Blackview BV5800 PRO Review - A Decent Rugged Smartphone
BLACKVIEW BV5800 PRO REVIEW: CHEAP THRILLS!
Welcome to another… episode of “how to enjoy good battery life with your smartphone”, starring… Blackview BV5800 Pro obviously! Blackview’s devices have been impressing me lately, and as a result I’ve begun to look forward to the company’s next releases. With this, I now have the Blackview BV5800 Pro in my hands, and it’s ready for a full review.
Let’s meet a budget phone that boasts a huge battery inside but still has the looks to impress some users who prefer decent battery life over performance. So, how does the Blackview BV5800 Pro fare in everyday usage?
Blackview BV5800 Pro Specifications
MT6739 Quad Core 1.5GHz
5.5 inch 1440 x 720 pixels screen
13.0MP + 0.3MP rear camera + 8.0MP front camera
250g, 15.69 x 7.85 x 1.55
The BV5800 Pro is a device designed to fit into a niche market, that market being the rugged design market. As such, the BV5800 Pro features all the hallmarks of a rugged phone like a rubberized design, metal everywhere and a covers for every slot and socket.
As a result of this, the device looks very unique but also not too practical. It’s quite heavy at 250g, but it’s also incredibly solid and tough. It’s got thick bezels around the display, but this only makes the Gorilla Glass 3 coated display even safer. The thing is thick and chunky for a 5,5-inch device at 157mm x78.9mm x 15 mm, but it makes up by feeling substantial in the hand.
The build quality here is very good as far as I’m concerned. This device is made up of a huge and solid CNC Metal frame, which makes it so incredibly solid. The parts that aren’t metal are rubberized, meaning they’ll be more shock resistant and are easier to grip.
Really, this design comes down to whether you like these types of devices or not.
In terms of ports and slots, the device comes with a dual micro SIM port and a microSD card slot.
There are also the power button and volume rockers on the right, and on the bottom you’ll find the micro USB 2.0 slot. The slot is deep in the phone, which means the cable you use needs to have a longer head or it won’t work.
The top features a 3.5mm headphone jack, but because it’s deep in the phone, most earbuds and headphones might not work with them, which is very disappointing.
Also of interest is the small oneclick button right under the power button and volume rockers on the right. It can be setup to perform simple actions with a single press, it’s pretty nifty.
If it’s just build quality you’re after however, the BV5800 Pro stands tall above the rest. I’ve thrown it onto a cement wall multiple times, and it’s barely scratched. This is a device that you could literally use as a weapon, it’s simply that tough. Also, it’s water resistant and dust resistant with an IP68 rating, which is always good.
The Blackview BV5800 Pro has a 5,5-inch 1440 x 720 pixels screen, and it’s once again an average quality panel for the device. The display is somewhat vibrant and accurate, just like any budget display should be. Sunlight visibility is good, though you’ll have to crank it up to full brightness in harsh sunlight.
Viewing angles are very good, though they are somewhat hampered by the thick bezels around the display. While they do protect the device, they also make the viewing experience less immersive. This however keeps the display extremely safe from danger, so it’s up to you to decide if it’s an acceptable trade off.
So in conclusion, the BV5800 Pro has a decent display, but nothing more than this. It’s actually quite surprising to find a display like this on a rugged device, though it’s much appreciated. Hopefully future rugged devices will have displays like these instead of the almost TFT looking things a majority of them have.
Blackview Launcher makes another appearance here, and once again it’s pretty much stock Android with a skin on top and no app drawer. The BV5800 Pro throws out the old icon design for a new Huawei Mate 8 look, which wasn’t really much of an improvement, so I threw on Nova Launcher.
The settings menu has some options for unlocking the phone with gestures, but they’re not really all too useful when you consider the device fingerprint sensor. There’s also an option to setup the oneclick button on the bottom right. This allows you to configure what you want it to do.
