Vivo V5 Plus Review

Vivo V5 Plus that was launched last month is the pro version of the selfie focused Vivo V5 (Review)that came with a 20MP front camera. V5 Plus takes the selfie game a notch ahead with its dual front camera setup. Although it’s not the first phone that has the dual front cameras, it is touted to be the ultimate selfie smartphone.

The Vivo V Plus comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 27,980, the only comprehensible reason behind such a pricing is that Vivo focuses on offline market segment unlike a lot of other Chinese smartphone brands hence the pricing tends to be on a higher side. However, does V5 Plus justify the pricing? Without further delay, let us check that out in the review below.

V5 Specifications: 5.5-inch HD display| 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor | 4GB RAM | 64 GB internal (expandable up to 128GB) | 20+ 8MP MP front camera | 16MP rear camera | 3,055 mAh battery | Android 6.0.1 | Rs. 27980

Vivo V5 Plus SAR Value: 1.195 [email protected] (Head) and 0.399 [email protected] (body)

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Vivo V5 Plus – Unboxed

Inside the box, you get pretty regular stuff like

  • Vivo V5 Plus Mobile phone itself
  • A bulky Power Adapter (5V-2A/9V-2A)
  • Headphone
  • Data cable
  • SIM eject tool
  • Quick Start Guide
  • and a Silicone Back Cover

The phone comes with a protective tempered glass pre-installed.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Build and Design 

The moment you unbox the device, V5 Plus will grab your attention because of its design and build quality. We liked what we saw on the V5, V5 Plus does better. Overall, design is not too different from the previous version. Only addition on the front is the secondary selfie camera located on the top. The cluster of sensors, notification LED, and the moonlight flash is located on the other side of the earpiece grille. The fingerprint sensor is located under the home button, which is clickable this time around.

The dual-sim tray slot is located on the left while the volume rocker and the power buttons are ergonomically placed on the right side of the device. The phone does not support memory expansion so apart from the 64GB inbuilt you cannot add an SD card.

A 3.5 mm audio jack is present and is located on the bottom apart from the microphone, micro-USB charging slot and a speaker grille. On the full metal back, you have a rear camera and a flashlight. The resemblance to iPhone starts with the antennae bands. We had a soft gold version, and the antenna bands were almost invisible giving the back of the phone quite clean and premium feel.

The finishing of the ports and button is quite neat and sturdy. Overall the phone offers a decent grip and does not feel too slippery. We were really impressed by the build quality and design. Overall the phone looks nothing less than stunning.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Display

The Vivo V5 Plus comes with a 5.5 inches 720 x 1280 pixels IPS display with a 2.5D curved glass. The display comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection which is indeed helpful in cases of accidental drops. The display is bright and in fact, is one of the highlights of the device.

It has great viewing angles, is sharp and crisp, and offers vibrant colors. I would not call the sunlight legibility the best, however, brightness and color reproduction was fantastic.

Overall, very impressed with the display on the Vivo V5 Plus.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Software

If the design similarities with iPhone weren’t enough, wait till you switch on the phone. From the moment you switch on your phone, you will realize that everything, icons, settings, navigation and notification etc is a blatant rip off from iOS.

Thanks to the hardware, the experience is very smooth. We did notice some lag in both the devices we tested earlier, V3 and V5, however, V5 Plus gives a buttery smooth performance.

Pre-installed apps are not that many hence bloatware isn’t a big deal. Vivo has used the Smart Screen Split functionality which was seen in the V5 and helps in multitasking.

Unlike other Android smartphones, a swipe upwards from the bottom brings up the quick toggles as well as controls to the brightness and the volume while the notification drawer can be accessed by swiping down. This change took a lot of time for me to get used to and honestly I’m still not very comfortable with this.

The home button itself is home for a lot of confusions. It acts as a home button, a fingerprint sensor to unlock the device and if you double tap (need to do that really quickly) the home button, you can initiate a separate action. I ended up going to home screen often while I wanted to open the camera app by double pressing the home button just because I wasn’t fast enough to register double presses. Another issue that I faced was that even if you swipe on the home button, rather than pressing, you still end up on the home screen.

It was confusing and took a lot of time for me to get used to this. “Settings” were another pain point. A lot of options are not parked under correct sections/Sub-sections. Hence a user will keep searching for the right settings on the phone, a bit irritating to be honest.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Performance

The Vivo V5 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and yet it is able to handle the heavily customized Funtouch OS without any issues. To my surprise, I did not notice a single instance where the phone may have lagged during my usage.

