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Want a cheap, high-end Android smartphone? The recently released $350 BLU Life Pure strikes a great balance between price and performance for an unlocked phone. But can it beat out stiff competition from similarly priced superphones, such as the Nexus 5?

To find out, we purchased a review unit. Now that we’re done with testing, we’re giving it away to one very lucky reader. Read through our review, then join the giveaway to win this BLU Life Pure smartphone for yourself!

Pricing and Comparison to Nexus 5

In terms of price-to-performance, the BLU Life Pure offers great value. But how does it stack up to the comparably-priced Nexus 5?

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Hardware

  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP
  • CPU: MTK6589T, scales between 497.2MHz to 1.5GHz, quad core
  • Screen display: 5-inch IPS screen with 1920×1080 441 PPI
  • Glass type: One Glass Solution with scratch protective lamination
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13 megapixel 4032 x 3224 with LED flash
  • Front facing camera: 5 megapixel
  • Battery: 2020 mAh Lithium Ion
  • Wireless: Single band 802.11n rated at 65 Mbps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB
  • Networks: 850/1900/2100 MHz, HSPA+ 42 Mbps

It uses a relatively poor GPU for a high resolution screen. The MediaTek CPU, while good, doesn’t stack up against the powerful and sophisticated Snapdragon 800 inside of the Nexus 5. On the other hand, the camera, RAM, screen quality and storage capacity match or handily beat the Nexus 5.

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Initial Impressions

Overall, especially considering the low cost and quality aesthetic design, the Life Pure feels like a much more expensive phone. It comes inside a high quality box, seated on a felt-lined tray. It includes a large number of peripherals – a screen protector, manual, microUSB cable, SIM card ejection tool, a reasonably high quality earphone and a polycarbonate case of very dubious quality.

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Design

The BLU Life Pure appears similar in design to the Nexus 5 (our review of the Nexus 5 Google Nexus 5 Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 5 Review and Giveaway Approximately a year after Google released the Nexus 4, the company behind Android has come out with its successor -- the Nexus 5. Read More ). They offer approximately the same thickness, although the sloped edges of the Nexus 5 make it appear slimmer. The BLU Life Pure, however, uses a polycarbonate unibody construction, which gives it an edge in aesthetic appeal. The Life Pure uses the same speaker and microphone design as the Nexus 5. Its speaker appears on the right side of the phone while the microphone shows on the left.

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The Life Pure departs from many other smartphones in its button positioning location of its LED notifications light. The LED light sits on the top-right side of the phone. It turns blue when charging and green when fully charged.

Value for Money

As mentioned prior, BLU Products packages a screen protector, earjams and a case with the Life Pure. This lowers the total cost of ownership by around $10-20, which is the lower end pricing of peripheral devices. The actual cost of a 32GB Nexus 5, if it includes shipping and peripherals, comes out to around $470-480 and the 16GB version costs $370-380.

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Personally, I believe that the 32GB Nexus 5 offers poorer value as flash memory costs generally $0.50 per GB and Google charges $50 more for 16 additional gigabytes. However, I must point out that the Life Pure case immediately began fracturing at its corners – if you want better protection, buying either a flip case or a silicone protector is a necessity. These exist on eBay and Amazon for between $10-30. For example:

  • Leather flip case for $29.99 via Amazon
  • Silicone rubber case for $11.50 via eBay

Comparison to Nexus 5

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The Pure Life dispenses with the frills offered by rival firms and instead focuses on the core functionality of a smartphone: Display resolution, performance, storage space and general functionality with GSM networks. Compared to the similarly priced Nexus 5, the BLU Life Pure offers both advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages>

  • Camera: The Life Pure doesn’t offer an app capable of taking HDR pictures, unlike the Nexus 5. However, you can download an HDR app such as Cymera. In a head-to-head matchup with the Nexus 5’s 8MP OIS camera (left), the BLU Life Pure’s 13MP camera (right) comes out ahead, offering significantly more detailed pictures.

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  • Screen size: The Life Pure’s screen (5-inch) is slightly larger than the Nexus 5’s (4.95-inch).
  • Lighter weight: The 128g weight of the Life Pure only slightly represents a lighter weight compared to the Nexus 5’s 130g weigh-in.
  • Aesthetic design: Our readership might find it surprising that the BLU Life Pure offers superior aesthetic design compared to the Nexus 5. However, the polycarbonate unibody case might pick up more scratches than the soft-touch plastic of the Nexus. On the other hand, the unibody design gives a sleeker and more durable appearance.
  • Software features: The custom version of Android used in the Life Pure offers a lot of additional features over standard Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and the latest version of Android 4.4 (KitKat). For prepaid customers, the clear winner remains BLU’s custom build, which offers a one-click solution for restricting background data. Android 4.2 to 4.4 allows the restricting of background app data on an app-by-app basis, which takes a lot of time to configure. It also offers a low-power mode, which scales the CPU’s frequency down, saving battery life.
  • Price: The MSRP of the BLU Life Pure starts at $349.99, although it sells from Amazon for about $315, $35 cheaper than the Nexus 5.

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Disadvantages

  • Battery life: While good, the BLU Life Pure (2,020 mAh battery) doesn’t offer the same battery life as a Nexus 5 (2,300 mAh). I get about a full day more battery (if not more) from the Nexus 5, with heavy use. With the same usage, I can’t get a full day out of the Life Pure without enabling its battery-saving feature.
  • Performance: The Life Pure doesn’t feel nearly as snappy or fluid as the Nexus 5. I suspect that this performance differential extends from the use of the outdated PowerVR SGX GPU combined with its large, high resolution screen.
  • Feel: The soft plastic used by the Nexus 5 provides a great deal more grip. The polycarbonate unibody of the Life Pure doesn’t provide much traction and will suffer from a higher rate of drops. Using a silicone rubber, or TPU, case is an absolute must.
  • TRIM support: Without TRIM support (why TRIM matters? Why TRIM is Important to Solid State Hard Drives? [Technology Explained] Why TRIM is Important to Solid State Hard Drives? [Technology Explained] Read More ) the Life Pure will slowly lose performance over time, requiring a factory reset to restore performance.
  • User serviceability: Unfortunately, I don’t have the slightest idea on how to break the Life Pure down. Other unibody phones require a suction cup to remove the glass faceplate from the phone, but there’s no obvious means of doing this.
  • Lack of root: BLU Products’ customer service does not root, or provide instructions on how to root, their phones. Their warranty agreement does not cover viruses or damage inflicted by the user, so ostensibly, rooting will void the warranty. I do not advise attempting to root.
  • Lack of custom ROM support: Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be custom ROM support. This will discourage many seeking to squeeze better performance out of their devices.
  • Lack of LTE: There’s no LTE support of any kind.

Performance

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The BLU Life Pure’s performance is good for a budget platform, but it falls short of the buttery smooth screen transitions and user interface performance of the Nexus 5. It also features poorer battery life, although by most standards, the battery performs quite well.

