We've all experienced a moment where our smartphones are simply too large to be carried conveniently. They can quickly go from being an indispensable tool to a nuisance—I know I've spent plenty of time unhappy with the brick I carry in my pocket.
Not only that, but I carry two phones: One for personal use and the other for work. I'd love to combine both into one easy-to-carry device.
If you've experienced these issues, then the Jelly smartphone just might be the solution for you.
Billed as "the world's smallest 4G smartphone," the Jelly is a measly 3.6-inches tall by 1.7-inches wide, supports two SIM cards, and will be priced at just $59 when it goes on sale in August. Jelly is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and since the campaign launched on May 1 it has made more than five times its $30,000 goal.
Jelly: Lots of features in a small package
If you're an iPhone or Galaxy devotee you probably aren't going to jump ship to Jelly: It's not meant to be a replacement for a flagship phone. If you're someone who values compact, practical, and cheap in your smartphone then Jelly is going to be a very attractive pick.
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Here's what the tiny device is made of:
It's also worth noting that the battery is removable, can lasts seven days on standby and three days of active use, and the phone can support up to 32GB of Micro SD storage. The only thing that's really missing is CDMA support.
Why Jelly could be a business breakout
The tiny smartphone isn't just nifty for those who want a real pocket-sized phone—it's also the perfect business burner. It's cheap, the battery lasts a long time, it runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and it will operate on most 4G GSM networks. That means you can take it with you around the world to places where carriers don't support CDMA.
With such a low price and the ability to handle two SIM cards, Jelly is the kind of device you could easily have lying around for travel, or even to combine two devices into one package. Add a modern Android OS and surprisingly good hardware specs and you have a device that's worth considering.
There's plenty of time to invest in Jelly's Kickstarter campaign, but you should move fast if you want to secure the cheaper backer benefits: It's only taken a couple of days for them to sell out of some of the best deals.
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Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.