BLU Win HD Review


In the world of cell phones there are two routes to take. Either sign a contract and be tied to your cell phone company for next couple of years or go pre-pay and buy your own phone at full price. While I like the idea of getting a free (or almost free) phone, I just can’t make the kind of commitment Verizon or AT&T is asking of me in return. Luckily more phones exist than the $600 (or more) iPhones and Samsung Galaxys of the world.

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The Win HD from BLU Products is one of those phones. The Win HD is a carrier unlocked Windows Phone with a 720p 5″ screen. It comes in your choice of color and more accessories than a new iPhone. In the box you recieve the phone, a protective case, headphones, the charging cord and two screen protectors! One of the screen protectors comes pre-installed on the phone so there are no worries of air bubbles. All of that will run you around $150.

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The look of the phone is obviously inspired by HTC and their HTC One M8, which is not at all a bad thing. With the borrowed look from HTC and the vibrant color scheme of a Microsoft Lumia phone, the BLU Win HD is like the best of both worlds but at a price that wont break the bank.

The Win HD has a micro SD slot if you are into downloading a lot of games and apps. The Windows app store, while lacking when compared to iOS and Android has come a long way in the last couple years. If you are into the Angry Birds and Trivia Cracks of the world you will find them in the store. You will also get apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Skype, Office, OneDrive, Internet Explorer, Here Maps (that have offline turn by turn directions) and the the always entertaining Cortana virtual assistant. Every app or game I tried ran without a hitch and even graphically intense games like Asphalt 8 and Brother in Arms 3 look and ran like a charm.

The call quality was as good as any other phone I have used and I had little trouble finding service on Cricket’s AT&T shared network. The member of the SDL staff I called in our test call could hear me with little trouble and I could hear him as well. The only real downer here is back camera. It is listed as 8-megapixel but the pictures are of lower quality than other phones with similar megapixel camera. The shutterbugs out there may want to look for something like a Lumia 1020 with it’s 41 megapixel camera but I take very few photos so it wasn’t a big deal to me.

If you have been itching to use Windows Phone or just Cortana while staying away from the contracts big cell phone companies make you sign and want to spend less than $200, the Win HD from BLU Products is the phone for you! I can assure you that you won’t find a better Windows phone for the price in the world of iOS or Android. But that’s not to say it’s a flawless phone. The phone doesn’t have LTE (just regular 4G) and its camera leaves a lot to be desired but all in all it is a great phone with an ever better price tag!

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FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

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