Good rugged phones are usually expensive and they don’t have the best specifications out there. The Chinese company Blackview has produced quite a few rugged phones over the years and the BV8000 Pro is their latest model. It looks great and it has plenty of power but it costs about $260. Learn more in the full Blackview BV8000 Pro Review.
The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include the USB OTG cable, a pair of earphones, a screen protector, micro USB to USB C adapter and a screw driver with some extra screws.
DESIGN and DISPLAY
It is obvious that the BV8000 Pro is a rugged phone since it is thick and heavy but I have to say this is one of the best-designed and well-built rugged smartphones I’ve tested so far.
The phone has the IP-68 rating meaning that it is water and dust resistant. Also, the rugged body assures that the phone will survive a few accidental drops.
What is awesome is that the ports are not covered by any flaps that usually become annoying.
We have a 5” 1080p display, which is sharp and vibrant and it is bright enough for both indoor and outdoor use. Also, it is covered with the Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch resistance.
I found the display to be very good both indoors and outdoors. The phone has an LED notification light, LED flash for selfies and a dual camera setup on the front.
Just above the display, we have an 8MP shooter for selfies. It is great that we have a multicolor and customizable LED notification light, and nicely backlit capacitive keys.
I have always loved sharp edges of the metal chassis and tactile metal buttons. There is a multifunctional key, which as of now, can be only used for SOS and PTT services.
You can customize the SOS details in the settings menu.
On the right, there is a one stage camera shutter key. There is also a side mounted fingerprint scanner that I found to be pretty accurate but not the fastest I’ve seen.
The backplate has a rubberized finish with some really nice-looking metal accents. You can access two SIM card slots and the microSD card slot by using a screw driver to remove a backplate. It is not the most convenient way of doing this but that is the tradeoff of IP68 rating.
As for optics, we are looking at a 16MP shooter that is coupled with a single LED flash.
The loudspeaker quality is just great and the volume output is very good.
HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE
When it comes to hardware, the Blackview BV8000 Pro is one of the most powerful budget rugged phones out there. The phone ships with an octa-core MTK6757 chip (2.3GHz), 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.
The phone ships with Android 7.0 out of the box but we have a heavily customized Blackview’s skin on top of it that changes the looks, removes the app tray and adds some extra features. For example, you can quickly launch the camera by pressing a power button twice. Also, you can change the colors of the notification LED light, use some gesture and motion controls that work pretty well or use one hand operation mode.
There is also a built-in toolbox that has some apps like a sound meter, compass, bubble level, pedometer or heart rate monitor. I can’t confirm the accuracy of these tools but I think they are quite accurate.
There are some other cool features and customization options to play with but what is the most important to me is the speed and fluidity of the user interface. I’ve installed a lot of apps on this phone and I’m yet to see it lag, thanks to 6GB of RAM.
The device runs on Android 7.1 out of the box and we have a typical Blackview’s interface. That means that the UI is a mixture of stock Android and some added features and customization options. You can customize the navigation bar, LED notification light, quickly open up the camera or use other gesture controls. In general, I found the performance to be pretty good, I have no complaints.
Selfie images look soft and the level of detail is kind of low.
The 1080p video quality is just mediocre as there could be more detail in the footage.
The selfie videos are shot at only 480p resolution and the quality is kind of poor but still usable for video chats. However, I noticed that the sound is being recorded mostly to the left channel as it is louder than the right one.
I didn’t have any connectivity issues with this device as the call quality and signal reception are pretty good, and even the GPS lock speeds and accuracy were okay.
The phone has quite a few sensors including a gyroscope, so you will be able to use the device with VR headsets.
The Blackview BV8000 Pro ships with a built-in 4180mAh battery that performs just great. I could constantly get over 7 or 8 hours of screen-on time but your mileage may vary, depending on the usage.
Finally, the phone ships with the fast charger that can fully charge the battery in about 1.5 hours.
The Blackview BV8000 Pro is easily one of the best budget rugged and IP68-certtified smartphones out there. If you are okay with a mediocre camera performance, this phone can be easily recommended to buy since it looks great, it’s fast and fluid, it even handles 3d games well, and the battery life is great.
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).