Blu Vivo 6 review

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The Blu Vivo 6 is a low price phone considering what it offers. The biggest issue is there's a lot of competition in this space right now, so you have many other options to go for.

The Vivo 6 is trying to compete with the king that is the Moto G4 range (including the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play), all of which cost less than the Vivo 6 at the moment.

That makes it a tough sell, but if you're looking for an all-metal phone the Vivo 6 may be a better choice for you than what else is on the market right now.

Who's this for?

The Vivo 6 is for anyone who wants to have an affordable smartphone, but doesn't want to lose out on the look of an all-metal, premium feel device in their pocket.

If you need one of the speediest phones that costs under £200, this is one of the best choices on the market.

The fingerprint scanner is fast, the battery life is OK and you'll be able to take a good shot, even if it doesn't give you the best mobile photography available.

Should you buy it?

If you're in the market for an affordable phone, the Blu Vivo 6 will not let you down.

There are slightly cheaper alternatives, but if an all-metal, premium phone is what you're looking for we'd recommend opting for the first phone ever to hit the UK from Blu.

We like the Blu Vivo 6, but this shouldn't be your only choice of phone. We have a list of other good devices in our best cheap phone round-up, or read below for three alternatives.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Motorola's Moto G4 Plus is one of the best cheap phones money can buy right now, combining an impressive spec list with a low-end price. If you're looking to spend under £200 on a device, the Moto G4 Plus is the way to go.

The Blu Vivo 6 is a bit more expensive than that - but this is one of the only other phones to come with a fingerprint sensor at this sort of price.

Like the Vivo 6, the Moto G4 Plus provides a 5.5-inch Full HD display, as well as a powerful processor setup and an average battery life. You really couldn't go wrong with buying the Moto G4 Plus if you're looking for an affordable phone right now.

Bush Spira E3X

Bush isn't a big name in the smartphone space, that's why the Spira E3X really surprised us. It's a touch cheaper than the Blu Vivo 6 and offers up a remarkably similar spec list.

The Bush phone also comes with Android 6, a Full HD 5.5-inch screen, 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The battery life isn't as good as on the Vivo 6, but the 21.5MP rear-facing camera gives it a photographic edge.

The Spira E3X may not be plastered all over billboards, but it's one of the best cheap phones money can buy.

Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus

Wileyfox made a big impact in the phone business when it launched in 2015 as an affordable UK manufacturer.

The latest phone from the company is the Swift 2 Plus, which offers up a great alternative to the Vivo 6.

There's a fingerprint scanner on this phone as well, if that's a killer feature for you, as well as a premium design and a variety of colour choices.

It's not as powerful under the hood, but if you just want a phone that can handle Instagram and phone calls you may prefer the Wileyfox over the Vivo 6.

First reviewed: November 2016

James Peckham

James is the Editor-in-Chief at Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.