BLU Studio 5.0 S - user opinions and reviews

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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-03-02 18:41 from jBuI - click to readno it is more than likely the charging port. is it loose at all or not feeling secure? and this coming from a computer and cell phone technician.

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  • 2014-03-18 20:25
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i would like to buy a blu phone but i would like to be compatable with the LG blue tooth headphone.

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  • 2014-03-08 06:08
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The phone just stopped charging one day after about a month where can I get a new battery for how much? Do you think that that is the problem

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  • 2014-03-02 18:41
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where can i purchase this phone.....?

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  • 2014-02-28 15:44
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-18 23:51 from 43JA - click to readTry putting your SIM card in slot 1. It's got the WCDMA/GSM capability. YouTube had this info. It worked for me. Now it has "H" which is 3G.

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  • 2014-02-08 18:21
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-11-13 02:42 from q9Yw - click to readsystems settings. Sound has vibrate option, So do all the apps you have to SMS and whatever else comes over the phone. Each has to be set. Have fun,

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  • 2014-02-01 00:14
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> In reply to Bratzilla @ 2013-12-24 18:51 from jAT7 - click to readI had the same problem with the ear phones. I unplugged and plugged the ear phones back in and problem solved. That was on the ear phones that came with the phone which cannot compare to Sony head phones. Also try the app MixZing. It has an equalizer and boosts the sound a bit.

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  • 2014-02-01 00:10
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-18 23:51 from 43JA - click to readI read some place the sim card has to be in the right slot which is slot 1. I installed in the left slot like the instructions said. Have not tried the Internet other than WIFI which works great.

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  • 2014-02-01 00:05
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> In reply to tee @ 2014-01-25 20:27 from xXxM - click to readTry a files manager app that'll let you copy and in your case, cut and paste.

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  • 2014-01-31 23:59
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Blu Studio 5.0 S Review

After using the Blu Studio 5.0 S a few days I would have to give it a high rating of 8 out of 10. The phone has worked great with no reason to restart. I've used phone, messaging, downloaded a number of apps to set it up the way I want it with no problems. Based on the fact the price is half of a Galaxy S3 with similar specs, it should rate a 10, but there are a few major design flaws and features missing on the operating system.

I checked the Blu Studio 5.0 S specs against a number of phones to find this phone is the best value for the money. I purchased mine from NewEgg.com for $170 shipping included. I wish they had sent regular USPS, but they used UPS who let it sit for 3 days before moving it along. I ordered another package on the same day that shipped USPS that arrived in 4 days. Other than that, NewEgg has been a good company to work with.

One of the details I disagree with the few reviews I watched in the Blu Studio 5.0 S is the styling. My other phones came with a really nice rubber coating that seemed to stick to the dash board of a car at a 45 degree angle. Well until you moved. The Blu Studio 5.0 S has a super polished finish that in fact makes if slippery. This is a big phone that fits in your hand, but let's face it, this phone is marketing for kids who most likely have parents pay for their phones. The phone is so thin it feels like it'll shatter if you drop it or break in half if you put it in the rear pocket and sit down. Okay, thin is in and a thin phone is nice. It is a wide phone that'll fit in the average hand, but all the polished surfaces make it fearful to hold. The Blu Studio 5.0 S comes with a silicon rear cover that fits like a glove and has a textured surface. Still a bit slippery, but not as bad as the polished surface. Blu, please go back to the rubber coating other companies use to give your phones a sense of security when they are in hand.

I'm 56 years old and been around computers since DOS. I haven't been able to figure out Anroid programming but I see a few set backs in this Anroid 4 series. There are a few programs I would like to delete but this is not like Windows on a PC where I can find a way to get rid or just about any file. The provider you choose has a lot to do with the operating system. My old provider T-Mobile loaded the old phone up with so many programs and advertising it filled up the 1GB of memory, rendering the phone useless. I switched over to Pure Talk and so far they have not added a thing. The phone comes with a few programs. I've been able to delete most of them. A few want to hang on for dear life. It's impossible to turn off Google Play. I don't like that type of control, but I guess we're stuck with it. I use an app to kill other programs running and they keep restarting on their own. There has to be a fix for that. The software problems on the Android system killed one star.

