1. SunMan's Avatar
    Surely Windows Phones do not have the majority of the mobile market share, but doesn't mean they should stop making them. The recently announced Blu Win HD adds variety to an already growing selection of Windows Mobile devices, perfect for those who don't want a Lumia, or those who don't like Microsoft but want a Windows Mobile device.

    We usually come up with our own unboxing, first impressions and then review of these devices - see: BLU Win HD Windows Phone - Unboxing and first impressions | Windows Central. But here's your chance - as a user - to let us know what you think. Sound off below with what's good, bad, nice, ugly, delighting, terrifying or creamy about the Blu Win HD.

    Quick Specs:

    •Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
    •145 x 72 x 8.2 mm (5.71 x 2.83 x 0.32 in)
    •146 g (5.15 oz)

    •GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
    •HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - X150Q
    •HSDPA 900/2100 - X150E
    •LTE band 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 17(700) - X150Q
    •LTE TDD: band 3(1800), 7(2600), 20(800) FDD: band 38(2600), 40(2300) -X150E
    •HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

    •IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    •5.0 inches (~66.0% screen-to-body ratio)
    •720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)

    •CPU: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
    •Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    •GPU: Adreno 306
    •8 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM
    •microSD, up to 32 GB

    •Front Camera: 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash
    •Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection
    •Video: 1080p@30fps
    •Rear Camera: 2 MP

    •Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
    •Bluetooth v4.0
    •GPS with A-GPS
    •Stereo FM radio
    •microUSB v2.0
    •Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

    •Non-removable Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
    •Standby: Up to 775 h (2G) / Up to 775 h (3G)
    •Talk Time: Up to 26 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)

    •Colors: Grey, White, Orange, Yellow

    Hello Windows Lovers and Friends,

    I am going to keep it short and sweet with this one. First, I was so scared to get this because of all of the Snapdragon 200 talk possibly not being able to power this large 5 inch screen. But I got this phone anyway and just said **** it. I have been using the phone for 3 days now and I am absolutely blown away. I have always been a person that would wait to get a phone that I wanted from like Craigslist after the price drops to ****. I do not believe in making a mortgage sized payment for a cellular device that will be ancient in 6 months. The price appealed to me right away. The look got me overall because yellow is my favorite color and I am named after a different shade of yellow as well. :)

    Screen: THE SCREEN IS ******* LOVELY! Wow. I was expecting a lot of choppiness and lag here and there. Its no big deal at all. Im convinced you'd just have to be trying to give yourself a seizure from all the screen jumping to notice it. Its huge and a deep black. It feels very smooth and tough. The colors are soooo bright and deep. Nothing looks super bland or washed out.

    The phone itself feels very sturdy and well put together. Its soooooo THIN! I haven't dropped it yet, so I don't know if it is FORD TOUGH, but I will let you know.


    I don't play games..so I don't give a **** how they function here. The phone is super fast at closing programs. That immediately stuck out at me when I was pressing the X.

    Im in love yall!!!!! I just love it yall!!!!!
    Last edited by RumoredNow; 02-15-2016 at 09:10 PM.
    danielm298 and Mach_E like this.
    10-10-2014 06:44 PM
  2. Suicide Stacey's Avatar
    Hiya.glad you ❤ the new phone. Got a 1520 this side and just cant seem to stop using it so I know how you feel 😁
    10-10-2014 07:01 PM
  3. Petephone's Avatar
    Ya i hear ya, that's the problem with the Techs doing their own reviews of these products that are finalized on paper. Sure you can graph and test bench anything versus another better specked product, but in the end it's the user experience that matters.

    Unless you're launching Space shuttles and calculating quantum physics, the average user will not notice/care. Really, what's the speed difference from SD 200/400/800 in human terms? Just blinking your eyes and you would not see the speed diff once you press the Enter key.

