The Vivo Air launched by Blu at CES is a great mid-range phone for anyone looking at getting an off contract phone.
The first thing I noticed when I got the phone was that it was sleek, extremely thin at just 1/5 inch (5.1 mm), and extremely light at 3.43 oz (97 g). The sleek look comes from the frame of the phone which is machined out of a single piece of an aluminum magnesium alloy and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that is used on the screen and back of the device.
Overall, I was impressed with the performance. It packs an Octa-Core Cortex-A7 processor at 1.7GHz, Mali-450MP4 GPU, and 1GB of RAM . The phone responded quickly, and had some great custom features out of the box, including easy access to the camera, a voice recorder, flashlight, and a fake call feature “to easily get you away from a predicament”. I appreciate that Blu took the time to incorporate useful features into the phone, without adding bloatware. For those who like to see numbers, it scored a 32,379 on the AnTuTu benchmark test.
The screen is amazing for the price. Text was easy to read, photos were displayed in great color, the soft buttons were out of the way, but easy to access. The quick access settings were easy to manipulate, and offered some customization, I was able to organize the WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, GPS, etc., to fit my preferences. The camera on the phone was feature packed. I normally look for third-party camera applications in Android, but the built-in functionality was excellent. It had different modes for portraits, and photographing presentation slides. The 8 megapixel camera is also capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps. For the value, it is a great camera. The front facing camera was great, better than most I had used before. It packs 5MP with an 88° field of view, and made for some great selfies. This camera packs higher resolution than some flagship phones! The big issue with the Vivo Air was the device felt slippery and was a bit of a fingerprint magnet. Gorilla glass is a great material, but on the back of the device it was difficult to hold the phone for any amount of time. It was constantly slipping from my hands. This could probably be solved with an aftermarket case, but we did not have access to one at the time of the review.
This phone is an incredible value. The sleek look, great processing power, and loaded feature set make this a great phone for anyone looking for a new affordable device. The phone is available from Amazon and other retailers for $199.
Vivo Air Specs
Android v4.4 Kitkat
4G 850/1900/2100 HSPA+21 Mbps
1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor with ARM MALI-450 GPU
16GB Internal Memory | 1GB RAM
HD Super AMOLED Technology
BLU Infinite View Technology (IPS)
BLU Nes Lens Technology (OGS)
4.8 HD 720 x 1280 ~306 ppi
8MP Main Camera
5MP front Camera HD 1080p
Super thin and lightweight unibody design
Great value for the price
Good native software and tools
No expandable storage