Reviews on the Blu Studio 5.0 S also centered on viewing quality. The screen is clear and well defined. I can't see any pixel points with my glasses on. I wonder why graphics quality seems to be so important. Those of us over 40 will hardly notice a difference while the younger group spending a lot of time starring at phone screens will soon loose their perfect sight. It just doesn't seem worth an extra $100 to go to the top of the line screens these days. Let's face it, what are you going to watch a movie on? A 5 inch screen or the big screen TV? Once again evidence phones are marketed to the younger crowd.

Processing speed is another important issue. This phone comes with 1GB RAM, which is why I chose to spend the extra $40. My old phone had only a half gig and always ran out of memory. So far I have not seen that problem while downloading a number of apps and switching between them. The Blu Studio 5.0 S claims it comes with 4GB of ROM, the memory inside the phone. I can't see it. The memory app in the phone shows two 1.4GB memories on the phone. Not sure why it shows 2 of them, but that only adds up to 2.8GB. Anyone care to explain what happened to the other 1.2 GB? One came with 1Gb available (the rest is filled with preintalled apps and the operating system) the other has 1.38GB available. The SD card I installed is 16GB. The app shows it as a 14.98GB card. Not sure why everything seems to loose a GB.

The Blu Studio 5.0 S comes with a Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor. Not sure what the quad core is but the processing speed is fast. I downloaded and installed a 1.4GB racing game that operated properly. Watched a few minutes of a movie on YouTube and viewed a number of websites I use for Real Estate. I found out with the new OS and processing speed I get the real Internet on the phone instead of a phone knock off site missing half the information. I'm happy because everything is where I remember it. The Internet on the phone seems as fast as on my PC and laptop. The pinch zoom works great. So far I've only used the phone on WIFI and not the phone system but I am not a real Internet user on the phone.

The Blu Studio 5.0 S does come with a few design flaws. For one, the SD card slot. The way its designed, you can force a card in, but lots of luck on getting it out. Make sure you put in a card large enough to stick with. I read about problems the Blu Studio 5.0 S has reading SD cards. Mine didn't show the SD card at first. I couldn't get the SD card out, but after I took out the battery and restarted the phone, it saw the card. The lower buttons are also a minor issue. There are 3 buttons with the back button on the right. I keep touching the corner where I think the button should be located, but its spaced in just enough I miss it all the time. Blu move the buttons to the edges where they belong. The other issue is the on-off button on the right near the top. I have to press the button 3-4 times to get it to work. It is directly opposite of the sound level button, so when you use one hand to turn the phone on and off you are going to change the sound level. Poor design. The only other issue is the 3MM jack for the ear plugs. The reviews all said sound level on the ear phone jack was low. It was for me also. I unplugged it while a song was playing and plugged it back in and now its fine. Problem solved. This seems more like an issue with the operating system. The SD card problem is more likely the OS also. So Android... fix your sh...

Overall I am pleased with the phone and Operating system. There are issues that need attention, but most are shared by just about all phones. For older people looking at a smart phone, I have to say. Using the on screen key board is a pain even on a larger screen. I am constantly hitting the wrong key. So if you want to type a lot on the phone, maybe a model with a slide out key board may be better for you. I haven't found a way of using the texting app that came with the phone to rotate to a horizontal screen with a larger key board, but I switched to Google Hang Out and it works fine and switches to horizontal screen. Much easier to use the larger key board and hold the phone with 2 hands.

Overall I will say I am pleased with the Blu Studio 5.0 S. It has not caused any problems. I haven't had to restart it at all after using all the apps I need. The internet is much better than expected and I have to say the styling is nice. It looses 1 star based on the lack of a good gripping surface, the power button, and the SD card slot. Other than that, I will say BLU is out to compete with the big boys in the market and with the prices they offer, should make their mark quickly. I would like to see how one of their lesser priced phone with half the RAM perform. Blu also offers more expensive phones with better displays and more memory, but for me they are not worth the extra cost. If you live a life of gaming on a phone maybe they will be for you. The 4GB ROM, 1GB RAM, and quad core 1.2GHz processor seem to do everything I need it to do. I will recommend the Blu Studio 5.0 S to others and would buy it again. No disappointments here.

The Blu Studio 5.0 S did come with a screen protector on the phone and another in a package. I kept the one on the phone, just pulled it back to remove a few bubbles. I don't know about you but every time I try to put one on it winds up with a few dust specs on the screen.

