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So very disappointed
June 6, 2018
I really, really wanted to like this phone. Nice performance, great price point, works on Freedom Mobile, I can confirm all that.
But the bugs, the bloatware and the little frustrations really ruin what would otherwise be a great product. What a shame Blu!
Let's start with the bloatware. The R1 HD and R1 Plus, both which I've owned came with a handful of things added, which I didn't find too obtrusive at all. This thing comes with Blu Rewards which are basically set up to make you watch adds. I don't need a loud annoying notification telling me every day or so that I should log into Blu Rewards for 1000 bonus points, and then have my phone play ad, after ad. Thanks, but no thanks.
Who on earth thought that horrendous long loud default notification sound was a good idea? It's awful! And changing it in the system settings is making me feel like I'm playing whack-a-mole; every time I think I've successfully changed the notification tone, I have to find it in every individual application, and change it to something far less obtrusive.
The total deal breaker is that the phone randomly quit my podcast application several times during playback. For no reason, I was listening to something, and it just stopped.
The phone also doesn't power off or on correctly. Sometimes it does, other times not so much.
I really, REALLY wanted to like this phone. It struck me as such a great replacement for my beloved R1 Plus which suffered an untimely screen fracture and end. Sadly though, the R2 has been nothing but an exercise in frustration. Sadly, this is where I part ways with Blu.