Hey guys, what is up? So, if you’re the kind of person that normally puts their phone through a lot, like dropping it occasionally, getting dirt or even water on it (other liquids apply) and all sorts, then the Ulefone Armor 6 is for you.
I know you don’t do these things on purpose, yeah, accidents happen, but it’s time to change that crappy phone that doesn’t have the basic features a phone should have to something that can withstand a lot and still give you a great experience like most standard phones do.
Hey everyone, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I’ll be reviewing the Ulefone Armor 6.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- 6.2 inch 1080 x 2246 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 & 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53) CPU
- ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 21 MP + 13 MP Rear Camera
- 13 MP Front Camera
- 5000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual SIM
This phone is built to withstand some of the toughest conditions any phone should go through.
It is an IP68 and IP68K rated device, this means that it is resistant to dust and water, and the IP68K means it can withstand really high temperatures.
It is quite heavy, that can be a deal breaker, but the end result may make you forget about how heavy it is. Besides, if it was too light, you may forget you have a phone in maybe your front pocket, bend over and…well you know the rest.
The first thing I like about the design is the colors. The Armor 6 comes 2 colors, Black and Red. Really nice colors that make the phone look rugged, besides, it is a rugged phone, anyway.
You get a rubber and metal build on the phone. The rubber is there to protect the phone against those occasional drops. Hopefully your phone doesn’t fall face first. It cushions the phone on every drop as it bounces back.
The rubber design can be noticed all over the edges, top and bottom of the phone, you get two flaps at the USB port and at the SIM card and SD card slot. They are there to give you that water-resistant feature.
The metal build is noticed at both sides of the phone, they are there to absorb shock. I am not really sure how that works for now. It also improves the grip on the phone.
On the front of the phone, you get screen (obviously), and at the top of the screen is a notch where the selfie camera, earpiece and LED notification light are.
Turning over to the back, you get the dual camera setup, a LED flash below it and a fingerprint scanner. There is a sensor right beside the camera and it is a UV light sensor. It tells you how much sunlight you’re getting.
The UV light sensor probably works best for those that may be always working outdoors, it’s good to know that health is a concern.
Still on the back, you get the speaker here as well, it is at the bottom.
On the right side of the phone, you get the power button and the volume buttons, all made out of metal. They don’t wobble.
On the left, is the flap, open it up and insert your SIM and MicroSD cards, nothing is going on at the top, no the Armor 6 doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. I guess the phone doesn’t have one just so it can be fully water-resistant.
You do get a USB Type-C dongle out of the box that you can connect your headphones to anyway. Or you can just get Bluetooth headphones that will do the job.
I’d suggest getting one, cause if you’re using the dongle, the flap will be open, and if the phone falls say into water, chances are water will get inside it, so either be really careful when you’re using a dongle, or get Bluetooth headphones.
Thinking about it, I wish they would have just added a 3.5mm headphone jack and gave it its own rubber cover. Maybe constantly needing to open it will eventually rip it out so eh.
The bottom of the phone has the USB port, it is also covered with a flap.
The overall design is quite tough, it gives the phone that rugged look that says “come at me”. It will go through some tough conditions so don’t worry too much about accidentally breaking it.
Although this is supposed to be a phone also for people who are always outdoors, I can’t say the display fully serves that purpose.
Brightness outdoors, under direct sunlight is average. You won’t get a super bright screen outdoors.
The phone comes with a 6.2 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels. We’ve already established that it has a notch, but in case you skipped that, you’ve read it.
Images appear sharp and clear, colors come out punchy, viewing angles are good. It is a pretty decent phone that gives some impressive displays.
You really wouldn’t be getting this phone for the display though, the notch can be intrusive sometimes. It does get covered when watching videos or gaming but that just limits the overall usage of the screen.
One good thing about the screen is that it comes protected with Gorilla Glass 5, with it, your phone is protected from occasional drops, scratches and also dust.
Glad to know that a lot of work has been put into this phone to ensure that it is able to withstand a lot.
Overall, you get a responsive screen, not too large, not too small. Brightness outdoors is not so great, but it is good enough. And you get Gorilla Glass 5 to give you all the protection you need on the screen.
You probably wouldn’t be getting this phone for its cameras. That may also not be the case, but it’s a good thing to know cameras are good enough for an everyday use phone, even though cameras are not a major focus.
On the front of the phone, you get a 13 Megapixel selfie lens. It does give you some pretty decent photos. Pictures come out okay, you won’t be getting a whole lot of details on every shot though.
