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    If there’s one US-based smartphone manufacturer that can resist the global invasion of ultra-low-cost China-made Androids, it’s definitely BLU Products, the company behind such recent hits as the Energy X LTE, Vivo 5, Vivo XL, and Life One X. Well, there’s also Motorola, but technically, that’s a China-based Lenovo-owned outfit now, and its next Moto G franchise entry looks a little too high-end to be very affordable anyway. Meanwhile, before the third-gen Moto E sees daylight, the BLU Dash X2 and M2 have gone on sale on Amazon with minimal fanfare, the former likely snatching the ...

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    Improvisational comedies tend to follow the flow of things even though they don't make a lick of sense. The result? Hopefully a room full of laughing faces. BLU and Windows do not run improvisational comedies. Microsoft disappointed many Windows Phone 8.1 users by cutting down the roster eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. For BLU Win HD LTE owners, they were in the clear. For those carrying the BLU Win JR LTE, tough cookies. You'd expect it with the minimum requirements for the update package, though: the phone had only 4GB of storage with 512MB RAM. Yet, BLU and Microsoft ...

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    All week long, we've been talking about Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for the company's fleet of existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, as rumors suggested that the day when the first of these updates would start heading out to the public was nearly upon us. And while early confirmation never came, the rumors continued their reprise: Windows 10 Mobile updates would land this Friday. Now the day's finally upon us, and we can finally put all those rumors to rest as Microsoft confirms the start of Windows 10 Mobile updates. Just as we heard it would be, the update process is a manual ...

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    As Microsoft continues to drag its feet in getting full, public Windows 10 Mobile updates rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, its Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview program remains your best, if only option for getting a head start in using the company's latest software on some older hardware. Much like Windows Phone itself, though, access to the Insider program has been largely been a Lumia-only affair. Last spring, we finally started to see that change as the HTC One M8 for Windows became Insider-eligible, followed later in the year by the LG Lancet. That was a good start, but now ...

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    We're close to, but have not quite reached January 31st, 2016. And that date, while it marks the last day of the first month for the year, also signals that the end is imminent. The end is by us for some major benies from the old guard, a fresh face and the termination of a startup gone Google. We start with Microsoft's OneDrive — and like most cloud storage clients, it offers some free space for new users before charging them for more storage. OneDrive has been offering 15GB of base storage with an extra 15GB for those who activate the Camera Roll feature for backing up photos. ...

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    Why must all good things come to an end? More importantly, why must they end before we get to truly appreciate them? Case in point, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It feels like it only started yesterday. Because, well, it technically did. But as always, the vast majority of high-profile exhibitors hurried to take the wraps off their shiny new gadgets in the days leading up to the expo’s formal kick-off. And now here we are, still roughly 24 hours away from the official conclusion of CES 2016, already knowing the party’s over. Nonetheless, Day 4 (technically, Day 2) of ...

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    BLU wants to kick off 2016 right after a great showing last year. It had a head start last month — yep, 2015 — with the BLU Life One X (2016) edition. With an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC and a full HD screen, you'd be scratching your head at how this phone only costs $150 on Amazon (it was introduced for a quick period at $99). It comes up way better than its predecessor. And the Miami-based company wants to keep the good qi going with the debut of the BLU Vivo 5 and BLU Vivo XL. We'll get where, when and how much out of the way: the Vivo XL will be on Amazon and BestBuy.com for $149 ...

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    In spite of ever-increasing competition from Chinese brands that don’t seem to care about profits at all, Motorola Moto Gs remain the gold standard of Android affordability stateside, offering a bang for buck like no other household name in the mobile business. But while Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu continue to be viewed with skepticism by American audiences, having difficulty getting carriers or retailers on their side too, BLU Products very swiftly boosted its awareness of late, enjoying Amazon’s support and scoring points for its Miami roots also. As such, you shouldn’t be surprised to ...

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    Realizing the ridiculousness of its never-ending quest for thinner and thinner phones, Gionee stopped at around 5mm last year, upping the ante to close to 7 now in order to also achieve respectable battery life. Nonetheless, the just-unveiled Gionee Elife S6 is a beaut, with non-existent vertical display borders, pretty slim horizontal bezels as well, an overall remarkable 77.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a chassis made of 89 percent aluminum. Sure, it resembles an iPhone a little, but it incredibly manages to tip the scales at 147 grams, and measure 151.9 x 74.6mm while sporting a ...

