Blu phones

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  1. mclld, Jan 8, 2015
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  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Known about them a while and looked at them on Amazon a few times, but as they can't be really bought outside of USA I never gave them a second thought.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    This is the first time I have ever heard of them. Looks like a very good bang for your buck phone. Does it run pure android?
     
  4. epicrayban macrumors 603

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    And does it have all the supported GSM LTE bands in the US?
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    from the article: "There's no LTE though, the phone tops out at 21Mbps 3G HSPA."
     
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I have two, no surprise I guess to some of you. :)

    One is the Win HD from the Microsoft store and the other is an android I got on Amazon for $129 and a pretty big following there for it since it is unlocked and dual SIM.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00M78E2IO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1420741759&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

    I do not have cellular service connected but I am pretty sure neither gets LTE. Both run pretty well and I have no complaints given the price.
     
  7. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    None of the BLU phones support LTE and from what I understand they are decent phones. Camera isn't great or nearly anything else about the phones but they can get you by. Decent prices for unlocked phones.

    I'd pass on them myself.
     
  8. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    Yes, basically. But see below for why you should stay away.

    I've owned one. Very briefly. I order a BLU Studio 5.0c HD on Amazon on sale for only $109. The specs seemed pretty amazing at the time, but here is the review I left on Amazon after I returned it...



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    It's also weird that two of their new phones are just rebranded phones by an Indian company named Gionee.
     
  9. mclld thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I wonder if these are rebadged generic Chinese phones. I will keep an eye open on these new ones to see what reviews say
     
  10. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    The article itself that you linked to says that at least two of them are rebranded Indian phones.

    You're better off spending an extra few bucks and getting a phone from a major brand with good update support that you know will still be around in a week if you have to take them up on their warrantee for whatever reason.
     
  11. Savor Suspended

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    I never paid much attention to Blu but I know the Philippine-based MyPhone based their Iceberg from the Blu View. Most locally branded Philippine phones are really made in China and base the specs on other brands like Blu or Karbonn.

    My suggestion (caveat emptor), stick to brands you are familiar with. Asus, and if Xiaomi ever gets their act together by marketing US, them too. Very difficult to trust cheap phones esp from China or from more obscure brands. Even the global brands have their own share of defects and issues. Xiaomi and perhaps Oppo and Huawei are exceptions from being labeled a bad Chinese brand. I don't trust Lenovo all that much when it comes to smartphones and their terrible, buggy custom skin.

    1. Google (USA)
    2. Xiaomi (China)
    3. HTC (Taiwan)
    4. Sony (Japan)
    5. Asus (Taiwan)
    6. Nokia (Finland)
    7. Sanyo (Japan)
    8. Motorola (USA)
    9. Apple (USA)
    10. Samsung (South Korea)
    11. Microsoft (USA)
    12. LG (South Korea)
    13. Oppo/OnePlus (China)
    14. Sharp (Japan)
    15. Huawei (China)
    16. MyPhone (Philippines)
    17. BlackBerry (Canada)
    18. Meizu (China)
    19. Lenovo (China)
    20. Acer (Taiwan)
    21. Gionee/IUNI (China)
    22. Kyocera (Japan)
    23. Pantech (South Korea)
    24. Kata (China)
    25. O+ (USA)
    26. ZTE (China)
    27. Alcatel (France)
    28. Starmobile (Philippines)
    29. Arc Mobile (Philippines)
    30. Cherry Mobile (Philippines)

    ^^^ Anything beyond the Top 10-15, and you better be prepared rolling the dice and getting what you pay for.
     
  12. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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    I found out about BLU about a month ago. Im in the market for a new phone, and im really set on the orange BLU Win HD. Runs windows, 5 inch screen, plus its dual SIM'd. Plus the orange looks amazing.

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  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Blu makes some good low budget phones. They have too many models but they have quite a few decent ones. The skins they put on some of their phones is atrocious however. I'd take touchwiz any day.
     

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