AnTuTu Scores

As always, AnTuTu scores aren’t very accurate due to rampant cheating. Overall the Nexus 5 (which doesn’t inflate its AnTuTu scores) outscores the Life Pure in almost all categories. The Life Pure scores a 15,505 General Score and the Nexus 5 scores around 20,000. In performance (according to AnTuTu) the Life Pure scores more closely to the Nexus 4 (our review of the Nexus 4 Google Nexus 4 Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 4 Review and Giveaway Even though I am an iPhone user and have been since the first generation iPhone was announced by the late Steve Jobs back in 2007, I've tried to keep an open mind about viable alternatives.... Read More ).

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BLU’s Custom Version of Android

BLU’s implementation of Android 4.2.1 is visually pleasing and it offers many features only available in custom ROMs – such as USB debug mode enabled without tweaking required. However, the performance of the smartphone’s moldering PowerVR SGX GPU on a 1920×1080 display screen causes choppy page turns and screen transitions at times. Many of these issues might be resolvable with a better GPU. As it stands, the user interface performance falls short of the excellence of the Nexus 5. But it’s by no means bad — it’s just not comparable to more expensive devices.

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Its biggest win over vanilla Android remains the reboot option – instead of shutting the phone down and manually starting the device, the reboot option shows up by holding down the power button.

Another useful feature for prepaid MVNO users (what’s an MVNO? What Is an MVNO and How Does It Save Money on Your Cellular Bill? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is an MVNO and How Does It Save Money on Your Cellular Bill? [MakeUseOf Explains] In the US and Canada, we're taught that we need to sign contracts because cell phones and cellular service are so pricey. That's a bald-faced lie. Read More ) is the ability to disable all background data activity with a single click. In vanilla Android, to the best of my knowledge, disabling background data transfer requires tweaking each app’s data permissions. A single click makes this process much simpler.

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Carat Scores

After a month of use, the BLU Life Pure offers an excellent 75 score on Carat (which can be used to save your phone’s battery life Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps Kick Your Crappy Android Apps To The Curb With 4 Free & Simple Apps Has the performance and battery life on your mobile dropped off? A gang of dysfunctional and buggy apps probably cause such decline. Getting rid of the errant apps remains the single best performance enhancing tip.... Read More ), my favorite battery analysis app. It’s possible to further optimize the phone’s battery performance by enabling its built-in power saving features, but this comes at the expense of performance. Turning on power-saving mode causes its Carat score to rise to 85. While I didn’t perform a complete evaluation of its battery, I received about three-to-five days of battery life during normal use. With heavy use, it doesn’t last all day, expiring after around four hours.

Remaining Elements to Consider

BLU Products uses a customized version of Android 4.2.1 which offers a lot of additional features that I wish Android would offer by default. For example, when the Life Pure connects to a PC via USB, a switch appears allowing USB debugging to enable. For prepaid users, BLU includes a feature that allows the disabling of background data transfer. This can substantially reduce data costs and greatly enhances its value with limited data plans.

As stated earlier, the phone can enter battery saving mode, which as the name suggests, can save battery life. By simply flipping two toggles, you can put the phone into a low-power mode, which automatically switches off WiFi when not in use. It also underclocks the CPU. In my experience, this gives substantially improved battery performance when idle and a fairly good boost to active use at the expense of performance.

Interesting enough, BLU Products’ Android skin dispenses with Android’s App Drawer. You remove apps through the launcher. This feature is something of an acquired taste, but overall gives the UI a distinctive flavor and doesn’t substantially detract from the user experience. However, ultimately, these elements change the function of Android enough that it may confuse veteran Android users. While I found them to be improvements, not everyone would agree.

Lack of TRIM

I spoke to a BLU Products representative regarding the BLU Phone’s lack of TRIM support. The solid state storage solution used aboard smartphones, mostly eMMC modules, slows down after periods of use. The more data transferred to the device, the faster its descent into lag. After time without TRIM storage optimization, phones become laggy and perform poorly. Prior to the release of Android 4.3, TRIM didn’t exist within the Android ecosystem, although some manufacturers included workarounds that optimized storage. Unfortunately, the BLU Life Pure doesn’t possess a workaround, aside from performing a factory reset. While the 32GB inside of the Life Pure will take some time before succumbing to lag, it will eventually happen.

Cheap Case

As I mentioned earlier, the case included with the Life Pure almost immediately developed cracks on its corners, likely caused by a design defect. While replacement cases come cheap, I feel that BLU Products should have offered to replace the case. Or in future production, they should include a silicone rubber case instead of the defective hard plastic cases now included with the Life Pure. It’s my hope that this attitude does not reflect a general lack of interest in supplying a better product to its customers. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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Should you buy the BLU Life Pure?

BLU Products Life Pure doesn’t give a substantially better dollar-per-dollar experience compared to the Nexus 5, although it’s a strong competitor. While its unique user interface features a number of improvements over vanilla Android 4.2.1, the phone’s lack of TRIM and only marginally lower cost make it a hard sell to consumers wanting the best phone at the lowest price.

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For those who need the 32GB of storage, slightly larger screen and better camera, the Life Pure does offer great value – but for everyone else, I would advise buying the smaller 16GB Nexus 5. Or with a bit more money, try out the Moto X, which I consider to be the best of the current generation of phones.

MakeUseOf recommends: For those needing storage capacity, screen quality and a good quality camera in the $300 price range, the BLU Life Pure is a good investment of your money. However, for those with slightly more money, and less need for storage or photo quality, consider purchasing a Nexus 5.

How do I win the BLU Life Pure?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, March 14. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Edgar Arana! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before April 4 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Todd S
    March 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I would get a Nexus 5. It seems like a better phone even if it is a little more expensive.

  2. Morrison
    March 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Probably the Nexus 5, if I had to buy one or the other. Review doesn't paint a great picture of the BLU Life Pure, but am sure it is useable for the average user.

  3. Final D
    March 15, 2014 at 2:16 am

    i never use it, :( thats y i want to win

  4. Gwendolyn Weber
    March 15, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I just want a phone which enables me to text easily which my free replacement from Teuls doesnt allow. Im constantly touching the wrong button on the screen which is very frustrating and I need to use a pointer to get the right button. I cant get the apostrophe to work on this site.

  5. Angela C
    March 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I love my Nexus 7 tablet so I would probably choose the Nexus 5 over the BLU Life Pure.

  6. Petra Schestokat
    March 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Fantastic

  7. CCopeland
    March 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Nexus 5

  8. Dennis Rodriguez
    March 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Love it

  9. Encarna O
    March 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Luck :)

  10. luc
    March 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    blue looks great

  11. Gianna Reichert
    March 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I'm currently using my old Nexus S and I was thinking about getting the new Nexus because I've been quite happy with the Nexus S, but I actually prefer the Blu's cleaner design. If I have to pay for my phone because I don't win one, It'll take months for me to make up my mind on what phone to get >_>

  12. Melanie
    March 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I would spend money on Nexus 5.

  13. Henning
    March 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Never heard of it before, so would also rather spend it on the Nexus...

  14. Ines
    March 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I spend my money for the Blu.

  15. Phil H.
    March 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I would choose the Nexus 5 having never heard of BLU before this article.

