Earlier this week I ordered a BLU VIVO IV Android phone from B&H Photo. The idea behind getting this phone was really two fold. First, I needed it for work to do some testing of software. Second, when it comes to this blog, the reality is that right now Microsoft’s apps for mobile devices are far superior on Android and iOS than they are to Windows Phone. That is going to change – soon I think – but in order for me to be a “Windows centric” site, I have to look at these other platforms for which Microsoft makes apps.
I will tell you though that I found the selection process for finding a new Android phone painful. With iOS you get two choices on screen size and three choices on how much storage you want. With Windows Phone, it is somewhat the same although you could argue there is a bit more variety available especially around screen size. Then there is Android. Not only do you have the normal screen size and storage capacity questions but you also have the question of what version of Android is on a device and if it is upgradable. It is a bit of a nightmare and I will argue with anyone who tells me there is not fragmentation in the Android ecosystem due to the wide range of versions of Android running on devices.
But I digress. I selected the BLU VIVO IV for several reasons. First, spec-wise, it is impressive. It is powered by a 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of storage built in but that is not expandable. There is no MicroSD slot in this phone. For some that’s a deal breaker but the reality is, for what I’m using this phone for, that should be plenty of storage.