ASo, the last review I did for all y’all was the Galaxy Note. And it was a pretty good device, so much so that Tom has forsaken all other devices.
Well, in my typical internet exploring I’ve found another device that claims to be the ‘other Note’. This is the Blu Studio 5.3″ and the good folks at CT-Miami sent one all the way up north so that I could give it a whirl.
They have a couple of well done promo videos on the site. I’ll let you watch them before mine:
Okay, so here’s my hands-on review video
So, let’s sum it up with some specs and stuff. And the best way to do it is to put it side by side with the Galaxy Note
Blu Studio 5.3
|OS||2.3.5||2.3.7 (soon to be 4.0.x)|
|Processor||600MHz||1.5GHz dual core|
|Screen||TFT||Super AMOLED w. Gorilla Glass|
|Battery Life||700h standby / 8h talk||252h standby / 10h talk|
|etc…||no pendoes have a dock port, but it’s only compatible with:http://www.pearl.de/a-PX3502-4072.shtml?query=spx5
or so I can find.
|S-Pen & NFC|
Also, the device works on the following bands:
2G IS 850/900/1800/1900
3G HSDPA 850/1900 or 850/2100
But most of all, I think you’re missing a couple of key points on this device.Okay, really that wasn’t fair, and I’m sorry for that, but it does give you an indication of what the phone is really like, so you really understand what you’re getting in to.
This thing is like $250. The Note outright would be $750. That’s a huge savings. HUGE.
Now, if it were subsidized by a carrier it would be free, but it’s not. So you’d have to pay full pop. But it’s about the price of what the Note would be off the shelf with a new plan.
But let’s imagine you just dropped your precious Galaxy S phone, which has another year or 2 before your contract’s up. Do you buy a new phone outright, or what? Here’s what you do… you buy this phone and it will last you until the upgrade is available for you. It will last for you.
Also, compare it to a new media player/iPod device these days. Probably pretty near. For this price, you can buy it for your parents, or kids and slap a PAYG SIM card in for the emergencies.
2. BATTERY LIFE
…is phenomenal. The stats on the site say otherwise, but from what I’ve used of it, and my son’s heavy usage of Angry Birds, it gets a good drain on the battery, but it’s hardly noticeable.
It’s the same battery as the Note, so I’m assuming with a lesser resolution, lower processor, etc… that the draw is much less.
This will be your ALL DAY battery phone.
3. Dual SIM
Definitely handy for those of you who travel a fair bit. You won’t have to worry about getting a different SIM, or a different phone for your trips. Pick up a PAYG SIM at your destination, and plop it in and it works! (obviously check the bands before you go)
This is great for those that travel for work, or that destination wedding/vacation…
So, where can you pick it up?
That’s right… Carmen at CT-Miami wants me to give this away… I haven’t decided how we’ll pick the winner as of yet, so give me your best suggestions. So look in the next day or so for me to announce how you can win this device!
Big thanks to them for that!