Price: $ 180
The new G9 smartphone from the affordable mobile phone manufacturer Blu is a $ 180 device with outstanding features and excellent hardware price point could suggest. This phone offers a lot of fun for small budget users.
What we like here
- Excellent value for money
- Aesthetics that lies above the price suggests
- Good camera for the costs  And what we do not
- Disappointing Display
- Light-weight processor, especially under load
As much as we all focus on the scene's high-end devices, the budget market may be more worthy of our attention. If you are looking for a mobile phone on a budget, you probably want the phone to be the best you can get at the price you are shopping for. And on this market, it is difficult to not watch Blu-mobile phones.
First, a little bit about Blu
Before we go into the details of the device, let's take a quick second about Blu & # 39; s somewhat mushy story. The company has been around for nearly a decade, focusing on budget smartphones. In the past, there was an excessive number of devices every year, which cost updates and support. In short, far more devices were released than could be updated.
This is a problem. Last August, the company promised to focus on quality – including support and updates – rather than quantity. According to the company's CEO, Samuel Ohev-Zion, new "one-purpose" Blu-ray devices and "guaranteed software updates and support" will be released. That sounds good.
It is also worth noting that as early as 2016, Adups, the Blu, which used to update its mobile phones, returned private information – such as text messages and real-time location information – to China. Blu said he did not know what Adups was doing, but agreed with the FTC last year about the problem. The settlement provides for Blu to conduct third-party security reviews every two years over the next 20 years. Since then, the company has also refrained from using adups for updates and uses the method provided by Google for OTA updates. This is probably the best method for Android system updates, especially in terms of privacy. All in all, everything now seems to be on the rise for Blu.
With this story out of the way (important as this is our first review of a bluetooth handset and we would like that Let's talk about the G9 itself.
Hardware and build quality: above the price
Let's take a look at the G9's hardware under its hood: Remember, this is a $ 180 handset:
- Processor: 2.0 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22
- RAM: 4 GB
- Memory: 64 GB, microSD card slot
- Displayed: 6.3-inch 19: 9 -Display (1520 × 720) (271 PPI) with recess
- Cameras: Dual 13 MP Rear Cameras with Depth Sensor, 13 MP Front
- Connectors: USB-C, 2.5mm Headphone Jack
- Headphone Jack: She betcha
- Battery: 4,000 mAh  Fingerprint Sensor: Rear Mounted
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5GHz (A / B / G / N), 3G 850/900/1700 / 1900/2100, 4G LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/28, Dual SIM
- US Carrier Compatibility: T-Mobile, AT & T, Metro, Cricket, Straight Talk
- Android Version: Android 9.0, Pie; Security Patch for April 2019
- Price: $ 180
As you'd expect, a $ 180 phone will not match the fit and finish of a $ 900 flagship (or even one $ 400 mid-ranger). , Household appliances like this one can expect cuts – the hope is that the cuts will be made in the right places.
When it comes down to it, the G9 is a bit of a mixed bag. The end result on the device is what I expect from a handset that costs less than half the price you pay for a Google Pixel 3a. It seems to fit well together and looks really really good. The chameleon blue on the plastic back offers a much higher quality look than you would expect from a phone at this price.
However, this high-quality look is quickly checked as soon as you pick up the device. Build is solid enough, but you can tell right away that it's a $ 200 phone and nothing more. The plastic case feels a bit threadbare, especially compared to a more expensive phone. Still, you need to keep your expectations in check with cheap phones. You can not expect hardware worth $ 400 for less than $ 200. And considering that, the G9 feels good – but the shiny plastic back is a damn fingerprint magnet. It's good that there's a thin, clear case in the box – you'll want to use it. (It's also pretty thin, though.)
