It is just a few days before Vivo Philippines will launch the new Vivo V5 in the Philippines but before the much anticipated event, let’s review first the affordable Vivo Y55. This phone is the company’s entry level offering focused on the camera and its premium build. Unfortunately, the Vivo Y55 only has one color option – pink. It clearly targets the female smartphone buyers. Is it a good buy? Let’s find out.
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- Adreno 505 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,650 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6
- Price: P7,999
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
The Vivo Y55 clearly resembles many of Oppo’s smartphones that resembles Apple’s current iPhones. Curious, isn’t it. Well this design has attracted so much attention especially to girls. One of our younger nieces had sparkles in her eyes when she gazed upon the Vivo Y55. Unlike those rose gold variants we see on other smartphones, this phone has a more prominent pink color. Since the design inspiration came from Oppo and Apple, expect its lightweight and thin profile to really appeal those with smaller hands. In short, the Vivo Y55 is a perfect 10 on this portion.
We have no complains about the 5-inch display. Even though it is only on HD resolution to bring the price down, the screens seems to be bright and very useful even under direct sunlight, Auto brightness is very accurate too as it gets very bright quickly when we go from a dark room towards a very well lit area and vice versa.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
We want to say “kudos” to Vivo for putting a Snapdragon 430 processor and still priced it below 10k. Qualcomm chipsets are known to be very efficient when doing many tasks and at the same time sipping less battery. The Vivo Y55 handled our tasks like a pro. We never encountered any lags despite having a heavily skinned UI.
And speaking of heavily skinned UI, the Vivo Y55 Funtouch OS on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Just like we’ve said on our Vivo V3 Max review, the UI takes some getting used to especially if you are an Android purist. It means you’ve used a vanilla Android skin from Nexus devices, Sony or Motorola. But if you are switching from iOS to Android, you will feel like home when buying a Vivo Y55.
A word of caution. Do not underestimate the 8 megapixel and 5 megapixel cameras on the Vivo Y55. Even only in 8 and 5 MP configuration, the Y55 can take really good photos. When taking selfies, Vivo borrowed a feature called “screen flash” from the iPhone in which the screen will act like flash when you take selfies on dark areas.
The Vivo Y55 is equipped with 4G/LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth. Yep, no fingerprint scanners here and it is also the reason for its very low price tag. Internet using our Globe and Smart SIMs are within the normal range. We just find the earpiece a bit weak on phone calls especially if you are in very noise environment. Plugging in your earphones can solve the problem. Calls are clear if there less noise around.
On our heavy battery test, we managed to get around 12 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use – You Tube, games, I Want TV, watching movies online (not torrents, promise :)) social media, camera with WiFi and 4G/LTE turned on.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Vivo Y55 is a good phone – great design, capable cameras, good battery life and its pink! Girls will beg their daddies or boyfriends (or sugar daddies perhaps?) to buy one. It affordable yet capable in short.
- GIRLS. Period.
- Selfie lords and girls
- Loves the iPhone design but can’t afford it because it is damn expensive. The Vivo Y55 is a great option. Period.