The fingerprint sensor is one of the fastest I’ve used on a phone. It can be used to lock apps in addition to just unlocking the phone. The phone was able to perform lag free while I tried graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 5. It was pleasantly warm while performing heavy tasks like gaming or video 4K recording.

If you use wired headsets, there is an inbuilt DAC that can help you enhance the audio quality further. The mono-speakers present on the device were loud enough and watching videos was pleasing although stereo speakers would’ve been a bonus. Bundled headsets also looked exact replicas of Apple’s headset. audioo quality from the headsets was decent though.

While we do not really trust the benchmark scores, however, for the sake of mentioning, we managed an 837 on the single core and 3003 multi-core score on Geekbench and a moderate 63008 on Antutu benchmark scores. It’s the performance on regular usage that matters and not some random numbers on these benchmarking apps.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Battery

The phone is powered by a non-removable 3055 mAh battery pack that comes with a “dual-engine fast charging” feature. While it may not sound an imposing number however it does a good job given the display size and resolution. We were able to get the phone from 0-45% in around 30 minutes which was decent enough.

Thanks to the power efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset, the phone lasted a day and a half during my review period. In normal circumstances, the phone should easily survive for a day without you searching for its huge power adapter. Vivo V5 plus also supports reverse charging so in case you need to charge your other devices you can do that using a USB OTG with V5 Plus.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Camera

Vivo V5 Plus comes with a couple of camera’s on the front and another one at the back. While the selfie camera on the V5 felt like a gimmick, the dual lens setup on V5 Plus makes it one of the best selfie-centric smartphones. It does what it is supposed to do and that too with style.

The main front facing camera is a 20 MP shooter with a 1/2.78″ Sony sensor with f2.0 aperture while the secondary camera is an  8 MP shooter that is used for depth sensing and creates the ‘Bokeh’ effect in images. The camera still seems to whiten skin tones, like V5. The camera app allows users to refocus after the image is shot and also adjust the depth of field.

The selfies clicked from the front cameras had quite a lot of details and performed well in low light conditions too. The Moonlight flash present here is helpful too. The phone created bokeh effect using a software algorithm, which has some scope of improvement and the same can be done with software updates. When Vivo is going to offer these updates, that may be another issue.

Having said that the selfies definitely stood apart and the details captured in low light is amazing.

The rear camera on the Vivo V5 Plus showed a lot of improvement compared to the one on V5. It records 4k videos as well. The 16MP sensor captured a lot of detail and low light/indoor performance was decent as well. The pictures shot on the rear camera were rich in details especially in well-lit conditions. Colors were quite natural.

The camera UI is simple and uncluttered. It does not throw too many options like the Zenfone 3, which tends to confuse people with too many settings. It has all the option that one may need like night, Ultra HD, PPT, Anti-shake, professional, time-lapse and slow mode. Panorama, face beauty, photo and video modes are also present. Videos shot on V5 Plus were also good and had a lot of details. We really liked the videos shot on the V5 Plus.

Vivo V5 Plus Review: Summing up

V5 Plus is not only the best ever Vivo devices that I’ve used but also the best selfie-focused smartphone. It is much more than just a camera focused smartphone. Stunning display, beautiful design, and a snappy performance makes it a device worth consideration. Having said that, In my opinion, there are a couple of things that Vivo needs to seriously consider here. There is no need to copy everything from Apple. At times it feels like you’re using an iPhone replica.Also, Vivo V5 Plus at this price point, competes with OnePlus 3T which is one of the best Android phones in the market.

If you are really a selfie buff and do not mind spending a bit extra for the craze, then V5 Plus is the device for you

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Vivo V5 Plus

Vivo V5 Plus Gold 64GB + 4GB RAM

8.5 Total Score
Much more than just a Selfie Smartphone

A beautiful device that feels premium, is a smooth performer and has the cameras that click amazing pictures.

Performance
8.5
Camera
8.5
Display
8
Battery
8
Value For Money
6
Design
8.5
PROS
  • Build Quality
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Audio Quality
  • Snappy performance
CONS
  • Price
  • Outdated microUSB
  • UI takes time to get used to
  • Too much iPhone/iOS imitation
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