BLU Life SmartPhone Review (Model 8 XL)

For those who are looking for a low budget smartphone, I got one for you: BLU Life 8 XL. This is one of the cheapest model recently available on the online stores.

Android Kitkat loaded phone which gives almost all the interesting and required features of a costlier Smartphone. If you cannot afford a Samsung or Sony Smartphone then you can go for this model.

Or if you are looking for a spare one that you want to give it for kids or occasional use at home – you can simply choose this Smartphone.


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Screen, Design and Display.

The screen measures 5.5 inch and well enough to get a feel of Smartphone. You get HD resolution of 720p only and hence it is not a full HD Smartphone.

However, on a bigger 5.5 inch screen it won’t disappoint you much. Moreover, with 720p you have to keep the brightness higher for better quality viewing and you can’t expect much clarify on side viewing or distant viewing.blu-life-8-xl-design

The phone looks slim and you will definitely like the design. On the side, you can find the standard Power key and volume control keys. It also has a LED indicator.

Performance and Camera.

This BLUE Life smartphone comes with a MediaTek processor with Octa Core and runs at a speed of 1.2 GHz. The performance is supported by only 1 GB RAM and I feel that’s the usual Quad Core combination.

However, you can play all the fast graphic games without any issues.blu-life-camera

It has 8 MegaPixel camera and you can use it for outdoor photo shooting also. For the cost, it is a better camera. If you are really looking for a great camera and quality picture – you may not feel it that much great. However, for a normal user this may suite well.

The camera has auto-focus, geo-tag, face-detection, LED based flash-light enabled.

Other Features of BLU Life 8 XL.

Apart from the above features, this Smartphone runs on Android Kitkat and looks, you can upgrade it up to the Lollipop version.blu-life-all-features-accessories

  • It comes with Dual-Sim (micro type) and a micro SD card slot (expandable up to 64 GB) apart from an Internal memory of 8 GB.
  • It has micro USB 2.0 slot and supports Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
  • You can also connect this to WiFi network (supports standard 802.11 b/g/n) and supports Hotspot setup.
  • You won’t get LTE Support (no 4G, only 2G and 3G).
  • The battery is of type Li-Ion and it can stand well on extreme usage.
  • Its claimed to stand up to 750 hours of Stand-by and 18 hours of Talk-time (with 3G enabled).

Technical Specification of BLU Life 8 XL:

  • Supports Android Kitkat
  • Upgradable to Android Lollipop
  • Processor Octa-Core MediaTek (1.2 GHz speed)
  • 1GB RAM Memory
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • 64GB expandable with microSD Card
  • micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Dual micro-SIM slot
  • Supports 2G, 3G Networks
  • WiFi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
  • Screen Size: 5.5 Inch
  • Display: High Definition 720p resolution (what’s different?)
  • LED Flashlight
  • 8MegaPixel Digital Camera

More technical information and other details here.

Video Review.

Lets unbox the BLU Life 8 XL Smartphone and explore it further.

Yet another first look video of this 8 XL model.

Why You Love This ASUS Zenfone 2 SmartPhone Review [4GB RAM with 13 MP Camera]

One of the decent looking smartphone on the market at affordable cost, recently launched is the ASUS Zenfone 2. With different colours and variety of cute models, makes you to quickly say “wow” on the first look. This is a high performance smartphone with all the latest and greatest features available right from stunning graphics to connectivity.asus-zenfone-2

There’s no memory shortage, as you can go and dump the smartphone with all your digital files, media’s without worry. That’s the competing strategy used by ASUS giving all great features at affordable cost.

Wanna understand more about this [amazon_link id=”B00VWKKF52″ rel=”” target=”_blank” ]Zenfone 2 SmartPhone[/amazon_link]? continue reading…

Processor and Performance.

This cute looking smartphone is powered by an Intel Quad-Core processor (64-bit one) runs at the speed of 1.8 GHz. There are no other word, Intel’s Quad-Core takes the performance to height.

You can watch all HD videos on-the-go without much lag in the performance. Intel’s 3D Trigate enhances the graphics performance to run 3D games smoother with 3x better picture quality. The technology is made such that it improves the smartphones performance whereas reduces the power consumption.

Hence you get better battery backup. The graphics are cool looking and gets the same feel of watching on a high-end HD PC monitor.

