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Here's What We Think of the Blu Life One X (2015)

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To say that the Android smartphone market is saturated, would be an understatement. As more and more smartphone models are released, it is easy to understand why the need for a reliable device is important. And in this year alone, budget-friendly smartphones have come and go. But if there's an affordable smartphone that proves to stand the test of time, it would definitely be the Blu Life One X (2015).

Last year, the first generation Blu Life One X was unveiled to the public and it rapidly caught the interest of those who needed an affordable yet quality device. Following their success, they have reintroduced the Life One X this year as a new and improved model. Here's a short review on how well this device performed.

Blu Life One X (2015) Appearance & Build Quality

This year's Life One X is undoubtedly among the best-looking smartphones Blu has ever released. Setting aside its price tag, the device has a high end appeal thanks to its display edges, aluminum sides, and a removable back with a textured feel. On the right-hand side, you'll find the power and volume buttons. The microUSB port is on the bottom while the headphone jack can be found on top. Pretty standard stuff.

As for the display, the Life One X has a 5.2-inch 1080p display. Even though today's phones are equipped with a quad HD panel, 1080p on a display the size of the Life One X is already more than enough. This combination produces 420ppi index. The effect produces a beautiful color balance between the whites, dark blacks, and other colors.

Blu Life One X (2015) Camera

As for the camera on the Life One X, there is a 13MP rear-facing camera as well as a 5MP front-facing camera. Considering its price tag, the camera on the back is pretty commendable. But the front-facing shooter is pretty standard.

Blu Life One X (2015) Software and Performance

The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS straight out of the box but it's said to receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow by the end of Q1 2016. Stock Android on the device looks really great and enjoyable, which makes it a preferred option among those who prefer a device running as close to stock as possible.

Understandably, the Life One X is not a blazing fast device when it comes to its performance. But it's pretty solid, fluid, and snappy. The device is able to do what you want it to do without encountering any issues. And for its budget-friendly price tag, that's already a great win.

Overall, this is a very good budget smartphone manufactured by Blu. If you would like to get your hands on this device, you can buy it on Amazon for $149. Currently, however, there is a discount on the device available until December 12th. You still have time to get the Blu Life One X (2015) for only $99. After that date, it will return to its regular price.

Source: Android Police

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  1. Buy from where at 149? Where is the discount shown--at the same place where one can buy the phone at $149, which is where?

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  2. Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0189RMNTG

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  3. I was so impress with the price of 99 dollars for this phone that I had to give it a try. Just bought one from Amazon. I can always return it if I don't like it.

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    1. BLU phones are great phones for the price-point.
      The Pure XL flagship is fantastic.
      Hopefully BLU throws out more OTA updates for the phones.

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  4. Hard to pass up on a $100 deal for this phone...

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  5. Do you know if it has VoLTE because I see it does have band 12 LTE and Tmobile had/has a problem with having band 12 without VoLTE because of emergency dialing situations.

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    1. There's no mention of VoLTE in the specs or the press release so it's unlikely to support it.

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  6. I'd love to try one of these well specs budget phones but it seems nobody knows if for instance hot-spot will work out of the box, same with Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE with a T-Mobile sim card, guess that's why I always stick to Tmobile Branded phones.

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    1. T-Mobile WiFi calling only works with T-Mobile branded phones and some iPhones and Nexus phones.

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    2. Thanks Dennis, although I rarely use it I still like knowing it's there. Good to know though.

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    3. I have had 2 BLU phones and hot spot worked out of the box on both

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  7. Does dual Sim mean I can combine my 2 Tmobile accounts into one phone?! And switch between accounts without moving Sims?

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  8. Is this a re-branded ZTE or Haweia maybe?

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  9. I don't see how an American manufactured phone with these specs can be sold for under $150 much less $100. What gives?

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    1. Why do you think it's American manufactured? I don't think any mobile phones are made in the US anymore.

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    2. Blu is supposed to be an American company from Florida. If not then most likely same as the overseas junk.

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    3. The company is American, but they just buy Chinese phones and rebrand them. Almost no electronics are made in USA anymore.

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    4. I believe they are built to BLU specs by Chinese Manufacturers and not just re-branded phones. No generic Chinese devices I have investigated come with the US bands that this particular device comes with.

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  10. This looks like a great phone at a decent price for those who really push their hardware, but I've found that the best entry level devices are the ones on sale.

    For example, BB was selling the Tribute 2, Maven and Moto E for just $20, $20 and $10 on Black Friday.

    It's a shame Blu doesn't also offer a $40 T-mobile compatible quad-core with LTE, 1GB of RAM, matte (anti-scratch) screen protectors, a gel tpu, an 8GB micro SD card and (most importantly) bloatware-free stock Android.

    Now that's the kind of entry level bundle I'd consider throwing a sim in.

    Regardless, it looks like the actual cost of a decent Blu phone (with accessories) would be about $120. At that price one might as well get the 1X.

    On the other hand, that still doesn't seem worth an extra $100.

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    1. A time machine costs more than $100.

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  11. Are both sims able to access all data bands?

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    1. None of the specs I've seen mention whether both SIMs support all bands. They are dual standby meaning both SIMs are active simultaneously for incoming calls and texts.

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  12. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser support Dual Sim and Dual data. Its 200 tho.

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  13. The specs on this phone is better then the Moto G 3rd Generation

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  14. I ordered two mid-morning 11 Dec, received Amazon shipping notice this morning even though Amazon site says up to 3 week wait to be shipped. :-)

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    1. Pl post your reviews once you get it...

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    2. You're lucky - also ordered mine on 12/11th, no shipping notice yet.

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    3. Whether not this phone gets Marshmallow will make a huge difference.

      Starting with Marshmallow, the SD card memory can be integrated with the general phone memory and all be utilized by the OS. With all of the iterations of Android before Marshmallow, the usability of SD cards is limited - e.g., legally downloaded DRM video and audio can only be stored on system memory, not on the SD card. This will change with Marshmallow.

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  15. I have got Blu VIVO selfie for $99. Considering the price point and specs, its excellent (I am not an heavy user). Hope this 1X is also very good considering $99 price point.. Eager to hear from others once they start shipping.

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