BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Cellphone, Black
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- Unlocked Dual SIM Phone, MediaTek Dual Core 1.3 GHz Processor
- 4.0" High Resolution WVGA Display
- 3.5 mm Audio Jack, FM Radio, MP3 Player, MP4 Player Micro SD Slot up to 32GB
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean; For any further queries please contact BLU Customer Support Number @1-877-602-8762
- GSM Quad Band 3G/4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900): US Compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA and others
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
- 4 GB Storage Capacity (Estimated Free Space 2.25 GB)
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|PURE XL||STUDIO ENERGY 2||ENERGY X||LIFE ONE||VIVO AIR LTE||ADVANCE 4.0|
|Networks||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps | LTE||GSM|HSPA +21 Mbps||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps||GSM|HSPA +42 Mbps||GSM|HSPA +21 Mbps|
|Display||6.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||5.0 Inches||4.8 Inches||4.0 Inches|
|Cameras||24 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 8MP Auto Focus Front||8 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 5MP Front||8 MP Main w/ BLU Bright + | 2MP Front||13 MP Main w/Flash | 5MP Front||8 MP Main w/Flash + | 5MP Front||5 MP Main | VGA Front|
|Memory||64GB | 3GB RAM||16GB | 1.5GB RAM||8GB | 1GB RAM||8GB | 1GB RAM||16GB | 2GB RAM||4GB | 512MB RAM|
|Processor||2.0 Ghz Octa-core||1.3 GHz Quadcore||1.3 GHz Quadcore||1.2 GHz Quadcore||1.2 GHz Quadcore||1.3 GHz Dualcore|
|Operating System||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 4.4 Kit Kat (upgradeable)||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Battery||3500 mAh||5000 mAh||4000 mAh||2420 mAh||2050 mAh||1600 mAh|
|Dimensions / Weight||164 x 82.2 x 9.6 mm | 207g||144.7 x 71.2 x 10.1 mm | 175.2g||141 x 70 x 8.9 mm | 154g||143.5 x 72.1 x 7.5 mm | 120g||141.9 x 68.1 x 5.1 mm | 98g||125.3 x 65.5 x 12.3 | 124g|
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Camera Description||5 MP||3.2||5 MP||2.0||5.0||3.2|
|Screen Size||4 in||4||5 in||4||4||4|
|Item Dimensions||2.56 x 4.92 x 0.49 in||0.45 x 4.9 x 2.61 in||0.3 x 5.7 x 2.8 in||0.3 x 4.7 x 2.4 in||0.43 x 5.26 x 2.59 in||0.5 x 5 x 2.7 in|
|Item Weight||0.82 lb||0.5 lb||0.5 lb||3.49 ounces||0.5 lb||0.5 lb|
|Operating System||Android||android 6.0||Android 4.4 KitKat||android 6.0||Android||android 6.0|
BLU Advance 4.0 A270a Unlocked Dual Sim Black
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Design: The Advance 4.0 is bulky for a 4" phone - it's nearly as large in length and width as my 4.5" Samsung S2 Skyrocket, and it's thicker too. The outside of the case is smooth plastic - it isn't slippery in the hand but it does attract fingerprints more than any other phone I've had. However, the phone does come with an Otterbox-like case and a screen protector, and I'd recommend using both. Inside under the battery are two SIM slots and an SD slot. The SIM slots are easy to use and well-labelled but the SD slot frankly scares me. It's flimsy and easy to bend and doesn't offer much protection to the card in the slot. Add that to being under the battery and this isn't a phone for someone who likes to use multiple SD cards. However, all of this is to be expected with a phone in this price range, and getting a case and screen protector included is a great deal.
Performance: The MediaTek chip and 512mb of RAM in this phone might not be impressive compared to a flagship phone, but for day to day operation they perform admirably. Multitasking is generally quick, Youtube and Google Maps load quickly and the phone is loaded with what is basically stock Jelly Bean, which is great. There's no extra junkware to get rid of and the Play Store is ready to go. I should note that I am not a phone gamer, but if you want a cell phone that can play high-end games this is probably not the phone for you. Social games and the like should work fine (I only tried Angry Birds, hardly a tech demo game).
Connectivity: The Advance 4.0's antenna is quite strong - I had trouble getting signal in my basement with my S2, but get 3 bars with this phone. Bluetooth connectivity is similarly impressive - I was able to pair my headset immediately and had signal with my phone in one corner of the house all the way to the garage on the other side - 45 feet away through walls. Data connectivity is flawless - both on wifi and 3g (the phone is compatible with HSPA+) are capped by my provider and ping was good per Speedtest. 3g tethering also works well - assuming your provider lets you do this.
Battery: The Advance 4.0 comes with a 1600mah battery, which with the MediaTek chip should last a very long time. To test, I unplugged the phone at 7AM yesterday, and for the entire day streamed music via wifi to my bluetooth headset - a double drain on the battery. I also downloaded a variety of apps and podcasts and browsed the web some. Then I left the phone on overnight, continuing to download more podcasts while I slept. When I plugged it in at 7:30 this morning it still had 25% battery left. For a budget phone this is outstanding. I wouldn't normally listen to 12 hours of music like that, so there's no way I'm going to kill the battery unless I forget to charge it for two days.
