1. w10mtester's Avatar
    So in the UK at the moment both of these handsets can be bought for 59.99 unlocked. I was wondering which phone would be better for general use and windows 10 testing?

    I know that the blu doesn't have it yet, but will do in the near future.

    Based on pure specs, it would seem that the blu comes out ahead. But as the 550 is a newer phone with MS support, one could lean that way.

    12-15-2015 10:19 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    Wow, are you in my head or something? I was thinking something similar. I'm going to share what comes to mind for me though.

    First, do you care about screen size? The 550 is 4.7", while the Win HD LTE is 5".
    Second, do you care about having Glance? The 550 has Glance, and the Win HD LTE does not.
    Third, do you have a preference of physical buttons over software ones? Win HD LTE has them, 550 has physical buttons.
    Finally, do you like colors, aside from black and white? The Win HD LTE comes in gray, white and yellow and you know, the 550 has only 2 choices.

    Both have HD screens, 1GB RAM, 8 GB. The shooter on the Win HD LTE is said not to be great, but with the right apps, it's pretty decent. They both appear to have a 2mp front shooter, so that doesn't help. Videos on the Win HD LTE can record in 1080p, but the 550 can only record up to 720p. It's hard really.

    When it comes down to Windows 10 Mobile testing, I feel like the 550 would be easier since it will get updates from MS faster. BLU does roll out updates for sure, though, but consider my questions. I wish there was a video or a blog post to see how the 2mp shooter at the front performs for both.

    Edit: http://www.gsmarena.com/microsoft_lu...eview-1352.php

    GSMArena did a review on the 550, and on page 7, there's a review of the cameras, along with samples from each of the cameras. Finally!
    Last edited by libra89; 12-15-2015 at 11:43 AM. Reason: Added a link and info
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    12-15-2015 10:48 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I'm not sure if you have already decided which one to buy but I somehow had the luck to have both devices in my hands! I'll be trying out each one for probably a week to get a good feel of each and I'll come back and share my experiences, if that would be helpful to someone.
    12-23-2015 10:13 AM
  4. amitnahar's Avatar
    I have not used Lumia 550 but using Blu one currently.
    Everything about Blu is nice sans Camera. Ofcourse you will miss on Lumia exclusives like Glance, Double tap to unlock, Screen settings, Accessories, Equalizer, Call+SMS block but apart from that everything is great.
    Lookwise it is solid. The only con is middling camera.
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    12-23-2015 10:23 AM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    I have not used Lumia 550 but using Blu one currently.
    Everything about Blu is nice sans Camera. Ofcourse you will miss on Lumia exclusives like Glance, Double tap to unlock, Screen settings, Accessories, Equalizer, Call+SMS block but apart from that everything is great.
    Lookwise it is solid. The only con is middling camera.
    Camera360 sight is a great alternative to it, according to @RumoredNow but so far I agree
    12-23-2015 11:09 AM
  6. amitnahar's Avatar
    Camera360 sight is a great alternative to it, according to @RumoredNow but so far I agree

    Using Proshot currently. Will try it. Thanks.
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    12-24-2015 01:25 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Now that I have handled both as a daily driver for about the same amount of time, I can share some of my opinion on comparing both experiences. (Long post ahead, but just trying to be helpful. For reference, I'm a moderate user. I rarely play games and if I do, it's word search games. I browse sites, use social media, read ebooks, and occasionally take pictures.)

    Anyway, lets go into my personal experience with each by category, starting with the short and sweet version.

    Short and sweet version of the detailed points below and who wins for each one:

    Camera: 550 wins by a slight edge because it works in all environments generally (daylight and low light)
    Connectivity: 550 wins because of both LTE and WiFi connectivity
    Sound: 550 again, because it's louder and ringer isn't as silent on top of paper and cloth
    Screen: BLU wins because it's sharper, prettier
    Battery life: Tie
    Feels in the hand: Subjective really so N/A
    Speed: BLU because better processor
    Buttons: Subjective really so I can't give a score for that

    Now for the detailed version:

    -As amitnahar said above, the BLU's biggest downfall is this alone. I have found that OneShot can help this situation with both to an extent. Low light pictures (like ones at nighttime and also indoors) aren't good. In my experience, those shots are just very dark. I have tried being near the light and there's little difference, especially for the front shooter. The flash gives off a very blue cast that almost makes the scene look bluish. Video is also dark by the way too in low light.
    -The 550 on the other hand, has decent shooters, both front and back. For low light pictures, there is something that makes the pictures look a bit yellow at the start, but if you give it a little time to adjust, the color will stabilize to a normal one. As for the front, the yellow is very noticeable instantly. It does a weird thing where after taking a picture, you see the color appear to be more yellow. Just like for the front camera, occasionally if given time to adjust, the color can improve somewhat. However, this improves a little bit more instantly if you set the ISO to 100, or the shutter to 1/8. Oh, before I forget, video quality for the front camera in low light, is very noisy/grainy looking. You can at least see yourself, but it just wouldn't be a good experience.

    -The BLU has great LTE connectivity. The speeds appear to be slightly faster than the 550 in all three of my speed tests while connected to WiFi. Speaking of WiFi, the connectivity on that front personally annoyed me, since it was always dropping. I have great WiFi at home, but I never saw that reflected on the BLU. In short, data connectivity = great!, WiFi connectivity = meh.
    -The 550 has all around great connectivity on both WiFi and LTE. I have also tested this outside of my home (like in an another area altogether and at home, I did the same with the BLU, by the way). There's really nothing else to say here.

    Sound quality:
    -BLU: Just okay, really. Watching a video on my phone with the volume was okay if I was holding my phone and watching, that is. Placing it on top of paper or cloth and having the phone ring is a disappointment. Someone called me and I didn't even know the phone was ringing at all (in a quiet room for that matter). The sound of calls is decent, it does the job. Speaker phone on the other hand, is alright.
    -550: The sound quality is good enough. It's loud enough to be heard but it's not amazing. I haven't tried speaker phone though, so I can't speak on that. If you have a 640, you would know about the weirdness of having something like a video, music or a phone call seem more quiet on top of paper or cloth. The 550 does the same thing, but I'm not sure of what extent right now (as in if it is the same, better or worse), I'll have to test that sometime in the future.

    -BLU: Wins hands down. It's beautiful, big sharp screen is great to look at and read on. Whoa. (Even better than the 640 honestly)
    -550: It's comparable to the 640's screen. That basically means that it's pretty good, just not as good as the BLU.

    Battery life:
    -BLU: Good on battery life and normally I can get a day and some on a charge.
    -550: It's also good on battery life. It seems about the same to me, I guess (Win 10 Mobile is a work in progress, so I have been messing around with background apps, brightness, etc). In short, not the phone's fault but the OS really.

    How it feels in the hand:
    -BLU: Feels great in the hand. Even though it is a 5" device, it doesn't feel like it. It's lighter than the 640 is.
    -550: The size of it makes it feel really good in the hand, even though it's thicker than the BLU is. Can be used with one hand easily.

    Speed/how it runs:
    -BLU: It runs much snappier, and a little faster.
    -550: It doesn't run slow, but it isn't as snappy as the BLU. I don't feel like I'm compromising in speed.

    Navigation bar/buttons:
    -BLU: Physical buttons that light up without feedback
    -550: Software buttons that can be hidden but have feedback

    Side notes:
    The BLU has more color choices (yellow, white, grey), which is always nice. The 550 only comes in black and white, but Mozo has made back covers in green, orange, and blue. You have to do a workaround (check out General Windows Phone Discussion Lounge to find the thread) to install HERE maps on the BLU, and no MixRadio is available regardless. MixRadio is available on the 550 but HERE maps isn't. Microsoft maps is pretty decent though and uses HERE maps data.

    I have no picture samples. Between the two, I would say that it depends which one will better work for you day to day, and just in general. If you like to video chat on Skype with either device using the front camera, doing so with daylight will be your best bet. However, if you must do so in low light, the 550 will provide that experience for you, even though the image quality wouldn't be great. If you are not a big selfie picture taker (as in, you rarely/never do it), I would say the 550 would be the better bet.

    The BLU is great for watching videos, and playing games with that processor and big, sharp screen and generally whatever else you wish to do.

    You can't go wrong with either one really, but in case you are a person who does the low light experience (I am kind of a concert head, so the low light experience is a consideration for me), the 550 would do it at the lowest price point.
    Last edited by libra89; 12-28-2015 at 06:54 PM. Reason: Added too long; didn't read version
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    12-28-2015 03:32 PM

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