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Blu Vivo 5R unboxing and first impressions

The Blu Vivo 5R is the sixth in the Vivo series of smartphones, which is essentially a mid-range line of devices. To be fair, though, the mid-range pretty much only applies to the hardware that powers the experience; the exterior is quite polished and punches above its weight.

We’ve had a Vivo 5R in our possession for a few days now and have come to really like the look and feel of the phone. Designed with aluminum and curved glass, the handset looks like it would cost at least $50-$75 more than it does. Indeed, this $200 experience has all the trappings of a flagship model yet it’s not too much phone for the average user.


Aside from the outward appearance, a few things we’ve already come to appreciate in the Vivo 5R include the fingerprint reader and Android build. The former is new to the Vivo line while the OS is an updated, more secure, and feature-rich platform.

Let’s face it, it’s not as if the Vivo 5 needed to be refreshed already. Given it’s only eight months old, we would not have been surprised if another 2-4 months went by without a successor. Thankfully, Blu decided the time was right to drop a refresh.

Not only do we get more memory and storage in the Vivo 5R, but users also pick up an extra half-inch of display. There’s a slight trade-off in terms of size, of course; it’s taller than its predecessor and a teeny bit bigger on the other edges. It’s barely taller than the OnePlus 3, but it’s every bit as pocketable and one-hand friendly.


One thing we were glad to see in the Vivo 5R was its $200 price tag. This is the same space that the Vivo 5 occupied so it’s essentially like getting a punch up barely one half year after release. We’re not sure what will happen to the cost of the older sibling, but we’re guessing a price drop is soon in order.

We love the rear placement of the fingerprint sensor as it’s right where your finger tends to rest. It’s the same spot as where you’ll find it on a Nexus 6P or where the volume buttons are for the recent LG G models. Thus far it has been snappy all around. Speaking of snappy, we appreciate that it can also be used to activate the shutter of the camera.

The 3150mAh battery carries over from the Vivo 5, which is a big win in our eyes. More than enough to get users through a day or more of typical tasks, it’s bigger than what most lower-cost phones offer. We might have liked the USB Type-C connector, but not everyone is making the jump yet. But, given Blu has included it in a number of recent models, we were surprised to see the microUSB port.


The nearly stock Android build is present, something we’ve come to appreciate in Blu models. There’s a few apps pre-loaded from the handset maker, but it’s not heavy handed. Aside from McAfee Security and Opera, the only other non-Blu touches are apps from Amazon. If you’re new to Android, you’ll get the near-Nexus software, and is almost exactly what Google intends for users. It’s intuitive, friendly, secure, and smart.

When it comes to cameras, we’re yet-again astonished by what we’re getting out of Blu, especially for the price. To us, it’s getting harder and harder to justify spending more than $400 on a phone. When you look at some of the pictures you can take in a $300 phone like the Pure XR, it’s tough to consider pulling more out of the wallet. The same goes for the Vivo 5R; it’s amazing what you get out of the Sony sensor.

img_20160909_105113Keeping in mind that we’ve only had the Vivo 5R for just over three days, we’re totally digging it. Having just used the Pure XR for a daily driver over the last few weeks, we expected to feel the difference, literally. We figured it would come across as cheaper in texture or build. We were happy to be proven wrong.

In terms of performance, we’ve not put this one through a battery of daily driver tests. We’re just starting out with the stock experience to see how it goes out of box. Another couple of days and we’ll put on the various accounts and apps to get rolling.  Suffice it to say, even though it has less internal hardware power than the recently released Pure XR, it’s negligible for the most part. Again, a few days from now we might sing a different tune, but the octa-core processor with 3GB RAM is plenty for many users.


Kudos to Blu for throwing in the screen protector and rubber protective case on top of the headphones and power cable. It’s a small gesture that saves a little bit of money, but it’s certainly appreciated.

We’ll be putting together the formal review over the next few days so be sure to check back for more coverage.


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Three new Nokia phones available at Cricket

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Best true wireless earbuds (Spring 2020)

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The battery time of the earbuds is three times better than most other earbuds.It features Active Noise-Cancelling mode that will allow you to listen to music and lose yourself to the sound. And the Ambient Listening mode enhances your listening experience in a way that balances your environment without letting too much in. These lightweight and slim earbuds come with a durable and highly stylish finish. $300 at Master & DynamicSony WF-1000XM3One of the best earbuds on the list is WF-1000XM3 by Sony. These earbuds come with excellent noise cancellation feature. It is capable of limiting outside noise along with offering exceptional quality sound. Sony WF 1000XM3 has a sleek and classy look that will look outstanding. Equipped with powerful driver units, the earbuds deliver expansive and rich sound. These are truly wireless earbuds that come with an ergonomic fit, so you can wear them comfortably throughout the day.Whether you want to listen to songs, answer calls, or watch TV shows, these earbuds have a long-lasting battery. $230 at SonyLibratone Track Air PlusAnother great wireless earbuds available on the market is Libratone Track Air Plus. These earbuds are designed to deliver rich, clear, and expansive sound. Comes with an excellent noise-canceling feature, it is equipped with tons of innovative and intuitive features.The earbuds are water and sweat-resistant, making it suitable for workouts. These are truly wireless earbuds as they can easily sync with Bluetooth of your device. The sound will stop automatically when you are not wearing them. $200 at LibratoneJBL Reflect FlowJBL Reflect Flow earbuds have an ergonomic fit that will be comfortable for all-day wear. 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