  16. Melanie S
    March 14, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I think the Blu would be a more budget friendly choice

  17. losmi
    March 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    yes both are good

  18. El C
    March 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Would probably spend < $250 USD for this phone without contract.

  19. Gheorghe
    March 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I'm conservative, I never buy a $300 phone .

  20. Ann
    March 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Yes, I will buy this for both Philosophical and Technical reasons.
    It has much better hardware and
    to support competition in the marketplace !

  21. Wei Lian L
    March 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I would spend money on a Nexus 5 since it gets every android update and it gets them fast.

  22. Roberto Rother
    March 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Overall I would spend if I had to on a nexus 5, but since I'm just starting into photography, i might seriously considering the BLU Life Pure just because of the camera, and use as a secondary phone.

  23. jawad zaib
    March 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I would love to get a Nexus 5 because of the latest CPU and Google branding...

  24. Madhur Tewani
    March 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Overall specs makes me move towards Nexus 5.

  25. John D
    March 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Seems so, like it

  26. pratik
    March 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    both are good

  27. David S. de Lis
    March 12, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I think I would get the Nexus 5, only because of third party developers support. Knowing that you will get the next versions of Android one way or another is great if you want to really use the phone for years.... But this is a great phone as well!

  28. Elena Rudaya
    March 12, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I would keep my iPhone 5 and save the money on something else :)

  29. Zay
    March 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I may for the price. My work phone has cracks on the screen after dropping off my lap.

  30. Aeon
    March 12, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Would be going for a newer phone like HTC M8.

  31. block
    March 12, 2014 at 2:00 am

    yes I'd spend money on Blu life

  32. Aaron
    March 12, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Nexus 5. I've heard nothing but great things about it.

  33. Toby
    March 12, 2014 at 1:25 am

    The nexus 5 for more ROM capability

  34. Ernest
    March 12, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I would buy an Iphone 5s. But after reading about the blu life pure, there would be a chance that I would consider it also.

  35. Mark M
    March 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I'm taken with more storage, If it was on that point alone the BLU Life Pure would win out but when I consider the overall specs, I'd get a Nexus 5. Ultimately you'd end up paying more for the Nexus but overall and in the long run I think you'd get more value for dollar.

  36. Stephen K
    March 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I would take the Nexus 5 because it is a little smaller and case sounds stronger.

  37. Denis K
    March 11, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I would keep my S2 and save the money :)

  38. Parker Gamble
    March 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    The Blu Life Pure looks a lot better than the Nexus 5!

    Nexus 5 is actually starting to feel boring :(

  39. Marissa Tay
    March 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Prefer Sony Experia Z for the high pixel camera or Samsung phone.

  40. Steve W
    March 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    after reading your review - I think that I would spend the money on BLU.

  41. kennedy ndavi
    March 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    hypothetically i would buy it cause of the large 4.95inch screen which is a must in a phone plus has a good design and latest android kit Kat but with that said the price might be lower than nexus but still a little bit costly for me

  42. Pubudu Kodikara
    March 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Will spend my money on BLU. Its something different. and I don't really like the stock Android UI that much.

  43. Stephen G
    March 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Were I choosing between the BLU Life Pure and the Nexus 5, I'd probably select the Life Pure. From the review, the camera appears to be better, and I'd want 32 GB of internal storage. The lower batter life would be a disappointment though.

  44. Melody Domingues
    March 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I love blu phones! The life pure, life pro slim, and vivo are in my top 3 "phones I want to try" right now.

  45. Bobbi C
    March 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    not sure

  46. Isis balbuena
    March 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Amazing giveaway!

  47. Joseph
    March 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Nexus 5, because I like mods. :)

  48. Rebecca S
    March 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    i would take the phone that takes the better picture and the one i could afford at the time

  49. V???? K
    March 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I would rather buy a Nexus 5 because its pure google and have root permissions.

  50. Brenda Leon
    March 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I would choose the BLU. It does everything I need, so would be happy to buy it.

  51. Jill hamilton
    March 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I'd probably buy the Blu Life Pure over the Nexus :-)

  52. Devansh
    March 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Blue Life Pure is Awesome !

  53. Axel C
    March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Personally I'd go for the nexus5, because I hadn't heard about this phone.

    Now I would reconsider my choice.

  54. Jacson
    March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I'm prefer Nexus 5

  55. Alexandre
    March 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    BLU Life Pure, for the design and camera

  56. Costel
    March 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I think Blu life pure is the best option for price/performance ratio.

  57. Divya Asha
    March 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I would spend my money in buying Blu life pure.

  58. Rabia Akhter
    March 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful giveway <3
    I look for Nexus 5 because i start my blog , read new some reviews etc :)

  59. Mariagrazia Patania
    March 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I would choose the pure only for the camera, if only more cheaper phone had such good cameras.

  60. Ria A
    March 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I'm on to Nexus 5

  61. Shashank Kadia
    March 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I would any day prefer Blue Life Pure as it has value for money.

  62. Florentin
    March 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    BLU Life Pure is the phone for everyoane, good and cheap.

  63. Simone Marroni
    March 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Maybe a N5, awesome community support

  64. Chona Gomba
    March 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

    On the Nexus 5 because it's more reliable

  65. Helena
    March 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for this wonderful giveway!
    Yes I would, not only because I haven t any phone in the moment but also because of its perfomances!
    Fngers crosed!

  66. Nor Liana K.
    March 10, 2014 at 7:45 am

    BLU Life Pure would be great, especially for the sake of trying something new in the industry. i haven't heard of it until Makeuseof review it, so to have it would be a unique experience itself.

  67. Bube
    March 10, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Well,both are good choices,I would love to have Samsung Galaxy :)

  68. Puspita S
    March 10, 2014 at 1:58 am

    maybe Nexus 5

  69. delfina cariaga
    March 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Never tried any BLU phones since they're not sold where I live, but this one seems good! I'd definitely spend my money on it rather than on the Nexus. That is, if I had that amount of money, haha.

  70. Giuseppe P
    March 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    probably the BLU Life Pure is better for my needs

  71. Prabhdeep S
    March 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    At that price, BLU life pure and Nexus 5 are the best choices and BLU is a great choice over Nexus 5 specially with that camera quality!!!

  72. MaggieN
    March 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    A nexus 5

  73. lav
    March 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Nexus 5 if I have the money ;3

  74. Arif Raza
    March 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Done All steps wish to win (BLU) this time, last giveaway i lost :(

  75. Raymond C
    March 9, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I maybe go with BLU since i always wanted to try new one :)

  76. Renee T
    March 9, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I think the Blu would be great for what I need!

  77. Juan Herrera
    March 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I'd like to own a "blu", personally I thought that it was poor quality but when I read this review I changed my mind, so yeah, I would like one, I'm currently a Huawei user ;)

  78. Georgiana
    March 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I will buy the blu, Nexus 5 is too expensive for me.

