Esto también se puede leer en español.

Leer en español

Don't show this again

Blu R1 HD review: This phone's best feature is its price

In this outdoor photo, you can see how the white tablecloths appear bluish in color.

Lynn La/CNET

After many tries, the camera was finally able to take a decent closeup shot of this flower.

Lynn La/CNET

In order to get a passable photo of the cabinet in the foreground, the background had to be dimmed a lot and the photo's edges became blurred.

Lynn La/CNET

Performance: Hardware and battery life

The phone can be slow and buggy at times -- my finger taps didn't register right away, apps would be slow to load, and the keyboard would sometimes display in the wrong orientation so I'd physically rotate the device in order for it to correct itself. Apps like the camera would also quit on their own without any prompting from me, which was particularly annoying.

On paper, it scored on par with other handsets in its ~$100 (non-Prime discount) price range. It beat out the Moto G4 Play on all our benchmark tests as well as the Galaxy J3 on 3D Mark's Ice Storm Unlimited (we weren't able to run the Geekbench test on the J3 after the app's update). However, the ZMax Pro noticeably edged out all comparable phones, including the R1 HD.

Inside the handset is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

Josh Miller/CNET

Battery

Our lab tests for the nonremovable 2,500mAh battery were inconsistent with what I personally observed. During our tests for continuous video playback in Airplane mode, the device lasted an average of 11 hours and 13 minutes after two trials, which is a great time.

But anecdotally, the battery drained quickly. With mild usage, it appeared to drain at a rate of about one percent per minute -- so if I were using the handset for a mere 10 minutes, it'd drop from 90 to 80 percent battery, and so on. Though this rate slowed down at about 70 percent (perhaps that is why it was able to last 11 hours during our lab tests), it's still unnerving to lose that much battery that quickly at any point during usage.

Charging the phone also took a while. From a completely drained battery, it took about 2 hours and 30 minutes to regain its reserves. Most handsets of this caliber usually take about one and a half to two hours.

Blu R1 HD spec comparison chart

Blu R1 HD Motorola Moto G4 Play ZTE ZMax Pro Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels 6-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5-inch; 1,280x720 pixels
Pixel density 294 ppi 294 ppi 367 ppi 294 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.65x2.83x0.34 inches 5.7x2.8x0.39 inches 6.50x3.30x0.35 inches 5.6x2.8x0.3 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 143.5x72x8.7mm 144.4x72x9.9mm 165.10x83.82x8.89mm 142x71x7.9mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.01 oz.; 142 g 4.83 oz.; 137 g 6.7 oz.; 190 g 4.87 oz.; 138 g
Mobile software Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 13-megapixel 5-megapixel
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 2-megapixel
Video capture 1,080p 1,080p 1,080p 720p
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core processor 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Storage 8GB, 16GB 16GB 32GB 16GB
RAM 1GB, 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Expandable storage Up to 64GB Up to 128GB Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Battery 2,500mAh (nonremovable) 2,800mAh (removable) 3,400mAh (nonremovable) 2,600mAh (removable)
Fingerprint sensor No No Back cover No
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB USB Type-C Micro-USB
Special features N/A Splash-resistant N/A N/A
Price off-contract (USD) $110 (16GB), $100 (8GB); $60 (16GB, with ads), $50 (8GB, with ads) $150 $100 $110-$180 (varies by carrier)

Best Phones for 2019

All Best Phones

More Best Products

All Best Products