The oneclick button can do simple tasks like start up your flashlight with a single press or take a screenshot with a double press. You can also set it to start applications, so the possibilities are endless, and it’s pretty useful. Aside from that, everything else is pretty much stock Android 8.1.
Opening multiple apps at the same time was hmm a bit of a pain when trying to use more than 4-5 apps simultaneously, but I guess that’s something one can expect from a 2GB RAM smartphone (with a skinned UI) nowadays.
Moving onto gaming, The BV5800 Pro cannot really impress anyone – you can easily understand this. Playing simple games like Tetris and Prune proved to be no challenge for the device, however more graphic intensive games like NOVA 3 caused some slowdowns, that somewhat affected my enjoyment of the game.
Overall, the performance of the Blackview BV5800 Pro is adequate. The combination of the MTK6739 and just 2GB RAM provides a low-end user experience, with everything being somewhat laggy if you put pressure on the device. It’s not the fastest device, but it provides reliable performance when used as a budget smartphone. It’s not a phone that game lovers or professional users will choose.
The Blackview BV5800 Pro features a 5,580mAh battery which is a impressive size for a 5,5-inch device. In terms of actual performance, it delivers MORE than just fine. The BV5800 Pro managed to get through almost 2,5 days, even with intensive usage.
With 20 minutes of gaming and an hour of social media as well as mobile data constantly turned on and 60% brightness, the phone managed to get nearly 6 hours of screen on time, which is quite good.
The BV5800 Pro also charges surprisingly quick thanks to that 5V2A charger. It can go from 0% to 100% in just over an hour, which is fairly impressive and the add on of wireless charging capability is surely a plus! So to summarize, the Blackview BV5800 Pro is great in terms of longevity and charging speeds.
As is the case for many rugged devices, the sound quality is its downfall. The main speaker is adequately loud, but crank up the volume and you’ll start to hear crackling, blurriness and distortion. The reason for this is the water resistant nature of these devices, which reduces the quality of the speaker.
Following that, the in-ear speaker is also not really that good. It’s clear enough that you can understand what the person is saying, though it becomes harder once you’re in a public area with a lot of people. This is typical of rugged devices, but it’s still a con nonetheless.
The Blackview BV5800 Pro’s dual camera is, at its best, decent. The phone suffers from the same problem most mid-range smartphones suffer from, the cameras rarely stand out among the competition. Their cameras are fully usable, but they aren’t going to be the reason you buy the device.
The device can snap images quickly thanks to low shutter lag, but details get blurred out fairly often. Highlights can get overblown easily, requiring quite a bit of manual readjustment to get a decent shot. The lack of OIS also means that it’s tough to take a steady image.
Once night hits however, things take a turn for the worse. The camera starts to become really slow, which presents the user with a terrible case of shutter lag. This, paired with the amount of noise generated by the camera in low light make low light photography pretty bad.
Video recording doesn’t fare much better either. Videos are incredibly shaky and lack detail. The colors are also muted, which sometimes makes things look lifeless and uninspiring. Rugged devices aren’t known for their cameras, though I was still hoping for more.
Back to the positives, the Blackview BV5800 Pro definitely impresses in connectivity. The GPS locked-on quickly and managed to hold a strong connection every time I needed it, and mobile reception was fantastic, as I could get mobile reception from the middle of a bustling shopping mall.
Bluetooth works well, and Hotknot also works though I’m not sure why you’d use it over Bluetooth. Everything ran as it should have and there weren’t any times where a problem with stop me from doing something. So in this case, the BV5800 Pro gets a thumbs up from me.
The Blackview BV5800 Pro is a solid rugged device, that is held back by the fact that it’s a budget smartphone aimed towards those who prefer a “die hard” phone but don’t have the budget to aim higher in the market. It offers impressive build quality, but now some of your headphones may not work and it gets some massive bezels. The display is tough, but the speakers suffer. This thing is made up of pros and cons, all of which boil up to the fact that it’s a rugged device.
