The people who enjoy outdoor activities are constantly on the run. Whether it is climbing, running, bike riding, swimming or anything else, they find pleasure in it. They like to move across the distances, and it makes them feel alive. Blackview BV6000 is a just the right smartphone for this kind of people or any other individuals who love devices that can endure anything and have incredible battery life. How tough is it really? What are its advantages and disadvantages? We are tackling these questions today. You can read all about it and get answers for all of your questions in the rest of our Blackview BV6000 review.
Before we go any further with our review, please take a moment to check out Blackview BV6000 specifications:
|Screen size||4.7 Inches|
|Display resolution||1280×720 (HD 720)|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio P10|
|ROM||32GB (TF card up to 32GB)|
|Connectivity||2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, WiFi, GPS, A-GPS, GLONAS|
|Battery||Lithium-ion Polymer Battery|
|Front camera||5.0 MP|
|Back camera||13.0 MP|
The package of the Blackview BV6000 is pretty standardized, and it contains the phone, micro USB cable, 2A charger, user manual written in several languages and tools for opening the case of the device. There were no headphones in the box, but that is nothing out of the ordinary these days. After all, this is not the typical device for music listening, but you can use any headphones with a 3.5mm audio pin.
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The packaging contains:
|1x||Blackview BV6000 smartphone with the battery|
|1x||Micro USB cable|
|1x||User manual in several languages|
|1x||Tools for removing the shell|
Blackview BV6000 is a rugged phone and should be treated as one. In spite of that fact, it does look exceptionally well. There are three colors to choose from, sunshine yellow, violet black, and army green. Every combination looks stunning and beautiful in its unique way. With its polycarbonate, glass fiber housing and metal frame this phone are built to withstand almost anything. It also has an IP68 certification which means that it is totally dust and water proof. We tested it roughly to see just how sturdy it is, and we can say that this nut is extremely tough to crack. We have thrown it around on different surfaces, including mud, concrete, gravel, tried to scratch its display with a knife, submerged it in the water, and it continued to work no matter what. Not only that, but it showed no signs of physical abuse which is remarkable. On the front side of the Blackview BV6000, there is a 4.7-Inch display with capacitive Android keys bellow and primary microphone next to them. The front-facing camera, earphone and the proximity/light sensors are located above the screen.
On the back of the device, a large Blackview logo is carved (SIM and micro SD can be inserted under), and there is a primary camera with LED flash just above it.
On the right side of the device, made from metal, there are power and volume buttons. The left side houses some unusual buttons for smartphones in general but usual for rugged phones, SOS button, PTT button and camera button. All buttons on the device are made either out of metal or quality polycarbonate. They are very clicky and tough to break. Top of the phone houses a 3.5mm headphone jack and an atmosphere pressure sensor. These inputs are protected with the removable plastic cover. Micro USB port for transferring files and charging is located on the bottom of the device. There is a large number of screws throughout the gadget, and they keep everything tight and in place. Given that this is a rugged phone it is not to heavy with its 170gr, but it is pretty large and can’t be used singlehandedly. This device is well-made, and it is built to last.
Blackview BV6000 Display
The device houses a 4.7-Inch IPS screen with the resolution of 1280×720 pixels. Viewing angles and sunlight legibility are excellent. Color reproduction is good too, and colors look punchy. The resolution feels limited by today’s standards, but this is not a typical multimedia phone, and we have to see it that way. The display still looks good enough, and everything is relatively crisp on it. You can use it for multimedia, games and web surfing with no problems whatsoever. Also, the benefit of the smaller resolution is extended battery life which is crucial especially if you are headed somewhere outdoors and you won’t return for a longer period. The screen is protected with the Gorilla Glass 3 which adds to existing protection of the device.
Processor and RAM
Blackview BV6000 offers some mighty specification for a rugged phone. It is endowed with MediaTek’s 64-bit octa-core Helio P10 CPU clocked at 2.0GHz and Mali T860MP2 GPU clocked at 700MHz. 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM ensures quality multitasking capabilities. This hardware combination offers great user experience. Our unit never bogged down in several days of heavy use, and everything went smooth as expected. You can play latest games but keep in mind that it will be a few frame drops here and there on the best-looking 3D titles.