  79. Misha
    March 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Done!

  80. Masha M
    March 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    i’d like to try the BLU

  81. Huyen Tran
    March 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    BLU Life Pure is good!

  82. Miro
    March 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    ..definitely..-BLU Life Pure..

  83. Narcis Murgulet
    March 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    i would buy blu life pure because is a very good phone

  84. Abhineet Sinha
    March 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Would prefer a nexus 5 but blu also looks good.so willing to give it a try :P

  85. Sabrina Skopljak
    March 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Sure, it's a good choice! :)

  86. Hisham S
    March 8, 2014 at 3:00 am

    i'd like to try the BLU

  87. Vic L
    March 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

    After the review, I consider it to buy, but China local brand phones is much cheaper with a superb specs.

  88. Varun K
    March 7, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Nexus 5 FTW

  89. jack
    March 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    i'd go with the blu, because i've never heard of it before.

  90. chauncey
    March 7, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I'd have to get the nexus over this. I prefer the google setup. I hate having all the bloaty software other phones seem to sport. I'd take the blu overmy current phone anyday though.

  91. Alessio A
    March 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I want a BLU Life Pure! ;)

  92. jack nasol
    March 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    its an awesome phone and i would love to win but still the nexus 5 is more powerful wich is the reason i would go with the nexus 5

  93. Mai T
    March 7, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Blu coz screen is bigger than nexus 5

  94. Kelvin Xin
    March 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I'll buy the Nexus 5 if i have the money. The best value in my eyes.

  95. Jayne
    March 7, 2014 at 5:36 am

    I wouldn't mind trying this phone seeing as it's still a pretty decent smartphone for it's price. But when push cones to shove, Nexus 5 is still a little better.

  96. Peter H
    March 7, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I would buy the Nexus 5. A trusted well known brand.

  97. Bogdan D
    March 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Nexus 5 pure Android

  98. Ariel Chiu
    March 7, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I want a samsung one!

  99. Sveta L
    March 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Well i'm def ready to spend money on Sony Xperia z 1 or on Samsung :)

  100. Keith W
    March 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Probably the Nexus - an up-to-date version of android and google back up.

  101. Lee
    March 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    i'd buy the Nexus 5 for better performance.

  102. Adrian
    March 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I would buy the Nexus 5 but this phone is not bad at all

  103. Gaurav Bhargava
    March 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Could go with either as both are good options.

  104. Ale B
    March 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Nexus 5 all the way! But sounds like a good alternate

  105. pedro c
    March 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    blu just to try it out im looking to get a new phone anyways i had mine for 3 years

  106. Matthew W
    March 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Nexus 5. I like the pure Android experience.

  107. Stephan H
    March 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I've just bought one from Huawei, the Ascend G700 because I need/wanted to be able to use two sim cards at the same time. So I guess both of your choices aren't the right thing for me.

  108. Chris K
    March 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Nexus would be my personal choice, but with what I use it for they are both capable. I just don't know based on brand how well the company is. One can only know by seeing it grow and with reviews and news. My mind may yet be swayed. =)

  109. Taufik R
    March 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    i'd buy the new htc one

  110. Mark Hansen
    March 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    The reason I have a less-than-smart phone is because of the price. There's some things I would like to have in my phone that I can't, but I don't feel it's worth the 5x price tag. So I'm excited to see when smartphones reach cheaper. I don't need a 42 megapixels camera or 2k resolution on a phone, but sadly, there's no company offering custom smartphones and you pay for whatever's in it like you can to some degree with computers. [OH business idea!]

    And regarding the question, I'd spend my monet on the BLU Life Pure if that wasn't apparant from above :).
    Anyway, I'd love to win it :).

  111. moinuhlaqq
    March 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I would prefer BLU, because the usage of a phone depends on the person using it.

  112. Ajith Sen
    March 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

    If I get it at a bargain then N5!

  113. Devesh P
    March 6, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I would spend money on the BLU phone as it has better front-facing and rear cameras.

  114. Mark P
    March 6, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Would prefer Nexus 5

  115. Daniel G
    March 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I'd choose the Nexus 5 as it is equipped with Snapdragon 800 processor

  116. Vc N
    March 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I'm a Samsung Fanboy but, as happens, the luster is beginning to fade off the apple. The Nexus5 is starting to look really good to me and I like the idea of what BLU is doing but I'm not entirely sold on either yet.

  117. Francesco Fiorino
    March 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I'd choose the Nexus 5 because it's more famous :)

  118. Mohamed N
    March 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    nexus 5

  119. Sharon H
    March 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    BLU phones sound like a good option to consider. Thanks!

  120. Jason N
    March 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I am really happy with my Optimus F7, but the BLU phones look good too. A Nexus 5 is ideal but costs more, so it's all a trade-off. If choosing a new device right now I would probably go N5.

  121. Nick K
    March 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I'm thinking of purchasing a Nexus 5, though I'm not completely set on it.

  122. Patrick
    March 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Personally, i'd like to try out the Blackberry Z10 or Z30 before looking at more android phones, but this one looks very nice also. I'll have to check this out some more.

  123. Alvin Fontanilla
    March 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I pick the Nexus 5, comparing there features for me Nexus 5 is great!

  124. Andrew Halliwell
    March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I'd probably stick with what I know and get another samsung if I got another phone. Still moderately content with my S2, but if I won a newer one of any make it'd be great. :)

  125. Rick H
    March 5, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    still looking into which one I would prefer

  126. Mrtax M
    March 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Probably the Blu Life Pure.

  127. Muhammad Hadi N
    March 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    For Android, I'm prefer Nexus 5. Other that that I prefer Nokia Lumia 1520 or 1020. Because I need performance and good camera quality phone.

  128. Julie T
    March 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    always doing research on phone BLU looks good

  129. Roman Savchuk
    March 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

    BLU Life Pure Smartphone

  130. ?Ubomír Š
    March 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

    No, they are a little expensive for me. But to win one is a good option. :-)

  131. Paul Welford
    March 5, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I'm still doing research.

  132. Sean
    March 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I'd buy a Xiaomi Mi3 as it is cheaper compare to Nexus 5 although it doesn't have LTE.

  133. Harmony C
    March 5, 2014 at 4:35 am

    I do not have any specific preference for a phone. As far as what I got from this review, Blu Life Pure is competent!

  134. Ciel Harvey
    March 5, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Ive got my eye on the new Samsung s5. I have an S2 and it has been great so far. I do need an upgrade though

  135. Abid M
    March 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

    BLU is good mixture of Design, Spec and Display... Personally I like its look more... A sharp cut edge make me feel like Apple product..

  136. Patrick M
    March 5, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Probably the Nexus 5

  137. Anonymous
    March 5, 2014 at 3:03 am

    This seems like an interesting prospect... I would definitely consider it as a good, relatively low-cost option for an unlocked phone.

  138. Darlene W
    March 5, 2014 at 1:58 am

    iPhone

  139. Victor N
    March 5, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I don't have the money for a high end device for the moment, but I'd love to see it available in my country as well. Maybe until then I'll even consider it as a valid option :-)

  140. Arpit Saluja
    March 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I have a nexus 5 and i already feel the battery lasting too less. This one would be even worse!

