Vivo IV Blu’s High-End Phone
Blu had begun producing some high-quality handsets, slowly shifting away from its reputation in creating low to mid-range phones every few weeks. Last month, the company released Life Pure XL, which is basically a monster with Snapdragon 800. Currently, Blu has launched two new handsets called the Life 8 and the Vivo IV. Life 8 is among the mid-range devices with its octa-core processor, a 1gb RAM, a 1280×720 display and an 8gb storage, while the Vivo IV Blu is more high-end. Its specifications include:
- A 5-inch 1920×1080 Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3;
- Dimensions of 145mm x 70mm x 5.5mm
- A 2gb RAM;
- 2200mAh battery
- A 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 with ARM MALI 450 GPU;
- Android 4.2.2 operating system
- A 16gb storage;
- A microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack;
- A 13 mp rear camera and a 5mp front camera; and
- Wireless capacities of GSM HSPA+ 42mbps, 4G 850/1900/2100; WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, WiFi hotspot, FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
The Vivo IV is available in white-silver, rose gold, and black variants for a price of $299.
Vivo IV Blu Hardware
The Blu Vivo IV is a super sleek phone that’s only 5.5mm thick and is also very light. It’s a bit longer than the Nexus 5, but this extra length is needed for the battery as the Vivo IV is a lot thinner. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass while the sides of the device are made of machined aluminium. The microUSB charging port is located at the top; the power and volume buttons can be found on the left side; the microSIM slot is at the right side; and the headphone jack is placed at the bottom. All in all, it’s a very elegantly-designed phone. Even the camera bump looks nice despite the back’s relative plainness.
The good points:
- The 1080p Super AMOLED display is beautiful. The colors are vivid and saturated.
- The case that comes with the Vivo IV is nice. It’s clear and thin and still maintains the phone’s look while providing a layer of protection and grippability. The camera bump also noticeably blends in with the rest of the surface when using the case.
The points to improve:
- The Vivo IV has the usual capacitive keys – menu, home, and back – which could have been nicer if it has more customization. The menu button is nearly useless; it’s much preferable to have a recent apps button instead. The good news: double-tapping the home button displays the recent apps menu, while long-pressing the home button launches Google Now.
Vivo IV Blu Software and Performance
The primary interface of the Vivo IV is similar to the other Life Pure devices, which is a simplified version of the Android launcher with an iOS-like feel. A lone widget on top of the screen shows the weather. There is no app tray.
The good points:
- The customized notification shade, particularly the settings panel, has several options that can be customized according to your preferences, and there are also tons of settings to see.
- Performance of the Vivo IV is great, such as in switching apps, texting, web surfing, and social networking. There are no lags, and though it’s still not comparable to the speed monster that is Life Pure XL, the Vivo IV is still a speedy device.
- 13mp rear camera provides good quality photos. It also offers advanced settings.
The points to improve:
- The primary interface lacks customization options that is almost always preferred by Android users. To address this, third-party launchers can be downloaded from the Play Store.
There are so many things to love about the Blu Vivo IV. To note, it has the best design among Blu’s line of products. The glass and aluminium body makes it look elegant, and its thinness adds to the premium feel of the device. A downside is that it has no LTE and runs only on Android 4.2.2 – but don’t let that be a dealbreaker. Blu stated that it will be updated to Android 4.4.x before the month ends for the Life Pure series and Vivo.
For only $300, the Blu Vivo IV is an awesome phone. It gives you the best value for your money. It’s highly recommendable, especially for those people who doesn’t mind missing an LTE. It’s affordable and works great. What more can you ask for?
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