http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...e-ONLY/page498Anyone try any of the BLU branded phones on T-Mobile? Are these phones any good, or are they cheap junk? How well do they work (reception-wise)? How's the build quality? What's good about them? What is cheesy or inferior about them? Can they really be a good alternative to high end Samsung and Google brand phones?
Well, I received the Blu Quattro 4.5 and have been using it today. I am coming from Dash->Dash3g->HD2 (flashed all diff ways)->Radar, so I can't really compare it to other/premium tzones devices. You can see Blu is trying real hard to present a professional package like the pros but they are just not quite there. The back of the phone (along with the Sim card "tray") is the flimsiest piece. Its a one piece matte black for the entire back similar to the Dash 3g's with a similar feel. Still, the phone works, is fast and smooth, has a fine screen(viewing angles nothing to write home about), and works with tmobile. Dont know how to tell if its running on aws or refarmed 1900. Maybe someone can clue me in. I didnt have to put in the Tmobile apn, it recognized it automatically as Tmobile or Simple Mobile.
The Quattro runs Go launcher with a Blu theme but you can revert back to ICS theme if you want. I removed the BLU clock wallpaper you see in the ads as soon as I could. This is a pretty nondescript phone with some quirks. Some strange english translations in the menus. It seems to have some more options over stock ICS but not sure as I usually ran GB on the HD2. It does have a t9 dialer which I am happy about. GPS took a long time to lock in. Also a big initial pain for me was that while typing in English on the stock android keyboard (not a swype guy)the auto correct/predictive text feature didn't work. Was making the phone almost unusable. Finally tried the swype keyboard and it works fine as a reg keyboard too with auto correction.
Connection speed here seems similar to what I get with the Radar(though the radar seems to get better reception). By my work, near a Tmobile Tower, it got ping 39, dl 7.016mbps, ul 3.695 mbps. At home things are usually worse, tethering on laptop got dl 2.56mbps ul 1.47.
I know this isnt much of a review so If any one has any specific q's I can answer them the best I can.