  141. Anthony
    March 5, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Despite its drawbacks, I'd take the Blu Life Pure

  142. Stephanie S
    March 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Since it is supposedly a low price (and I wouldn't know since I got my iPhone for free), it might be a good Android phone for beginners. BUT, for sure get a case protector at the same time you buy the phone. Thank you for the in-depth review. Would I buy one? It wouldn't be for me since I love my iPhone but a gift for grandchildren starting out with smartphones, maybe. I don't spend that kind of money on them with our budget but if I had spare in my budget all the time, maybe. You can be sure I'd buy that case protector and put it ON the phone before even wrapping it up. Teenagers are hard on phones. :) It would be more likely that I'd get a Nexus 5 since it seems to out-do just about everything that this phone does.

  143. CAROL PATRICK
    March 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Blu looks great - perfect in fact

  144. Ted W
    March 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    had my heart set on a galaxy

  145. Thomas Kelley
    March 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Competition is good and I'd give it a chance.

  146. Descending A
    March 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Blue Life Pure sounds like a decent phone.. however, I do like my phones rooted, with all the benefits that brings. But if I had to buy a phone immediately, I would certainly consider buying it!

  147. zubair
    March 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I'm on the look for a new phone and i've been looking for info on the BLU phones. they seem nice enough

  148. Mile Z
    March 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I would like to try it for free

  149. Ana V
    March 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Huawei Ascend P1. It is cheaper but yet great mobile phone

  150. Dragana T
    March 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    BLU has better design

  151. million
    March 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    BLU is worth buying

  152. SCV
    March 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Motorola Moto G. Keeping in mind that I'm cheap and am currently using a Nexus S. :P

  153. Paul Y
    March 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Blu Life Pure looks better than the ONTOP Nugget G5...

  154. Ashwin Parshotam
    March 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I would go for the Blu Life Pure, its looks like a good phone.

  155. Le T
    March 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I think its price is reasonable

  156. arthur nelson
    March 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Yes; it looks like a good value.

  157. Sean M
    March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    The Blu looks interesting enough to try

  158. Leslie Ross
    March 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    yes i would buy one

  159. Louis W
    March 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I would get a nexus, the price difference is just not big enough for the spec difference and google goodness

  160. Micheal Lefebvre
    March 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Blu would be good..Thank's

  161. ?????? ?
    March 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I want HTC one but i dont have the money to buy it and i look something about 150-180 euros

  162. Linda S
    March 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    If i were going to choose between the two, i'd pick the BLU!

  163. moorandro
    March 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Blu because of the design :)

  164. Kim W
    March 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Blu sounds good and does everything I need it to.

  165. Ari T
    March 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I would prefer the Nexus but think I'll go for a Moto G

  166. Demetrius
    March 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I already have a smartphone. Maybe I'd think about it as a gift

  167. Endracion
    March 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Even if only for the storage space, I would definitely consider something like this for the price range.

  168. qwer0
    March 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    on Blu Life Pure

  169. jonathan flynn
    March 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    low cost good phone!

  170. Vala
    March 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    nexus 5 because its google

  171. DAN J
    March 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I'd take winning a BLU because it would be free.

  172. lara
    March 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Blu

  173. Rick
    March 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Neither. I already have a decent Droid supplied by my company.
    It wouldn't hurt to get a free phone for my personal needs.

  174. Catherine R
    March 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I think I would stick with the Nexus 5 for now.

  175. Andrew R
    March 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5S

  176. 655321
    March 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Honestly, I'd have to drill deeper to make such a decision.

  177. Hossam El Din Mostafa
    March 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I’d go for the BLU

  178. Toby
    March 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I'd certainly go for the Nexus 5 if I could, but I'd be more than happy with this phone.

  179. Christopher W
    March 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I'd probably go for the Nexus...but this is tempting. Big screen for big hands.

  180. Lyman L
    March 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I like the capabilities of the Blu.

  181. Kyle T
    March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I don't know, I'm pretty in love with my HTC One. I do think the Blu looks like a pretty great alternative for those who can't afford a Nexus 5 though.

  182. Peggy C
    March 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I probably would, I am looking for a new phone. Need to do more research, though.

  183. Joanna P
    March 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    It looks like a nice phone so I'll say BLU

  184. Pam Dickson
    March 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Price is an issue for me, and I prefer the photo quality, so I'd go for the Blu.

  185. Clayton C
    March 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Almost in the market for a new phone, thinking Xperia Z1 but the Nexus 5 seems to have caught my eye. Either way it HAS to be an Android phone!

  186. Mahesh K
    March 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Nexus 5 for pure android experience

  187. Carol Murphy
    March 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I've never owned a cell. It would be great to have one!

  188. Navin
    March 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I'll go for the HTC One Butterfly or whichever model is HTC's highest android phone, if I have to spend my own money on it.

  189. Ben Thorne
    March 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love my jailbroken iphone... so no I'd stick with an iphone.

  190. Sammer A
    March 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    i would try the Blu

  191. harish
    March 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Although i would have preferred the nexus 5, i think the blu just gave me a new opinion i thought it would be hard to pack so many stuff in a nexus 5 for such small price tag but then i see this and in looks quite a bit better so yeah id go with the blu :D

  192. Nathaniel P
    March 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    galxy s4

  193. Gregory Eccles
    March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I'd probably rather wait to spend my money on something newer than either phone, as I already have a good phone, but I would never say no to a free phone :D

  194. Gonzalo
    March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    A nexus 5 its a yes choice.

  195. Jonathan S
    March 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    For this price! Why not?

  196. Rachid
    March 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I will go with Blu, I'm a fan of pictures and storage.

  197. TRUNG NGUYEN
    March 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I'd go for the BLU

  198. Jason Kinnin
    March 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Blu!

  199. Philip Austin
    March 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    At Moment I'm Way Too Skint To Purchase A Smartphone -

    So Much So - My Young Child Has Just Made Me

    2 Hollowed Out Tins and a Piece of string

  200. Candie L
    March 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I was thinking about an Apple when we did our upcoming upgrade because my 11 year old is starting to need one thank you

  201. André
    March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    If I had the money I would go for the BLU

  202. Wippy Zulkarnain
    March 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    i will probably go for the nexus 5 because i like the design more

  203. nishant
    March 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    to be honest, because of the limitations of my budget i wouldnt go for nexus 5 or blu...was going for cheaper brands and was sad abt it too...since they couldnt offer smthn as cool as BLU ...i would really love if i dont have to buy a bad phone forcibly and love this phone mostly because of its great camera quality!

  204. JayAre
    March 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    No. Because.

  205. Herb
    March 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    At this time, I'd likely go with the Nexus 5 vs BLU, which is more of an unknown.

  206. Matthew A
    March 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I would get the pure

  207. louise long
    March 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    im an iphone addict but tempted to try the something new

  208. Jay Dela Cruz
    March 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Galaxy vs Nexus but this looks amazing as well

  209. rolls
    March 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I'll go for Nexus, only to receive quick updates from google.
    For the rest, BLUE is amazing

  210. Ferdinand Angeles
    March 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I'll go for the tested Nexus 5

  211. thiagu
    March 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    anyday nexus 5 but gone for moto G due to dual sim

  212. Thomas Stachelski
    March 4, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I'll go with BLU. Better then the Kyocera I currently have!

