Vivo just came out with a new mid-range smartphone for those who want their phones to be both stylish and good looking without costing an arm and a leg. Let’s see what this new device has to offer:
A 5.5 inch IPS LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor, 4GB RAM with 64 GB storage, Micro SD expansion slot up to 256 GB, 16 MP rear Camera with f/2 aperture, 20MP + 8 MP Front Camera, Dual Sim, Funtouch OS 3.0, 3160 mAh battery with Micro USB v 2.0
Vivo V5 Plus can’t be called a very original phone in terms of style or performance. What it does is present an interesting mix of features and design from other, more well-known smartphones, with a few individualistic choices thrown in. Here’s a rundown of its best features:
- The dual front camera is pretty powerful, and capable of taking some wonderfully detailed shots. So is the primary camera, which yields richly colorful shots.
- The Funtouch OS 3.0 is a welcome addition to the Vivo V5 Plus. It’s clearly inspired by Apple’s iOS, and borrows a lot from their design, but Funtouch’s performance is just as solid as Apple’s without costing as much.
- The battery is able to endure heavy energy usage over a day and a half without running out. Charging time is also fairly good at two hours, tops.
- The speaker produces a nice, solid sound, and the native music and video apps are good enough not to necessitate the purchase of third party apps.
- A valuable feature of the smartphone is its super saver mode, which kicks into action when your phone is critically low on power and about to die.
What Doesn’t Work
- There isn’t a physical slider or button which can activate the phone’s silent or vibration mode. Not a deal breaker, but it does take up more seconds to switch between modes than on other phones.
- Pictures taken with the camera can occasionally have blurry parts outside the main focus of the picture. So a selfie would provide a clear picture of your face, but might blur the edge of your glasses. Also, images taken in even moderately lit settings tend to come out extremely bright, sometimes too bright.
- The processor (Snapdragon 625), isn’t going to win any speed races against other, less costly processors, so a few seconds downtime is noticeable between opening and closing different apps.
All in all, the Vivo V5 Plus is a good, but not great smartphone that does the job fairly well for its price range. Selfie addicts would find the phone a useful addition in their arsenal, while the more impatient customers who kick an adorable puppy out of frustration every time an app takes a few seconds to load might want to look elsewhere.