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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Big, bright screen

Electric blue just for you

Slim and very trim

Strangely placed USB

Not many buttons

Jelly Bean at your disposal

A snappy camera app

Basic typing

A small speaker

Wielding dual SIMs

The Blu Life Play features a large 4.7-inch HD screen (1,280x720) that's bright and easy to read.
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The back of the Blu Life Play sports an eye-catching electric-blue hue. The phone also comes in pink, grey, white, and yellow. Located on the back as well is the 8MP camera.
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At just 0.31 inch thick, the Blu Life Play is almost as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S4.
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Unlike most smartphones, the Blu Life Play has a Micro-USB port located on its top edge.
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On the Blu Life Play's right side are the phone's only physical buttons -- volume and power.
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One of the big perks of the Blu Life Play is its modern Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
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You'll find that the Blu Life Play's camera app snaps pictures quickly, and it comes with plenty of features and settings.
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Don't expect a slick keyboard on the Blu Life Play. Text entry is very basic without even Google gesture typing.
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The Blu Life Play has a tiny speaker on its back left corner which is easily muffled when the phone is resting right-side-up on a flat surface.
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Rare among U.S. smartphones, the Blu Life Play has two SIM card slots (a standard and mini). There's a microSD card slot as well, plus a removable battery.
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