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Review: Lyf Wind 3 smartphone with Jio Preview Offer

I was gifted a Lyf Wind 3 smartphone bought through Flipkart. It comes with a complimentary unlimited(?) access to 4G data for 90 days from Reliance Jio. I waited with anticipation to try it out but Flipkart's delayed delivery, the fragile looking handset and the long time it took for Reliance Digital to process the SIM activation, killed all the excitement.

I found out that the Guarantee in Flipkart's "In-a-day Guarantee Delivery" means they will just say sorry if they miss the date.


The advertised hardware specs (2 GB RAM, 5.5 inch HD Display, 8MP Primary & 2MP Front Camera, 2920 mAh Li-Ion Polymer Battery) are impressive for the price of Rs.6999 at which it was bought at. The handset however feels very delicate & the power button is wobbly.  It doesn't feel comfortable using it without a case. Currently, there don't seem to be many sturdy back covers or cases available for this model.

The spec says the while both SIM slots are 4G enabled, only one slot can be used for 4G at a time while the other will work on 2G. That seems weird but it's nice that at least it is mentioned candidly.

As per Wikipedia, LYF smartphones are manufactured by Chinese handset maker ZTE Corporation.

Among the available Lyf smartphones & other comparable models, this probably has better features at its price  & gives you a chance to try out Jio's services for 90 days - these may be the reasons to buy this phone.

It is one of the first few affordable 4G / VoLTE enabled phones with video call support to have hit the market. Not all LTE / 4G devices work on the Jio network; though data usage is possible, voice calls are not suported

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