If you have $60, what would you buy? A dozen of pizza boxes? A new dapper suit? Or, alternatively, you could grab a pretty decent phone. The Blue Advance 5.0 is offering everything you need for a basic smartphone with large compartments and neat display. Will it win your heart? Let’s find out on this review.

PROS:

  • Cheap price
  • Able to push some pretty good games to work flawlessly
  • Lightweight

CONS:

  • Cramped storage
  • Low volume

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For such a bargain, one will expect low quality of screen, horrible camera quality, and a miniscule storage. It’s a plastic, yes, but still feels like a decent Android phone ranging above $100. The back cover has a nice texture and rubbery feeling that almost tricked me into thinking that it was a leather. The screen has a responsive touch and definitely snappy.

The Blu Advance 5.0 packed 5-inch IPS LCD display featuring Infinite View Technology. The display only stands at 480p (although the company also offers HD version for a bit higher in price) but like Blu stated, it’s highly viewable from any angle.

The device features 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 paired with 768MB of RAM. To arm the graphics it also comes with Mali-400 GPU, purpotedly to help the user running multimedia more seamlessly. There’s 4GB of internal storage which is obviously incapacious, and we recommend you to quickly put a microSD card up to 64GB to the dedicated slot.

The network configuration already suits those who live in the US, since the company itself resides in the Miami and collaborates with Amazon to bring unlocked version that is compatible nationwide. The handset bears 4G LTE HSPA+ (850/1700/1900) network, alongside 3G and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The dual SIMs work flawlessly.

When it comes to the camera, one cannot ask for much. The primary shooter only repped 5-megapixel lens which is definitely sub-par. But it’s quite decent in taking an image with flash on or under the sun. The 2-megapixel secondary shooter won’t get you anywhere in taking selfies either.

One notable lackluster I found here is the speaker. Whenever you make a call or turning audio on while playing videos and music, it sounds faint and dull. The 3.5mm jacks works well though so you’ll have to rely heavily on earbuds.

Conclusions: This Blu Advance 5.0 is palpably outdated. But considering its price, this one is pretty good bang for the buck. There are several models out there which offers you the same price level but will not necessarily match the handy character in this handset.