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    Our title plays on the Miami-based company's tagline, "Bold Like Us." BLU is pretty bold for bursting onto the low-cost segment of the smartphone scene some six years ago. The company takes foreign-produced devices, rebadges them, and markets a standout spec for each one: this one's the thinnest in North America, that one's got the largest battery here ... ... these ones fit into any size hand ...   And this little piggy is our flagship. On paper, the 2015 iteration of the BLU Life One brings LTE connectivity on reliable hardware at a competitive price point. But as with BLU's ...

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    When Pocketnow editors get new devices, we usually report to you what the overall, balanced experience is like. Generalizations stand in for several days' worth of nuance in our reviews. What does a day of "moderate use" mean anyways?  That's why we're beginning a series called "Driver for the Day," taking you through a typical or extraordinary day in our busy lives with our review device. We report to you on what it did, what it didn't do and how all of that affected what we were doing in the moment. • Morning 8:00 a.m. - The day is Thursday, June 4th, 2015. It begins with the Life ...

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    Ahh, BLU. They might buy other manufacturers' devices wholesale, but they do give their darndest to refine them down in sunny Miami, Florida. We're going to find out if their refinements have equipped their latest flagship, the BLU Life One, with a good camera. Keep in mind that this device is retailing on Amazon for nearly $150 with a special pre-sale rebate of $50 going on until June 15th, so we're looking for bang in those bucks. The Life One's Sony IMX135 sensor is a familiar one to Motorola Moto X 2014 owners. The 13 megapixels (4160 x 3120 effective output) are spread over a ...

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    BLU (Bold Like Us) is a fairly new smartphone manufacturer. Well, they're really a white-label manufacturer, meaning that they often rebrand phones made by other manufacturers in order to sell them in different markets. They've been mainly targetting the low-end with inexpensive yet interestingly innovative Android and Windows Phones. They've only been around since 2009 though and are based in Miami Florida. Back in February we looked at the BLU Vivo Air, and now we've got the new BLU Win HD LTE to try out. While the BLU Vivo Air had the stylings that were very reminiscent of the iPhone, ...

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    I don’t know about you, but I am torn between the good looks of today’s phones, the slender and slim profile, and the average (I’m being kind) battery performance. Sure, I am a pretty heavy smartphone user, with tons of emails, texts, and phone calls, along with occasional navigation and media consumption, but I’d really like to not charge my phone every day. It's obvious, though: as phones become thinner and thinner, batteries need to follow suit, and reduced capacity is the natural result. What I don’t understand is why on Earth everyone is striving to make slimmer and slimmer ...

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    Do you remember the last time you looked at a phone display and picked up what turned out to be a display unit? Rather than the actual device, merchants often put out fake phones which - from a distance - look real. These often use the same chassis, but contain no components on the inside, so they're super light, and their screens are a glossy picture rather than an actual display. That was our first impression of the BLU Vivo Air, luckily that impression was quickly replaced with respect. The Vivo Air is thin, it's light, and it looks a lot like an iPhone 6. Beyond first impressions, ...

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    Do you remember the last time you looked at the cell phone display in your local electronics store? How you wandered over and picked up what turned out to be a display unit? Rather than showing the actual device, merchants often put out fake phones which - from a distance - look real. These display models often use the same chassis as their "legitimate" counterparts, but contain no components on the inside, so they're super light, and their screens are nothing but a glossy picture instead of an actual display. That was our first impression of the BLU Vivo Air. Vivo Air Pros The iPhone 6 ...

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    Over the past few months, I’ve been the lucky recipient of some weird phones. I don’t mean “weird” as in oddly shaped, or anything like that, but the phones I’ve used have been outliers in the industry. They have been mostly five and one half to seven-inch phablets. One common problem that all these phones have shared is, “how do you use the thing one handed?” There have been some software attempts, and even a hardware attempt to answer this question, but it’s elusive. One of the better examples that I’ve seen is the Blu Studio 7.0. Blu, you may remember is a distributor ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    Yes, these are two different phones from BLU (the makers of the Vivo Air and Studio Energy), but they difference lies in the screen sizes. One is a five-incher, and the other one packs a slightly larger screen, at 5.5-inches, both with 720p resolution. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same, and the design is also common to both. Behind the Gorilla Glass 3 there's a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, helped by the Adreno 306 GPU. The BLU Life One and BLU Life One XL both pack 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras, ...

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    While manufacturers are racing for the title given away to the one manufacturing the thinnest smartphone (including BLU, and its Vivo Air), there's a significant part of the market that couldn't care less about how thin a phone is; these users don't want to sacrifice battery life, even if that means having to carry a beefier device. Check out the BLU Studio Energy, the smartphone that rocks a 5,000mAh battery, which will surely last you a couple of days, and some more. The specs aren't in line with all the flagships on steroids out there, but they're not bad either: five-inch 720p display, ...

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    Every year, it seems like we say, “OK, our smartphones are thin enough. Let's give this race to the bottom a rest and focus on something else.” And every year, manufacturers still manage to release some super-thin models that, despite our protestations, end up leaving us wowed at these feats of engineering. Now the latest push is towards hardware that skirts the 5mm-boundary, and at CES 2015 we got to check out one of these devices in the flesh, the 5.1mm-thick BLU Vivo Air. The Vivo Air may not directly compete against quad HD, 4GB RAM monsters, but there's still a lot of hardware ...

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    There's probably never going to be a hard-line answer to the question “how big is too big to be a smartphone?” Manufacturers will continue to push limits, and as long as these phablets that encroach into tablet-sized spaces continue to attract shoppers, new devices will keep on arriving. The latest to catch our eye is the Studio 7.0 from BLU, a lower-end phablet that tries to get some attention due to its large size and budget price. How low end? Well, even at seven inches, that display is only 1024 x 600 – an odd resolution to be sure, especially at a size where 720p feels like the ...

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    BLU Products, a (so far) Android OEM, has teased an upcoming Windows Phone at the end of last month. It looks like they had every right to do so, as the manufacturer has been added to the official list of new Windows Phone hardware partners. Another OEM, K-touch, was also part of the announcement, where new Windows Phone hardware partners were unveiled. With the occasion of the Qualcomm Reference Design and Wireless Innovation Summit in China, Microsoft has expanded the list of official Windows Phone OEMs to 17. Joining the big guns like Nokia, HTC, and Samsung, are Miami-based BLU ...

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    Despite being based out of the US, Blu is not a smartphone manufacturer we end up talking about often. We may need to start rethinking how much attention Blu gets, as today's announcement of the affordable Blu Life Pro offers a decent combination of size, sleek design, and a low sticker price. At just 6.9mm thick, Blu calls the Life Pro the thinnest smartphone around with a five-inch HD display, and we're inclined to agree. However, you won't find any 1080p panel here: the specs are decidedly mid-range, with a 720p screen, 1GB of RAM, no LTE support, and a MediaTek quad-core A7-based SoC. ...

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