I used to run a Galaxy S6. Now I run a Blackview and I love it. In fact we have three deployed in our InvestigateDaily and Outdoor Phone Store offices.  If you need expert advice on which outdoor phone is right for you, call us on 0800 747 007, OR CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE TO ENTER THE STORE

Ian Wishart Ian Wishart

About our phones: the technology comparison

If you are wondering about the technology behind our phones, you will notice most of them are powered by either the MediaTek Helio series chipsets or Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. MediaTek ships nearly a billion chips a year, most of those in smartphones like the Sony Xperia, some Samsung Galaxy models, Alcatel models and the phones we supply here.

The Helio series provides incredible power balanced by super-efficient processing, giving your smartphone plenty of punch when needed but longer battery life. It is an all-round performer.

The Helio is designed to support high-end cameras of up to 24 megapixels, which is why you'll often find Samsung, Sony and even Leica cameras in our phone range. There are only four main chipsets for Android: the MediaTek range, the Qualcomm Snapdragon range, Huawei's Kirin and Samsung's Exynos chips. The fact that Samsung designs phones to use MediaTek Helio and Qualcomm Snapdragon instead of Samsung's own chips is an indicator of reliability and quality.


Smartphone development has gone down two paths. One is slim, sleek and wall to wall glass (which looks great but is fragile), and the other is durable and robust.

The sleek and fragile phones cost the most (because they are marketed as fashionable objets de desir), and because Apple and Samsung put their most expensive chipsets into them to help justify the price. But fragile phones are not built to take life's knocks, and that's part of how the big players make money. A $1500 phone replaced on insurance is just another sale in a competitive market. The alternative is here. Half the price, but similar performance and more durability.

There are other rugged smartphones on the market, but they are not as good as the ones we have selected for the Outdoor Phone Store. For example, you can pay NZ$800 for a Sonim XP7, and you will get a rugged phone with only 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, running on the old Android 5 Lollipop. You can pay more than $1000 and get a Cat S41 or S60 (from bulldozer company Caterpillar) running only 3GB RAM and 32GB storage - around the same performance as our cheapest phone at $479. 

The new Galaxy S8 Active will retail at more than $1500 in NZ, with only 4GB RAM/64GB storage. So that gives you some idea of the international recommended retail prices for this technology.


There are different frequency bands for different areas of the world. A Sonim bought from its NZ importer here will work on NZ networks, but a customer of ours made the mistake of privately buying a Sonim from overseas himself, only to find it doesn't work on any NZ mobile provider. Don't make the same mistake.

Our prices include not just the import GST and Customs duties payable and a full kiwi warranty, but also our expertise in sourcing only the specific phones compatible with NZ mobile networks, which means we can guarantee your phone will work.

If you don't think that's so hard, check out these two photos. We sell one of these. The other one is not fully compatible with NZ networks:





Yes, it is the same photo of the same phone used in the manufacturer's marketing, but not all model variants work properly here.

The Outdoor Phone Store provides peace of mind that your phone will work, backed up by a full NZ domestic warranty (not a return to China manufacturer's warranty which is not enforceable in NZ and which can cost buyers up to $150 [because phones are now 'dangerous goods exports] to return a phone for service and up to 11 weeks without your phone)

We've done the hard work so you don't have the hassle. All you have to do is browse our store, choose your phone, and relax knowing it will be with you in most cases in between 2 and 7 days, it will work, and if anything goes wrong we can take care of it locally and quickly.

Step 1: Watch Incredible Torture Test VideoStep 2: Order your new Blackview phone

More RAM (6GB) than a Galaxy S8. Lightning fast octa-core 2.4GHz Helio processor. 64GB internal storage. External storage capacity up to 256GB micro SD. 16MP Samsung camera rear/8MP Samsung camera front. Full HD 5" screen. Waterproof. Dustproof. Massively shock resistant. Fingerprint security. Google Play. Long life battery. 12 mth NZ warranty. Tax and GST deductible for business use.

Don't pay $1,500 for 4GB/64GB Galaxy S8 Active, or $1,000 for a 3GB/32GB Cat S60. BLACKVIEW 6GB/64GB ONLY $699 today!

  • Farmproof: "The phone you sent me is fantastic!" - Nigel L, Auckland
  • Tradeproof: "This phone is awesome!" - Vasily K, Auckland
  • Teenager-proof: "It didn't smash when my friend threw it on the concrete!"
  • Lifeproof: "New phone is great, It’s 16:20 and I still have 73% battery! My other phone would be half way through its second charge already." - Richard M, Dunedin

Check out the battery life

Came off charge at 7am. By 10pm, 61% still left on battery.

WHY BUY FROM US? These are not cheap parallel-imports or copies from fly-by-night online stores in Asia with no real warranty and which could be hit with extra Customs duties and import GST as they cross the NZ border. These are genuine factory-supplied units backed up by NZ warranty and service from The Outdoor Phone Store. Why is that important? Try sending back overseas a wrongly-supplied item with lithium batteries these days by air and see how much it costs you! Our prices include NZ GST and are fully tax deductible for business use. We make sure the particular model variants we sell are the ones tuned to NZ mobile frequencies. And we make sure that if you order today, you'll have your phone in two-days to a week in 96% of cases, not four weeks by slow surface 'free' shipping. In short, buying from us is risk-free. We guarantee you won't get hit with extra Customs fees. We guarantee you will get your phone, fast, and we guarantee it will work. On every NZ network.

Photos taken with Blackview's Samsung camera by users.

What are You Waiting For? Only $699 today...