Blackview BV6000 is equipped with Omni Vision’s 13-Megapixel autofocus camera sensor. It has relatively wide f/2.0 aperture for better low light shots. Camera quality is average, but you can get some decent pictures out of it in good lighting conditions. Low light shots are nothing special either, and we don’t recommend using the camera without the LED flash at night. The essence of this camera is to be with you at the most needed times on the mountain, bike race, underwater or somewhere like that, and let you capture the moment. Front facing camera sensor is made by Omni Vision as well, and it is of 5-Megapixel resolution. It is ok for the most of the times, but we would rather rely on the back camera for selfies with the usage of the camera button. Yes, there is a camera button, and it works perfectly. Video recording tops at 1080p with 30fps. Quality is ok, and it offers plenty of details to record a slide with the bike from a hill for instance. Overall camera quality is better than average but then again, this is not a camera phone and for its use the quality is just fine.
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The device has 32GB of fast 5.1 eMMC storage. It is plenty of room to stash all you photos and videos but, in case that 32GB is not enough for you, you can expand it via micro SD card with additional 32GB. That way you will have plenty of space for all your needs.
Operating System (OS)
Another great feature of the Blackview BV6000 is that it runs on Google’s latest OS, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This OS offers much better performance than the previous versions and has a few tricks up its sleeve as well. Features like Google Now on tap and Doze mode are on board. The first one lets you search the internet and desired content with a single tap on the button. The latter one prolongs the battery life significantly because it reduces CPU speed and puts some apps in the sleep mode while the screen is turned off. Android 6.0 Marshmallow also brings you support for latest apps and games from the Google Play store or any other Android store of your choosing. In our testing period, everything went smoothly as butter. We didn’t have any remarks about the device.
When you’re making a rugged phone to be used mostly outdoors, you’re making sure that its connectivity options are the best possible. The device has an excellent reception and offers up to 4G LTE+ network speeds. That translate roughly to 300Mb/s for download and 50Mb/s upload speed. In case, you don’t have an unlimited data plan, or you just want to conserve battery power, you can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. 802.11 b/g/n wireless bands are supported. NFC is also on board, and you can use it to transfer files more conveniently, for credit card payment, etc. GPS, A-GPS, and Russian GLONASS are supported which is crucial for locating yourself in the open environment, everywhere in the world. Bluetooth version 4.1 is on board, and that translates to faster transfer speed with lower battery usage. All in all, it is a very capable device in this regard.
Blackview BV6000 Battery life
The device has a humongous 4500mAh lithium-ion built-in battery. It is designed to last for several days of light usage in case you don’t have a power outlet to charge your phone. In our tests, the battery lasted two and a half days with moderate use and a day and a half with pretty heavy usage. Very efficient CPU, lower resolution screen, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow Doze mode help a lot in the battery optimization process. It takes a long time until the battery is fully charged but, after it finishes, you will forget about the charger for a few days. To sum it up in a few words, battery life is just stunning.
Blackview BV6000 offers many features other than regular ones. Of course, there are some features like large video and audio codec support out of the box, but we will focus on non-standard features. There are several physical buttons on this device that may be handy in the time of need. PTT (Push To Talk) button is a regular button for the walkie-talkie that is embedded in this device. Another interesting button is the SOS button that sends the SOS signal once you press it. There is also a plethora of sensors in this device like light sensor, proximity sensor, gravity sensor. The electronic compass is also on board, and it is a very welcomed feature. One of the most important features for climbers, atmosphere pressure sensor, is embedded in the phone as well. With it, you can measure the exact atmospheric pressure and determine at which height you are.
Pros and Cons
In this part of our review, we will try to sum up all the positive and negative aspects of this device in a form of a list.
- Fantastic build quality
- Great battery life
- Good internals with plenty of RAM
- Latest Android build
- NFC support
- 4G LTE network support
- A bit bigger device
- Takes a while to charge the battery
There are not as many rugged phones as the conventional smartphones out there, and the ones that are out there are very pricey. Blackview BV6000 is a good rugged phone with exceptional characteristics, and every outdoor enthusiast should consider of getting one.
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