  • 4GB RAM for a smartphone, you will be amazed by its performance. All of high performance Apps from Google Play store can be played in it without any memory deficiency.
  • 4 GB RAM improves multi-tasking and you can switch between multiple Applications without any slowness (that generally happens with 1 GB smartphones).

Design and Connectivity Features.

With a metal brushed finish, you will definitely love the design on first look. The smartphone fits on your hand perfectly and especially, when you hold it for longer duration. Its made for your palm. The grip also feels good.zenfone-2-slim

The screen takes 72% ratio with the body and comes with volume control buttons, photo snap buttons on the outer. The backside of the phone looks awesome and also, the side view shows that this is a slim device.

  • It supports the latest WiFi technology 802.11 ac, USB port, Bluetooth version 4.0, NFC and comes with Dual SIM (micro-size). It has 2G, 3G, 4G connectivities.

Screen, Display and Camera.

The 5.5 inch screen gives you better viewing experience right from videos to games. This ZenFone carries amazingly 13 MegaPixel camera and can capture brighter photos even at night time.zenfone-2-camera

This is a PixelMaster camera, the backlight technology using ASUS’s Pixel Enhancer and captures 400% more brighter images of crystal clear clarity. The Gorilla glass 3.0 goes perfect with 1920×1080 resolution screen and of course, it has IPS viewing supported.

  • With both front and rear cameras supporting PixelMaster, it comes with 5 MegaPixel (fix-focus) and 13 MegaPixel (auto-focus)

Technical Specification:

  • Weighs only 170 gram
  • Measures 77.2 mm x 152.5 mm x 3.9 mm
  • Intel Quad Core Atom 64-bit 1.38GHz speed processor
  • 5GB Free ASUS webstorage (lifetime)
  • 16GB or 64GB Flash Memory
  • MicroSD card expandable up to 64 GB
  • USB, Bluetooth V4, Dual Sim (micro)
  • 1920×1080 resolution, 5.5 inch screen (full HD)
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 3000 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Front cam 15 MegaPixel (with PixelMaster)
  • Rear cam 5 MegaPixel (with PixelMaster)

More detailed [amazon_link id=”B00VWKKEY4″ rel=”” target=”_blank” ]specification of ZenFone 2 here[/amazon_link].

ZenFone 2 Video Review

Watch the below video to understand the detailed features of this ASUS smartphone.

Yet another 24-hour usage review.

5 Low Cost Windows 8 Smartphones Yet Best Quality Smartphones

Microsoft is trying to bring down the cost of Windows 8 phones by partnering with various Smartphone manufacturing companies to reduce the cost of its touch OS smartphones. The company is aiming at capturing the market by appealing to all sections of the consumer base – From the band that can afford the expensive Lumia 920 phones to the mid and lower tier.list of low cost Windows 8 Smartphones !

Microsoft is working towards providing Windows 8 phones to all strata of the market; Samsung, HTC and Nokia likewise. The companies are looking to expand their respective shares in the tech market by catering to a wide base of consumers of different income brackets.

We have listed the first 5 low cost phones to hit the market, up for grabs at online stores.

1. Nokia Lumia 620

Heading our list is the Lumia 620 from the Finnish company. The phone is “refreshingly different” from its peers and is aimed at the young crowd with funky handset colors and styling.

It offers dual color shells that allow you to attach a second-colored casing over the base layer. The outer layer can be changed to snap on a wackier, brighter color!

  • The phone runs on a 1GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and offers an 800X600 pixel screen with a pixel density of 246 ppi.
  • A modest feature but this is a budget phone. Even with a low resolution, the screen is sharp and bright.
  • Other features include a 5 MP camera with Smart Shoot technology and the trademark City Lens feature found in all Lumia phones.
  • An excellent [amazon_link id=”B00B9Q56WQ” rel=”” target=”_blank” ]buy for the price, Lumia 620[/amazon_link] heralds the low cost Smartphone era.

2. Nokia Lumia 720

After the initial Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, Nokia has shifted focus to budget conscious buyers and consequently has been creating phones for this segment of the market.

  • The Lumia 720 is a Windows 8 phone with Nokia credentials but is offered at a lower price compared to big brother 920.
  • The 720 aims at the mid range market while fellow phone 520 aims at the low – range Smartphone market.
  • The Lumia 720 packs a rich set of features for its price.
  • A 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 510 MB RAM, 8 GB on board memory, 6.7 MP rear camera and a front facing camera for video calling are some of the features it offers.
  • The display is 4.3 inches wide with a resolution of 800X600. The 720 offers dual micro SIM slots and NFC communication.

