As I do, I changed my smartphone again. This time, I’ve tried a giant from BLU. For those who aren’t familiar, BLU has made a name for themselves selling midrange phones/tablets at very low price tags. On to the phone itself. Here’s a quick look at the spec sheet for the Blu Studio 6.0 HD:
- Dimensions: 168 x 83 x 8.5 mm (6.61 x 3.27 x 0.33 in)
- Screen: 6″ IPS 729*1280 Display (245ppi)
- RAM: 1GB
- CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
- GPU: Mali-400MP2
- Disk: 4 GB ROM
- Camera: 8mpx
- Recording: 1080p @ 30fps
- Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
- Operating System: KitKat 4.4.2 (after OTA upgrade)
- Cost: I paid $190 at Fryes, but you can find it for less on Amazon
- Sim: Dual SIMs
The thought with this “upgrade’ (coming from a Galaxy Note 3) was to start saving money on my cell phone and plan, I was paying $160 a month, and am now paying $20 dollars a month (I’ll do a full post on this later, but I am using SIMple mobile’s data only plan, Google Voice, and I have a T-mobile prepaid SIM as a backup. I’ve been using this phone for 45 days or so now, and I do like it. While it’s not quite as fluid as the Note 3, it’s still quite smooth for most everything. I use my phone mostly for email, texting, and browsing the web, so the big screen is a treat for me. I don’t mind the slightly lower resolution (720p) and have found my day to day use of the phone to be pretty pleasurable. The battery is good for me, and I find it comparable to the Note 3. The camera is not as good as what is found on the Note 3, but with a budget smartphone that is to be expected. I do find the camera passable in adequate lighting, and like most phones it struggles a bit in the dark. On to the 2 largest gripes about this phone:
- The MicroUSB charging port works with most cables, but not all, some have a tendency to fall out of the phone, and one of my cables wouldn’t charge the phone at all. Finally, most cables did not work for data transfer… use the one that came with the phone for this purpose, or get used to transferring via a wireless means. This was not a big deal for me, as I transfer my photos wirelessly, and have a ton of microUSB cables laying around, but it is a small annoyance.
- This one is even more of a minor gripe than the last, the problem is that the show open apps button on the phone, does not open that screen with a normal press. Instead, it opens the menu, and a long press shows all open apps. This is not really a problem after getting used to it, but I have found that the behavior gets a bit more wonky with some custom launchers, yet works fine with others.
Overall this is really a nice phone for the money, and if you like big displays, and are on a limited budget it may well be your best option. I rate it a 71/100.