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Blackview BV5500 Pro Rugged Smartphone Review in 2019

It’s been quite long that Blackview is rocking like a hurricane in manufacturing rugged phones. Their standout features and quality are up to the mark. In today’s Blackview BV5500 Pro review, I will share my thought and experience regarding the smartphone to find out whether it has a similar taste or not.

The BV5500 Pro is the advance edition of the BV5500 model. The phone ships with all the usual stuff and some extras include a pair of earphones and a screen protector.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged smartphone review

Design and Durability

Once you pick the phone up, it’s obvious this is a rugged device. It has a rubberized shockproof body, and the overall build quality is good. In addition, it has nice metal borders and textured back, which gives you the proper grip to hold.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

The phone is IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certified for water and dust resistance. Actually, I have left the phone in the snow for quite some time and it still works fine. Besides, the shockproof body assures that the phone will survive quite a few drops.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

It can stay alive 1.5 m deep in underwater,and it comes with 99% dust protection. Besides, it can survive extreme temperatures  -30°C to 60°C
Unfortunately, the finger does not have a fingerprint scanner, which is weird to find in even a budget smartphone nowadays.

Anyway, I believe in logic that the kinds of people who are going to use it are supposed to wear gloves in hand in maximum time. So, in that perception, people may ignore this minus. Let me know your opinion about that.

Without the phone toughness, it also comes with smart color variants like black, green, and yellow. Other features including notification LED light, a micro USB charging port that is covered with a flap and a headphone jack.

Performance

The phone shifts with a power-efficient system on the chip. As a result, you will experience smoother UI transitions even when multitasking or switching between different apps or games. Behind the head, it has a 4*1.5 GHz Quad-Core SoC and LPDDR3 RAM to ensure the best performance.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

Considering its budget price, I was not expecting any big size ram. So as it comes with a 3GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. The ROM is expandable up to 32 GB, although. Overall, gaming performance was not so bad as well.

With the potent Android 9.0 Pie that harnesses the power of AI, you will get more phone this rugged phone. It helps to reduce energy and processing waste of both software and hardware resources so that it can perform smarter and faster.

Another great trait of this phone is that it has a speedy facial unlock system that performed so satisfying during our test. But if you want to try that at night, probably this is not the suit.

The loudspeaker is actually pretty good for a cheap, rugged phone. Besides, the double mic noise reduction technology added here is also awesome. It can help to enjoy a clear conversation even when you are dealing in a noisy environment.

Screen and Display

I found the 5.5 incheswith its 18.9 aspect ratio display to be very pretty and nice overall despite the fact that it has 720p plus resolution. Also, the screen is covered with a Gorilla glass. As the screen is shatterproof, there is no worry about broken display anymore.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

Watching videos and gaming is surprisingly decent in BV5500 Pro. Well, you may see a few skipped frames here and there, but it still possible to play some 3D games on low graphics settings.

Camera

The Blackview BV5500 Pro has a dual-camera system that consists of Sony IMX1348 and 0.3-megapixel sensors. Nonetheless, there is a 5 megapixels selfie shooter in the front. The overall image quality may not be the best but it can take quite decent looking images in a good light.

Keep in mind that I tested the camera on a cloudy day when it was raining and snowing at the same time. Nevertheless, the picture quality is still quite okay compared to the price. But I wish the pictures were a bit sharper, and the same goes for the video quality. The selfie video quality is just average but it’s still usable for video chats.

Battery

To perform heavy-duty, it has a 4400 mAh long-lasting battery. The stock energy and capacity are so powerful that the user does not need to worry even when the charging station is too far from the scene. As for the battery, I could get about 13 hours of screen on time, which is a really good result.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, I had no issues with the phone. Adequately, the BV5500 Pro has 4G WorldMode LTE, which supports VoLTE and dual sim dual standby. As 2G network networks are retiring progressively, it will be a plus on your side.

On the contrary, it has MediaTek’s TAS 2.0. It’s a smart antenna technology that will significantly improve the user experience and power efficiency with a consistent and steady quality connection.
Now, you can consider the Blackview BV5500 Pro as your bank, bus, and door card. It built with a next-generation NFC module that is compatible with different payment gateways and as well as Google Pay. So, check-in or out, online shopping is going to be easier with the phone.

Blackview BV5500 Pro rugged phone

Furthermore, the BV5500 Pro edition comes with the fastest dual satellite system that ensures accuracy at the same time. Around 60 satellites globally can detect your location, and for sure, it’s a great feature for rural professionals and people.

Specification

  • Display size : (13,9cm) 5.5”
  • Display resolution : 1440 * 720 (18: 9)
  • Display Type : HD + IPS
  • Rear camera : 8MP + 0.3MP
  • Front camera : 5MP
  • Processor (CPU) : 4*1.5 GHz Quad-Core SoC
  • RAM and ROM : 3GB RAM + 16GB ROM, 32GB maximum extended storage
  • Battery : 4400mAh
  • Network : 2G: B2(1900), B3(1800), B5(850), B8(900) 3G: B1(2100), B8(900) 4G: B1(2100), B3(1800), B7(2600), B8(900), B20(800), B40(2300)
  • Waterproof : 1.5m
  • Dustproof : 99%
  • Drop-proof : 1.5m
  • Temperature : -30°C to 60°C

What I like about the rugged phone

  • IP68 waterproof certified
  • Faster facial unlocking
  • Big battery capacity
  • 720p display resolution
  • Precision design with solid protection
  • Better performance

What I don’t like about the phone

  • No fingerprint scanner
  • No gyroscope

Blacview BV5500 Pro – The Verdict

The Blackview BV5500 Pro turns out to be a pretty good budget rugged phone. The main shortcoming is the phone does not have a fingerprint scanner, and finally, there is no gyroscope sensor.

On a positive note, you get a well-crafted phone that can take it being, and it is water-resistant. The display is decent, it gets stock Android and the camera can take fairly decent daylight pictures.

At the end of the day, the Blackview BV5500 Pro has few cons to consider, but it still offers quite a lot of value for the price. What do you think about this device? Would you like to buy this phone or would you choose another option? Let me know your thought.