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    Miami-based BLU has recently pushed out a couple of sequels to its Studio Energy and Vivo Air phones this season. Okay, a couple of cool niches in there: the endurance crowd that would look also to the OUKITEL K10000 and the Vivo Air which has seen competition from Oppo. This device? Well, the closest thing we could think of is the Galaxy Mega 2, but the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE has it beat out by one whole inch. BLU's CEO says that with the growing trend of large-screen smartphone purchases, "the term phablet no longer applies to a broad range of devices in the 5.5 inch to 6.0 inch category." ...

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      In addition to the BLU Energy 2, the 5,000 mAh battery toting beast we reviewed earlier this week, we also had a chance to use a BLU Energy X. The BLU Energy X is a $109 smartphone offering with its own 4,000 mAh battery. Take the BLU Energy 2 – already a low-budget smartphone, pare it down a little more and what’s left is the BLU Energy X. This is not a powerhouse. Not by any means. But it’s not without its merits. The Good Let’s start off by talking about the battery. This phone has a 4,000 mAh battery that keeps on trucking. In 24 hours of use on battery, the phone sat ...

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    The self-proclaimed “market leader in unlocked devices in the United States” has just put two new low-cost Androids up for grabs on Amazon, and their main claim to fame is record-breaking endurance. Forget battery life measured in hours, the BLU Studio Energy 2 and BLU Energy X can purportedly keep the lights on for up to 3 days of “standard usage” on a single charge, or 30 days (!!!) in stand-by. Like its remarkable predecessor, the 5-inch Energy 2 packs a 5,000 mAh cell. Why doesn’t the sequel upgrade that? Because it was probably physically impossible to squeeze an even larger ...

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    I know BLU is mostly known for budget smartphones, but this device is actually one you need to pay attention to. 2015 has been BLU’s boldest year when it comes to design and hardware improvements, and the BLU Pure XL is proof of the company’s evolution. At a time when smartphones are toning down price tags and beefing up specs, it's always interesting to see a competitor defy everyone with a smartphone that's aggressively priced, and doesn't compromise on the spec sheet. As it stands, if you want a smartphone with 64GB of storage, the closest batch start at around $700 depending on the ...

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    There’s been a lot of online chatter lately regarding Microsoft’s precise Windows 10 Mobile plans, both as far as new hardware goes, and apropos of old gear that may get left behind once software updates start rolling out. A shockingly short list of Lumias “ready” to move from Windows Phone 8.1 to build 10 was recently disclosed, but the snubs include such big names it’s obvious it’s not complete, and there’s no reason to despair. Besides, we wouldn’t blame you for forgetting this, but devices manufactured by other companies should also make the jump before long. Case in ...

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    BLU did a good job at making its presence noticed at CTIA 2015 with its booth, and also the devices that were announced at the event. We recently got to spend some time with the monstrous BLU Pure XL, but the company also matched this announcement with the thin and light BLU Vivo Air LTE. If your budget is currently limited to $200, BLU has just announced a very nifty package for that particular price tag. The new BLU Vivo Air LTE actually honors its name with its spec package launching a very thin device at just 5.1mm. This device sports a glass on glass design protected by Gorilla Glass ...

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    A lot of things have changed in the smartphone market lately thanks to companies like BLU. At a time when powerful specifications are all matched with a high price tag, BLU has continued to push for a concept that brings good design, decent specs, and a price tag that makes many competitors look bad. Such is the case of the BLU Pure XL that we just had a chance to take for a quick spin at CTIA 2015 in Las Vegas. The BLU Pure XL sports a gorgeous 6-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with 490 PPI. Powering this device is a 2.0GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10, 3GB of RAM, and a crazy 64GB of ...

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    There are pros and cons to owning a crazy skinny 5.1mm handheld tipping the scales at under 100 grams, but if what was missing at the Vivo Air was speedy connectivity, unlocked device specialist BLU has you covered. The rapidly rising Miami-based manufacturer just took the wraps off the aptly named Vivo Air LTE in Las Vegas, and both fashionistas and cash-strapped power users should go nuts about it. While nowhere near as impressive as the Pure XL in screen resolution, processing skill or camera prowess, the new size zero 4.8-incher delivers remarkable bang for buck at a first glance. ...

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    Now that the first 4K smartphone is here, are we about to see once-flagship-worthy quad HD screens start showing up on more and more budget-focused smartphones? Recent launches like the Moto X Style have already shown us how quad HD is tenable on even affordably priced handsets, and today we see the launch of an even lower-priced phone with a quad HD screen of its own, the BLU Pure XL. Besides that big six-inch quad HD OLED display, the Pure XL picks up some other seemingly premium hardware components, like a sapphire-protected 24-megapixel main camera, wide-angle 8MP front-facer, ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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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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