  213. Monica C
    March 4, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Looking at the Samsung S5, I've had a Mesmerize, an S3 and an S4 and love them though this one seems interesting, wouldn't mind trying to see if the grass really is greener on the other side

  214. Shane H
    March 4, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Im looking to get the Sony Xperia Z2 in April. But this seems good for a basic work phone.

  215. Laurence D
    March 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

    i would go for nexus cause i think it is more reliable for me

  216. Laurence D
    March 4, 2014 at 2:00 am

    i would go for Nexus 7

  217. Daniel P
    March 4, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Any phone is an upgrade from my HTC Wildfire S....but if I could afford it, a Nexus 5 would be my choice for overall reliability and quality.

  218. Jim Alix
    March 4, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Just bought Galaxy Note3...will likely be doing some extended travelling outside of North America and didn't want to cart a laptop or ultrabook around. I would consider the Blu Life Pure for similar reasons.

  219. Alan
    March 3, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    The Nexus 5 I think, mainly because of overall better phone performance.

  220. kadeemhunt
    March 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I'd go with the nexus, mainly because I know it will receive updates

  221. Jo-anne P
    March 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    i am not a power user so yes i would buy the blu life

  222. Anne F
    March 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    This would work just fine for my needs!

  223. Dihutswane Mosienyane
    March 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    The Nexus 5
    ....because it's more popular :3

  224. Antonio I
    March 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    good phone..but it can't be rooted...I would go with the Nexus 5...or the LG G2...much better ;)

  225. Alex
    March 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I take the Blu because its cheaper

  226. Jessica Taleon
    March 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I'll go for nexus 5. Indeed, this is a very progressive device. It’s one of the best Android smartphones available. :)

  227. Candy Nickison
    March 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I'd take what I could get.

  228. Daichi
    March 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Sounds pretty cool though, and the name is special to me XD

  229. Ion
    March 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    The Blu life pure is nice but Nexus 5 is from other league.

  230. Shahmir Khan
    March 3, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I'd rather buy the BLU Life Pure Smartphone ... it looks innovative and brilliant!

  231. Kristine Bridget Rangel
    March 3, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Since BLU fire is it available in our country I'll choose Nexus 5

  232. Kantanon W
    March 3, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Several disadvantages will set the power users back.

  233. Stephanie B
    March 3, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I would take the Nexus 5.

  234. Emh-el L
    March 3, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Of course I were to ask it would be nexus 5 or samsung galaxy s5, but this phone has solid build w/c is sleek and it already had a quadcore processor w/c is enough for me to do multitask the only down side of it is the battery, but then there is always a solution so getting a powerbank is the answer hope to win this :) 5 mp and hd reso is more than welcome for me :) and the memory woopsss....

  235. Jennifer
    March 3, 2014 at 1:47 am

    The Nexus 5. It's more common, so we know more about it.

  236. Dmitriy K
    March 3, 2014 at 1:05 am

    yes

  237. Tomas P
    March 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I've had bad experience with Nexus 7 tablet, so I would probably go with something else than the Nexus 5, it might be as well the BLU

  238. Jeremie Pageau-Bienvenu
    March 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I would love to have such a design with me all the time, I love the blu life pure

  239. Jayendran
    March 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Neither, if it was cheaper, I'd go with the second generation YotaPhone

  240. agha
    March 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Nexus 5 because it's so prettY!

  241. Jaafar Husin
    March 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I would buy this only at the right price. However if Moto X or the 16 GB Nexus 5 is lower in cost, then I would probably get that as per your advice. :)

  242. ruksana mohammed
    March 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Probably the Blu Life Pure .Clarity is cool.

  243. Debbie
    March 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    BLU Life sounds okay for my phone needs.

  244. Fabian Moore
    March 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Nexus 5 because I have already had a play about on one & I liked it but this one looks pretty awesome too

  245. Daniel V
    March 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Nexus 5 over this phone, because I feel it is better.

  246. Serg
    March 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Nexus 5

  247. Michelle K
    March 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    The price seems fair but it is more than I am willing to spend on a phone

  248. Maciej
    March 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I will buy nexus 5 because it has always pure android.

  249. Niku D
    March 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    both are cool smartphones but I prefer the nexus.
    P.S. Can I receive prizes from mekeuseof even if I am not from the USA?

    • Kannon Y
      March 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      We do ship outside the US, but what country are you in?

    • Niku D
      March 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I'm from Republic of Moldova, its in Europe.

    • Kannon Y
      March 4, 2014 at 1:44 am

      We do ship there (I think), but you would likely need a freight forwarding service and it's required (unfortunately) that you handle the various tariffs, if any:

      http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/are-makeuseof-giveaways-available-to-participants-worlwide/

      I'm not entirely sure about the freight forwarding service, though.

      Good luck!

    • Niku D
      March 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      ok, thanks for your help!

  250. Pierre B
    March 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I would go with the Nexus 5, because it has always the latest updates.

  251. JC
    March 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I need something rugged, I would probably break this.

  252. Beh H
    March 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I would prefer life pure, because I like its design.

  253. Sam K
    March 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I'll prefer Blu Life over Nexus

  254. Irving R
    March 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Nexus!

  255. Carolyn B
    March 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Nexus 5 please. I would be thrilled to win one.

  256. Junil M
    March 2, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Nexus 5

  257. Raazan M
    March 2, 2014 at 3:42 am

    nexus

  258. Justin K
    March 2, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I think I'd go with the Nexus. If I keep a phone for 2 years, it needs to be able to keep up...this one might not do so well...

  259. paulie
    March 2, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Nexus 5

  260. Carol O
    March 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I have never owned a smart phone so I would not know the difference between the Nexus 5 and Blu Life Pure. Thanks for the great contests!!

  261. Yodster
    March 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I've already spent my money on a nexus 5 and am very happy with it.

  262. JC Kelsall
    March 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I would definitely buy the BLU Life Pro. Is it sold in the UK?

    • Kannon Y
      March 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      I don't believe that the BLU Life Pure is sold in the UK. There are variants of BLU phones that are sold outside though.

  263. Denis K
    March 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Maybe.
    Now I am before a choice between sony, google and samsung.

  264. Bogdan
    March 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Nexus 5, because I have Nexus 4 :)

  265. Tin
    March 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I don't like any of the phones.

  266. Ariel
    March 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    On the Nexus 5 because I want this one for free!

  267. Jani-B.
    March 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I would rather buy a nexus

  268. Franz W
    March 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I'll give it a try.

  269. Leo
    March 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, Nexus 5. Good price for the quality

  270. James A
    March 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Nice phone for the price!

  271. Jenny Sagabay
    March 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    would probably go with Nexus 5... :)

  272. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    March 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Nexus 5, or I will save and get Samsung Note 3.

