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Blu Vivo 6 review: 6 things that are great and 3 that aren’t

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Blu Vivo 6 review: 6 things that are great and 3 that aren’t

The Blu Vivo 6 is the US company’ first UK handset, and on paper it provides quite a compelling spec list for the retail price, but does it live up to its claims in real-world testing? I’ve been using one for the last couple of weeks to find out.

While most tech sites would give you 2,000 words on why the Vivo 6 is good or bad, we’re giving you just a couple of hundred, but rest assured, this phone has been fully put through its paces.

Blu Vivo 6
7.4 RATED
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Pros
  • Great spec list for the money - Full 5.5-inch HD display, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage are highlights at under £250
  • Display is sharp, colours are good
  • Tweaks to Android are mostly minimal and well thought out
  • Solid photos in bright conditions
  • Premium all-metal design
  • USB-C port
Cons
  • Display could be brighter - it's not an OLED, you could struggle on the brightest days outdoors
  • Battery life could be better - having the screen on drains about 11 percent every half an hour when doing things like playing games
  • There's no app drawer as part of the UI, which is down to personal preference but it would be easier to keep the home screen organised
Summary
Blu's Vivo 6 is by no means perfect - the battery could certainly last a little longer on average settings in an ideal world - but the £239 (£185 on Amazon at the time of writing) retail price makes it an attractive option for anyone wanting a phone with a mid-to-high end spec list without breaking the bank.
Design7.5
Hardware7.5
Software7.5
Camera7
Display7
Battery life7
Price8
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I'm a tech journalist and editor with lots of opinions. 10second.tech is a place for me to put those. All views expressed are personal, and not those of any titles for which I write in other capacities. As well as running this site, I also write for WIRED, Engadget, Trusted Reviews, and a number of other leading technology titles. I also run SexTechGuide.com.You're welcome to contact me via [email protected] if you have news or anything else to pass along, on twitter at @10sectech or @TheNextWoodsTech startup founders that need media advice or PRs and brands that need content strategy advice should visit benwoodsish.com.

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