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BLU Life Play / BLU L100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of BLU Life Play / BLU L100. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the screen and usability are on the whole positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the sound. Many are less positive about the reliability.

price, performance, portability, usability, screen

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the BLU Life Play / BLU L100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Brian Bennett (cnet.co.uk)

Blu Products Life Play review

 

It's hard to zero in on an affordable yet satisfying unlocked Android smartphone. Other than the $299 LG Nexus 4 or pricey $569.99 Sony Xperia Z , there aren't a lot of viable options, at least in the U.S. market.

Blu Products' Life Play is very affordable for an unlocked smartphone. It also features an attractively thin design, a big screen, Android Jelly Bean, and a powerful camera.

The Life Play runs a slow processor and has just 4GB of internal storage. It isn’t compatible with some wired phone headsets and lacks 4G LTE support.

The unlocked $229 Blu Life Play offers Android Jelly Bean on the cheap, but getting the more expensive $299 LG Nexus 4 would be a wiser decision.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Patrick Austin (itreviews.co.uk)

Blu Life Play (Unlocked)

 

At $229, the Blu Life Play is a good unlocked Android smartphone for people who want an affordable device with a large screen, as long as they can give up LTE.

The 8-megapixel rear camera isn’t very good. Pictures are sharp enough, but color saturation is poor. Dark grays become blacks, making contrast an issue. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera is a pretty good one for such an inexpensive phone. It often...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Patrick Austin (pcmag.com)

Blu Life Play (Unlocked)

 

At $229, the Blu Life Play is a good unlocked Android smartphone for people who want an affordable device with a large screen, as long as they can give up LTE.

Bright, playful design. Incredibly light. Two SIM slots. High-resolution display. Almost stock Android.

No LTE. Low internal storage. Graphically intense games stutter. Mediocre call quality. Poor camera.

Camera, Conclusions The 8-megapixel rear camera isn't very good. Pictures are sharp enough, but color saturation is poor. Dark grays become blacks, making contrast an issue. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera is a pretty good one for such an...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Bennett (cnet.com)

Blu Products Life Play review

 

It's hard to zero in on an affordable yet satisfying unlocked Android smartphone. Other than the $299 LG Nexus 4 or pricey $569.99 Sony Xperia Z , there aren't a lot of viable options, at least in the U.S. market.

Blu Products' Life Play is very affordable for an unlocked smartphone. It also features an attractively thin design, a big screen, Android Jelly Bean, and a powerful camera.

The Life Play runs a slow processor and has just 4GB of internal storage. It isn’t compatible with some wired phone headsets and lacks 4G LTE support.

The unlocked $229 Blu Life Play offers Android Jelly Bean on the cheap, but getting the more expensive $299 LG Nexus 4 would be a wiser decision.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Evan Selleck (phonedog.com)

BLU Life Play Written Review

 

It's been a few years since Android, Google's mobile operating system, launched. Since then, we've seen a lot of different versions of hardware and software. One conversation has powered through the years, sometimes seemingly growing stronger with the...

Nice hardware color. Amazing 720p HD display. Lightweight and comfortable to hold. Relatively stock version of Android

Poor camera. Not enough built-in storage. Battery is too small. Not quite stock Android

: If you're looking for a device that's cheap, and doesn't need you to sign a new contract to get that cheap cost, the BLU Life Play is indeed a valid option. It's almost-stock version of Android means that updates shouldn't be too far behind from...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: DrGol (cnet.com)

"Looks good ... does not work ... cannot be fixed"

 

Lets face it, any product can have a problem, the issue is whether the company stantds behind it to fix it. Blu products is not one of them. It takes at least 30 minutes to get somebody on the line at any time of the day. It took me 6 tries to finally...

size, weight, colors

software configutarion, tech support

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Guillermo_Maxwell (cnet.com)

"Very Nice Smartphone for the Money"

 

I've owned this phone for about 6 weeks. I have it activated on Ultra-mobile. Activation process was pretty painless - Ultra does require some configurations to use SMS, but was pretty easy to do with their generic android instructions. I'm a fan of...

Big screen. Plenty of processing for an average user. Feels like a more expensive phone.

No accessories, off-brand

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: yankeescrimshaw (cnet.com)

"great phone for the money Blu dash 4.5 is greater value"

 

These phones work very well on prepaid cards for those that dont want a 125.00 monthly phone bill Put a 32gb card in when the phone is started, go to settings and select sdcard 2 for memory..

android 4.2.1

Blu dash 4.5 has a 4.5 inch screen same process or, but 512mb4gb memory 5 megapixil camera bur sells for 129.99.

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: jotha (bestbuy.com)

Good appearance, simple,

 

its a great phone. looks good. works fine. comes with case, screen protector, SD memory, charger, headphones. its a good phone for the price.

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: SmittyP (bestbuy.com)

Packs a BIG BANG for the Price

 

I have had this phone for about 3 weeks. I use it with tmobile and I get the non-LTE 4g. This i a snappy device that beats any other phone that I have purchased off contract. With my old phone there was a lot of lag while playing games, but not with...

Sep, 2013
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Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1800
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):780
Standby time (3G):700
Talk time (2G):18
Talk time (3G):16

Call management

Call timer: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera resolution:3264 x 2448
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:3264 x 2448
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p

Design

Colour of product:Blue / Grey / Pink / Yellow
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:11.9
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:720 x 1080 / 720 x 1280
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:1

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Video formats supported:DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, WMV, XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,2100
3G standards:HSDPA, HSUPA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
EDGE multislot class:12
GPRS multislot class:12
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2 Jelly Bean
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A7
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:MEDIATEK
Processor frequency:1.2
Processor Model:MT6589

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2 Jelly Bean

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:1024
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:1

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.9
Height :13.7
Weight:125
Width:6.84
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