Just got this phone, really good build quality for a low end phone but the Snapdragon 200 is really what makes this device less desirable because performance is much slower than on the Lumia 635. Still good for basic tasks but playing videos or games sometimes there's lot of lag. The 5" HD screen is really nice though and is why I bought this phone.
I am using Airtel Service in India. I am comparing 2 mobiles: 1) An basic Android smart phone AND 2) BLU Win HD. I do the following at the same location to ensure that there is no variation in mobile network:
Step 1: Insert the SIM card in the Android Phone and start mobile Network -> I get connected to 3G Network
Step 2: Insert the same SIM card in BLU Win HD -> NO 3G Connection.
Conclusion: Either the phone is faulty OR BLU Win HD does not support 3G networks in INDIA. If you want to use this phone in INDIA, DO NOT waste your money on it.
Nancy, 05 May 2015i cant access 3g or even 4g. the network is only edge in indonesia. i tried to insert the sim ... moreI have the same problem in India. It is able to detect only 2G. Even if i Manually search for network it shows onle 2G network. Same sim works on 3G network on other mobile devices.
i cant access 3g or even 4g. the network is only edge in indonesia. i tried to insert the sim card on my friend's, and it the network was 3g. is this my phone or what?
The volume buttons need addressing, often I find the
volume level to low to hear the phone's ring tone. I
find I'm always raising the level above 0 or 1.
Just upgrade my Lumia 520 to Blu WIN HD. Calling and internet are fine. However, I can only text messages to a mobile phone but not an email address.
Anybody can text messages to email with this phone?
Easy to use the two SIM slot is really good for folks like me who travel around the world. I use Pay as You Go for voice and text, the ubiquitous wifi for Internet it makes it very cheap to run. There are a couple of free apps(One Shot and Office Lens) that really make the camera useable so thats not an issue at all. Great value and speaking as an Electronics engineer the build quality is very good for the price point.
Sent the phone back after a few days of testing it out. The best thing about it is the screen, hands down. But everything else about the handset had been cut back too far in the name of cost savings. The build quality is toy-like, no adult will want to be caught with one of these in public. It looks cheap, it creaks and flexes like crazy. You'd think an 8mp camera sounds good but it's the worst quality imaginable. Selfie cam? Sure, if you want to look like a blurry sasquatch. 1gb of ram gives you access to games in the store that 512mb phones like 635 can't get (the are very few, mostly gameloft crap) but guess what? Graphics settings auto detect to max so this phone can't handle it anyway.
Another negative to keep in mind if you want to use this phone on Wind Mobile is that streaming video on their slower network to that 720p screen will be slow and choppy.
If you want a cheap phone, good quality, and a decent brand get the Lumia 635. Lower specs but still beats this phone in every category due to better quality. Lower resolution screen is better for streaming Netflix and YouTube over slower networks like wind mobile, but clear black still makes for a gorgeous image! Almost half the price too!
AL, 05 Feb 2015I had my BLU Win HD for little over 4 months now, and have developed a love and hate relations... moreIs not the phone is T-mobile's signal, I had T-mibile before I lost data signal even in LA so i went to another company and guess what? i had data signal where I didn't have before.
Blu being a new phone company should really pay attention to their customer service. Very dissapointing, i wouldn't recommend buying any blu phones. Stick to brand name who really want to earn your trust for repeat business.
After emailing back and forth for weeks, finally got an rma from M.W. (their lead RMA personnel) for my phone to be fixed. Sent my phone in to Miami at my cost ($8 w/signature). 2 weeks later, got a courtesy generated email saying that phone issue was just recorded not fixed, factory new replacement sent. However, when i received and opened the package, phone is my old same phone. There's a distict stucked pixel in middle left plrtion of screen during boot up. It's still there. Even the serial number is the same as the one i sent out. Moreover, there are 2 dark scuff marks at top corners. Problem was still there, not fixed. So i spent $8 to have it shipped to blu hq in miami, without a phone for 3.5 weeks, only to havephone returned to me in a more messed up state. I wrote MW back, explained, and sure, i got a nice courteuos apology reply back. MW advised me to resend phone back and there is no other way, nor a guarantee for a new phone. At this point, i really feel grossed out, pardon my feeling, but it's simply the truth, i do not want to get burned twice. There is no attemp on blu to make the situation right to me. I guess i'm not their valued customer.
It's just very disturbing and just plain gross how blu treats their customer. Maybe one day, a blu top representative will see this and realize to turn their operation around if they want to earn customer's trust. But in the meantime, at this point, it's a do not buy recommendation. And remember, with a newphone, no matter what or how stable the operating systems are, there's always lots of bugs. And blu doesn't stand behind their products sadly. Good luck if you still plan on purchasing. Yes, it's the included bundled in case, screen protector and lower cost that attracted me in the first place, which at this point, it's not worth it.
I hope this review/comparison of the Blu Win HD to the Lumia 635 helps anyone who is on the fence.
I've had a Lumia 635 for two weeks now, and just received my Blu Win HD I plan to keep the one I like better. It's not an easy choice!
