phones come loaded with a number of Jio bloatware apps, which you would want to uninstall immediately.
We have tested a few Reliance LYF series handsets including Wind 1, Water 1, etc. and they fail to please with their camera performance. Other smartphones selling in the same price point are better camera performers.
In the age of affordable metal clad smartphones, Reliance LYF handsets fails to make a mark with their boring and uninspiring plastic built smartphones.
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The build quality offered by the LYF series handsets are sub standard and fails to match the likes of products selling in the same price brackets from Chinese and domestic smartphone makers.
We bet you won't be able to differentiate a low-end LYF handset from the premium one, because all of them looks more or less the same with their plastic back panels and boring fronts.
Better options at similar price-point
Summing up all, it's really tough to recommend a Reliance LYF series handset to consumers, who can get a much better deal in the same price-point. Smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi 3s, Moto E3 Power, Coolpad Note 3 Lite, Redmi Note 3, Samsung Galaxy J3, etc. are better value for money options selling at similar price-point. These handsets support Reliance Jio data and voice benefits and offers much better day to day performance.