It’s pricier than a lot of the rugged Android smartphones coming from China, but the Blackview BV9500 Pro possesses all of the key features in an almost indestructible design which makes it the most useful of the lot.
Long 10Ah battery life
Fast and wireless recharging
Walkie-talkie style comms
Rock hard build quality
Very heavy and bulky
Calls sound robotic
Blackview has a range of rugged IP68 certified Android phones available and they tend to be both tough and affordable, if a little light on features. This latest model, however, comes in at a considerably higher price point and it has all the bells and whistles including PTT (push-to-talk) for walkie-talkie style communication.
It’s also the largest rugged handset we have yet tested because it’s packing a huge 10,000mAh battery. With it’s solid aluminium sidebars and chunky polycarbonate casing, this brute of a smartphone looks hard enough to hammer in nails. Blackview calls it tri-proof because it is resistant to water, dust and knocks and claims it is the ‘most indestructible smartphone on the market’.
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The Blackview BV9500 Pro is a seriously looking handset. From its solid aluminium side cheeks to the fourteen visible screws that bolt its rugged shell together, this looks and feels like a phone that won’t fail if you drop it in a puddle. The IP68 certificate confirms that it will survive for two hours in 1.8-meters of water and Blackview says it is drop-proof to 1.8-meters too.
The 5.7-inch screen is made from Gorilla glass and it is protected by rubber bumpers at the four corners and more rubberised polycarbonate at the back. Unusually, for a rugger phone, there are five fairly buttons buttons on its left and right sides, two for volume, one for power, an assignable function button and one marked PTT (push-to-talk). The fingerprint reader is at the side too, but there are none of your usual rubber seals concealing the ports and SIM card slot.
The USB-C port is open, but nonetheless impervious to water and dust and the dual nano SIM slots are hidden behind a screw-down hatch on the back panel. You can slide a microSD card in there too.
Apart from its obvious size (this phone is almost 2cm think) the other physical thing that literally sticks out about the Blackview BV9500 Pro is its antenna. This bundled accessory screws into a sealed port at the top so that you can use the phone like a walkie-talkie to communicate with anyone else on the same frequency, while the button is held down. Our sample has yellow plastic detailing, but black and green are also available.
Specifications and features
The Blackview BV9500 Pro has specifications in line with the other budget rugged handsets with a Helio P23 octa-core processor backed up by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. This combination scored well against the rest of the rugged set in our bench tests, but it didn’t run rings around them.
Despite the higher cost, it isn’t much more powerful than the BV5800 Pro. The screen is a better size though at 5.7-inches and it manages Full HD quality with 500NIT brightness. Where this smartphone really justifies its higher price, is in the features department. It matches all of its competitors and raises the stakes with functionality that is geared toward delivering a phone that will serve as a tough tool in adverse conditions.
There’s the enormous battery of course. With 10,000mAh, you can be fairly sure that the Blackview BV9500 Pro will work for five days of average use without a charge. And when it comes to charging, you can either use the USB-C port to fast-charge, or buy a QI wireless charger and forget the cable. This is a real asset when you have a wet phone and don’t want to mess around with electric cables.
The PTT button is perfect for teams working outdoors too. Even with gloves on you can press the big yellow button and Digital Intercom app and simply hold the button down to talk to anyone else with a similar device on the same frequency. The assignable function button is another big bonus because you can, for instance, instruct it to open the torch app with one press.
The fingerprint reader, face unlock, NFC etc are all welcome features, but expected on an Android at this price. The package also includes in-ear headphones and a tiny screwdriver for unscrewing the rear panel that has to be removed to insert your nano Sim card.
At 376g, the Blackview BV9500 Pro is without doubt the heaviest smartphone we have lifted onto the test bench and its bulk takes some getting used to. It’s probably not going to fit into your pocket, so the inbuilt lanyard clip at the bottom of the phone is an asset. It means you can have the phone swinging from your belt when you’re climbing a ladder, for example.
The PTT button is a great feature in an outdoor smartphone, even though the only other phone we could find with a compatible frequency channel in Blackview's portfolio was the BV5800 Pro.
But don't fear, any walkie-talkie that operates in the UHF 400-470MHz range should be compatible with it, even low costs ones.
If a whole team, or workforce are equipped with a phone like this, however, it is easy to see how time and call costs can be saved by communicating via PTT.
We linked the other physical function button to the torch app, which is another feature that you tend to need when you don’t have time to negotiate a touchscreen interface. The camera app also comes on immediately with a double press of the power button, making this a great phone for gloves-on usage.
The Blackview BV9500 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo smoothly and every app we tried worked without incident. Only the more graphics-heavy games caused the system to slow down noticeably. The camera app is very basic and the bokeh effect is rubbish, but regular pictures and 1080p video taken in natural light look very crisp.
Call quality sounded a little robotic, but fine and the external speaker is not as loud as you might expect from such a large device. In all other respects, the Blackview BV9500 Pro is very easy to use and the battery just goes on and on, however hard you try to drain it.
Final verdictThe Blackview BV9500 Pro might have all the elegance of a house brick, but that build quality is reassuring and the big battery will make sure you are never caught out when you really need a working phone. The Full HD display in 18:9 ratio is bright enough to be visible in full sunshine, while the Helio P23 CPU is enough to make Android Oreo look great on this generous 5.7-inch screen.
What makes the Blackview BV9500 Pro stand out above the rest of the rugged set is its comprehensive list of features that make it ideal for outdoor use. In short, this is one of the toughest and certainly the most flexible multi tool that you can sling into your toolbox.
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My father uses this phone for about half a year now and it is fine. No actual issues found so far. Only that the screen is too sensible, it may react even if you don't touch it but the finger is quite close to it.It is a nice rigid phone, although quite heavy, and I like it very much.
Not for the first time ordered a phone of this brand with water protection. For a hunter and fisherman-an excellent solution, because. The device is protected in case it falls into water, dirt, snow-checked!!! The seller quickly sent, the device was bought as a gift for a friend. Delivery-3 weeks to cheboksary.
e phone works well. I write a review on the third day of use. The first days were weak sensitivity of the microphone, but now everything began to work well. Checked for underwater, under water the camera works well, removes clearly. Wireless charging works well, everything is super. I recommend both the product and the seller!
I use a week. Everything is fine. The screen is super, the battery is good, keeps with active use up to one and a half days. The camera is good. Of the minuses only the speaker and weight. The phone is heavy. Performance is good.
Great phone, works fast, camera's only good if you play around with all the settings, size is not too overwhelming there's a few features that make it work better for using it in one hand.. Battery life is superb.
I love the size of this phone, I have big hands and it is so easy to use compared to my previous, smaller phone. This phone has given me no problems at all. Also, battery life is outstanding! Very happy with my purchase!