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At the price I paid (around £300), I am taken aback, in a good way with the specification of this BV8800 rugged smartphone by Blackview.
It comes with the up to date and stable Android 11 core system but what I like is Blackview's own Doke 3.0 operating spoke which is pre-installed. What Doke does is it predicts which apps you are likely to open before you do, based on your previous opening history. So after a restart, this phone is already half prepared to open your apps before you open them speeding up the experience even more.
I find the startup and shutdown times are fast probably aided, of course by the G96 chipset series offering an octa-core speed of 2.0 GHz. Storage space is 128 Gig, and ram is a healthy 8 Gig ensuring smoothness and speed when I open multiple apps.
The 6½ FHD display boasts a whopping 90Hz refresh rate and I must say I'm impressed with the texture, quality, sharpness and smoothness in operation. Colour vibrancy is in no way compromised, in fact if anything, it's better than what I'm used to. It excels in bright surroundings, even in sunlight.
As with all of these rugged phones, it comes with a top quality, robust outer casing able to withstand heavy knocks. I've always liked that feature. The casing on this phone, however is totally waterproof and it can take, what I find to be excellent quality underwater photos.
The 50MP rear camera delivers excellent high definition pictures in my opinion. It can also capture photo and video infra-red, monochrome images from total darkness.
Battery charging takes a couple of hours but it feels like it lasts for ages, I find.
There are more features, of course but for me everything works well and fast. I can't fault it and for £300, I think it's very good value for money.
Really like the phone, but stopped charging.. Do not happy that I spent so much money on this phone and it won't charge.. Unhappy to say the least...
Update - I wanted to update this review as I was contacted by the company who sold me the phone from their customer service. They were great and offered me a new phone or my money back in full. I've asked for a new phone and hopefully it'll be OK. The phone itself is good, I liked it. Lots of features and is worth having, I unfortunately must have got a duff one.. I'm sure the next one will be OK.. Worth buying from this company, they were extremely helpful.
Update again.. Sent info to company as asked. Not heard anything yet.. Hope they honour their word..lets hope their star rating doesn't go back down.. Lost a lot of money on a phone that doesn't work.. Willing to give it another go. Don't want any hassle. But after I sent details I've heard nothing.. I would like to give five stars, but this will only be updated again to that if or when I get a replacement. Hope they honour their word.. Let's see!!
Last update - they've have honoured the phone and sent it to me. I am very thankful and grateful for their commitment and that they've honoured their word. Would I but my next phone from them, yes! Even with the messing, they offered to replace the broken one and they didn't have to. Thank you so much!! Really Good Company!!
Have bought two of these now for my parents. They are good value for money; have loads of apps, way too many for my parents, and work in generally the same way as all android phones. battery life is good, although they only basically use them for phoning and looking at pictures of grand kids, so cannot comment on battery life if used for streaming or internet etc. All in all a nice sized phone for the money.