BLU Vivo XL Review

BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
BLU Vivo XL Review
Introduction


A breakout year for the company, Miami-based BLU left its mark in the mobile space throughout 2015, but 'it's wasting no time in directing its momentum. In fact, it announced not one, but two new affordably priced smartphones that don't sacrifice in style during CES 2016.

We're checking out the cheaper of the two, the BLU Vivo XL, which chimes in with a devilishly hard-to-resist starting price of $149.00. Visually appealing from head-to-toe, it's undeniably fabulous that its design is a central focus, but let's cross our fingers that other aspects of the phone aren't compromised.

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Design

If this is what we can expect from a sub-$150 phone, we have higher expectations from the competition.

BLU doesn't disappoint with the Vivo XL, thanks in part to balancing the combination of having a slick design, svelte construction (0.3in/7.5mm), and lightweight figure (5.4oz/152 g). Honestly, it's almost unfathomable to believe 'everything has been crammed in such a thin, compact body.

What draws us in the most to the phone's design is the mirrored finish of its rear casing. It's highly reflective and makes for a great mirror for those quick peeks of yourself, while a stitching pattern accentuates the Vivo XL's premium-esque looks. Specifically, BLU refers to the finish as liquid metal, but in reality, it's far from metal – more like a glossy plastic coating that covers everything.

Even though it seems like BLU emphasizes on design above everything else, there's still utility in mind – evident in the fact that the phone features a removable battery, dual-SIM slots, and a microSD slot. What's most striking, though, is that a USB Type-C 2.0 port is present on the Vivo XL, ensuring that it's up to snuff with the times.


BLU Vivo XL

BLU Vivo XL

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.02 x 0.3 inches

155.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Honor 5X

Honor 5X

Dimensions

5.96 x 3 x 0.32 inches

151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus X

OnePlus X

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 inches

140 x 69 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

BLU Vivo XL

BLU Vivo XL

Dimensions

6.11 x 3.02 x 0.3 inches

155.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Honor 5X

Honor 5X

Dimensions

5.96 x 3 x 0.32 inches

151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus X

OnePlus X

Dimensions

5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 inches

140 x 69 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


BLU Vivo XL Review

Display

It's a throwback to the AMOLED screens of yesterday; super saturation and a weak brightness output.

In complementing its dazzling aesthetics, the 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 is absolute in garnering attention with its iridescent glow, over-saturated colors, wide viewing angles, and the typical deep black that AMOLED screens are known for producing. This, from what we can gather, embodies all of the typical characteristics of the technology.

While Samsung has perfected the technology, the one used by BLU here harkens back to the AMOLED screens of old. For example, it washes out and fades under direct sun due to its feeble peak luminance of 289 nits. And other qualities about it indicate an inferior screen here, like its colder ~8000K color temperature and over-saturated, unrealistic color reproduction. You know it's representative of AMOLED technology of the past, due to the amount of saturation produced by it – such as in how yellows appear greenish and teal leans on the bluish side.



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19 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

7.5/10 That's very generous of you PA.

8. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It's like an 11 for them.

14. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

How does this phone get 7.5? -terrible camera -weeeaaak display -laughable graphical prowess Higher than the Z5 Higher than the V10 Lumia 950s BB Priv

15. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I said that because PA lately has been giving super low scores on their reviews. Not saying anything about the phone itself.

17. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Exactly right. Then this Blu phone get more than the Z5 and the V10? LMAO.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I thought this phone has been already reviewed like 3 times now :P

3. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

So, for PA... Blu vivo XL is better than Xperia Z5?

5. pooma

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

seriously dude?? BLU Vivo XL is wayyy cheaper than z5, cost/product worth analysis

12. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

You can't compare the scores given to a budge phone with one given to a flagship phone

4. pooma

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

nice job P.A ...is there any idiot who wants to say 7.5 is new 9

6. Acdc1a

Posts: 470; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

With words like unacceptable and lackluster littered throughout the review I'm surprised that this phone got a 7.5

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My thoughts exactly, I think 7.5 is a pretty generous score when you consider the stuff they were saying.

7. elimartinez7

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

its only $99 till 1/31 on best buy's website, check out blu's website, just bought me one

9. Ghost04

Posts: 516; Member since: May 03, 2014

It's probably a great phone . It got higher marks then LG V10, Huawei Mate 8 , Xperia Z5 .

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dear PA, if you decide to give some bad score to some phone, please give recommendation for better smartphone with the same PRICE RANGE and shortly explain why its better... with that it will make your scoring system more legit, tq (and of course you should recommend phone with better score within same price range) or just get rid of that scoring system, since its so useless this way or at least, mention one phone around $150, that get higher than 9/10 and obviously better than this one

13. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

PA please fix the flaws on the phone at the specs, it says it has NO flash, when it does.

16. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Wow did JV get laid before reviewing this phone. He gave 0.5 more than his favourite numerical.

18. sebstin

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Why still phones are being released with Android 5.X. Why not 6.x in 2016?.

19. geoffphuket

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

Or you could spend considerably less on an Umi 'Rome', and get 3GB RAM, Sony cameras and the same AMOLED screen. :-)
Vivo XL
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3150 mAh(16h talk time)

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