BLU View 1 (B100DL) Tracfone Review

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Tracfone BLU View 1 Review
The BLU View 1 is a newly released (late 2019) Android powered smartphone available through Tracfone and we will be sharing the full list of features, specs and more in this review.

The highlights for the BLU View 1 include the 5.5" touchscreen, Android 9.0 Pie, and compatibility with GSM or CDMA networks on Tracfone prepaid service.

Tracfone offers a wide variety of cell phones to use with their prepaid service. All the phones from Tracfone are locked to their service and cannot be used with other service providers (Learn how to unlock your Tracfone here).

Some of the other recent smartphones from Tracfone include the Samsung Galaxy A10e, LG Journey, and LG Solo. We will be comparing the BLU View 1 to these devices further on. See all the new phones in our Latest List of Tracfone Smartphones.

Let's start with our pro's and con's for the BLU View 1.

BLU View 1 Quick Facts

What we Like:
Low price
Large screen
Android 9.0 Pie

What we Don't Like:
Only 16 GB Storage
Low Screen Resolution
Slow Processor

The BLU View 1 leans heavily towards the budget friendly side of the scale with many retailers listing it for $50-60. But that comes with some cuts on features and it seems that the screen and performance were some of the areas BLU cut back on to keep the cost low.

Let's take a closer look at the full list of features and specs on the BLU View 1 to see exactly what it offers.

BLU View 1 Features and Specs

Below are the features followed by the technical specs
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 4G LTE on CDMA or GSM (Depends on ZIP code)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Alarm Clock
  • GPS
  • MP3 Player
  • Standard 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • SMS/MMS
  • USB Charger
Samsung Galaxy A10e Technical Specs
Size: 5.6'' (H) x 2.8'' (W) x 0.4'' (D) inches - 5.4 oz
Camera: 8 MP Rear Camera with LED Flash,  5 MP Front Camera
Screen: 5.5" screen 18:9 ratio (480x960 resolution)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Memory: 2 GB
Storage: 16 GB internal storage (supports up to 64 GB MicroSD Card)
Battery: 2,500 mAh battery (removable) with talk time up to 13 hrs, standby 20 days

BLU is a cell phone manufacture based in Miami, FL that specializes in low-cost smartphones. They have been around since 1985, and launched their own brand, BLU, in 2010.

Time for a more detailed look at some of the important features on the BLU View 1 with our review.

BLU View 1 Tracfone Review

Touchscreen
The BLU View 1 comes with a large 5.5" screen in the popular 18:9 ratio which are both great features on this phone. The resolution on the screen, however, is not great, at just 480x960 pixels which is about 195 pixels per inch. By comparison, the Galaxy A10e has 295 PPI and the average for smartphones is 300 PPI. The higher the PPI the more detailed images will be on the screen.

Overall the screen is large, but not the most impressive when it comes to quality and clarity.

Internal Specs - Storage, Processor and RAM
Most Tracfone smartphones come with 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM, and the BLU View 1 follows this trend. But most users would prefer a larger storage capacity, at 32 GB, which allows for many more apps, photos, songs and more to be kept on the device. The actual internal storage on the BLU View 1 after the Operating System and pre-installed apps is closer to 6 GB. Additional storage is available with a microSD card.

As for the processor, it is a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 which balances performance with energy consumption. It is not the best for resource intensive games or apps.

Camera
The 8 MP rear camera on the BLU View 1 comes with an LED flash and 1080p recording capability. There is also a front facing selfie camera with 5 MP. Overall the cameras are adequate, but can be slow and struggle in lower lighting.

Check out our 8 Tips for Taking Better Cell Phone Pictures

Battery
At 2500 mAh, the battery is on the smaller side but still enough power to get through most of a day with low to moderate usage. On the bright side, the battery is removable in case you want to replace it at some point.

Android OS
The operating system on the BLU View 1 is Android 9.0 Pie which features a number of nice improvements over previous versions. Some of those improvements include gesture navigation, app usage statistics and time limits, and adaptive battery for improved performance.

Tracfone does not typically allow phones they sell to get OS updates so it is usually best to get a phone with a more recent version of Android to keep it secure and free from any risks. In some cases Tracfone has offered OS updates.

Design
Compared to some of the other recent phones form Tracofne including the Samsung Galaxy A10e, the BLU View 1 is nice, but just not as sleek. It has large bevels around the screen, and is a little thicker than many.

Conclusion
This phone comes in at a very reasonable price, but the lack of any impressive features leave it better suited for users looking for a backup device or a phone they won't use for too much beyond calling and texting. The BLU View 1 just doesn't have the performance to keep up with more resource intensive applications and the screen while large, just isn't the best quality.

For some other options with more performance, storage and improved screen, consider the Samsung Galaxy A10e or even the Moto G6 which has been available for a couple years now.

Where to Buy the BLU View 1

Find the BLU View 1 from a variety of retailers online:

See the BLU View 1 on Amazon
See the BLU View 1 on Tracfone Website
See the BLU View 1 on HSN with airtime bundle

View the device tutorial to learn more about specific technical questions or leave a comment below!

This concludes our review of the BLU View 1, we hope you found it useful!

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