CNET First Look
Blu Speed (unlocked)Despite its bland and cheap appearance, the Speed has an impressive array of features that belie its affordable price.
-I'm Nicole Lee, senior associate editor for cnet.com, and this is a First Look at the Blu Speed. Blu is a manufacturer that you may not have heard of. It is actually a company based out of Miami and the phones that are mostly sold in Latin America. On the front here is a very simple 2.4-inch colored display. Underneath that, you do get the usual QWERTY keyboard as well as the usual navigation array. In the middle of the navigation array is an optical mouse similar to the ones on the Blackberry Bold and Blackberry Torch. On the back is a 2-megapixel camera. Behind the battery is the micro SD card slot of course, but they are also two sim card slots so you can use two different phone numbers. There are a few very interesting features of the Blu Speed. On the front here is actually a front-facing camera, a feature that we don't normally see on simple feature phones. The front-facing camera is only VGA quality, but you can use it to make video calls. However, only one sim card slot can be used for 3G. The Blu Speed has quad-band GSM, so it can be used for either AT&T or T-Mobile. Of course you get the usual text and multimedia messaging features, but you also get very interestingly e-mail. You also get Opera Mini 4. It is a pretty good browser for a simple phone like this. Despite it's bland appearance and somewhat cheap construction, the Blu Spee has a lot of features that include aforementioned dual sim card slot, Wi-Fi, Skype Mobile, e-mail, and so much more; and it is only around 150 dollars available unlocked online. I am Nicole Lee. This has been a First Look at the Blu Speed.