Vivo V5 Review

Around a month back Vivo launched the Vivo V5 in India. With the introduction of this phone, Vivo changed its tagline to “Camera & Music.” The phone has been priced at a sweet spot between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 20,000 and is positioned against other selfies focused phones like Oppo F1s and Gionee S6s. The phone boasts a 20 MP selfie camera, a first in smartphones, and an AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip for some serious sound quality.

On papers, Vivo V5, the successor of Vivo V3 (Review) has all the ingredients of a device, let us see actually how the phone fares in our review.

V5 Specifications: 5.5-inch HD display| 1.5 GHz Octa-Core  MediaTek MT6750 processor | 4GB RAM | 32GB internal (expandable up to 128GB) | 20MP front camera | 13MP rear camera | 3,000 mAh battery | Android 6.0

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Vivo V5 – Unboxed

Inside the box, you get pretty regular stuff like

  • Vivo V5 Mobile phone itself
  • A bulky Power/Travel Adapter
  • 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 Build and Design

Vivo V5 arrives in a plastic back cover with metallic design. The device that I got for review is a gold colored one. The phone looks strikingly to Oppo F1s from the front, and one can easily pass it on an iPhone 6.

Having said that the phone is good to hold on to and the curved body helps grip the device quickly. Shiny faux metal lines run along the edges of the phone and the antenna lines giving the phone a premium look. Although not sure if these are antenna lines or present just for the sake of design.

The volume rocker and the power buttons are placed on the right of the device while the sim card tray is on the left side. Top and bottom sides of the phone are button less. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is located at the bottom along with a mic, micro USB charging port and speaker grille.

V5 does not come with a separate micro sd card slot, in fact, the sim card slot is a hybrid one. A big improvement is the sim card tray itself which is made of metal, unlike the Vivo V3 which had a plastic sim card tray and was very fragile.

The earpiece and sensors are located between a 20 MP selfie camera and a moonlight flash on the top part while the “chin” of the phone houses a fingerprint scanner under the home button. The fingerprint scanner can secure apps and also unlock the device. The sensor it very fast to respond and works very accurately.

Vivo V5 Display

The Vivo V5 comes with a 5.5 inches 720 x 1280 pixels IPS display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The display is relatively bright. Unfortunately, it’s just a 720p screen because the processor cannot support higher resolution. The Display is secured by a Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

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The screen is bright and offers good although it is surely a huge let down as devices with almost half the price come with with a 1080p FHD displays. The viewing angles are good, but the lack of sharpness is evident while playing games or watching movies.

Vivo V5 Software

Vivo V5 ships with Funtouch OS 2.6 out of the box which is heavily skinned version of Android 6.0. Vivo has strangely hidden a lot of important sections from settings for e.g. “Battery” details are missing which is quite strange. While other brands like Lenovo, OnePlus are now proving near stock Android experience, Funtouch OS seems a bit heavy on the processor.

A first time user may feel a bit lost while using the Vivo V5. You need to swipe up in order to access recent apps and other important toggles, unlike any other Android device where you need to swipe down from the top. We did cover a lot of software features in our Vivo V3 Review, and not much has changed here.

Vivo V5 has an interesting feature, Smart Multi Screen which lets you run two apps simultaneously. This comes handy when you’re watching a movie and get a message on WhatsApp. You can read/reply a message on WhatsApp, Facebook or wechat on a split screen.

There are few more pre-installed apps like iThemes, VivoCloud app, EasyShare, and iManager. Nothing too different or unique apart from the iManager that helps you clean the cache files, boost your system speed, lets you choose different battery profiles, blacklist spam SMS and lock individual apps using fingerprint sensor security.

Vivo V5 Performance

Th V5 does not have a very powerful processor but with the bundled in 4GB RAM, it does not disappoint. The phone did not hang or lag at all during our extended usage and overall performance was pretty smooth. You won’t face any issues while playing casual games. You would dearly miss a higher resolution display and a better processor and graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat did lag slightly and frame drops were visible.

The phone only felt slightly warm and did not heat up like few other devices and was very comfortable to hold on to. Call quality was good and I did not experience any network issues at some places at my home where signals are on a bit weaker side. Since Vivo V5 supports VoLTE, Reliance Jio 4G sim worked perfectly fine and offered decent speeds while day to day usage.

Vivo V5 Camera

The camera app on Vivo V5 is pretty easy to use and has easily accessible toggles for Moonlight flash, camera toggle and settings located on the top.  While from the bottom you can access the gallery, shutter release, and camera filters. V5 comes with eight different filters that can be applied to the images. You can also easily add text on photos with Watermark feature.

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The Vivo V5 selfie camera is its USP. Vivo has used a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. There are a lot of beautification modes present in the camera app that can be used to make the selfies look better. A “Moonlight glow” flash which basically throws a beam of diffused light rather than a flash, is also present to help you take selfies in dimly-lit conditions. You can use face beauty mode to click better selfies, however, I found the software processing a bit too much and the images looked unnatural.

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The rear camera is quite average, in my opinion. The photos turned out to be dull until I tinkered with the setting and used HDR mode. The images lacked details and the macro shots didn’t look sharp. you can records 1080p videos and the quality was good. The camera app comes with panorama, HDR, night, professional, PPT, slow-motion and hyper lapse shooting modes.

Vivo V5 Battery

V5 comes wit ha 3000mAh battery pack. It does not support fast charging which was another letdown. The device that we got had some issues and the battery would die within a day with very minimal usage. Vivo did provide us with a replacement handset and with moderate usage like browsing the Internet, clicking images, a couple of calls and streaming a few youtube videos, the battery did last easily over a day which was quite a decent backup.

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7 Total Score
Vivo V5 - Lacks the X factor

Overall, Vivo V5 is an upgrade from the previous devices; it lacks the X factor. The 20MP selfie camera can be a termed as its USP. However, it fails to live up to the expectations. The rear camera is just average. Decent battery life, overall performance, a snappy fingerprint sensor and a decent display can be counted as highs. The V5 faces tough challenges but offers some promise too. Athough there is not much competition in this price bracket, however, it fails to justify the hefty price tag of Rs. 17,980/-

Performance
7
Camera
7.5
Display
7
Battery
7.5
Price
5.5
Design
7.5
PROS
  • Display
  • Battery
  • Smooth OS
  • Selfie camera
  • Fast Fingerprint sensor
  • Audio Quality
CONS
  • Price
  • Plastic Body
  • Rear Camera
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