Blaster 2 smartphone is pitched to directly contend with 2 of the best budget smartphones sold in the UK, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. Prices are in Euros, and there is a 12 Euro around £8.50 shipping charge to the UK, but you will find great still value in its products.
The Blaster 2 is right up there with its Samsung and Vodafone rivals in terms of performance. Just5 has fitted it with a Smart Ultra 6-matching 2-GB of RAM and 16-GB of storage, and all three phones accept storage expansion via microSD.
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- black, white and yellow cases supplied in the box
- 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6732 quad-core 64-bit processor
- 5Mp front camera
- 2700mAh removable battery
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 13Mp rear camera, full-HD video at 30fps
- ARM Mali-T760 MP2 500MHz GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- microSD up to 64GB
- 5in HD (1280×720) IPS display
- dual-SIM dual-standby (2x Micro-SIM)
- 4G LTE (supports all three UK bands)
The layout is standard for an Android phone, with a power switch and volume rocker on the right edge, a 3.5-mm headphone jack at the top and Micro-USB at the bottom. These are visible at all times, but glow blue in use or while the phone is charging. The speaker is regrettably rear facing, while the home, back and recent buttons lie under the screen.
Just5 has fitted a 5 inch HD 1280 x 720 IPS panel with a pixel density of 294ppi. This is both larger and sharper than the 4.5 inch, 207-ppi screen on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, even though Vodafone hasn’t for a lot more money been able to fit a larger and higher res still 5.5in full HD panel with a 401-ppi pixel density.
Commonly with the Smart Ultra 6, the Just5 Blaster 2 is fitted with a 13 mega pixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5Mp selfie camera. The Samsung, by comparison, has only 5 mega pixel and 2 mega pixel cameras. The Just5 Blaster 2 comes with a very plain version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is no bad thing. You get the Nexus launcher with no bloatware slowing down the handset.
The Just5 Blaster 2 is surely a better budget buy than the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. The screen is good, if a little dull, and functionality is spot on at this price point. The cameras are acceptable, and the software free of bloat. A good all round budget option.