Sometimes the camera struggles with focusing, and colors aren’t always accurate.
Night shots are not so impressive as they lose a lot of details and seem faded.
When it comes to video recording, you only get a the highest mode to be 720p. It doesn’t have electronic stabilization so watch out for that.
Funny enough you can use the selfie camera for face unlock and it works really fast.
On the back, you get a 21 Megapixel lens, combined with a 13 Megapixel lens as well.
Photos taken on this camera are quite better than the selfie camera, they appear more detailed and sharper, colors come out accurate and a little bit over-saturated but overall, good.
In low light though, you won’t be getting really good shots with this camera as well, pictures come out okay, details and colors aren’t very sharp and accurate.
Video recording is good in daylight, you may have problems with focusing from time to time, but when it does focus, it is good enough.
There’s no electronic stabilization while recording with the rear cameras either.
Here, the maximum you can record videos in is 1080p.
Not the best cameras you will have on a phone in today’s world. The Armor 6 was built to be durable, to be able to withstand some really harsh conditions. Having those cameras just improves on how good the phone can be even though it wasn’t built for that. In my opinion, that a plus.
On the Armor 6, you get some reasonably good performance. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), you will not be getting some of the latest security patches here compared to a phone running on Android 9.0 (Pie) so put that in mind.
You don’t get a lot of bloatware apps on the Operating System. One of the most interesting apps you’ll find on the phone is the app called ToolBag. You get around 11 apps there such as a Compass app, Barometer, a Magnifier etc. all measured with sensors on the phone.
One of the most important ones is the UV app, which uses the UV sensor behind the phone. The UV app measures UV light and tells you how high or low it is.
Call clarity is good, the speaker at the bottom also performs well. The fingerprint scanner takes about a second to unlock the phone, the face unlock is a bit faster.
Internet speed is fast both on WiFi and 4G. A little concern is that WiFi signals are sometimes limited. This is because of the build of the phone.
Sometimes, apps take a little while to start-up, depends on the app anyway, starting up a high-end game like Asphalt 9 will start-up slower compared to the camera app.
You get an Octa-core CPU with a clockspeed of 2.0GHz on the Armor 6. A MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771) Chipset and an ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
Apps run smooth on the phone. Using the phone overall is quite smooth as well.
When it comes to gaming, really high demanding games may have to be adjusted in the settings and lowered just so you can have a fluid experience.
Sometimes the phone heats up when gaming. This is not frequent, it happens with games that really push the phone.
Games that aren’t that demanding start-up fast and run really smooth.
The overall performance is quite good on the Ulefone Armor 6 is quite good. You may get a few stuttering here and there but it’s not frequent.
This is a device that comes packed with 6GB of RAM.
Multitasking is okay, apps do not randomly get terminated by the phone just to save memory (unless of course the apps have bugs).
The internal storage is 128GB, with that you will be able to save all your multimedia files. It is expandable, and you can do that with a microSD card of up to 256GB, and that is a plus.
RAM and storage options are both good. And they will be for a while. For now, 4GB of RAM is like the minimum to handle a lot, and 6GB on the Armor 6 is more than enough.
Another great thing about this device is the battery, the Armor 6 comes with a non-removable 5,000mAh Li-Poly battery.
With this, heavy users can use the phone for over a day before they may need to charge.
Moderate to light users will not need to be charging for days.
The phone supports fast charging and comes with a charging brick that does the job well, charging the phone till it’s full takes a little over 2 hours. It has a huge battery so that’s understandable.
You also get wireless charging on the phone, not as fast though, charging with the wireless charger till it’s full takes about 4 hours.
I guess the only thing you don’t get here is Infrared.
You get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, GPS, FM radio, USB 2.0 Type-C.
With the FM radio though, you will need the headphone adapter so you can connect your headphones and use them as an antenna.
The Ulefone Armor 6 costs around $360.
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*Please note that prices vary from time to time.
Like I said, the Armor 6 is a phone that is good for those that really need a phone they don’t have to bother about occasionally putting through rough situations.
I feel like a good job has been done on the phone and it also has the performance of a phone that should last for a while.
If you’re looking for a phone with a nice camera so you can take really detailed pictures, look elsewhere.
If you’re looking for a phone with a shiny and fancy design, nope, this is not it.
You can get it if you want a phone that runs well when it comes to gaming.
For its price, it is a pretty good phone.
Okay guys, what do you think about this device, too tough? Too “manly”? I guess it could pass for a phone for men.
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Until next time guys, take care of yourselves… this phone will take care of itself.