  273. Sagar Sanjeev
    March 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Nexus 5 Becoz Its Of GOOGLE

  274. Akshay Lakhmani
    March 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    i will try BLU bcoz its look is awesome

  275. Nicholas S
    March 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Since it's cheaper than the Nexus 5, I'd give it a try.

  276. Paul-kristjan A
    March 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I have an Oppo Find 5 since last november and I can't say I'm unhappy with it, it's everything I need from a phone and it works great, although being pricier than the two from this review. Also, it's more powerful. If you have more money for a phone to spare, check the Find 5 out.

  277. Phillip
    March 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I pick the nexus cause I want LTE

  278. Aleksandr C
    March 1, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I would prefer BLU Life Pure, because i always want to try something new

  279. piet bergen
    March 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

    nexus is better is guess

  280. Igor S
    March 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

    price & makes android updates easier

  281. Victor Obizuyk
    March 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

    good price and quality comparatively

  282. Mukola Obizuyk
    March 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    good price and quality comparatively

  283. Milinda L
    March 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

    NEXUS 5

  284. Gord
    March 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Considering the price, I would spend my money on the BLU Life Pure phone.

  285. Milos D
    March 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I'd try with this phone, because of price. Think about android phone.

  286. Roselle Fernandez
    March 1, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I'd go for Nexus 5, its interesting

  287. Brennden D
    March 1, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I think i'd like to personally test it first to make my decision! ;)

  288. Jaime Brown
    March 1, 2014 at 5:06 am

    There are so many people saying their phones are the best so I think I would have to try one of them and since I like to take a lot of pictures I would choose the BLU Life Pure . Thank you:)

  289. Adly A
    March 1, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Price is quite reasonable, why not.

  290. Josh Hudson
    March 1, 2014 at 4:39 am

    While I think I would probably purchase the Nexus 5 with my own cash (I own a Nexus 4 that has treated me very well), The Blu Life certainly seems like a worthy option.

  291. Tyger Y
    March 1, 2014 at 3:33 am

    good price and quality comparatively

  292. Andrew
    March 1, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I'd pick the Nexus 5, because it's compatible with every major carrier in the U.S.

  293. Chirag M
    March 1, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Probably go with the Nexus, makes android updates easier

  294. Jasmin
    March 1, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I'd pobably go with this one. You had me from the review. Also, value for money.

  295. Arie W
    March 1, 2014 at 3:13 am

    oh that camera is just lovely, so clear and nice, this one is good.

  296. Alexander Genvarev
    March 1, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Nexus 5

  297. Suresh V
    March 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I love my Nokia Lumia 1020.

  298. Ann
    March 1, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Probably the Nexus would be my choice of these 2.

  299. Bill
    March 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

    yes - i like the screen size

  300. Boris
    March 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Definitely a N5

  301. Gary
    March 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

    My Sony Xperia P is just fine thank you.

  302. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    March 1, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Well, the price is fair and reasonable, so I might consider buying this one. Also, I want to experience different phone. <3

  303. saul
    March 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Nexus 5

  304. Ray M
    March 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

    IF, I were going to spend that kind of money for a phone, I'd get a refurbed Nexus 5.

  305. Pravas Kumar
    March 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Hmm the camera and the battery disappoints me on the nexus 5 otherwise my money is on it.

  306. deep
    February 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    BLU Life Pure seems a good value deal for me

  307. Adrian Dominique
    February 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Given the screen size and storage capacity i would go for the BLU Life Pure

  308. Yosua Wisnu
    February 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Nexux 5 over Blu

  309. Yosua Wisnu
    February 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Nexus over Blu

  310. Larry
    February 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    With a $35 difference in the $300-$400 range, I'd probably go with the Nexus.

  311. Henry
    February 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Tough choice. Maybe Nexus until BLU is proven more.

  312. Joe
    February 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Based on this review, I would not buy this unit. I would prbably wait for an afordable phone running kit kat. I don't have a smartphone yet, biut I'm considering getting one.

  313. Julian
    February 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Probably Nexus 5 but excellent sale prices can persuade me to think differently

  314. Dave Wells
    February 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I would choose the Samsung Galaxy S5 because I prefer AMOLED screens.

  315. Jimmy Naidoo
    February 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    BLU Life Pure for me...

  316. Youssef
    February 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Probably not gonna buy it but i like it

  317. Pup E
    February 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    If money weren't a factor, I'd but the S3 for Boost Mobile.

  318. Bogdan Popa
    February 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Nexus 5 because Google pure android, because LG and because great performance/price.

  319. Vitaliy P
    February 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Nexus 5

  320. Va D
    February 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Nexus 5. I rather spend the extra $35 or less for a better phone overall that probably will last a lot longer.

  321. Justin
    February 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I would go with the BLU. I need the better camera and storage space. Impromptu short films

  322. Brady Wallace
    February 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I would go with the NEXUS just because it's a more well known brand.

  323. Parkin
    February 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I would rather spend money on a Nexus 5.

  324. Alena S
    February 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I’d choose the Nexus

  325. JD
    February 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Unless I win this, I'd prolly opt for a nexus 5.

  326. George M
    February 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    good

  327. Lucille L
    February 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    The higher storage capacity and better photo quality make it a more attractive purchase than the Nexus 5.

  328. Joel H
    February 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I most likely would go with the Nexus 5!

  329. Anant S
    February 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    nexus 5

  330. Marko G
    February 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Nexus 5 is the better one I think

  331. effe
    February 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    blulife

  332. yussuf Hamdoud
    February 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I got to say ,if I had the money i would spend it on a moto x

  333. Matt Torok
    February 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I am happy with my iPhone

  334. Tina F
    February 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I’d choose the Nexus

  335. Dmitriy S
    February 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Nexus!

  336. Ed
    February 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Always curious about the BLU brand.
    Nice review. If it was my money, Nexus 5 because of the frequent, straight from Google updates.

    Just 9 more months to go on my sprint contract, then it's Nexus 5 (or the newer model by then maybe) and AIO Wireless here I come. My wife gets great coverage on AIO in NYC from her Nexus 4. 2GB HSPA (then throttled unlimited), unlimited voice/text for $55 total, all taxes included. They've lowered their prices since for new users, so the same plan would cost me, a new user $45/month with 2.5GB LTE before throttled unlimited. More than enough for me.

  337. Francis
    February 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Nothing beats a Nexus, my personal preference.

  338. Jamie Dorman
    February 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I really need a new phone XD HTC Wildfire S is not good for 'hardcore' phone users...

  339. Louis C
    February 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    iPhone, if I had the money !!!!

  340. Haravind kumar
    February 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I'd love to have it... due to its camera n screen size.

  341. Gnossos
    February 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I'd choose the Nexus. I'm not someone who buys a new phone every year. Instead, I'll probably keep it until fusion power is a reality. So amortized over the lifetime, the difference in price is inconsequential.

  342. magykmaster
    February 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I would get the nexus 5. Lack of LTE is a big deal for me.

  343. Stephen
    February 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I love testing new products and being a trailblazer (which is why I have my windows phone...should've stuck with Android!) so I definitely would get this phone! Not a bad investment .