Screen: ... and this is where the wheels come off. The screen on this phone is just short of abysmal. It's not that it's an 800x480 screen - I've had that resolution on other phones and they looked much better than this one. The colors are distorted unless you are looking directly at the phone. This isn't the usual complaint that reviewers have about viewing angles - you literally can't be tilting the phone at all or it's no good. In addition, even if you are looking directly at it images and videos are grainy and just don't look right. However, for normal phone navigation and app use it's adequate. If you wanted to watch anything on your phone, you will be disappointed. I'm lucky that my top use for a smartphone (streaming music) doesn't require much use of this screen.
With a phone in this price range, something always has to give. You either get an a phone that's still running Gingerbread, specs that are subpar, or a battery that can't make it through the day. In this case it's the screen, but even that is really only so bad if you want to watch videos. I expect later this year there will be a lot of competition for budget phones, but if you need a phone right now and only have $100 to spare this is not at all a bad choice.
The BLU Advance 4.0 has 1.27GB of space for apps (the other 2.72GB is for the Android OS). I know that's still pretty small by today's cell phone standards but it's a HUGE upgrade to me. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be able to download and install all the apps I want, plus some I never had the option of installing before. (I still use AppMgr Pro III. It lets me know what programs I can move to my external SD card. Out of the 26 apps I've installed, 11 were able to be moved to my SD card. At 37 apps I've only filled half the 1.27GB with the help of AppMgr.)
I switched to T-mobile (from AT&T) with this phone. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to touch any settings to get this phone to work with T-mobile. Call, text, and data all loaded automatically when I installed the SIM card. I'm told HSPA+ is 4G. If that's the case then this phone DOES get 4G (as well as 3G and 2G). Reception for cell and data are, of course, entirely dictated by location. I've been very fortunate thus far, all things considered (I live in Wyoming, lol).
I was pleasantly surprised to see there was absolutely no "bloatware" on this phone. I LOVE IT. There's something immensely satisfying knowing that not one bit of memory is being wasted on an app I don't want. Other than standard Google stuff (which is part and parcel with Android), you only get the basics. Everything else you can customize and tweak to your hearts content. Fantastic!
The screen is bright and crisp and it's 4" (the "sweet spot" for phone screens as far as I'm concerned). The up and down viewing angle is horrid though. Just a slight tilt and the colors are completely washed out. (Right and left are fine though.) And, of course, direct sunlight makes the screen unviewable. (My Z990 did the same thing, so I'm use to that.) Straight on view, though, and the screen is lovely.
Sadly, the only upgrade I got with the camera on this phone was having a flash. Otherwise it's the exact same as the Z990, if not a little worse. (The auto-focus/focus is middling at best on this phone. It doesn't seem to focus at all with things up-close.)
The touch screen is fine. It's no better or worse than other touch screens I've used. That is to say, using a keyboard can be a pain. Swiftkey is how I get around this and I recommend others either get Swiftkey or an app similar to it. (I've heard people have problems with the stock dialer too, their cheek accidently hitting the end-call button. I recommend getting an alternative dialer if that's an issue for you. ExDialer is pretty good.)
Speakers are loud enough. If you're in a crowded or noisy place you'll have difficulty (headphones or bluetooth headset might be in order). Minor complaint here: They have one of the worst speakerphone placements I've ever seen.They have the speaker in the lower back (!!) area of the phone... you know... the part of the phone you cover with your hand to hold it? So if you want to listen to music or have hand-free talking, you'll have to hold the phone from the top (!!!!!) or put it screen-side down. I have adapted but it's a very strange and inconvenient design decision on BLU's part.
Battery life is OK. It really depends on what you're doing with the phone and how many apps are running in the background. I've not had it die on me yet, but I do make it a point to charge it at night and I have a charger in my car just in case. Also, if you're curious, battery replacements are available. Go to BLU's Amazon Store Front and check their Accessory page to find it.
I got a screen protector, protective silicone case, and a earbuds with this phone (along with the standard charger and manual). I tried to use the screen protector but I didn't clean the phone well enough and ended up ruining it. Oh well. The phone itself has a slippery plastic feel to it, so the silicone case is useful as it gives the phone "grip". I haven't tested the earbuds but they seem sturdy and of good quality.
Speaking of the outside of the phone... it's lovely looking. Someone mentioned it looked cheap in the reviews. I guess that depends on where you're coming from. Having used a Z990 for the last 4 years, the Advance 4 is practically a work of art by comparison. The back is particularly cool looking. (I wish the silicone case was the same color as the phone, or see-through, because it's a shame to have it all covered up.)
At $82 this is a perfect phone. There are no "deal breaking" issues for me. All the minor annoyances I can either get around or live with. If this phone also proves to be durable (I haven't had it long), I'll be a BLU customer for life. :)
- Android operating system
- Comes with accessories
- Weird reflective screen
- Touch screen doesn't always recognize touch
- Front camera is not very good
For the price, it is a decent smartphone. The only big concerns I have for it are the screen. The screen has this weird reflective property that is I can only describe as similar to those weird 3D images that change from side to side where the color gets all weird and inverted (will try to attach pictures). It is more noticeable for darker colors and if the phone is held sideways or at an angle. Not too noticeable if you are looking straight at your phone but I tend to lay my phone flat on a desk while playing games or watching a show and at this angle it makes the screen and colors look weird.
The phone also is not as touch sensitive as my other phones. I often try to press a button with my finger and it won't press, or try to slide the screen and it won't slide. I think it has to do with pressure, I have to apply more pressure than I did with my iphone or samsung for it to recognize. The front camera is also bad but I don't use that much at all so it's not a problem for me.
Overall, price is great compared to other mainstream brands. Best if used as a temporary phone til your upgrade is up, as I can see the screen being annoying in the long run. I ended up returning mine as I just couldn't get used to the screen.