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Aspera Gem Review

With the amount of tech and hardware that is being crammed into smartphones these days it’s astonishing how expensive they are getting, obviously you’re paying for what you get and that got me thinking. What sort of smartphone do you get on a budget? In today’s review I’m taking a look at the Aspera Gem, a $150 Aussie dollar 4G smartphone.

Thanks to Aspera for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

Included in the box of the Aspera Gem is the phone itself, a REMOVABLE battery, USB Adapter, Micro-USB Cable, Earphones and some documentation.

Design and Features

The design of the Aspera Gem is pretty boring, it’s made out of matte black plastic and feels quite cheap, it has a removable back cover to access the removal battery (yeah, remember them!) and sim card, also on the back is the camera and fingerprint reader. Which for me, it seemed to move around and felt loose and when reading my fingerprint it felt quite warm.

On the front is the 5.5” 720p display as well as the front camera and speaker. On the sides are the volume buttons and the power buttons. And finally, on the bottom is the Micro USB port.

  • 5.45″ HD+ IPS display
  • Android 9.0
  • 4G Dual SIM (Micro + Nano)
  • Quad Core 1.5Ghz
  • 8MP + 5MP FF Camera

Tech Specs

Let’s talk a little more about these specs.

RAM

I’m going to start off with the RAM, the Aspera Gem uses only 2gb of RAM which in 2020 really is not enough, even for Android 9.0. It just is not enough to enable you to do the simplest things like multitasking which is almost essential for a mobile phone.

Camera

I somehow managed to lose my sample images but they came out pretty poorly, there was just way too much noise in the image.

8MP (3264×2448), f/2.8, 1.12um

Sensor: Samsung S5K4h7 BSI

61.9° FOV

ISO 100-800

Contrast Autofocus (not fast)

HDR or flash (not both – quite common)

No OIS/EIS or digital stabilisation

Still or video mode only

Up to 4X digital zoom

ZSD (Zero shutter delay switch) – turn it off as it induces noise and darker images

14 scenes (basic AI recognition of scenes and recognised a dog as ‘Food’).

Video: 2.1 1920 x 1080@30fps

Battery

The battery in the Aspera Gem is a 2500 mAh battery that actually lasts quite a long time and if you are only using it to browse the internet and make phone calls it lasted me around a day and a half. It does take a long time to charge using the included 5V 1A charger taking around 6-7 hours to fully charge.

Sound

This is probably one of the worst aspects of the Aspera Gem, it has an appalling mono speaker. It sounds tinny and very spacious like you’re in a big empty room. When using the phone hands free on calls the microphone had a hard time picking up my voice with the person on the other end saying it sound crackly.

Overall Performance

Remember, this is only a $150 phone so don’t expect much. That being said it doesn’t perform all that well. It’s slow and laggy at the best of times and using things like the GPS is impossible. Consuming media is OK if you don’t have any background apps open, the same as web browsing.

Pricing

As mentioned before, the Aspera Gem comes in at $150 Aussie dollars.

Conclusion

So who is the Aspera Gem for, I would say it’s more for the elderly or really young who don’t need a lot of horsepower and are only doing simple things like calling and texting their loved ones. For anyone who needs a decent amount of performance, this is not your phone.

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Disclosure: The Aspera Gem review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

Disclosure: The above Amazon Australia link is an affiliate link, meaning i get a small percentage of the purchase at no extra cost to you.

Aspera Gem Review
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • User Friendly
  • Value for Money
2.9

Summary

So who is the Aspera Gem for, I would say it’s more for the elderly or really young who don’t need a lot of horsepower and are only doing simple things like calling and texting their loved ones. For anyone who needs a decent amount of performance, this is not your phone.

Caleb Terawskyj
Answering questions, writing reviews and playing with tech is what i do best. Love myself some pizza and a good game to play, after i finish my work of course. My #1 skill would have to be procrastination, but once i get stuck into my work i can do it for hours. I love what i do and hope you all love reading it and interacting with me!
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