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Vivo V7 Plus Review: #ClearerSelfie to the Max!

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The Vivo V7 Plus has been became the center of attraction for its 24MegaPixel selfie shooter. Not only that, it also portrays a FullView display and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Is it the one you are looking for? Let us help you decide by reading our opinion about the Vivo V7 Plus.

Vivo V7 Plus Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display (720 x 1440 pixels)
  • 1.8GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 64GB internal storage expandable via dedicated microSD up to 256GB
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash f/2.0 aperture
  • 24 megapixel front facing camera f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip
  • 3,225 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with Funtouch OS 3.2
  • Dimensions – 155.9 x 75.8 x 7.7 mm
  • Price: P17,990

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Vivo V7 Plus has a good build quality. As it follows the “2017 trend” of having a near bezel-less display. It has a metal frame and its back cover is actually made out of plastic which makes the overall weight of the phone lighter. Although most part of the phone is made of plastic, this doesn’t make the phone looks “cheap” in our own perspective and from our girl-friends.

DISPLAY

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This is one of the best feature of the Vivo V7+. As they call it, the “FullView Display” of the V7+ packs an 18:9 aspect ratio together with its 5.99-inches screen. In addition, its screen resolution is set to 720 x 1440 pixels or an HD display. This is not a problem for people who are not very particular with the display but people who wants to see more details and colors might not be satisfied with what the V7+ has to offer. Never-the-less, its HD display is just right because it doesn’t consume to much juice from its battery compared to higher resolution screens.

SOFTWARE, UI AND PERFORMANCE

The V7+ is running on Vivo’s custom FunTouch 3.1 OS on top of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. On a first glance, the user interface is somehow very similar to the iOS starting from the icons, status bar, control panel, and up to the Settings. This might be very useful for those who migrated from iPhones to Android. But if you don’t like its default look, you can use different third-party launchers to setup it on your desire look.

It is also equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset plus Adreno 506 graphics. This makes the overall performance of the V7+ to be on the mid-ranger level. This means that you can enjoy a smooth UI browsing and you can play mid-range level games to hard-core games in their lowest graphic settings to enjoy an optimum gameplay.

MULTIMEDIA

When it comes to music and videos, the Vivo V7 Plus has a dedicated AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chip for better audio experience. When playing music on Google Play Music or watching videos on Youtube, a “HI-FI” icon will appear on the status bar indicating that the Hi-Fi chip is on its work. The improved audio experience is very noticeable compared to smartphones without this dedicated hardware. You can feel that sound quality is better and the voices are clearer. Although we have noticed that it doesn’t support other third-party  players. Hopefully Vivo could also expand the support of this chip to other apps so everyone can also enjoy the Hi-Fi experience on their favorite multimedia app.

CAMERA

Vivo V7+ best feature is its 24 MegaPixel front camera. It can take real high resolution, sharp, and well detailed photos. We actually can’t ask for more as we used the device for more than 3 weeks. It is very versatile on any situations and environments. It has a fast shutter speed which results to blur-free selfies and you can also use its front flash if you are in a dark environment. In addition, it is also capable of creating a impressive bokeh-effect so you can enjoy a software-enhanced depth of field on your selfies.

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While its 16 MegaPixel back camera shooter can also deliver good quality photos. The details are sharp and the colors are natural and are not over saturated. Its average shutter speed is just right but not that fast. It also needs improvement when it comes to contrast and dynamic range. You can notice this when capturing dark subject against the light, sometimes the dark areas are over-exposed and over-ride their natural black color. While using its HDR mode doesn’t make so much different specially when capturing landscapes. We also wish that they could bring the blur-effect on the back camera for more fun shooting experience.

Sample Camera Shots (Back Camera)

Daylight Shots

Daylight Auto vs HDR Mode ON

Night Shots

Indoor Lowlight Shots

Indoor Lowlight & Indoor w/ Flash ON

Indoor Auto Vs HDR Mode ON

Outdoor Night Auto Vs Pro Mode (ISO:100, Shutter Speed:4secs)

Professional Mode

Front Camera Samples

Outdoor Under the Sun Vs Inside a Moving Bus

Indoor Good Lighting (Selfie)

Indoor Good Lighting (Groupfie)

Indoor Good Lighting (Auto Mode vs Beauty Mode ON)

Indoor Good Lighting (Beauty Mode vs Beauty Mode + Portrait Mode ON)

Indoor Low Light

Indoor Low Light (Auto Mode vs Portrait Mode ON)

Indoor Low Light (Beauty Mode vs Beauty Mode + Portrait Mode ON)

Outdoor (Night Shots)

Night Flash (Fill lighting vs Flash Auto)

Night (Portrait Mode: 1 meter distance)

Harsh Backlighting (Outdoor & Indoor)

BATTERY LIFE

Vivo phones, doesn’t have this battery graph compared to other Android phones. This is very helpful to see the remaining time you can use your phone and also the declining of the battery juice. But never-the-less, as we use the device as our daily driver for more than 3 weeks, its 3,225 mAh battery can last all day for a blogger lifestyle which includes mobile data ON most of the time, using different social media for live videos and posting, using the GPS for finding event location, and of course using the camera. If it is used on a normal usage, or as a student for browsing the internet and checking on social media while connected on a WiFi network, using the camera, and playing casual games, it can still last for at least 2 days. Its HD display and its Snapdragon 450 chipset helps a lot on saving the battery juice of the device.

VERDICT

We can guarantee that the Vivo V7 Plus really serves what it is made for – to deliver #ClearerSelfie. Its 24 MP selfie shooter is not interpolated unlike other smartphones. This means that the sensor is a real 24 MegaPixel and is not a product of software enhancement. The V7 Plus also has good build quality and design. It is very light and comfortable in the hand. Its FullView display makes it a smartphone which belongs to the trend. And it is also equipped with an audio enhancer chip for better listening experience. For security, the V7 Plus has a fingerprint scanner and a face access technology. You can use both of these security features simultaneously so you can unlock your phone with your fingers or unlock the phone with your face specially when it is on a table. The only thing that we think that the V7 Plus lacks is on the gaming side, hard-core gamers might not be satisfied with how the V7 Plus will perform specially for intense graphics games. But then again, the V7 Plus is built with a purpose – to provide good selfies, and it didn’t fail to do that.

What do you think of this one? Are you getting the Vivo V7 Plus? Tell us in the comment section below.