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BLU Life 8 XL Smartphone – Unlocked – US GSM – Orange


LIFE 8 XL focused on design, functionality and performance available in 5 vibrant colors. With a 5.5 “screen 720×1280 pixels and Android V4.4 Kit Kat OS upgradeable to Lollipop 5.0, 1.4 GHz Octa-Core processor with Mali 450 GPU. 8MP autofocus camera with 2MP Front camera.

$ 129.00


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  1. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprisingly nice; set-up guide, July 14, 2015
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    MWebb (Berkeley, CA) –
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    I purchased this simply because it was on sale for $79 – you can’t beat that, based on the good specs, right? In this case, the build and operating quality exceed expectations, and match that of $300 phones (and $300 phones from Huawei, Alcatel, ZTE are pretty darn good these days).

    Some set-up notes to help you:

    1. Make sure you have your old phone backed up – Android and Apple phones back up automatically. If you have photos and videos set to auto-back up on your old Android phone, they will be there for you when you log into your new phone. I wouldn’t factory reset your old Android phone right away, though, just in case. If you are coming from an older iPhone, things get a little trickier. Apple iCloud isn’t available on an Android or Windows phone, so you need to make sure your pictures and videos are backed up to an alternate service – Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Flickr or the best yet, Google+. Telling you how to do that is beyond the scope of this article, so research it online or enlist a friend’s help (it can be as simple as downloading the app, signing in, telling it to upload, and being patient). Once again, don’t reset your iPhone until you feel comfortable.

    2. You need a Gmail account to sign in onto the phone. You probably already have one, otherwise you can sign up on the phone itself.

    3. You need to put a SIM in. Probably in SIM slot one – read the tiny manual in the box. I’m presently trying this out in tablet mode, so I don’t have the answer on the tip of my tongue. But one thing for sure – on most dual SIM phones, only one SIM can use high speed data, so it DOES make a difference. (The other SIM will probably use slower 2G data.)

    4. I don’t recommend backing up from your old Android phone’s online Google backup. It may take a little extra time to remember and manually install your favorite apps, but it’s a cleaner way to install, never hangs the phone (I’ve had some phones just stall out), and is like spring cleaning – you’ll find some apps you never use, just hogging up space.

    5. This is a pretty stock Android user interface, thankfully, with practically no bloatware programs. That’s welcome in terms of housekeeping, and essential in terms of making the most of your 8gb of storage. I had about 5gb before downloading my apps and 4gb after, no SD card installed yet (I have a card on order from Amazon now).

    6. If you are going to install a micro SD card, there are good deals on Amazon, with Samsung and Sandisk very popular. 32gb goes for about $16 and 64gb goes for about $32. Class 10 UH1 at a minimum is best, and no biggie in terms of premium. Amazon’s own stock – not marketplace – is the most reliable. Install the micro SD FIRST before booting up, and before you download any programs, go into Settings- Storage-Install Apps to SD card and select that option; if you don’t, you can’t move programs to the SD card later, without re-formatting the SD card AND factor re-setting your phone OR uninstalling then reinstalling the app. You want to use the SD card for apps and storage as much as possible to reserve on-board storage for the many programs that won’t install to the SD card.

    7. For some strange reason, the stock keyboard is AOSP (Android Open Source stock keyboard) but I downloaded the Google Keyboard, which has swipe text entry as an option, from the Play Store. Unfortunately it kept crashing on me, ymmv, but be forewarned. Fleksy worked fine.

    8. To get rid of vibrate on keypress, you need to toggle options in TWO places: the keyboard settings for your default keyboard, found under “Language & Input”, and the sound settings, of all places, under “Audio profiles”. Root around in those two categories and you can un-check the appropriate boxes.

    9. While you are in “Sound,” un-check the box for enhancing the speaker sound; all this does on mine is make the speaker crackle at a middle volume level – with the box un-checked, it sounds like most other speakers in smartphones. It isn’t a weak speaker, btw, at least not on my sample.

    10. In the “Display” setting category, turn off “screen adjust mode”, because this has a nearly 3000 mAh battery and you shouldn’t be sacrificing ANY screen quality to eke out a little more battery life. On the other hand, I left “ClearMotion” turned on, this is a “Video fluency enhancer” whatever that means, but if I end up finding the video a little weird, I’ll turn it off. (This is non-standard function, btw.)