    Glad you like the new toy, i'm still using HTC WP8S and 8X, and may consider the BLU HD in the future.
    alesyl likes this.
    10-10-2014 07:20 PM
  4. danielm298's Avatar
    yes, ive had mine for 3 days : i too am loving it, trying to get a little use to it coming from the Lumia family. Its not a Lumia for sure but it is real nice. Skinny!!!!! light and it really doesnt lag as some have said> Call quality is good. I've noticed you cant run certain apps ( 6tag, camera 360, ) but you can run here drive!!!! yes~~~ the camera is not great but its OK. it does take good portrait pics. it does show sim 1/2 or phone 1/2: you can delete them from the start screen...the screen is real nice, great size-fits perfect in my hand. im enjoying the weight-very very light. im using it on the ATT network, i do get 3g, h+, hsp+, H. no problems surfing the net. The battery is great!!! 8.1 runs real smooth . i have a 32gb sd card in it and im very happy
    10-19-2014 12:21 PM
  5. mrzees's Avatar
    I've been using the Blu Win HD for about a week now. Coming from a Nokia lumia #920 Dev Preview I was skeptical. I too think the Win HD is a pretty aesthetically pleasing device, very slim profile for such a budget device. The screen is not Lumia 920 quality so sunlight readability is an issue. I do find that the Quad 200 processor is slower at nearly every task in comparison to the dual core 1.5 in the 920. Sure windows phone 8.1 is snappy but there is a noticeable difference for those migrating from a last generation flagship windows smart phone.
    Watching videos and viewing pictures are a dream. However I am not convinced with the camera quality. Again nokia has spoilt me, so my old lumia 520, still captures better quality pictures than the 8mp on the Blu. auto focus to snap pictures pales in comparison to anything Nokia has to offer. The front facing camera is decent and does what it does, but using the new Skype Qik app to record video clips definitely highlights the limitations of the front camera. Ideally, the camera is the part of the phone that made me go out and get the Lumia 830, and not keep the Blu as my daily driver.
    The feature that blows me away is the battery life. I was able to go two and half days on moderate use (emails, gaming-star warfare, whatsapp, voice calls and texts, using family room). When I put it to charge it was at 16%. The battery is flat out awesome. Because of this, I've decided to use this phone on weekends when I'm nearly never at home and don't have time to charge. Having a two sim option doesn't hurt either.
    Lastly, the feature that pushed me to purchase the 830 was the periodic choppiness. I don't want to use the word freeze, because it doesn't really freeze. What the phone does is take extremely long (at times) to bring up the onscreen keyboard, or return to the home screen when the windows home key is pressed. I tried to transfer all my apps to my sd card but this still didn't completely solve the problem. Eventually I had to hard reset the device to get it moving smoothly again. The keyboard sometimes fails to respond at inopportune times and when typing quickly the phone registers more clicking sounds that actual letter characters that has appeared on the screen. The choppiness can be visible when applying the new lockscreen app.
    I know I'm probably extremely critical, but remember, I've lived the Lumia life so I'm spoilt. The Blu HD is an upgrade for those with no front facing camera, who want a bigger beautiful screen and adores light, slim-profiled phones.
    Last edited by mrzees; 10-19-2014 at 07:35 PM. Reason: missing words, spelling error
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    10-19-2014 12:51 PM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Ive been curious about the Blu Windows Phones for a while. On paper they look like excellent value for the money. I finally decided to get a Win HD for a backup phone as the Lumia 520 I have is really small and Im using it for more of a SIM free mp3 player sort of thing.

    My Blu Win HD arrived just about one week ago

    What it doesnt do or doesnt have:
    No Glance
    No Double-Tap to Wake
    No Lumia Firmware and all that comes with that; Lumia Camera, Gestures Beta, etc.
    No Sensor Core goodies
    No LTE
    It didnt set up my APN & MMS automatically from my SIM

    Now that the above is out of the way, lets talk about the actual phone.

    One week in and Im satisfied this is a phone I can use on an extended basis. Battery life is very good with the 2200 mAh battery and the efficient Snapdragon 200 SOC. That part surprised me the most, even after studying the spec on paper and looking at some user reviews. And battery is important to most users. Im a light to moderate user, so Im getting 2 and 3 days out of my Win HD between charges. I like that.

    The display is better than I expected. It looks very sharp at 294 ppi. Its 720p with 720 x 1280 pixels on the 5 diagonal display. I will say also that I am biased toward IPS LCD such as is included on the Win HD. I just favor it over AMOLED. Other users will disagree and thats fine too. I like the more natural tones of LCD. There are no Brightness or Color Profile settings, but the firmware seems to have dialed in the display to a nice point that is at once lively and usable. One thing to note: the automatic brightness adjustment doesnt seem to want to compensate for bright, direct sunlight. I dont know why. Keep Brightness toggle in your Action Center so you can toggle to medium or high manually to compensate. A quirk that disappoints on an otherwise very nice display for the money.

