Vivo Y55 Review: Good Choice Only for Heavy Gaming
When designing the Vivo Y55, the Chinese smartphone maker appears to have taken inspiration from a number of smartphones. The Y55’s Rose Gold back cover makes it look like an iPhone, while the overall appearance is very similar to Vivo V3 Max. On the other hand, the ergonomics of the device gives it an illusion of ab Oppo F1, which you might not notice if you are not too branding conscious. The Vivo Y55 comes with a clear case that protects this device from scratches.
For the Indian market, this smartphone is priced at ?12,000. So, what does this mid-range phone offer and is it worth its cost?
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Vivo Y55 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts micro-SIM and nano-SIM cards. The device features a 2-inch HD display, with resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone weighs 142 gm and measures 147.9 x 72.9 x 7.5 mm.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Funtouch OS 2.6. It is fuelled by a 2650mAh non-removable battery.
The Vivo Y55 features an 8-megapixel sensor on the rear and a 5-megapixel front sensor. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, wireless charging and headphone jack. The sensors include a gravity sensor.
Screen Size: 5.2-inch HD Display
Display Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core Processor
OS: Funtouch OS 2.6 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
RAM: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB of Internal Storage Expandable to 128GB
Front Camera: 5 MP
Rear Camera: 8 MP
Display and Looks
The 5.2-inch 720p display is not outstanding. However, I liked the bright colours, good contrast and decent viewing angles. When you have a product from one of the leading smartphone companies in the world, the benchmark is already set at high. It is for this reason that I didn’t like that some of the icons on the screen, which weren’t smooth and appeared slightly pixelated up close.
Vivo Y55’s design is similar to Vivo V3 and Vivo V3 Max. I like how the makers have paired the white finish on the front with the metal at the back. This has definitely taken the look of this budget handset with simple profile to a different level, giving it a more premium look. The Y55 features a small form factor, which makes this phone highly comfortable to hold, while giving the user a good grip.
On the right side of the device, you’ll find the volume rocker and a power button, both of which are highly responsive. There is only one SIM card slot on the left, which fits one Nano SIM and a Micro SIM card.
On the top, there is a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom houses the speaker, microphone and MicroUSB port.
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Vivo Y55 Performance and Battery
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB via Micro SD card, the specifications are not bad. The phone can easily handle daily tasks like social media, email, music and YouTube videos.
The UI of the Vivo Y55 is good and I found the navigation pretty smooth. Apps open at lightning fast speed and I found that even switching between apps was smooth.
The Y55 runs on the Funtouch OS 2.6 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is a good choice and not available in the V3 and V3 Max. The software provides a ton of customization options and doesn’t let the phone hang, even during heavy gaming. Games on high graphic settings like Asphalt 8: Airborne are handled very well.
The device is fueled by a small 2650mAh battery, acceptable for a compact smartphone. In various video loop tests, Vivo Y55 managed to achieve around 12-15 hours of on-screen time. However, it can take around 2-3 hours to get fully charged.
Interesting feature like Smart Split 2.0 that encourages multi-tasking, by allowing you to perform two tasks on a single screen, further enhances the desirability of this device.
However, I didn’t like the audio experience. I found the speaker too loud. At high volumes, there was significant distortion in the sound as well. The thing I found odd about the Vivo Y55 is that this device didn’t have an LED notification light and you’ll have to activate the flashlight instead, when a message arrives.
Camera and Apps
Vivo currently boasts really higher camera capabilities in its latest smartphones, the Y55 being no exception. On the rear, the device features an 8 MP sensor. However, this smartphone is the best illustration of the fact that higher MP doesn’t guarantee good photos.
The pictures taken by the rear camera were detailed and sharp but only when taken in daylight or good lightning conditions. I was disappointment on the picture quality in low lightning conditions, which came out with a lot of noise. I had to use the flash to get good photos.
Thankfully, the Vivo Y55’s front shooter managed to capture some decent clicks. To brighten up the selfies, you can also use their Smart Screen flash feature during night or low lightning conditions. Unfortunately, the Y55 doesn’t offer many shooting modes, unlike other Vivo smartphones.
Vivo Y55 Price
In India, the Vivo Y55 starts off at a price tag of ?12,000. For this mid-range price, The Y55 is quite a premium looking phone with good processing power that can easily take care of the day to day tasks.
Reasons Why I Like Vivo Y55
- Good design and overall build quality
- Decent front camera
- Acceptable battery life
Reasons Why I Hate Vivo Y55
- Lack of notification LED
- Poor sound quality
- Low RAM for the price
Vivo Y55 is a good choice of smartphone for anyone looking for value for money. However, if you are a power user, the 2GB RAM will not be sufficient for you. Moreover, the lack of LED notifications, which is present in almost every smartphone in the market, definitely would drive me to look for other options.
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