BLU Zoey II Quadband Unlocked Dual Sim Phone with Camera Bluetooth and Social Networks – Retail Packaging – Yellow Reviews


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  • Chris Adams says:
    53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Five stars for the reason a bought it, so …, December 31, 2014
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    Five stars for the reason a bought it, so when I need to take away my daughters iPhone as punishment or when I don’t want her taking a $500 phone someplace she could break or lose it, she will still have something to make and receive calls on and send texts that if this somehow also gets lost or stolen I’m only out $20. Just needs a full size SIM adapter if your SIM is smaller.

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  • John M. Hammer says:
    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    For the price, a really great and simple GSM phone., March 22, 2015
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    John M. Hammer (New York City, NY) –

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    My iPhone 5 went kaput immediately after applying an iOS update. Apple was balking at giving me a free replacement because my AppleCare+ had expired so while I worked on them I decided to buy a very, very inexpensive phone to tide me over. I wasn’t sure at the time if I’d need it for a week (assuming my appeals worked out) or 6-8 months (assuming Apple didn’t replace my iPhone I wasn’t going to pay $280 for a replacement nor buy a “new” iPhone 6 – I’d just wait until the next model came out some time later this year).

    As it turns out, Apple did replace my iPhone 5 for free after a few days, so this review covers only a few days of use of this phone.

    At seventeen bucks it’s one of the least expensive new and unlocked and no-contract phones I’ve ever seen. I have seen some for fifteen and even as low as eleven but I didn’t like their looks or they had even fewer features than the BLU Zoey II.

    This phone makes and takes calls (duh) and can send and receive texts. If you’re used to adult capitalization and punctuation and an ASCII keyboard, real or screen tap, writing texts with a 12-key alphanumeric phone pad is a slow chore but it works well enough for quick messages. The screen is easy to read although you have to scroll quite a bit to read any lengthy messages as only a few lines are displayed at a time. Pretty normal for a simple non-smart phone.

    The FM radio was surprisingly nice. It works well and I find myself wishing for a radio tuner in my iPhone now. I know there are apps for that, but they’re not the same as a simple radio tuner.

    The Bluetooth worked just fine with the hands-free Ford Sync technology in my car. I didn’t bother using it or the USB cable to connect to my computer to install ringtones or screen backgrounds, but doing so is easy for those that care to bother with such things.

    There were some features of the phone I did not use, such as access to Twitter streams and plugging in an extra memory card. I tried the camera and video recorder just to see if they work and while low-quality and extremely basic they will do the job – if you’re going to take more than a few pictures or any video at all, you will need to plug in a memory card because the phone itself has practically no storage at all. The phone will play MP3s but again you will need to install a memory card to get much use out of this feature.

    I charged the phone overnight right after I received it. I used the BLU Zoey II for only a few days but during that time the battery indicator remained full (3 out of 3 bars). I used it for only about 30 minutes total talk time, 40 or so text messages in and out, and the screen was on for maybe 90 minutes (much of which was me manually inputting a subset of my contact list into the phone’s memory). So I can’t speak to actual battery life; sorry.

    The phone worked perfectly with my T-Mobile service in New York City and the SIM card that was in my iPhone. Note that I had to use a SIM card adapter to get the nano SIM that fits into my iPhone 5 to work with the standard-size SIM slot in the BLU Zoey II; this cost me about seven bucks here on Amazon but I’ve seen the same adapters as low as two bucks – I needed quick Prime shipping so I paid a little more in this instance. The BLU Zoey II can use two SIM cards simultaneously but I had no need for that function so I left the second SIM slot empty.

    A few minor complaints – and they are VERY minor:
    1- The volume of both the ringer and the speaker (in both handset and speakerphone mode) isn’t very loud. If you are going to use this in a noisy place you might miss calls unless you have the phone on you where you can feel the vibration and you might not be able to hear your caller. I had no trouble, but at loudest settings it’s just not very loud compared to other phones I’ve used.
    2- If you don’t know how to install a SIM card and you need to do it yourself, the instructions that come with the phone are no help. I DO know how to install SIM cards so I had no trouble but the textual instructions and the one illustration are useless. The other instructions that come with the phone are fine.
    3- The outer shell of the phone is very light and thin plastic. This is no problem for general use especially considering the cost of the phone. I dropped it on carpet a few times (because I am a spaz) and it suffered no damage. The ability to just toss and replace a cheap phone like this if it gets crunched is one of its benefits. However, be careful when opening the case to install the SIM card and battery because it was a nice tight fit and prying the two halves of the shell apart made me a bit nervous given the quality of the plastic.

    For the price, I was more than satisfied with this phone. I like the size and weight and overall appearance and it does everything I need a simple phone to do. If Apple hadn’t…

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  • Pat says:
    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Five Stars, February 4, 2015
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    Phone picks up ATT and TMobile in the US with no issues.

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