BLU Vivo Air LTE
Amazon - http://amzn.to/1RKpjNI
BLU - http://www.bluproducts.com/index.php/vivo-air-lte
Looks like I won the lottery with the 2 power bricks, site lists that it only comes with one, so expect a single charger in retail packaging.
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The previous version the the Vivo Air has capacitive buttons in the bottom bezel area. The change to on-screen buttons is a waste of space IMO, considering the relatively small screen.
If I sound salty, it's because I am. Because I have used my (non-LTE) Blu Vivo Air as my daily driver for nearly 3 years now. And I can't find a decent replacement for it. I'm glad that BLU released an updated LTE version of the phone, but for me, with this form factor, the switch to on-screen buttons is terrible. I love me some capacitive buttons and for that much bezel space to be dedicated to nothing when there could (and should) be buttons there is ridiculous.
Also, here's a few more items about the LTE:
-they switched from an octo-core Mediatek SoC to a less powerful quad-core Snapdragon
-they added a very much needed extra gig of RAM to make it 2GB
-dimensionally, it's slightly larger than the original Vivo Air, which I can tell just by watching this video
According to GSM Arena, the Air LTE is 2.1mm longer and .7mm wider (and still 5.1mm thick), which isn't much, but again is noticeable. And again, I like my capacitive buttons, especially with this small screen. But I have to give the Air, both models, their props, because these things were pretty darn good brand new and in my opinion were a steal at $199. The phone is light as hell (the LTE version being 1g heaver at a paltry 98g) and what I found was that this, and its dimensions, made it eminently wonderful to hold and use. I never put cases on my phones and I doubled down on the Air because the whole point of it was thin and light. And normally, I don't really care about thin and light but I liked the style of the phone and the price and I bought it when it was new (the original was released back in January of 2015). And boy did this phone change my perspective. I loved how easy it was to hold, I loved that it didn't heat up like the Galaxy S6, and I loved that I could get about 2 days of battery out of it (my usage is probably a bit less than others). I'm still cringing at the thought of giving this phone up for another phone, but my Android is way out of date (I'm still on the version it shipped with), the 16GB of storage (and it's partitioning into 2 8GB partitions) is a problem, and it's just getting slow and glitchy. So I sadly must replace it now.
By the way, this phone took a beating. I've dropped/accidentally thrown it countless times. My girlfriend sat on it on a rollercoaster (she forgot to put her bag in the bag area and decided it would be a good idea to sit on it to keep our stuff safe). The entire back glass got shattered from that, but the front glass was fine. It started to bend over time in my pocket, and then somehow started bending the other direction. The front glass is still perfect. The vibration motor stopped working because it filled with pocket lint since it was completely exposed thanks to the broken back glass falling off, so I cleaned it out with some tweezers under a microscope and that works again. I can't get over how much I love this tiny little phone and I'm so sad to replace it.
But I just bought myself an Essential PH-1. And I feel that there's a LOT I'm going to like about that phone. It won't be 5.1mm thick or 97g in weight (bummer), but it won't be years out of date, slow, and annoying to use. I was searching for a phone that was, at least in length and width, if not thickness, was as close to the BLU as possible while offering me specs and features that I really wanted at a reasonable price, and I kept finding myself coming back to the Essential. It will be a huge transition, but I look forward to trying it out once it arrives. So long, BLU Vivo Air. You were (unexpectedly) a great phone.
On a side note, I don't like these weird, tall aspect ratios that I keep seeing and I hope maybe manufacturers will start to transition back to the somewhat smaller phone sizes like the Air and iPhone 6 as the bezel elimination game continues. The Air just fits really well in my hands and I feel like a lot of other phones are just a bit too big. Oh well. I hope I like the Essential. I think I will.
I’m not gonna lie - I’ve never been an unboxing video fan, but I’ve seen a few of your videos man and I just cannot find a bad thing to say. Constantly entertaining and interesting, I even find myself watching videos about devices I don’t even like just because I genuinely want to hear your opinion. You’ve earned a sub from me, and I think I’m never going to buy a phone again until you’ve reviewed it hahaha. Much love man keep up the great work