BLU Studio C Super Camera -Unlocked Smartphone – US GSM- Black


Take the plunge into one of the best camera experiences in a smartphone with the Studio C Super Camera and its 7 beautiful colors that are as expressive as its photos.

$ 99.00


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  1. 62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Unlocked phone with 2 cameras and the option of 2 SIM cards–what a nice product for the price, September 3, 2015
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    Elisa 20
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    This review is from: BLU Studio C Super Camera -Unlocked Smartphone – US GSM- Black (Unlocked Phone)
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    I like what BLU is doing with smartphones and the Studio C Super Camera exceeded my expectations. [Note to those new to unlocked phones: you can always decide not to get a SIM card–described below–at all and not use it as a phone. If you only use it at Wi-Fi hotspots like libraries and many coffee shops or fast food places, etc. provide, you can access the internet for free–no need for any data plans or SIM cards at all–but only, of course, while you are in a place where Wi-Fi is offered for free).

    [[ETA 10.2.2015 — I still like this phone and the great concept behind it. But transferring photos has been a little unreliable at times, meaning the computer doesn’t always recognize the camera and transfer them. I’ve had the best luck with a new micro SD card (and only using it with this phone, not putting it into other cameras. Not a huge problem, as it still usually works fine and I do still think it’s a very good phone for the price and has a great concept behind it.. But for that reason, I’ve dropped it from 5 to 4 stars, but the rest of the review stands.]]

    Before I get to the specifics of the phone, please be aware that it is GSM compatible so works with carriers that include T-Mobile and AT&T, but will not work with those that require CDMA compatibility–so it won’t work with Verizon or Sprint. If you want to use your current phone number from a CDMA carrier, for example, you can’t do it*. However, since the idea of an unlocked phone is to free you from dependence on a particular carrier, even if your household has a Verizon contract (as I do), you can have a contract-free BLU phone as well, just by equipping it with a SIM card and buying prepaid minutes with a different carrier (ATT, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, etc.) There are advantages to doing that.

    [[Important Note added 9.7.15: If you have a CDMA phone and are switching over to one of the GMA carriers and want to keep your phone number, please see Fred Chapman’s post in the “Comment” section below. He successfully switched from Sprint to T-Mobile and explains exactly what he needed to do to keep his old phone number. Good information, thanks! ]]

    BLU offers many different phone designs and, like this one, many models come in a wide array of colors. I don’t know how many people think of a smartphone as a fashion statement, but I kind of enjoyed BLU’s description of “7 beautiful fashionable colors have individual electrolyzed front frames to match the color of the device, giving each color its own identity.” (I hadn’t really noticed the color much as I have a black phone. But now I see that the frame/case that comes with it has a kind of nice matte-carbon color that gives it a kind of metallic look. Actually, it really -is- pretty nice.)

    The Studio C isn’t a copy of an iphone or a Galaxy, but it offers something that those don’t give consumers–an inexpensive, well functioning smartphone that does not require any contract. It is sold “unlocked”–refreshing, as you buy it without being tied in to any carrier or contract. You can choose what you want from the beginning. If you try ATT and don’t like it, you can easily switch over to T-Mobile or Straight Talk, etc.

    For those new to unlocked phones…..To activate the phone, you can go any place where they sell SIM cards and prepaid minutes. So Walmart, Target, Best Buy etc. (Walmart offers Straight Talk among others. Target concentrates mostly on ATT and T-Mobile). You can also just go to an ATT or T-Mobile store (maybe the best way if one is near you, or if you want to keep your old phone number). Any place you go, the basic steps are the same–buy a Sim card “toolkit” and then choose which company you want to use for your prepaid minutes and buy a card. For example, as this was new to me, I went to Target, bought the generic toolkit ($9.95) and a $30 prepaid card from AT&T because in my area, they have the most reliable service. If you want to change phones, but keep your current phone number you can do that by changing over the Sim card–however, be sure to check if your current phone is CDMA compatible. The prepaid cards of course come with many options regarding text, phone calls and data plans, so its easy to choose what you like–and save quite a bit of money on your monthly phone bill when you’re not locked into a 2 year contract. It is ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

    I think this is a good looking phone and I like the size (5″ diagonally, good for video and for displays without being huge like a tablet. It has a 720 x 1280 HD screen, but the camera takes 1280 HD video). I gather that some people with $500 phones are surprised how thin and light it is, but to me, I liked that a lot. It seems well made without being clunky.

    I was impressed by the things that were included in the box. Of course, there’s the USB charger (mine needed to be inserted firmly into…

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  2. Colin Brown says:
    40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great features in a cheap phone and the latest Android to boot, September 1, 2015
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    Colin Brown (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) –
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    This review is from: BLU Studio C Super Camera -Unlocked Smartphone – US GSM- Black (Unlocked Phone)
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    Before I get started on what I think about this phone, the first thing you should know is that the Blu Studio C Super Camera phone does not work with the Verizon network, which was the network I was originally going to use this phone with. The phone will read your sim card, you can access your contacts etc. but will not connect to their network. Luckily I also have an account with AT&T also and the phone works fine on that (and thanks to a friend of mine I can also say that the phone also works well with T-Mobile). I haven’t tested (as I don’t know anyone on Sprint) but have that this phone also will not work with Sprint.