Build quality is very good
Connectivity is good
Battery life is solid
Design is unique
Backlit buttons are finally here
Cameras are average
Audio quality isn’t good
Rugged design prevents some headphones from being usable
Covers for every single port and slot gets cumbersome
Whether you’ll like this device or not really comes down to whether you want a rugged device or not. The industrial design isn’t for everyone, but those who do like it will probably appreciate it greatly. Those who don’t however will probably want to look elsewhere for a device.
How do I resolve when Poor Sound Quality is experienced following immersion in water?
If the handset has been subject to immersion in water then the microphone and speaker will need to dry out for them to resume to normal functionality.
Place the device in an area where the microphone and speaker can dry out.
What does Non-incendive: Class 1 Division 2, Grade A-D, T4 mean?
1. Zone 2 (or Div 2) is a place in which an explosive atmosphere is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only (< 10hours/year).
2. T4 references the maximum temperature the phone will reach. This phone is rated T4 meaning the phone temperature will not exceed 135° C.
3. Group A-D refers to hazardous gas types.
4. TAMB refers to the upper and lower ambient temperatures the phone is approved for use in and remain non-incendive rated. For Blackview Rugged Phone, that range is -10°C to +55°C
What is the IP and MIL SPEC rating for Blackview Rugged Phone?
IP stands for "Ingress Protection". Blackview Rugged Phone is rated as IP68. The "6" in this rating refers to the dust rating. This phone is rated as "Dust Tight" meaning complete protection against dust intrusion as long as all port covers are properly closed.
The "8" in the rating refers to the phone’s ability to be submerged in water. The Blackview Phone can be submerged in up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes as long as all port covers are properly closed.
The MIL-SPEC rating for Blackview Rugged Phone is MIL SPEC 810G making the Blackview Rugged Phone drop proof to "6" , dust proof (when all port covers are properly closed), and vibration proof (Category 4 – Truck/Trailer – Secured Cargo ).
What is the hazardous area classification for the Blackview Phone?
Non-Incendive: Class 1 Division 2, Grade A-D, T4.
(Do not charge or connect or remove anything to the phone while in a hazardous areas.)
How do I resolve when Poor Sound Quality is experienced?
There are a number of contributing factors which can affect the audio performance of your device:
The most common cause of poor sound quality is water in the microphone or speaker.
If the handset has been subject to immersion in water then the microphone and speaker may need to dry out to resume normal functionality.
You, or the other person you are speaking with, may be in an area of poor signal. Try moving to a different area.
You may have dirt / debris covering the microphone or speaker. If so, clean your device.
What should I do when experiencing reception / signal issues?
Poor quality of calls:
Please check if the volume of the device is adjusted to an acceptable comfortable level.
When the device is used in areas with poor signal, e.g. near high buildings or in basements, the call quality may be adversely affected.
When this device is used in a high call intensity period, like rush hour, call failure / poor call quality may be caused by network congestion.
If you are in an area of poor reception/signal, you may experience shorter standby time than usual. This is because your device is regularly searching for a better signal and therefore consuming battery.
What do I need to do if “Enter PUK code” is displayed?
Following three consecutive failures to input the correct SIM card PIN code, the PIN code will be blocked and the request for the PUK code will be displayed.
Before attempting to input the PUK code ensure that you have the correct code provided by Network provider.
After ten unsuccessful attempts to input the PUK code, the SIM card will be permanently disabled.
Once the SIM card is permanently disabled you will need to contact relevant body to purchase a New SIM card.
What do I do if “Emergency Call only” is displayed on your Home screen?
This will be displayed if there are issues with the SIM card or problem with your cellular account.
Additionally if you are in an area not covered by your Network Provider.
What should I do if the device displays message "No Service"?
This may be displayed if you are in an area that is not covered by your Network provider, or if you are in an area of poor reception for example an enclosed area.
No service will be displayed on your screen until the situation is resolved by relocating to an area of service.
If this problem persists when in a known good service location, contact your Network provider to ensure there are no restrictions on service or your SIM services.
What does the Message "Insert SIM card" indicate?
