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BLU Studio 5.0 C HD: Beautiful design and a powerful performance

BLU Studio 5.0 C HD
Beautiful design and a powerful performance, the BLU Studio 5.0 C HD, enhanced with Android 4.4 Kit Kat featuring a 5.0" HD display for viewing pleasure, powerful 1.3 GHz Quad Core processing for fast response and a great 8MP camera.

Case in point: the BLU Studio 5.0C HD. What you have here is a quad-core phone with 1GB of RAM, and a 720p display. It's a dual SIM phone and accepts a microSD card of up to 64GB.

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Here's the rundown on the specs:

  • 5.0-inch 1280×720 IPS HD Display
  • MediaTek Quad-core MT6582 1.3GHz processor
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB
  • 8MP shooter on the back
  • 2MP front-facing shooter
  • WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi Hotspot, micro-USB, FM Radio
  • Dimensions: 145 x 73 x 9.7 mm
  • Dual-SIM
  • Bands Supported: 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1700/1900, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) 850/1900/2100
  • 2000mAh removable battery
List Price: $149.00
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Included are the wall charger, USB cable, headphones (with additionally sized ear pieces) and even a camera case. The phone case itself is a sturdy plastic that did not feel cheap.

Battery life:
Basically got a full day or normal usage. Once or twice you needed a small charge to finish the day. You will need to charge this nightly if you are a casual user.

For a low-end phone, it certainly does not feel cheap. It's grip is on par with some HTC phones, and possibly feels a bit better. BLU added a color matching ear piece on the front of the phone, which I thought was a cool touch.

About that 720p display - while that resolution might sounds low given today's qHD and 1080p phone screens, it is surprisingly good. With a DPI border lining on "retina display" quality, and an IPS screen....well The screen is bright and easy on the eyes.

Moving right along to the processor... Under the hood, you'll find a MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Go ahead and make that funny face again. This phone is amazing at every day tasks and most games.

The BLU Studio 5.0C HD is quite snappy and generally moves right along without chugging or lag.

Dual SIM! This is an unfamiliar concept to most of us in the USA. From what I understand, you can run one SIM for voice and anotherfor data - or run 2 different phone numbers from the same device. I'm not using that feature, but it does look like it could be very useful.

I was concerned about picture quality with only an 8MP camera, again, I was pleasantly surprised by the images this thing takes. They're very good. Low light performance was not that great but that's to be expected. I wish the flash setting was a bit better, but once again it performed well. The front camera did good on video chat over wifi when you have lighting around. Almost all phones are only 2MP on the front camera so this is very comparable. The 1080p recording was fine but make sure to use the external microSd card for the reasons I mention below.

I love BLU for releasing this phone with an almost stock Android KitKat experience. This is one of the nicest things about this phone. I haven't found too many devices that are budget phones running KitKat out of the box.

The customizations BLU made are not instrusive and necessary, considering the feature set of this device. One is a dual SIM notification, and the other is a persistent battery notification that always let's you know where you stand on battery life.

This works great with all the social apps (Facebook, Twittter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc).

There are a couple drawbacks I should mention though:

  • No promised updates even though BLU is pretty good about device support down the road.
  • No LTE. If you're okay with that, then this phone is great. It does support HSPA+, but no LTE at all. I am currently using a Straight Talk SIM and actually find the speeds on AT&T comparable to LTE on VZW.

For under $150, this phone really can't be beat. Add a 64GB microSD card, and you have an awesome phone with plenty of space for content. It comes with a charger, screen protector, and a TPU case - so that's a plus.