Blackview BV9600 Pro : A smartphone for everyone

Dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof, the BV9600 Pro is an IP68 rated rugged phone, meaning it can be submerged in up to 1.5 m of water for up to 30 minutes.

It has a rugged housing of aluminium alloy with a matte black back and Gorilla Glass.

This phone gives you a lot for your money. Inside the box there is a power adapter, USB C charging cable and a USB-C set of headphones.

The BV9600 Pro uses the USB port for headphones and a micro USB-to-USB-C charge adaptor –- useful if you do not have the correct cable with you and need a quick charge. 

The BV9600 Pro has a Media Tek 6771 (p60) octa-core processor with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM. There is also the ability to increase storage up to 128 GB with a micro SD card next to the nano SIM slot.

I like the size of the screen - Minimal bezel sizing means that Blackview has managed to squeeze a 6.21-inch display into the phone with an 2248 x 1080-pixel display. The 19:9 aspect ratio, too, and the display is crisp and clear.

You can use the phone wearing gloves -- or with wet hands, too (very useful when you are out and about and are using your phone in the rain).

The phone is heavy, weighing 268 g (9.5 ounces). This is partly due to the large 5,580 mAh battery in the device. 

The phone supports fast charging, and wireless charging, although the charging pad is not supplied with the phone, it can be purchased separately. Its dimensions are 162.9 x 81.4 x 12.85 mm

The BV9600 Pro has some nice extras: In addition to NFC and fingerprint recognition, the device also has the ability to cast to other devices in the vicinity. It uses the Android Beam app to connect over NFC. 

The fingerprint sensor is on the right hand edge of the phone. If you hold the phone in your right hand, then you only have the option to use your thumb as a fingerprint, not as flexible as sensors elsewhere on other devices.

Distance sensors to stop your phone activating when it is in your pocket, and the ability to mute the device when it rings by turning it over. You can make and receive calls by lifting the phone up to your ear.

The ring tones are very loud  - extremely useful in construction environments, or if you keep your phone in your bag.

The push button on the left hand side of the screen, can be configured for one click, double click, and long press use.

There are a variety of commands that can be invoked. You can start to record audio, open the flashlight app, take a screenshot, open the water camera, the PTT feature (push to talk) SOS and game mode. Zello PTT app is not installed by default on this model.

Useful tools on this Android 8.1 Oreo:  The ToolBag has a Compass, Sound meter, a picture hanging app, a Gradienter, a height measurement tool, and a heart rate monitor app.

There is also a magnifier, protractor, plumb bob, and a barometer app. Other useful apps in the build include a pedometer and a translator.

The translator enables you to enter text, or use voice to translate into 105 languages. There is no phone feature for you to translate text by taking a photo of the text and getting it translated. However, this is a small omission.

There is a 16 MP camera and an 8 MP backup camera. Its front facing camera is 8 MP.  Post image enhancements are adequate for a camera such as this.


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