Very impressive for a mid range phone! Check the latest price [amazon_link id=”B00BS5PA1K” rel=”” target=”_blank” ]here[/amazon_link].

3. Nokia Lumia 520

The 520 follows fellow phones Nokia Lumia 620 and Lumia 720. The 520 was released with Lumia’s 720 and the phones aimed at different markets. The 520 was expected to target the lower-tier of the smartphone market while the 720 aimed at the mid-range segment.

  • Nokia’s Lumia 520 offers users a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 510 MB RAM, 8 GB inbuilt storage expandable through a micro SD card, 5 MP rear camera with LED flash.
  • There is no front camera.
  • The display resolution is lower than that of the 720, offering users a 800X480 pixel screen display.
  • The screen’s size is 4 inches. There is no NFC support on this phone.
  • [amazon_link id=”B00CD5BVVC” rel=”” target=”_blank” ]Lumia 520’s cost and tech specification here[/amazon_link].

4. Samsung Ativ Odyssey

Surprise package [amazon_link id=”B00B38QST0″ rel=”” target=”_blank” ]from Samsung, the Ativ Odyssey[/amazon_link] is a low cost Windows 8 smartphone offering from Samsung.

The Odyssey Ativ offers users a super AMOLED display with 800X480 pixels on a screen measuring 4 inches, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1 GB RAM, a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera for video chatting and 8GB in-built storage expandable using a microSD card.

The finish is plastic, like most other Samsung phones. Unlike the top notch phones however that offer users a premium finish in spite of the plastic, the Ativ Odyssey does not have a luxury finish.

  • The features its offers however, are well worth what Samsung is asking for, for the Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 OS budget Smartphone.

5. HTC’s 8S

Rounding off our list of low cost Windows 8 smartphones is the [amazon_link id=”B009HQAR56″ rel=”” target=”_blank” ]8S from HTC[/amazon_link]. Slightly higher pricing that peer phones Lumia 620, 720, 520 and Samsung’s Ativ Odyssey, the price tag on the 8 nevertheless places it in the mid-range bracket.

  • The phone features a 4 inch 800X480 pixel resolution LCD display, a dual-core Qualcomm processor, 510 MB RAM, 4 GB built in storage expandable with a micro SD card.
  • The phone features a 5MP rear camera and Beats Audio technology for enhanced sound quality.
  • Owing to top class styling and finish, HTC’s products are almost always in the top most tiers, rarely trickling down to the mid-market.
  • The 8S however, has been designed to be a cost-effective Windows 8 phones, targeting the masses rather than classes.
  • Good features for the pricing.

Hope you enjoyed this list of low cost + quality windows 8 smartphones and now you can well take your buying decision today !

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Samsung Mini Smartphone Review (Galaxy S III)

Samsung Mini Smartphone (Galaxy S III) is for you, if you are not feeling comfortable with the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III because it’s too large for your taste. It’s the latest addition to the company’s Smartphone gallery. This Smartphone closely takes after a small version of Galaxy S III but it’s more modest inside.

Looking superb, this Smartphone is affordable and has some unbeatable features in it. What follows is a modest and reliable review of this excellent Smartphone.Samsung Mini Smartphone

Design & Dimension.

The Samsung Galaxy SIII mini has come with a slim, light and very marvelous design that runs the latest version of the world’s most popular Smartphone operating system Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz UX UI.

  • As for the dimension of this very smart and slim piece, it measures only 4.78 by 2.48 by 0.39 inches that is, 121.5 by 63 by 9.8 millimeters.
  • Beautifully lean and soft to the touch, this Smartphone weighs only 3.93 ounces or 112 grams and in no way a largest phone.
  • It very comfortably sits in your hand and you can put easily into your jeans pocket.

It is an organically designed Smartphone with curved edges and comfortable grip that you love to carry with you always. It comes in 2 different color choices: marble white that looks so brighter and pebble blue that looks so cool.

See what the real users of this Smartphone are feeling great about the design and [amazon_link id=”B00A29WCA0″ target=”_blank” ]its review here[/amazon_link].

Display (AMOLED).

Equipped with all the unique features available in the original SIII and Capacitive, Multi-touch display, the exact physical size of this Smartphone is 4 inches with the resolution display of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) that has uses light sensor and proximity sensor.

