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BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Phone (Black)
BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Phone (Black)
Price: CDN$ 105.00
11 used & new from CDN$ 87.86

4.0 out of 5 stars My First Smartphone, Sept. 27 2015
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I've resisted getting a smartphone for a while, but I like to travel and figured having a smartphone to help me navigate around, check emails, etc. would be a good thing. If you're looking for the newest "It" phone this is not it. If you're looking a basic smartphone, that's pretty easy to use, and a relatively low price then the Blu Advance phone is a decent choice. The phone runs on Android, which is pretty easy to figure out even if you're used to Apple products (I had an ipod touch before, so I was used to ios apps). Yes there's not as many apps on Google Play as IOS, but there's a good amount and I've been able to download any of the apps I need.

The phone is unlocked so you can take it into your local carrier and get a simcard and get set up. I use Wind, which is a decent option if you're in the local Wind area. If you live outside their network then you might want to try for one of the bigger cell carriers, like Telus or Rogers. I don't actually talk or even text a lot on this phone. Sometimes I find that I'll suddenly be in a roaming area when I'm at home, but I'm not sure if that's more of a Wind issue rather than a Blu Advance phone issue.

There are 2 simcard slots for the phone. Ideally you can pop in a local simcard for where you live, and then you move or travel somewhere else you can get a local simcard and put it in the other simcard slot. The simcards are really tricky to put in if you're doing it yourself. There's a metal bracket that's easily broken if you're not careful. I accidentally busted mine trying to get the simcard in the 2nd slot. I did a little adjusting and used some electrical tape to tape the metal bracket in and get the simcard. Hopefully it will stick and hopefully you can be a little more careful and get your simcard in without issue. When you don't have a simcard in that 2nd start a message pops up in your notification saying there's no simcard there, but it's easy to ignore. It's just annoying because it comes up whenever the phone is turned on or reset.

There isn't a lot of storage on the phone, I think 8mb, but less because of all the factory installed apps that it comes with, including Google Hangouts, Voice Search, Calendar, Calculator, Youtube and more. You can put micro sd card into the sd slot for more space. It's a little tricky to get into the slot, so - I definitely recommend using tweezers. Not every app you download will be able to be moved to the external sd card, but some will. There still have been apps I haven't been able to get installed because they take up too much memory, and can't be installed to the external sd card, but for the most part it's been pretty good.

There's GPS and bluetooth on the phone, as well as wifi and 3G (if your cellphone has that). The screen isn't amazing, so I wouldn't suggest trying to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones in HD on this phone. To surf the web, check Facebook, play a game, this phone is decent. The camera ok only 5mp, but compared to other smartphones it's not amazing. The front camera, unless you really need to Skype isn't worth activating. I've never taken a good front camera selfie on this phone.

One thing I don't like about this phone is that it's really easy to accidentally to a hard factory reset. If the power and volume buttons are pressed at the same time this will happen. Sometimes these buttons get accidentally pushed, and the factory reset menu comes up. There's a way to get out of this menu, but I just take out the battery and put it back in again.

The phone comes with a screen protector, that was a little tricky to get on, and a basic rubber bumper case. The phone is pretty light, and while it's not super fast it's been able to help me check email, and plan trips and do what I need to do. For $100 this is a nice little phone, although I wish we could get it for $51 like US Amazon customers (of course with the exchange rate the price of the US version might not be worth it). This might not be the coolest phone out there, but it works for me. If you're looking for a simple smartphone to get started, or maybe for something to take when traveling this is a good choice.

Irene Iddesleigh
Irene Iddesleigh
Price: CDN$ 0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good, Feb. 21 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Irene Iddesleigh (Kindle Edition)
This book isn't getting 5 stars because it's a well-written literary classic. It's getting 5 stars because it such a bad book and so poorly written and dumbfounding that it becomes entertaining. Sample line

“He was tempted to invest in the polluted stocks of magnified extension, and when their banks seemed swollen with rotten gear, gathered too often from the winds of wilful wrong, how the misty dust blinded his sense of sight and drove him through the field of fashion and feeble effeminacy, which he once never meant to tread, landing him on the slippery rock of smutty touch, to wander into its hidden cavities of ancient fame, there to remain a blinded son of injustice and unparalleled wrong!”

So bad. So good. Don't pay for this book. Read the kindle version for free and be amused for a few hours. There is no other writer like Amanda Mckittrick Ros, and trust me that's a good thing.

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-MU17-WT 10.1-Inch White Netbook (Up to 11 Hours of Battery Life)
ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-MU17-WT 10.1-Inch White Netbook (Up to 11 Hours of Battery Life)

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little netbook, March 23 2013
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I purchased this netbook before starting University. As much as I would have liked to buy a fancy, pricey computer it was out of my budget. This little netbook was a great price, and for what I needed it for (going online and writing) it does everything perfectly. I bought the basic version, but if you want more memory then I believe you can pay a bit more and upgrade. The battery life is pretty long lasting, but it all depends on what you're going to be using the computer for. If you're a hard-core gamer, then you'll want a different option. I liked how small and light this netbook is - easy enough to put in my backpack, or in a briefcase or large purse. A couple things I don't love about this netbook are that it only comes with a Windows 7 starter pack, so you can't do a lot of customization. There is also no CD drive (just be prepared) and the screen can be quite reflective. For the purpose of school this was a great netbook. It lasted about three years, and probably would have lasted longer if I hadn't accidentally dropped it while traveling. If you're looking for a simple and affordable netbook this is a nice option.

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