Many phone manufacturers tend to use cheap plastic and faux metals when designing their low-price models. This is not the case of Blu R1 HD which has metallic edges to wrap the front curved glass and a soft-feel plastic on the back cover.
The Blu R1 HD stands out of the competition in the same category. It has good performance in general and a solid long-lasting battery.
The Blu R1 HD is a thin, light-weight phone with 14.3×7×0.8 cm in dimensions. The phone has a traditional positioning for its slots and ports, no special remarks in this matter. However, the battery is sealed in, which is not ideal. You can use it with one hand without any problems.
The phone’s screen is a 1280 by 720 pixel LED with 294 pixels per inch density. It can display videos with an acceptable quality. The screen light makes the phone usable in the outdoors.
The Blu R1 HD supports 3G and LTE networks, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. There is no support for NFC and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.
The data upload and download speeds are similar to those seen in the iPhone 6s. The call quality varies, with a harsh voice. Undesirable call effects are compensated by the earpieces which deliver a loud volume and have a good noise cancellation.
There are two versions of the Blu R1 HD phone. The first one with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, the second has the double; 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Both have a quad-core 1.3 GHz. The price difference between the two versions is just 10$. The 2GB version has good performance and a smooth overall experience.
The phone’s battery is solid, it lasts about six hours of high activity (maximum of brightness, full screen videos and LTE data). There is an 8 Megapixel camera, but image and video shooting is less than desired.
The phone price is about 109$ (99$ for the 1GB version). If you are an Amazon Prime client, you can buy it at 59.99$ (or 49.99$ for the 1GB model), but you will get Amazon apps and ads installed along side with Android Marshmallow.