Samsung Mini Smartphone AMOLED Display

It features a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. Super AMOLED technology is one of the secrets of the extra efficiency that gives vibrant experience in watching the screen either graphics or videos or even when you touch the screen. This is one of the most interesting feature of Samsung’s smartphones that you love-to-touch the screen as the display looks reality and it gives life too 😉

Memory and Connectivity.

As for the hardwares, this mini Smartphone features STE U8420 on chip, a Dual core 1000 MHz CPU and a Mali-400MP or graphics processing unit. As system memory, it has a 1024 MB RAM. It’s built-in memory capacity is admirable which is 16 GB. Excellent about this Smartphone is that it supports removable media storage up to 32 GB.

Like most other Smartphone, it comes with WiFi connectivity (802.11b/g/n standards) and hence you can browse/watch videos without hassles. It supports GSM 3G , HSUPA, EDGE / GPRS standards and you can keep it online 24×7 with any high speed 3G network. It has USB 2.0 connectivity only.

Camera and AV.

Samsung mini features a rear facing 5 megapixels camera with LED flash that allows you to capture 720p video at 30fps and 1280×720 resolution photos with facilities like Auto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging.

Moreover, it’s really excellent that this Smartphone has also got a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera for video calling or self-portrait photography. This is one of the good thing about Samsung that they are fulfill the user needs. It supports different video formats decoding like: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7 etc. and Audio formats decoding like: MP3, AAC, WMA etc.Samsung Mini Smartphone Camera on Rear

Yes, you can play a wide variety of music or video file format on the Smartphone. You can filter your files by Album, Artist as well as Playlists.

This player also features Album art cover, Background playback, Custom equalizer and Preset equalizer. This mini Smartphone has come with YouTube player to make sure that you don’t miss a single video on YouTube. It has FM Radio with Stereo speakers and RDS. I can experience life-like mind blowing stereo sound through both Earpiece and Loudspeakers.


Samsung Galaxy SIII mini has come with a pretty hefty 1500 mAh heavy duty battery which is capable of offering 14.16 hours (507 minutes) of talktime, 7.83 hours (453 minutes) of talktime (3G), 19.2 days (460 hours) of stand-by time and 15 days (360 hours) of stand-by time (3G).

The figures are pretty amazing and well proven through user experience.

Other features

Some other exciting and exclusive features of this Samsung Galaxy SIII mini are extra fast internet browser, built-in online service supports like Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, Twitter, 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz GSM, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz UMTS, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s UMTS, EDGE, GPRS data handling, A-GPS, Glonass positioning system with navigation facility.

Still there are some others like Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Picture ID, Ring ID in phonebook, Calendar, Alarm and Calculator in organizer, etc.Samsung Mini Smartphone Apps from Android

Apart from Google Play store access, you get plenty of Apps from the Samsung store. It also comes with Music Hub, Readers Hub, Games Hub, Activesync etc. Apps that makes the Smartphone even more smarter. With S Suggest, you can instantly load great Apps into your mini phone without any long hunt on the stores. The Charton App allows you to get connected with your friends and family always for free-of-cost.

Finally, to be honest, Samsung Mini Smartphone Galaxy S III with dual core fast processor (1000 MHz), lots of RAM (1024 MB RAM) and NFC, this Smartphone has no known cons.

Specification of Samsung Mini Smartphone (Galaxy S III).

  • 1 GHz Dual Core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • Super AMOLED Display (480 x 800, WVGA) with capacitive multi-touch
  • 2 Models 8GB/16 Memory
  • 2 Colors Marble White/Blue
  • Network connectivity: GSM 3G , HSUPA EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHZ) HSPA 14.4 / 5.76 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5GHz
  • Support for USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Talk Time achieved by its battery – 850min (2G) / 470min (3G)
  • Supported Video Formats – H.264, MPEG-4, WMV etc.
  • High Definition  (720p) Video Playback supported + Recording upto 30 frames per second
  • Supported Audio Formats – MP3, AAC, WMA etc.
  • Front facing, rear facing cameras
  • More [amazon_link id=”B00A29WCA0″ target=”_blank” ]detailed information and order here[/amazon_link].

Video Review.

The below video shows a detailed review on this mini Smartphone.

Yet another hands-on review compared to the bigger Galaxy S III.

official: samsung mini galaxy s iii