If you turn the phone forward, you'll find the biggest compromise on this handset: the display. It's big and relatively bright, but the 720p resolution is immediately noticeable when you look at it. It's 720 × 1520, which is comparable to comparable budget phones like the Motorola G7 Power and the Samsung A10, so I can not criticize Blu very much for using this panel – it seems to be normal for this course anyway.
the brightness of the panel is also quite good . The brightness is 470 nits, but the "Adaptive Brightness" function (Settings> Display> Adaptive Brightness) does not use them at all. Even in a decently-lit room, the display with the automatic setting was regularly below 10 percent brightness. I recommend disabling this option and changing the brightness as needed.
Software and Performance: The job is done
Like many other Blu handsets the G9 has a slightly modified version of Android. This model will run the latest version of Android (9.0, Pie) with a ready-to-use April 2019 security patch. That's about as up-to-date as you would expect to find a device outside the pixel row. at least. Blu did not have the slightest chance of proving himself with the promise of better support and frequent updates. Only time will tell how this affects the G9.
The most significant change from Android on the G9 is the settings menu – it uses a similar style to Blu in the past, with the settings menu being rearranged to focus on the most commonly used options. I do not prefer this method to the standard Android settings menu, but it's fine. It takes some getting used to, but you probably do not spend that much time on the Settings menu.
But after that, it's a pretty normal Android experience when it comes to software – I really liked it would support the dark theme feature of Android Pie as this is a very bright one Experience is. Very. Blu has some of its own features here and there. Like a customizable navigation bar (which includes a proprietary gesture system) and a customized version of Launcher 3 that also provides access to Google Discover (a la Pixel Launcher).
Overall, this is not at all a disconnected Android experience. It is usable and not suitable for other Android versions.
In terms of performance, it is pretty much on the level of the price. In my case it was useful – not a performance monster, but not enough delay to bother me. If you like benchmark testing (which I find personally only useful for such home appliances because they allow for easy comparison with similar devices), I ran Geekbench to see how the G9 got a few other phones of mine behave around at different prices: the Pixel 3a ($ 400) and the OnePlus 7 Pro ($ 750 in the test). Not surprisingly, the Helio P22 performs worse than the Snapdragon 670 in the 3a and is destroyed by the Snapdragon 855 in the OP 7 Pro.
L to R: G9, 3a, OP7 Pro
Of course, benchmarks tell only half the truth and are not used for a reliable metric in practice. In this case, I find the results quite similar to the experience – the G9 is slower by a small margin than the pixel 3a, which is still tangible. But it's also less than half the price of the base 3a model, which should not be downplayed.
The beauty of the G9 hardware, however, is the fact that sufficient memory (64GB) is combined with 4GB of RAM. These are some pretty big numbers at this price, especially considering that flagship phones like the Pixel 3 are still shipped with only 4GB of RAM.
Finally, let's talk about the camera setup for a second. The G9's main cameras are a double set of 13-megapixel shooters with another 13-megapixel camera on the front. Although dual-shooters are running on the back of the phone, the extended AI is used for portrait shots (which are also available on the front camera). At first, I did not realize that there was a portrait option – it's not a special camera option like most cell phones. Instead, it's activated by tapping a small trigger in the top bar of the Camera app. It's not clear until you start looking at the camera.
You can judge for yourself how well the portrait mode setting works. Here are some shots taken with the front camera of the device: The original is on the left, top right in portrait mode (lol look at my ear) and bottom right in beauty mode.
For the rest of the camera you will find a small gallery with unadulterated pictures:
Overall, the camera setup is fine. It's not awarded for the best camera on a smartphone, but for the money it's a great option – especially if you have the camera with you when you need it.
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If you're looking for a new phone for under $ 200, the Blu G9 is worth considering. Chances are you'll compare it to something like the Motorola G7 Power ($ 200) or Samsung A10 ($ 140), but there's reason to think the G9 over all this – it's cheaper than the G7 power out of the box and offers twice as much RAM / memory as the A10.
What we like
- Excellent value for money
- Aesthetics above price suggests
- Good camera for costs
And What we do not
- Disappointing ad  Slight processor, especially under load