    On unpacking the Studio C I was very surprised with what you get in the package. I’ve just recently bought a top of the line Samsung S6 Edge Plus and it basically came with a charger and a pair of ear phones and that was your lot. The Studio C comes with a charger and a pair of ear phones just like the Samsung, but then you also get a screen protector and a gel case in the box as well. Basically everything you need to get you going right off the bat.

    The Studio C is an unlocked, dual sim, Android 5 Lollipop phone. This isn’t a top of the line handset like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or iPhone 6 but then again it costs around 1/8th of the price of those and for the money what you get is actually impressive.

    The screen is nice and bright and has good viewing angles to it (you don’t need to hold it perpendicular to yourself to see what is on the screen), although it is only a 720p screen (1280×720). To power this you get a quad core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor. Once I had the phone setup and could get into my Google account, I downloaded a few games to try it out and yes it’s not the fastest of processors but does handle games fairly well with only a very slight hint of slow down once there were a lot of objects on the screen. The phone does warm up quite a bit when running games but not so much that it gets unbearable to hold (something I’ve had before with an older HTC model).

    Onboard you get 1Gb and 4Gb internal of memory (although in practical terms this is really just over 2Gb of free memory although there are a fair few apps pre-loaded on the phone). This is easily expandable through a micro-SD card slot up to 64Gb. These are cheap enough that this should not present you any problems.

    The handset at 8.5mm thick is nice to hold in your hand. It has a fairly hefty and sturdy feel to it although it’s not heavy. On the right side of the phone you will find both volume buttons and the on/off button. I did not like the placement of the on/off button and have accidentally turned the phone off a few times when I did not mean to. I would have much preferred if the on/off button was placed on the top of phone.

    The Blu Studio C touts its cameras as one of its main features. The front facing main camera is an 8 megapixel Sony camera and the rear is a 5 megapixel for taking selfies. Video wise you can take full 1080p video (even though the actual screen is only 720p). The camera module gives you access to some advanced features like HDR, Panorama, ISO (up to 1600) and exposure control (plus or minus 3 full stops). Although it doesn’t give more advanced features like control of the shutter speed. For the vast majority of people however the camera features that it gives you are perfectly good for just about every situation and it does work quite well in low light situations as well.

    Battery life is OK. If you are running games or watching movies on it all day then you will probably need to charge it again before the day is out. But for normal use it will last until bed time with no problems and you just charge the phone overnight. The battery is a non-removable 2800mAh unit.

    Sound quality is generally quite good when talking on the handset, but MP3s sound a little tinny.

    For the price and the fact that this is an unlocked phone, there is little not to like about it. Yes it’s not a high end, top of the line Samsung, HTC or iPhone, but the amount of features you get for 1/8th of the price of these phones is extremely impressive and you will be running the currently latest version of Android (a lot of these phones usually come with a version of Kitkat, Android 4.x). The only downside to the phone is no CDMA compatibility which means no Verizon or Sprint (so one star off for that).

    If you are looking for a cheap, very useable and up to date handset for AT&T or T-Mobile then you can’t go wrong with this.

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  3. Chi L Wong says:
    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Super camera is no joke!, September 3, 2015
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    Chi L Wong (NW Arkansas) –

    My daughter’s S2 fell on the floor from her bunk bed at school and finally gave up the ghost. Due to her aspirations of being Instagram famous and also because she is a creative photographer, I could not convince her to take ownership of a Blu Phone since the photo quality of either of our 2 Blu phones failed to impress her. I feel the other Blu phone cameras are OK but because we are on a budget, a new or used iPhone or Samsung are pretty much out of the question. Looking at the cost of a used S4 or 4S and then the bill for text books was a tough wake up call.

    Then I happened to find this brand new model from Blu running Lollipop with a quality lens made by the same people (Largan) that supply Apple for their iPhone lenses and a Sony Sensor which is the industry standard for quality sensors and you have a potentially respectable camera in a $100 phone. It’s worth a try.

    NOTE: the SIM Card size for this phone is: Micro (3ff).

    My daughter’s old S2 used a Mini SIM and I was able to cut it down to size with a pair of scissors and use it in this phone without the need to order a new SIM (saved a few bucks.. weeee)

    With a few preliminary pictures, I was able to determine that it takes good sharp photos. Pictures have “bokeh” which will be a big plus because it won’t limit my daughter’s creative intent in photographic compositions. Flash is very bright but it takes decent low noise pictures without the flash. Selfie cam is clearly better than the one in my Studio X. I’m sure the lack of manual controls will limit true photographers from getting the most out of the camera’s ability but there’s probably a 3rd party camera app that can enable that kind of flexibility if that’s what you are looking for.

    My daughter is ecstatic so far about the quality of the selfie camera as well as the wide angle lens and is setting up the phone just the way she wants it. I’ll update this review as she learns to live with it.

    I took the attached photo (white flowers) with the plastic lens protector still attached. The water fountain picture is with the lens protector removed.

    EDIT: After 2 weeks of use my daughter remains ecstatic about her purchase of this phone (ie it’s not a free product in exchange for a review). The one problem she has noticed is the time seems to change on her. I think it’s getting confused about what time zone she is in due to the automatic setting on her phone using GPS. My studio C mini has this problem also and I just turn off the automatic time zone setting.

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