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Wow, this phone really is unbelievable. This thing has an incredible feel in the hand, it is lightning fast, has plenty of RAM and CPU/GPU speed for any task I throw at it. It's also got 128GB of storage with expandable memory. It's got a gorgeous screen, it looks like an iPhone X, it's really quite impressive. I have had zero issues with it, great battery life, as well. Comes with two cases (really cool looking atistic one), pre installed screen protector, headphones, headphone adapter, and a tempered glass screen protector. For $199, this is absolutely unbeatable, and I would say it is a FAR better value than flagship phones. It really doesn't lack anything those phones have. Don't listen to any nay-sayers.
This is my second BLU. I have to say I went to a Samsung Galaxy 5, 6 active, 6 but I wanted something a bit cheap. I had good results with the last BLU. Reviews are so so but I still gave it a shot. Now I haven't had it but less then a week. And it does get some getting used to. To me this one is like the iPhone 10x. The facelal unlock is pretty neat but it will unlock with no other backup, just your face. I used fingerprint, number code, and face id for security. It only uses face and sometimes number code. Still working with it. Data transfer was easy, at least so I thought. Contacts didn't and messages in the message. That came the next day after I had loaded contacts manual. That could have been my experience. So far I love this phone. I am buying another for my son and I have some neighbors who wants one. Do I hear commission,,haha
My fourth BLU phone and most ever paid at $199 plus tax. Solid heavy big phone so un-BLU like. 6 gb of RAM on a cell phone is like salt to food, can't even begin to say how much better 6 gb of RAM makes best this phone run fast. Waze navigation app runs fast and Waze uses a lot of processing power enough to make my older BLU phones incompatible with Waze. This phone blazes with Waze.
The AI works well - speak everything to Google and this phone process seamlessly. Finger print sensor is square in the back middle where you naturally hold the phone. The software update made the phone so much better - close screens by swipping up. Wireless charging with a$20 wireless charger.
Paying only 200 bucks makes me think of the old 99¢ Burger King Whopper - basically free. Phone will last a couple years, then get the latest flagship phone from BLU or we'll see and dispose.
I've had this phone about nine months and 100% expectations satisfied.
It arrived in a nice box with Renaissance style artwork on the outside. The phone itself is weighty and the screen is ultra HD. It was easy to switch the SIM card from an old BLU smartphone to this one. Both the SIM and additional mini SD memory card (sold separately) go into the same slot located on the side of the phone. It's battery lasts a long time, even when playing graphics heavy games or pairing with my vehicle. Because it is a universally unlocked phone, it does accommodate GSM carrier networks. The fingerprint feature is a bit wierd, but you can set it to unlock via fingerprint and PIN/pattern/voice/etc. Using either your fingerprint or other chosen method of unlocking, you can get back to business. So far, I'm okay with this phone. BLU tends to make great budget phones to rival even the more expensive ones. Signal strength is impressive considering I live in the country and signals are hard to come by out here.
I loved this phone, but had to return because my provider (Visible- MVNO TO VERIZON) said it wasn't compatible...initially. For a few years, I have known that the "compatibility" of unlocked phones has become a scheme used to do exactly the opposite of what "unlocking" was aimed to do...foster more consumer choice. Now, it's used to reduce choice. And force you to buy phones directly from the MVNO 80% of the time. "Bring your own phone" , actually means "bring the device we sell or bring the device of the network we virtualize...i.e. Visible uses Verizon's network. There really isn't any such thing as incompatible, except at the OS level. Networks work on bands of frequencies, you access the bands, then you can connect to that network. There is nothing at the Kernel level, component level that stops you from being "compatible." The only thing that can stop you is if your provider chooses not to provision your sim card. So, even though, I was able to connect by changing the Visible APN settings, Then, I was able to REGISTER the phone using the phone's registerarion process, I couldn't stay connected because they refused to provision the phone, which in essence, changes the phone info on the sim card from my old phone to my Blu phone. Why? Manufacturers Agreements. This phone has 6gb of ram 128 gb ROM. Those specs are for a certain demographic. And at 149-199 bucks it's a steal. Unfortunately, Blu may be blocked from offering a 6gb ram 128gb ROM used on (Visible) Verizon, by Apple, because no one would buy Apples 6gb 128 ROM phone for 1300 or Samsung's for 1190, if word got out that Blu works on Visible. They said the Moto G7 Power was compatible but the G7 wasn't? That has nothing to do with compatibility. NOTHING. SO, now, they say, "That phone isnt on our list", because they can no longer say a phone is incompatible 90% of the time. If a phone is unlocked, it's unlocked to use wcdma or lte, and CDMA bands on all the big four networks and their MVNO'S. or at least 3 of the 4.