    The screen itself is plastic not glass. I can see where that saved them a few dollars. The Blu Win HD comes with 2 screen protectors. 1 installed and 1 in the box, right? Some complain about the screen protector and the screen itself being over sensitive. My unit was an opened box deal on Amazon. I saved about $40, but there were no screen protectors; either on the phone or in the box. Raw, the screen was way sensitive and has an odd feel to it. The firmware has it dialed in sort of touchy. Fortunately I found a nice item at the local Walmart. Hard plastic type screen protectors that are supposed to be trim to fit and are actually the perfect size. It covers side to side perfectly and from the very top of the panel all the way down about 3mm past the bottom edge of the display. The capacitive buttons are not covered, but I dont feel any seam from the screen protector. With the hard plastic sheet I get a better feel and the sensitivity isnt a glaring deficit. There are occasional unwanted taps, but much fewer and Im learning there is a way to scroll on this device to avoid that issue. Never hesitate and use a firm touch.

    Buttons. The buttons on the Win HD are at the top of the phones sides. Upper right is Power. Upper left is the Volume rocker. Careful how you hold the phone when you squeeze that Power button. Ive gotten lots of accidental screen shots by pressing Volume + and Power without meaning to. Two and a half years on Lumia phones makes for some hard to break grip habits. LOL.

    I chose Neon Orange for my phones color. I like it a lot. Its very vibrant. Looks almost edible, like a sorbet. The included TPU case is a nice match and provides a good grip and adequate bump protection. Ive not used the included headphones (white), but the charger and cable are very nice. The cable is a bit on the short side, but that is the trend now saving money by giving out short cables. Overall I find the phone very attractive. It is slim and easily pocketable. There is a bit of heft to it that belies the plastic construction.

    There is a removable back, removable battery, two micro SIM slots and a micro SD card slot. All very nice and easy to access. Ive inserted a class 10 SanDisk 32GB card I have that Ill swap between the Win HD and my 520. No issues with read or write and it plays music and video quite nicely off the card. Im the type to only put disposable media on card so dont ask about App speed.

    I am using a Straight Talk AT&T compatible SIM. It is a nano SIM because of my 1520. I have an adapter with a tough plastic sheet for a backing. A bit of double sided sticky tape and the nano stays put in the adapter. No issues with insertion or removal in the Win HDs slot. Im only using one SIM, but can say the Blu dual SIM is set up as an active system where you can decide what each SIM is for and can use both simultaneously. The phone did not read my SIM for data and I had to manually set up my APN and MMS. No biggie. Any user should always be prepared to do so. Removing the SIM and reinserting it is fine. The Win HD remembers the SIM and goes back to your settings.

    I set up some Bluetooth headphones with the Win HD. No issues pairing and remembering them. Using the Bluetooth headphones is just as it should be; no button press issues or any difficulties to report.

    Calling. Calls on the Blu are clear and clean sounding. On the handset, on the speakerphone, on the Bluetooth headset the sound quality is there. Volume is a slight concern. I like to have reserve volume for when things get noisy on my end. With the volume maxed the calls are just slightly loud. There really isnt much need to turn it down even one notch. But if things get noisy, there really isnt any upward adjustment left. Headphones show the best possibility in this regard and if you have a dedicated Bluetooth earpiece I can see that being a plus when paired with this phone. Data. The Blu Win HD gets the fastest H+ available: up to 42.2 mbps and my phone has shown no issues keeping and maintaining a data connection with my carrier. The antenna and radio in the Blu is as capable as any Ive used and my signal lock is outstanding for voice and data.

    Out of the box my phone had Windows Phone 8.1 and immediately updated to 8.1 Update 1. I believe the Blu phones got Update 1 just before Christmas, 2014 which puts them near the head of the pack of Windows Phones for fast update. This bodes well for Blu supporting the platform and I hope Update 2 comes to me quickly for this handset. Time will tell on that as well as answering the question of Windows 10 coming to this device. Ive poked around on this phone pretty comprehensively. Blu did not add anything to the OS. There is no skin; no Blu Apps, add-ons or oddities. Think AOSP and youll see where the Blu is coming from. They didnt add any value to the OS, but they also didnt mess it up by tinkering around

    Snapdragon 200 SOC, 8GB internal memory (but you can expand that via microSD slot) and 1 GB RAM. The phone runs pretty smooth. For every day chores the phone zings along just fine. I do see a bit of lag in my Uphill Racing. Im not sure why. Maybe I need to try with data off so it isnt loading ads. Ive not seen lag anywhere else even somewhat high bitrate videos in MoliPlayer Pro. Ive not done any intense gaming, but I dont really do that on my high end phones either. Maybe another user will address that area more fully. I wouldnt expect the world out of the quad core 1.2 GHz CPU and Adreno 302 GPU combo. Great for every day maybe not so much for power play. Lets remember this is a value device.

