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Vivo V5 Review: The Best Selfie Alternative

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In a country where people love taking photos and selfies, a selfie smartphone will really like hotcakes. So Vivo wants to get a chunk of the huge selfie loving smartphone market with the Vivo V5. Its highlight is the 20 megapixel selfie camera. Aside from that 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Impressive! So how did it fare on everyday use? Read on.

Vivo V5:

  • Octa Core Mediatek MT6750 processor
  • Mali T860MP2 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (11280 x 720 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • AKM AK4376 HiFi DAC (digital to analogue converter)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 20 megapixel selfie Sony camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6
  • SRP: P12,990
  • Status: Available at Vivo stores and retailers

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We can’t deny that the Vivo V5 and its nemesis, the OPPO F1s look very much alike. It is very clear with the design itself only that the aim of this phone is to compete with OPPO’s best selling smartphone. The phone itself is a bit heavier though it measures almost exactly the same with its rival. We do love this gold with white face variant of the V5. The home button now has this non-clicky one similar to the iPhone 7 and it serves as a fingerprint scanner too.

DISPLAY

We never had problems with its 5.5-inch display as it is bright, with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The only problem we encountered is we can’t find the ability to change the screen timeout.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Just like any Chinese smartphone brand, the Vivo V5 has a custom skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If this is your first time to buy a Vivo smartphone, you will take some of getting used to. But you’ll get the hang of it quickly as the Funtouch OS, Vivo’s custom skin, is clean and easy to understand.

When it comes to performance, we rarely encountered lags and slowdowns. Games like NBA 2k17 works fine here. This is thanks to the great combo of the Mediatek chipset and 4GB of RAM, memory management is great.

CAMERA

When we first got the phone, we encountered some problems with its camera. Photos taken are grainy and sometimes blurred even with the help of a tripod. This is the reason it took us a while to publish a review.

During our one month and a half review duration, we received two major software updates aimed to fix bugs and its camera. After the updates, photos taken are a lot better.

Take a look at the photos. Some of them were taken before and after the update.

CONNECTIVITY

4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Fingerprint Scanner come in standard with the Vivo V5. We never had problems with network calls and signal issues. We said earlier that the home button is now a non-clicky one but it did not affect the efficiency of the fingerprint scanner. Simply rest your finger at the home button and it will unlock the device.

BATTERY

Overall battery performance has been decent. On heavy use it won’t last you one full day. We managed to get around 9 hours of heavy use and that includes video looping and casual gaming plus online video streaming with WiFi and 4G turned on. A casual user will have longer battery life with more than 7 hours to spare the next day.

VERDICT

Vivo is clearly gunning OPPO’s best smartphone with the Vivo V5. With the help of those occasional software updates, Vivo has managed to improve its camera software and overall UI experience quickly. We consider the Vivo V5 your best selfie alternative to achieve “Perfect Selfie”.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

  • More pixels on selfies – 20 megapixel Sony selfie camera. Oh yes. Expect better selfies.
  • Wants a different Android experience – Vivo’s Funtouch OS will give you a different flavor to your Android experience.
  • Hates OPPO but loves Selfies – Ah yes. This is the phone indeed.

Disclaimer: The Vivo V5 is a review unit provided by Vivo Philippines for an unbiased review.