First and most importantly I want to address the scroll lag/screen sensitivity issue. When I first got my grey Win HD I did notice that occasionally placing my finger on the screen to scroll would inadvertently select and open an app. I did not witness the problem others speak of when the phone is plugged in and charging. I did witness jerkiness or lag when scrolling through the home screen, app list, and settings menu.
The immediate update my phone got seems to have solved the sensitivity issue so that I no longer accidentally open apps. What is REALLY strange is I had wiped the phone, then decided to set it up again but this time I restored from my LUMIA 635's backup. For some reason this totally eliminated the scroll lag. I've reset the phone a couple more times with a new setup, and then the Lumia backup and can confirm that for WHATEVER reason, using the Lumia backup resolves the menu lag issue.
Build quality is a toss up. The Lumia seems to be more solidly built, but the Blu uses some very nice components. I'd bet on the Lumia holding up better in the long run. The Blu has a much nicer and brighter screen though outdoor sunlight visibility is about the same between the two. Of course with the Blu you do get a light and proximity sensor which are very handy.
The external speaker of the Blu is much quieter than the Lumia, you need to put the Blu to level 15 to be about equal to the Lumias 8. It's about the same when using headphones as well. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Blu simply has a better range in my opinion. Often at night I found myself putting my finger over the speaker grill of the Lumia at level 1 to avoid disturbing others.
The vibration on the Blu is quiet but powerful where the Lumias is just noisy.
Performance wise I have to give Blu the win. Both phones score similarly in Antutu. Apps load faster, switch faster on the Blu, the extra ram really helps. Gaming is very enjoyable on the Blu. I ran Halo and Survivalcraft without any lag. Asphalt 8 played mostly lag free, but I noticed that on the Lumia the graphics are set to low while on the Blu they are set to high (and are very impressive might I add). Keep in mind this situation might occur with other games, while the extra ram gives access to apps that the Lumia can't access, default high settings might impact gameplay negatively.
I was impressed with the battery life of the Lumia but haven't had enough time with the Blu to gage it's battery. I played with both phones continuously throughout the evening during my comparison and noticed that they drained about equally, with the edge possibly going to the Blu.
Both phones cameras have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The Lumia handles bright light sources very well, where the Blu just washes right out, though you can compensate using exposure settings. The Lumia tends to have warmer colors, mature processing but less detail, the Blu has washed out colors, does much better in low light situations, has better detail but more noise when you crop/zoom in. It's hard to pick one over the other.
Finally there are the exclusive Lumia apps not available for the Blu. You do get Here Drive, Maps and Transit. But you lose out on all the Lumia camera/video apps, and Mix Radio.
There you have it. I hope my experience is helpful to people looking at this phone. As for myself I will probably be sticking with the Lumia 635. Only because for me it was much cheaper, and there are multitudes of accessories available for the Lumia. I'm hard on devices, and while the included case and screen protector for the Blu is nice, it can't beat the tempered glass screen protector and dual layer Trident Aegis case I have on the way for my Lumia. :)
I like the phone, I just wish it was a bit smaller, and there are hardly any apps that I enjoy. (btw please put snapchat on it!!!) The camera quality is ok, it's nlt the best, but it's ok. Also, I've noticed I always have a hard time hearing the other person when I'm phoning them. My data on it is terrible, I feel like there's something wrong with the SIM card, I have full service, but my data won't work.(I still have lots of data) I'm not a big fan of the colors, I have the green, waiting for my white. Also, MAKE MORE CASES! I can't find a single CAS for the Blu Win HD! I've also noticed the phone is a little slow... If I were to rate it, I'd give the phone a 4/10.
Got this phone from the MS store, and taking it back. I'm on T-Mobile, and apparently I can't use visual voicemail on this phone. That's one of my main reasons for using a smartphone. Bye bye, Blu.
AnonD-134945, 13 Feb 2015Looking to buy this phone how is the sound quality when playing back music anyone?The sound is pretty good. I love how you can put it really loud without compromising the quality of sound.
Looking to buy this phone how is the sound quality when playing back music anyone?
KarthikJegan, 09 Feb 2015I using this mobile past 2 monts....good phone....but battery capacity only issuee...3G speed ... moreGreat phone. Super
No support from BLU as I have same issue on SIM not working.could do with better support.
Will BLU help ?
Otherwise better than my earlier android.
Will they replace phone in UK ? Anyone ?
I using this mobile past 2 monts....good phone....but battery capacity only issuee...3G speed is fast...better then Microsoft 535.......
I had my BLU Win HD for little over 4 months now, and have developed a love and hate relationship with it. I have been a Windows Cell Phone user for many years now (from the very first Windows Mobile to the current and Windows Phone), and my over all impression with Windows operated phone is satisfactory. I am using T-Mobile as my service provider for my BLU Win HD phone, and so far most of its specs speaks for itself. I can run low graphics games, stream video and music adequately, and also provides satisfactory web surfing capability. I have a lot of apps loaded, most especially with a 32GB Micro SD expansion, and use it as my primary GPS device with both Garmin and Co-Pilot Live loaded in it. The ONLY set back that I have experienced is somewhat an unsustained data connection, intermittent disconnection of my data. BLU already pushed WP 8.1 updates twice, but my data still acting up.