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BLU Dash 5.0

blu-d50Today I’ll be bringing for you a very neat phone – the BLU Dash 5.0. First off, the BLU Dash 5.0 is available in two versions and known under two different names. We have the D400 version, which uses Single SIM, and then there’s the D410 version which uses Dual-SIM. I’ll tell you a bit about both of them while I’m at it showing you this neat phone.

The BLU Dash 5.0 is a pretty interesting phone ( certainly not the best phone you could get, but BLU phones more often than not provide you with a bunch of neat things for a pretty small price ), no matter what the version of the phone you choose. It’s not to be confused that it comes without any drawbacks, but BLU devices don’t really have a reputation for releasing high-end phones, but rather phones for a lower or average budget.

SUMMARY

The BLU Dash 5.0 is a pretty sturdy device, although it doesn’t really look the part. While many of the hardware items and others are out-dated, the phone can still pack a pretty decent punch ( but with the way the world is moving right now, I’d say that not for much longer ). Perhaps the best features regarding this phone is its battery life ( which is really long, mind you ). As for the rest of the features, even the ones classified as weak, it’s all up to you whether or not you find them as so. In conclusion here: the BLU Dash 5.0 is a decent phone with some decent features for a good price. If you have a problem with it, you are cordially invited to not buy it.

GENERAL

As far as connectivity goes, the BLU Dash 5.0 uses standard 2G and 3G networks for both the SIM cards ( in case we’re talking about the the Dual-SIM version, but the same thing applies for the Single SIM phone too ), the two SIM cards functioning in the Dual Stand-By method. Also, while on the topic of SIM Cards, the format of SIM found in this phone is Mini-SIM. Currently, this phone is available as of September, having been announced in August.

BODY

The BLU Dash 5.0 is a pretty massive phone. Firstly, as the name would suggest, this phone has a 5.0 inch screen on it and it’s as big as it’s needed. Specifically, the phone is 146 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm ( or 5.75 x 2.78 x 0.37 in ) large and it weighs approximately 128 g ( or 4.52 oz ).

DISPLAY

The type of screen found on the BLU Dash 5.0 is TFT with 16 million colors. You already know the screen is 5.0 inches in size, but unfortunately it’s not the kind that comes with 1080p resolutions. Instead the resolution of this screen is 480 x 854 pixels, and the pixel density isn’t all that bright either, revolving around 196 pixels per inch ( which on any smaller screen wouldn’t have been a problem, but on this screen it’s a bit of a nuisance ).

SOUND

As far as audio goes, there’s really nothing to tell the BLU Dash 5.0 apart from all the rest of the phone, this device lacking any and all audio enhancements.

MEMORY

The memory, as far as I see it, has the most to suffer since this is a low-budget phone. The RAM is really low, at a mere 512 MB. The internal storage of the device is limited at 4 GB and can be expanded upon via the Micro-SD card slot which can use any card of up to 32 GB.

DATA CONNECTION

The connectivity of the BLU Dash 5.0 is really good. This phone has both GPRS and EDGE ( both of them at Class 12 ) and some great Internet Speeds. The Wi-Fi of this phone is 802.11 b/g/n and it has support for both Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot as well. The Bluetooth version of this device is v4.0 and the phone also has a Micro-USB v2.0 port on it as well, however with no MHL or SlimPort or anything like that.

CAMERA

The camera of the BLU Dash 5.0 is a pretty neat one. This phone has a secondary frontal VGA camera ( which doesn’t have any particular features ) and a main 5 MP camera on the back that can record video in 720p HD quality at 30 frames per second. The features of this camera are: LED flash, geo-tagging and touch focus.

BATTERY LIFE

The battery of the BLU Dash 5.0, as I’ve already said, is a pretty damn good one. This phone comes equipped with a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery that can sustain the phone for up to 900 hours or 500 hours of stand-by ( in 2G and 3G, respectively ) and for up to 24 hours or 12 hours of talk-time ( in 2G and 3G, respectively ).

HARDWARE

The hardware found on the BLU Dash 5.0 is pretty decent, although I’ve seen budget phones with hardware better than this, but we’re here to talk about this phone and this phone only. The specifics are as follows: an MTK 6572 chipset, a Dual-Core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor and a Mali-400MP GPU as well. This hardware configuration is powerful enough as to handle just about any game or app out there ( most of them, anyway ). For how long it will las, however, I cannot say – especially if you consider the rapid advancement of tech and increase of system requirements ( keep in mind that the RAM is quite limited ).

SOFTWARE

The software found on this device is pretty decent, despite not being the latest version. The BLU Dash 5.0 comes with Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed on it. As of yet, there’s no real news about it being able to take an update or any news about the availability of an update in the near future. Well, you can always get newer versions through unofficial channels, however, if you lack the know-how of how to install such updates, it’s better that you steer clear of them.

FEATURES

The BLU Dash 5.0 has quite a bunch of features. This phone is loaded with sensors ( accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass ), it uses HTML5 for the browser, it has Stereo FM radio, it has Java through MIDP emulator and it also has a GPS with built-in support for A-GPS. The messaging on this device is done via: SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, Push E-Mail and IM. This phone is available in a whole bunch of colors: Black, White, Blue, Silver, Pink and Yellow.

Below I’ll provide you with a brief list of what the BLU Dash 5.0 can do:

  • SNS integration
  • MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

This concludes our brief review of the BLU Dash 5.0. I tried touching most important parts here and talking about everything as briefly as I could, without going into too many technical or boring details. I do hope it has proven somewhat enlightening to you all and that at the very least it offered you a bit of extra info about the device.

About Alexandru Becheru

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