I am really impressed with this $200 phone. It came with a 3ft USB charger (that is nicely insulated), a outlet to USB plug, screen protector, basic clear jelly-like case, (with two backs, one clear and one with art) earbuds, the key to pop out the sim card, and a sticker. I am a Verizon Wireless customer and was a bit concerned with buying a phone not at a Verizon store to get it all set up. However I just charged it up, popped in my SIM card and it worked!
All my apps (plus the operating system, no videos/photos/files) of my old 16GB phone took up 97% of space. Here they only take up 3%. Thank you Blu! :-D
I've heard good things about BLU phones, but never could bring myself to buy one until recently. My wife's Motorola Droid Force 2 started acting up and I figured it was time to bite the bullet and get another phone. I tried to get her another Motorola, but made the mistake of getting her a G6 Play model. Not a wise choice. She got frustrated with the performance issues quickly, so I looked on Amazon for an inexpensive alternative. I found this phone. The specs were what I was looking for. Got the phone despite some bad reviews, and I couldn't be happier. My wife LOVES the phone. The pre-installed screen protector was a nice touch, and the cases, although flimsy, work well enough. My wife really likes the artsy one. What I really liked was that the phone was EXTREMELY easy to set up. After the initial set up, my Unreal Mobile SIM card was inserted, and APN settings were auto configured for me. I rebooted the phone and it set up was complete. Took me all of five minutes, if that, to get the phone ready for use. Lastly, the phone is very responsive. There is no discernible lag when moving between screens or using multiple apps. We don't play graphically intense games on the phone, but normal games run well. I am very impressed with this phone and will be looking to purchase either this same phone or another BLU phone in the future.
The first thing I notice was how fast the phone was. I know most phones are fast when you first get them. The screen is very vibrant. I did not notice the Blu help app which I thought was standard on the phone. I don't think it's got the newer version of android either, but these are not deal breakers. I bought mine around Christmas time and got it for $149.99 so right there it's worth it. I suggest for music you download a new app for listening the one I had on here wasn't that great and nothing would show up on my car for titles or songs until I got the new app. The phone does feel like an expensive phone it does not feel cheap or plastic. The finger print mode is ok you have to make sure you have your finger just right. The pictures to me are just ok, but I haven't really done too much in that area, and have not even tried doing any video with it. If you're someone like me that doesn't need the very highend of phones, but wants one with great screen, and has more than enough Ram, and hard-drive plus you don't want to spend $800-$1000 for a phone you will just turn around in two years and get rid of this is a great choice.
This is really like a flagship phone. The camera quality is fantastic and the front facing camera and video is very high quality (one of the hardest things to find in smartphones). The sound quality is very good and it's fast enough to do most tasks just fine. It's not a gaming phone however. The fingerprint and Face rec. works good as well This is the only Blue phone that will work on Verizon but it does require a call to Verizon to activate it and get it set up for all features to work properly. Without calling Verizon you may get phone to work but no mobile data. Just make the call, don't waste your time calling Blu. They have nothing to do with it, it's a setting that Verizon has to do with your phone. I had no problem with browsing the internet, data connections when I travel, playing videos, using GPS, etc. There are some minor glitches using social media when the phone may freeze up or cut the screen off. Example Facebook Messenger has some compatibility issues. Lastly, the battery is not the best, don't expect 2 days of battery life with this phone. But it's as good as my Pixel 2 XL which sadly also does not have the best battery life. But the photo quality between the two phones is not miles apart. The BLU VIVO XI+ has a great camera and video it's one of the best features. You can't go wrong for $150.