  344. Ion P
    February 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I'd take a Nexus.

  345. drazen
    February 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I'm not sure.
    Nexus has more fame,but Pure definitely deserves a chance

  346. Dharmik M
    February 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    i am more interest to spend money in Blu life pure bcz i all ready have nexus 7 so i can imagine ho nexus 5 would be like

  347. Robert C Bowman
    February 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I would give it a whirl. Sometimes cant tell how things turn out til in hand.

  348. Daniel
    February 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I don't know if I am ready to switch from the iPhone yet...of course, if I win it...I might change.

  349. Arif Raza
    February 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Wish to win BLU Life Pure Smartphone Giveaway :)

  350. paul
    February 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    moto.

  351. Antonio R
    February 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Blu Life Pure seems nice

  352. kiran
    February 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    moto x

  353. Christopher Brown
    February 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I'd get the Pure, because its a good price. The N5 beats it in specs, not by a large margin, so that says a lot about the phone

  354. Damien C
    February 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Any phone right now is fine. I just need one.

  355. Al
    February 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I'd hold off for the S5

  356. Ar
    February 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    If choosing between these two, the N5 would be my choice. Overall, I'd likely choose something different.

  357. P Saunders
    February 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Looks and sounds fairly good. I would be willing to part with my money.

  358. Jerri
    February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Doesn't sound like it is fully there (support, design, etc) yet so no, wouldn't spend my money at this point on it...

  359. JeffC
    February 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Nexus 5.

  360. Igor B
    February 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    If I new about this phone prior to buying nexus 5, I might have gone with it, but stock Android, LTE, much better CPU/GPU, would make it a hard decision. I'd rather save up some more and go with pure Nexus, timely updates, great CPU, unbelievable amount of community support for roms, and all kinds of mods.

  361. Pushkar Y
    February 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    only if it comes at a more competitive price in my country, ie India...

  362. Steve C
    February 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Probaly get the Nexus 5 becasue others have it

  363. Drew
    February 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Nexus 5, and it's not close. Pure Android, better processor, better battery, LTE, etc.

  364. Dharmesh K
    February 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I have my old android phone HTC desire S and looking for new one by winning this giveaway will be a great use for me to get new device please me really need one good smartphone and I live android a lot beside I would love the nice design of this phone almost identical with iPhone

  365. erik bryant
    February 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    i dont know if i would buy this but would love as a present!

  366. Leoner G
    February 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Nexus 5. Blu could be a back up.

  367. Andras K.
    February 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Nexus 5

  368. Roberta T
    February 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Nexus 5.

  369. Alfred Chan
    February 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Probably I will go for Note3, as better support and after sales service. But no harm to try this new phone, since its something new out there. :)

  370. Divesh K
    February 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    nexus 5 would be better than this phone but its ok for me
    I will feel and treat this phone as a nexus 5 smartphone

  371. Charlie
    February 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    This looks cool and I'd love to win it, but for the money I'd probably invest in Nexus 5

  372. Dulf A
    February 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I woldn't buy it , I'd like to win it.

  373. Don
    February 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I'd probably stick with the Nexus 5

  374. Mason Sale
    February 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I'm holding out for those google modular phones.

  375. Mason Sale
    February 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I'm holding out for those Google modular phones.

  376. Sayed I
    February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    at this price - Nexus. But if this was around 200-225, definitely this.

  377. Anthony
    February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The Nexus 5 seems like the better bet for the money - although that changes if the price of the Life Pure becomes £0 :)

  378. Baxter
    February 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Probably the Blu Life Pure. The price is right and it has all of the features I need.

  379. ketha prathap reddy
    February 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    like this phone very much.. want it one!

  380. Mandip D
    February 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I would like nexus 5 more because it's sexy :)

  381. west
    February 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    neither but would probably go for the BLU if i had to choose

  382. Daniel H
    February 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This one is more unique, which is nice :P

  383. dan
    February 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Yes. Great phone

  384. Tabe
    February 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Nexus 5 would be my pick. Better battery life, LTE, and a pure Android experience being the reasons. It's great to see something like this offered as an alternative, though.

  385. christine
    February 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I'd rather use the Nexus 5 as it's a vanilla android experience, but would be happy to use a "strong competitor" since at the moment I have no Android phone!

  386. M Kr
    February 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    My eyes are wandering off towards a Lumia 1520 as well!

  387. Paul
    February 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I would buy the Nexus 5 because of the support for LTE and TRIM.

  388. Sudeepto D
    February 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    In my opinion, I think I would go for the Nexus 5 since it provides me the stock vanilla Android experience which I very much like to use.

    Other than that, the level of customization options the Nexus 5 offers is just unmatched :)

  389. Gaurang Lakshane
    February 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Well..
    If you are not bothered by your phone if it might not get updated to a newer version of Android and you just happy with pretty decent enough hardware and software and for some reason you don't want to stretch your budget for a Nexus device then the BLU Life Pure (Kinda sounds like a life insurance scheme doesn't it??) is for you

  390. Bjon
    February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I would love to have one but I want to spend my money on buying Nexus 5 :)

  391. Ray Ray C
    February 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I would buy this phone....because I like to try products I have never seen before.....the price just has to be really fair.

  392. Rob M
    February 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    It really comes do to the Dev community. The camera is awesome but I need to know more about customization.

  393. Dany B
    February 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I would prefer a phone, with a bigger screen like the Note 3, but I would be very pleased if I won this phone too.

  394. Vedran M
    February 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Nexus 5 is a bit more attractive, but I hope to get Oppo N1 or more mainstream LG G2.

  395. Joseph Groeschen
    February 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I would buy the Nexus 5, because it offers a bit more for the money and seems better supported.

  396. Faiz
    February 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Although I am huge, huge fan of HTC One but its way too expensive. Out of this and the Nexus 5, I would have gone for the latter but seeing the results of BLU here, it definitely seems like a great buy.

  397. Aleksandra H
    February 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Nexus 5, but this could be good backup phone.

  398. Jerome Guay
    February 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    The Nexus 5 would be my pick, it has much more to offer, around the same price.

  399. Hanry Alansyari
    February 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I think i would prefer buying the Nexus 5 as the design is better.

  400. Claudia
    February 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I really like the look of this phone. After the disappointment of S5 and dubiousness of the htc in the future I'm looking more to spec heavy phones that are cheap so I can justify replacing them every year instead of after 24 months. Hoping to have a bit of luck in this comp :)

  401. Cin R
    February 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    And nicely written review and nice phone!

  402. Diana Cote
    February 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    If i was strapped for cash when going to purchase a phone then yes but if i wasn;t i would probably go with an iphone its its simply because i like the istore apps better. nothing to do with the phone, i just find as a mother i like the istore much more in terms of selection and quality.

  403. Andy M
    February 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    seems ok. sure I'd buy it.

  404. Stefanos Z
    February 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I would spend my money on BLU Life Pure. I love this smartphone!!

  405. Tim B
    February 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I love the Nexus 5...but the BLU would be perfect for my wife.

  406. mklopez
    February 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I think I'd prefer a Galaxy Note 3. Bigger is better!

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