This message may appear if your device does not recognize the SIM card.
Make sure that you have correctly inserted the SIM card.
Clean the metal side of the SIM card with a dry cloth.
If the SIM card still not being recognized, please contact your Network provider to ensure the SIM card has been enabled or to check if they have any further instructions.
How can I back up data to an external storage device?
To transfer files from your phone to PC / Mac:
Connect your Blackview Phone to your PC / Mac via USB cable.
On the Blackview Phone notification tray, tap the "Use USB to" notification and select "Transfer files".
The Blackview Phone will now be visible on the PC / Mac.
Open the Blackview Phone via the PC / Mac to explore files.
Copy over anything to the PC / Mac that you wish to back-up.
Note: Alternatively, backup to a MicroSD™ card by inserting one into the Blackview Phone. Copy files to it using your chosen file explorer app.
How do I Clear the cache and browser History?
Launch the Chrome app.
Click the menu icon in the top right (three vertical dots).
Scroll down and tap "Clear browsing data".
Select the time range you wish to clear.
Select what data (Browsing history, Cookies and site data, and Cached images and files) you wish to clear.
Under "Advanced" you have further options to clear saved passwords, form data, and more.
Click "Clear data".
How can I transfer data to another device via Bluetooth (for example an image)?
Locate the file that you wish to share on your device.
If you only want to send one item, for example a photograph, tap on it and then tap the share icon.
Select the Bluetooth sharing option.
Choose which Bluetooth enabled device to send the file to.
Accept the incoming file on the target device.
How do I customize the Notifications, sound and vibration for incoming messages?
Launch the Messaging app.
Within the app bring up the Settings menu
Scroll down to "Notifications" section.
Select the "Sound" menu to select the desired sound.
Next to "Vibrate" tick to enable/disable vibration for incoming messages.
How do I know there is a device update available, how do I check I have the latest SW?
NOTE: When a new Firmware/Software is available, notifications are sent out to all Blackview Phone devices.
On the home screen an Icon will show in the notification panel. When the icon appears you can drag down the notification panel and select.
To manually update:
Go to settings menu.
Scroll to the bottom of this screen, and select "System".
Select the "System update" option.
Select the "Check for update" option and follow the prompts.
Note: The device should be fully charged prior to updating the system.
How do I perform a reset, when my screen is blank?
To reset the device, keep the power button pressed for about 10 seconds / until vibration is felt.
Device will now power on, perform and charge as expected.
How do I improve battery life?
Applications (such as Skype™) that frequently utilize VOIP (Voice over IP) and other data via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G can significantly reduce battery life. Disable any such applications when maximum battery life is desired.
Set the display sleep to a start after 15 seconds of inactivity. To change the display timeout settings: from the home screen tap > Settings > Display >Advanced > Sleep > select a shorter delay time.
Reduce the intensity of the display. To change the display’s brightness, Settings > Display > Brightness level > drag the control bar to the left for a dimmer display or right for a brighter display.
Disable Wi-Fi when not using it. To disable Wi-Fi: Settings > Network and Internet > tap the on/off button so it is no longer green.
Make sure your phone has the latest software updates. To check for the latest updates: Settings > System > System update > Check for update.
Stop any unnecessary programs you installed from running in the background by: Settings > Apps and notifications > See all apps > select and disable any apps that you do not need.
Note! Only stop applications that you have installed. Stopping other pre-installed applications may result in poor phone performance or errors.
How do I find my IMEI Number?
This can be found on the outside of the box that you received your phone in and makes up part of the Approval’s label.
If the box is not available, type into the device via the keyboard "*#06#" a pop up box will show the device IMEI.
Select Settings and then About phone and then Status, you will now have the option to select IMEI information.
What do the different colours of the LED indicate?
Flashing Red – Low Battery warning less than 15% Battery level.
Solid Red – Battery level is between 1% and 99% and currently being charged.
Solid Green – Battery is fully charged.
Flashing Blue – Indicates a notification has been received (Message unread, missed call, email etc).