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Blu Aria T174 Black/Blue Unlocked Cell Phone
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Poor quality phone despite the price. 03/17/2014

This review is from: Blu Aria T174 Black/Blue Unlocked Cell Phone

Pros: Unlocked and Dual SIM. PERIOD.

Cons: Very cheap build quality and construction, even when compared with other low-end phones. Horrible sound quality.

Other Thoughts: I was excited when I discovered BLU phones. I thought the company was headed in the right direction and was really excited by this range of unlocked, dual SIM phones. I'm not one to expect much for a low cost phone and so I had very low expectations. The reality, however, was far worse than my expectations. This is not my first experience with low-end to midrange BLU products. I have made the embarrassing mistake of recommending them to people who desired an unlocked dual SIM phone. Some of these individuals had very few requirements and expectations, so I figured it might be a good low cost option. After working with a few models I can honestly say there is no way I would recommend them to anyone anymore. Perhaps if you are cut off from all forms of communication and only have this phone lying around, only then it may be useful and even then most likely you'd be hard pressed to effectively communicate with it. Compared to other low-end cheap mobile phones, so far I have found low-end BLU phones to be garbage. And I don't make this assessment lightly.

I was interested in exploring the higher end BLU Android models once upon a time, but I don't think I'll risk my or anyone else's money at this point.

This is probably the worst review I've given a product anywhere since I started buying on-line in the early 90s. Again, I expect next to nothing for a phone costing near $20. But I feel it's not worth it. I just feel compelled to put one out there so as to warn buyers and hopefully avoid disappointment. The reviews I have seen out there seemed to be ok... So I felt I had to chime in. Though it's cheap, you might not even end up using it.

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LG Blu-ray Player BD270
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great buy and decent quality. Video support could have been better. 12/28/2009

This review is from: LG Blu-ray Player BD270

Pros: This player is a great value and offers both high quality Blu-Ray and DVD playback. It isn't overly noisy and it there doesn't seem to be a delay in reading most Blu-Rays and DVDs. The USB port in front is a great feature despite it's limitations.

Cons: It would be great if the USB "media host" was capable of playing video files as is indicated in some on-line product descriptions. You will only be able to play MP3 music and view photos. This also appears to be the case with optical media. This device doesn't play any other video formats burned onto optical media. MP3 playback seems to be limited to individual folders - you cannot set the device to "shuffle" play across multiple folders.

Remote is well laid out but probably of the cheapest quality I have seen. I've had dirt cheap DVD players with remote controls of better quality.

Other Thoughts: It's a great player and I recommend it. I just wish that the USB connection could play video files. The description of another LG model also claims the "USB media host" can play music, photos and video files. Upon further research the non-US version of the other player does play video files via USB but the US version does not. It seems that the US versions of these players have the movie feature disabled for USB and optical media. I contacted LG support and they basically said different versions might have different capabilities, but he would note my suggestion. That is a shame as I feel this player would have been just perfect otherwise.

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Gregory R.'s Profile

Display Name: Gregory R.

Date Joined: 10/02/03

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 12/28/09
  • Last Review: 03/17/14
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