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The $50 Blu phone with a catchThe Blu R1 HD features a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera and Android Marshmallow. It also costs just $50 -- but you'll have to put up with ads.
[MUSIC] How much can you stand ads? If it knocks $50 off your phone will you be able to tolerate it then? That's basically what the BLU R1 HD phone boils down to. Available through e-commerce giant Amazon, the R1 HD costs $100 for the 8GB and $110 for the 16GB version. But that price drops to $50 and $60 if you allow ads to run on your handset. These ads appear only on the lock screen and can be Small as a notification that you can swipe away, or as big as the whole screen. The device also comes preloaded with a bunch of Amazon apps, and a removal widget that displays daily deals on Amazon. In terms of specs, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has a five inch 720 pixel display, And a 1.3 gigahertz quad core processor. On the back there's a 8 megapixel shooter and on the front there's a five megapixel camera with a flash. But I did run into a few draw backs. It can be laggy, it's 2.5 battery takes a long time to charge and the audio speakers volume is low when you You make calls. At it's full retail price the handset isn't really worth it, especially when there are several other phones available at the same price range. Like the Samsung Galaxy G3 the ZTE G expo and the Motorola moto Energy, however if you do get the version with the app these compromises may be worth it if all you're gonna pay is $50 or $60. For more on the blue R1HD check out our full review at CNET.com. [MUSIC]