Blu Vivo 6: Mini-review

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Blu Vivo 6: Mini-review
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7.4 Total Score

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  • 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

Introduction to Blu Vivo 6

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.

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7.4 Total Score
Good Value Overall

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.

Design
7.5
Hardware
7.5
Software
7.5
Camera
7
Display
7
Battery
7
Value
8
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
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