Review: Blu R1 Plus
The Blu R1 Plus is a mediocre handset with only a few truly redeeming qualities. If all you want is an unlocked phone with a big screen and killer battery life, then perhaps you'll be happy with the R1 Plus. I generally want more from my phone, which is why I find the R1 Plus hard to recommend.
The 5.5-inch screen offers plenty of viewing space, but the 720p resolution prevents the phone from being the best video tool (and you can forget VR). The R1's compatibility with AT&T and T-Mobile is below average, and I saw dropped calls and slow mobile data speeds. Voice quality is just barely adequate unless you're using HD Voice on T-Mobile. Thank goodness for Blu the R1's huge 4,000 mAh battery lasts for days.
The core Android platform runs fine, but I do have to chide Blu a bit for shipping a phone with Android 6 Marshmallow mere days before Google unveils Android 8, and for its lack of security updates. The camera application works well, though I think tweaking the layout a bit could help. The phone captures average photos at best.
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The R1 Plus from Blu costs $160 and is available from Amazon and BestBuy. If you're in the market for a simple, unlocked Android handset with support for two SIM cards, then this device might make sense for you. Most everyone else will benefit by sticking with low-cost handsets from the likes of ZTE, Motorola, and Samsung.
Apr 28, 2017
Blu today announced the R1 Plus, an update to the R1 HD. The Plus builds on the R1 HD's foundation with a larger 5.5-inch 720p HD screen with curved edges and Gorilla Glass 3.
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Jul 24, 2019
Samsung today released a statement that it will launch the Galaxy Fold in September, having improved the design to address issues that cropped up in multiple review units right before the original launch date in late April. Samsung has tweaked the design of the folding-display phone in four specific ways: "The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed."
Jul 11, 2019
Qualcomm and T-Mobile have successfully completed the first data call using Qualcomm's X55 modem, the first 5G chip for phones to support all 5G networks to be launched in the US in 2019, including T-Mobile's band 71 (600 MHz). All 5G phones currently on the market in the US use the X50 chip, which only supports mmWave bands and TDD bands such as Sprint's band 41.
May 22, 2019
The Blu G9 went on sale today, offering mid-range specs and flagship looks for just $130 for a limited time on Amazon, and $180 thereafter. The phone has a metallic frame and glass-like metallic back with color gradient.