    While we are talking about hardware The Blue Win HD has an accelerometer, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. Not all of these are present on every budget device so take that into consideration when checking specs. There is no compass and while I would like one it isnt really a deal breaker for me. As I mentioned earlier, no issues with Bluetooth. Also no weird WiFi problems. GPS seems to work without issue and at acceptable speeds (seems faster than my 520 and about the same as my 1520), USB works as expected and there is an FM radio on board (which, of course, needs a wired headset for an antenna). For in App use the speaker actually was pretty loud, yet still clear. The volume in App is a direct contrast to in call where there was not as much range.

    It is worth noting that I have not once felt this device build up heat. Kudos to Blu on that...

    Lets talk about the cameras They dont have that Lumia firmware tweak to them. They are serviceable QCAM-AA models that are rather generic. Ive found them to be adequate. Dont expect too much from them and be ready to work a bit is all. I think their shortcoming is in direct sunlight. There you may have to play with the white balance or exposure via manual settings. Microsoft Camera is the default camera App. Do yourself a favor and get some other camera Apps to help beef up what the 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras are capable of and to expand your editing options.

    Here are some sample pics:

    Normal interior during the day, 2MP front via Microsoft Camera, automatic settings

    Bright daylight outdoors, 8MP rear via ProShot, automatic settings

    Early morning shot with snow taken in the shade, 8MP rear with Microsoft Camera, automatic settings

    Lastly this was taken on an overcast day with snow, 8MP rear via Camera360 Sight, automatic settings and post shot autocorrect + filter applied

    In conclusion: I think the Blu Win HD is a worthy all around for budget shoppers and a good buy for those flagship users who want a decent backup without breaking the bank. Im very pleased with my purchase and glad I took time to explore this worthy device. Id buy it again or recommend it to another. This is an especially nice bargain if you can catch it on sale.

    The screen looks great
    The styling is very hip and fresh
    Good all-around handling of the no-frills OS
    Fast updates (?)
    1GB RAM
    Sensors included
    SD Slot
    Battery life and removable battery
    Zero heat issues
    Dual SIM (active)
    Value for the money

    The firmware is a bit less than Lumia users expect
    Cameras need manual love to coax the best out of them
    Button placement is a bit awkward
    03-10-2015 06:12 PM
  7. vincenthnkf's Avatar
    One bad thing with BLU HD 510 :

    it does not have backlit buttons !!!! I really see nothing when it is totally dark, and i have to touch the button by feeling!
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    04-22-2015 09:51 AM
  8. vincentwansink's Avatar
    Since all the good points have already been mentioned I'll just mention a couple of negatives. Disclaimer, my wife has this phone, so I don't use it too often, but these are the things I've noticed.

    • Photo quality is not so good
    • Call quality is pretty bad
    • She experiences more dropped calls than I do

    The call quality I really notice when I phone her from my phone. I can really tell the difference between this phone and the Samsung Ativ S she used to use.

    The dropping of calls could be due to her provider and not the phone. How could we know?

    Having said all that, it's a great budget phone. Looks nice, very light and thin, good screen.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    06-20-2015 06:09 PM
  9. SunMan's Avatar
    Since all the good points have already been mentioned I'll just mention a couple of negatives. Disclaimer, my wife has this phone, so I don't use it too often, but these are the things I've noticed.

    • Photo quality is not so good
    • Call quality is pretty bad
    • She experiences more dropped calls than I do

    The call quality I really notice when I phone her from my phone. I can really tell the difference between this phone and the Samsung Ativ S she used to use.

    The dropping of calls could be due to her provider and not the phone. How could we know?

    Having said all that, it's a great budget phone. Looks nice, very light and thin, good screen.
    I think that is a network issue. As far as call quality being bad, Ive never experienced that. Only thing I don't like is the speakers aren't as loud as my lumia speakers. But I mean again, that is up to the user to judge how they like that.
    08-13-2015 02:23 AM
  10. SunMan's Avatar
    Hiya.glad you ❤ the new phone. Got a 1520 this side and just cant seem to stop using it so I know how you feel 😁
    I ended up getting a 1520 after this and then I got another BLU WIN HD LTE! lol I now have a LUMIA 640 XL.
    08-13-2015 02:26 AM
  11. Blackhivemedia's Avatar
    Going from a 920 to this phone was rough. Though the screen and size seemed like an upgrade, it didn't take long until I realized I had downgraded significantly. No Qi, weird screen sensitivity, terrible BT connection, awful headphone jack audio quality, and just plain slow. It definitely looks awesome though and people asked me all the time what it was.
    10-07-2015 02:23 PM

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