BLU Vivo 5 Review

Call Quality

It suffices enough for the occasion.

Aside from the robotic toned voices our callers mentioning hearing on their end of the line, the calling experience is otherwise tolerable with its strong volume and audible voices through the earpiece – enough to handle conversations in loud situations. We gladly accept its quality, even though there are still some minor nuances that sometimes get in the way.

Battery

You’ll be pleased by its better-than-average performance.

By looking at the Vivo 5's mostly uniform, streamlined chassis, most people would be surprised to know there's a 3150 mAh battery in there. The sleekness by itself is remarkable, and we're pleased to report that the phone achieves better-than-average battery life.

In its battery, the Vivo 5 holds enough charge to get us through an entire work day. Bettering its sibling, too, the Vivo 5 reaches an on-screen time of 8 hours and 3 minutes in our custom battery benchmark test – while the 107 minutes it requires to recharge fully is a speedy time as well.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 8h 3 min (Excellent)
Honor 5X 6h 54 min (Average)
OnePlus X 5h 57 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G (2015) 8h 3 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
BLU Vivo 5 107
Honor 5X 170
OnePlus X 121
Motorola Moto G (2015) 251

Conclusion


Slowly but surely, BLU has been gaining traction on the entry-level side of the US smartphone market, and the BLU Vivo 5, along with the Vivo XL, is a testament to how far the company's products have come. A year or so ago, BLU’s phones hardly drew much attention, but fast forward to the present, we have a premium designed phone in the BLU Vivo 5. Seriously, it is a bit hard to believe that a phone looking like this could cost just $200 outright.

To sum it all up, this unlocked dual-SIM GSM smartphone is sure to attract those who would appreciate a good-looking, beautifully designed smartphone, yet aren't willing to pay an exorbitant price for one. The large display, spacious internal storage, and decent battery life are also worth pointing out. Sure, it’s not a hit in all categories – the camera and gaming performance being two of the phone's weak spots – but with all taken into account, the Vivo 5 is worth a look.



Software version of the review unit: Android Version: 5.1; Build Number: BLU_V0050UU_V09_GENERIC

Pros

  • Attractive all-metal construction
  • Sleek, mostly uniform construction
  • Lightweight
  • Low outright cost of $200
  • Above average battery life

Cons

  • Choppy graphics processing performance
  • Weaker screen luminance makes it unusable in direct sun
  • Underpowered internal speaker
  • Custom Android experience isn’t for everyone

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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5 Comments

1. Shuhailnp

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

Mali ? for 810 ?

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

At the same price level I'd say the honor 5x offers a more compelling package.

3. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Blu should thank gionee for doing all the hard work.

4. ShadowHammer

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Considering they probably pay them for the design work, that's pretty good thanks already.

5. JcHnd

Posts: 283; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

@John V... just wondering, why you never reviewed the Life One X (2016)... I have one and im pretty sure its better than these two, specially for the "bang for the buck" part, why that never happened?
Vivo 5
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3150 mAh(16h talk time)

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