    11. Go into the “Battery” setting category and un-check the “CPU power saving mode” which throttles your octa core performance to “conserve battery life and lower device temperature.” If you don’t like your resulting battery life, you can turn it back on later. Please note that I turned this feature off, but when I came back to write this…

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  2. 007Peter "007peter" says:
    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    There is simply no better value than Blue Life 8 XL, July 8, 2015
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    007Peter “007peter” (Irvine, CA) –

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    ▒▒▒▒▒ Is It Worth the $129? ▒▒▒▒▒

    YES YES YES! There is simply no better value than Blue Life 8 XL. A big 5.5” 720p phone for under $130 is shockingly good (somebody pinch me). Some UNGRATEFUL souls will complain about its 1gb memory, but let’s examine the competition:

    $129 Blue 8XL (3G). [1gb Ram, 8gb Storage] 5.5”LCD @ 1280x720p [8mp/2mp] battery 2920 mAh, (8core @1.4ghz)
    $120 Moto E (3G)….[1gb Ram, 8gb Storage] 4.5”LCD @ 960x540p [5mp/vga]…..battery 2390 mAh, (4core @1.2ghz)
    $150 Moto E (4G)….[1gb Ram, 8gb Storage] 4.5”LCD @ 960x540p [5mp/vga]…..battery 2390 mAh, (4core @1.2ghz)
    $180 Moto G (3G)…[1gb Ram, 8gb Storage] 5.0” LCD @ 1280x720p [8mp/2mp] battery 2070 mAh, (4core @1.2ghz)

    While I ♥ my Samsung Avant (speedy 4G/LTE + 1.5gb RAM + 16gb ROM), I find 4.5” LCD (960×540) simply too small & painful for reading E-book and hard-to-read web pages. While I agree that “size isn’t everything”, I do find that Bigger Screen allow for Easier Reading with much less Eye Strain. I no longer need to reach for a 7” tablet to read a book in comfort. BLU 8XL size is perfect, width is very narrow allow for a very secure single-hand-grip. BLU 8XL is also very lightweight (146g), I can hold this phone for hours of reading without incurring arm strain. I think I’ll sell my 7” Tablet.

    Every phone has a TRADE-OFF and BLU made the right call going with 1gb RAM/8gb ROM to reduce cost @$129. While I prefer 2gb RAM/16gb ROM, such configuration would also price 8XL above $150, and push BLU out of the budget market. Asus Zenfone 2 (5.5” 1080p screen, 2gb RAM/16gb Storage, great camera) is only $199! BLU must price the 8XL far below ZF2 to generate sales. $129 is sufficiently below Asus $199 price tag to justify 8XL, but pricing @$100 would be even better. Either way, don’t buy the inferior 2014 Moto G for $180 (slower than 2015 Moto E).

    ▒▒▒▒▒ Future Update will be added (here) ▒▒▒▒▒

    I will post update on my ownership experience here. BLU makes some lousy phones with questionable longevity. I will keep an keen eyes on my 8XL and report my various finding here in the future. In the mean time, it is a great buy. I got mine on the initial $79 sales, but it is worth every penny @ $129.

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  3. Juniorverse1 says:
    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great big display, plenty of speed, a tremendous value (but NO Lollipop 5.0+ and no ETA), July 9, 2015
    By 
    Juniorverse1
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    Coming from a Nexus 5, I love the larger screen on this phone even though the resolution isn’t as good. Don’t get me wrong, everything looks beautiful on the screen, it’s just that it’s the equivalent of 720p and not 1080p like my Nexus 5 where I could fit more on the screen (albeit with smaller text and images).

    For the price, this phone is absolutely amazing and highly recommended. It is plenty fast. The custom ROM is pretty much stock Android with a few minor changes, mostly in the settings screens. I am waiting to hear back from support about how to update to the promised 5.0 update, as the phone’s updater does not find 5.0+. After 5 days, the company responded to my e-mail by asking me to enter all of my personal info including my address, phone number, copy of my receipt, etc on an unsecured website before they will tell me the status of the Lollipop upgrade. I deducted 1 star for not having Lollipop at release, for making support difficult, and for having an unsecured website when asking for a customer’s personal information. I called and they could not give me an ETA on the 5.0 update.

    The speaker isn’t very loud, which is a bit of a disappointment. Phone calls sound great in both directions. Videos are smooth and look gorgeous on this display. I watched a few HD YouTube videos and was surprised at how great they looked on this phone. The camera takes very good photos. I’m not noticing much that slows down this phone. It seems just as speedy as my Nexus 5.

    The phone’s rear case was easy to remove. There are two SIM card slots and a slot for a micro SD card for additional storage. I am using T-Mobile prepaid with this phone and switching from my Nexus 5 was as easy as changing the phone’s ID on my account.

    The phone is so thin and feels great in your hand. The included case and screen protectors are nice touches so you don’t have to go out and buy them separately. The earbuds are decent enough.

    Overall, I give this phone 4 stars for the ridiculously good value for the price. I am eagerly awaiting for the Lollipop release, because as it is right now this phone is already outdated at release time.

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