Available through e-commerce giant Amazon, the Blu R1 HD costs $100 (8GB/1GB of RAM) and $110 dollars (16GB/2GB of RAM). But if you're an Amazon Prime Member and don't mind ads on the phone's display, those prices drop to $50 and $60.
These ads appear only on the lock screen and can be as small as a notification that you can swipe away or as big as the whole screen. The device also comes preloaded with bunch of Amazon apps and a removable widget that displays daily deals on Amazon.
The back houses a small circular audio speaker. Unfortunately, sound quality is low, especially for phone calls. Although listening to music and videos came through a bit clearer, I thought it could definitely stand to be louder.
On the back is an 8-megapixel camera. A few features include professional mode where you can manually adjust ISO and exposure levels, white balance and color saturation. You can shoot panoramic and HDR photos, too.
In the $100-plus price range, there are a lot of other alternatives aside from the R1 HD, like the $110-$180 Samsung Galaxy J3 (depending on the carrier), the $150 Motorola Moto G4 Play (which is also splash resistant) and the $100, 6-inch ZTE ZMax Pro.