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Who am I and how did I test this product?

My name is Donald Sawyer and I’ve been a systems administrator for more than 15 years. My review today will be on the BLU R1 HD. I have had this phone for 5 months now.

Is the BLU Products Company a scam?

The BLU Products Company has been in business for over 20 years and their website has been online since 2001.

What do the positive and negative reviews say?

This product has 3000+ positive reviews and about 1000+ negative reviews on Amazon. This product has been on the market since 2016.

Pros of the BLU R1 HD

The BLU Products Company has got a lot of followers online. 100,000+ followers on Facebook, about 50,000+ on Twitter, 30,000+ on Instagram, 300+ on Pinterest and 50,000+ subscribers on YouTube.
Great support Their website has a phone number that one can call for support on Mon-Fri: 9:30AM – 5:30PM as well as an email address that one can send queries to.
5.0 inch HD Curved Display With the curved display you can view images from every angle and the HD view makes images appear life like with their crystal clear and vivid colours.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 It gives your phone an extra layer of protection against scratches, cracks and breakage.
Pre-installed Amazon apps The phone comes with apps such as Alexa, Amazon, Amazon Drive, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Music, Amazon Photos, Amazon Video, Goodreads, IMDb, and Prime Now.
Expandable internal storage The phone comes with 16GB internal storage but if that is not enough for you, there is also a memory card sot of up to 64 GB which will be great in storing all your images, videos and documents.
Dual Sim If you have two service providers, there is no need for an extra hone, this phone has dual sim card capacities and will accommodate an extra sim card.
Unlocked phone It is not tied to a particular service provider or rate plan which means that get to pair your phone with any number of carriers. Just put in any sim card from any service provider and it works fine.

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Cons of the BLU R1 HD

Camera Both the 8-megapixel rear sensor and 5-megapixel front-facing camera are disappointing. Outdoors, even under the best lighting conditions, pictures taken look noisy. Indoors is even worse because they are not clear. In addition, autofocus sometimes failed to lock on, making pictures come out blurry.
Amazon Ads They appear one at a time on the lock screen and can be as small as a notification banner (which you can swipe away) or as large as the whole screen. It could be a minor annoyance or a big nuisance, based on your tolerance for ads.
Audio Speaker There are settings to increase the volume but when receiving calls even at the highest volume, that I found that volume to be too low for most people.

Other publications that recommend the BLU R1 HD

According to an article in this website http://www.pcmag.com for a low price, you get a 720p display, reasonably fast performance, a solid build, and good battery life form the Blu R1 HD. Another article in this website http://www.androidguys.com says that, Blu does a great job of balancing low cost with “cheap” build materials and that the phone is not a luxury model or anything that pretends to be more than what it has under the hood.

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