One more thing, the camera. I took a few indoor shots and it seems to work fine. I've read reviews saying it has poor quality, but I will say one thing. It has panoramic mode and the picture quality settings go all the way down to VGA. So I don't have to waste a lot of megs storing a pic using a phone. Let's face it, us older people don't have the best eye for photos and a super high quality camera is not what most people buy a phone for. Picture quality is as good as any 8MP camera. I compared the quality to my Fuji 8MP camera and they are similar. You can't zoom in 800x without seeing a bit of grain. Pixels are pixels and who expects studio quality from a phone?

The battery doesn't seem to last 20 hours like the specs say. I do get a full day of use out of the battery. Considering much of the day I was downloading apps, taking calls, and checking out the features on the phone, battery life seems adequate but not amazing. That's all I need is a phone I can use all day and recharge at night. If the battery lasted me 2 days with everything I put it through, the Blu Studio 5.0 S would have earned its star back. I would say battery life is about average to good.

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  • 2014-01-31 20:34
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I recently acquired a BLU Studio 5.0S through SimpleMobilePhones. Mostly good things to say, other than voice quality through the phone's mic. It arrived in nice condition including both a solid protective case and screen protector. For some reason it also had a screen protector pre-installed (referb or return maybe, despite SimpleMobile stating that it was new/unused - note that this company is not known for high integrity). I submitted a trouble shoot request to SimpleMobile asking to address the background noise issue - their response was "contact the manufacturer". I did so and am now waiting for their response. I assumed that the phone would have a second mic for noise cancellation (bad assumption). I find it to be a bother to use bluetooth or headphones for all calls. A second issue is with the dual sim option, which by itself is a good option and performs ok. It does introduce an unanticipated bottle-neck with my car's hands-free bluetooth. When i make a call with my hands-free set in the car it can't manage the dual sim option and points me to my phone, as i must select either SIM1 or SIM2 to complete the call. I wish there was a default setting to assign either sim1 or sim2 to an individual contact. Oh well, for the price - I would rank it as a reasonably good phone (not nearly as nice as my old Nexus One [RIP], however...)

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  • 2014-01-27 03:11
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how do I transfer photos from phone to sd card

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  • 2014-01-25 20:27
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> In reply to Andrew @ 2013-12-19 02:39 from KsMJ - click to readit does not have LED notification

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  • 2014-01-24 06:24
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> In reply to St3fus @ 2014-01-02 20:50 from 3nw6 - click to readDid you have to purchase the "a" version instead

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  • 2014-01-19 21:34
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I'm having problems connecting to 3g on this phone I only get edge service with the green bars . The head phone jack is also low and only works with the ones that came with the phone please help. Besides that this is a pretty good phone

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  • 2014-01-18 23:51
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No compass or gravity sensor so.....no Droid or google sky.

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  • 2014-01-10 20:01
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Sucks. I hate this phone. The power button stopped working on its own. Now I have to plug in the charger or get an incoming call to use it. Waste of money.

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  • 2014-01-07 09:55
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does it has GPS

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  • 2014-01-04 16:10
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i have a problem coneccting the phone with the p.c. if no get the driver controller i can't download ...how to get this driver controller... thanks for your help...

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  • 2014-01-04 08:04
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Fantastic phone for the money. I had it for 2 days and it's pretty close to perfect (this is my 2nd Android phone). Pros: Speed (CPU/GPU), Screen, RAM, Design, Camera. Cons: Heat, Internal memory. Alright so it is very fast, all though it uses Cortex A5 (Quad-core). GPU has been discussed a lot, but it also works very well - it supports most of 3D games (Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Dumb Ways to Die...) in part thanks to 1 GB RAM memory. Design is just great, very similar to Samsung Galaxy S3. Camera is OK, 8 megapixels back and 2 front. There isn't much cons I found on this device so far - only heating up while playing some bigger 3D games (not a big problem) and 4 GB of Internal memory which also isn't a thing to worry about, especially if you can afford memory card (up to 32 GB), but even without SD card 4GB is enough memory for non-heavy users. People have been talking about not getting 3G data a lot. I purchased the "i" version and I had some problems with 3G in the begining, but I think it was up to the operator, so I took it back to them and they fixed it. Now both my SIM cards data works fine. I think that's all...

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  • 2014-01-02 20:50
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