Vivo Y66 Review: Not Much More Than a Selfie Camera
Vivo entered the Indian markets in late 2014. It is very interesting to see how in less than four years, the Chinese smartphone major has established itself as the leading camera & music phone brand in India. Needless to say, the growth of this global smartphone manufacturer has been commendable. The company has always tried to offer cutting edge technology at affordable prices, which has made it one of the favourite brands amongst Indians.
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In March 2017, the company launched the Vivo Y66 in the Indian market, the latest addition to the popular Y series. With the launch of this smartphone, Vivo has tried to redefine the perfect selfie experience. What adds to the desirability of this smartphone is its cost. On its launch, the phone was priced at ?14,990. Vivo also partnered with India’s leading audio entertainment streaming platform, Saavn, to strengthen its reach amongst the country’s youth.
Vivo Y66 boasts a 16MP front camera, which is touted to be the major attraction for the phone. But, is this sufficient reason to invest almost 15K? Let’s find out.
Vivo Y66 is a dual SIM smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM. The phone features a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The phone weighs 155 gm and measures 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.60 mm.
The device is powered by an octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Vivo V66 runs on the Android 6.0 and is fuelled by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
The main attraction, the cameras include a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Headphones, FM, 3G and 4G. The phone also includes sensors like accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.
Screen Size:13.97cm (5.5) HD
Resolution: 1280 X 720 pixels
Front Camera: 16MP
Rear Camera: 13MP
Processor: Octa-core 64-bit processor
OS: Funtouch OS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
RAM: 3GB RAM
Storage: 32GB ROM, supports microSD card (up to 256GB)
Display and Looks
Vivo V66 doesn’t really get my appreciation in terms of looks. The design is decent but not outstanding. It looks like any other China-made smartphone in the same price range. The phone is surrounded by a thin metal frame. What I didn’t like was that when I held the V66 in my hands, I could feel where the screen met the frame, which is not very nice, given how seamlessly the two blend in other smartphones, even cheaper ones.
The body of Vivo V66 is made of plastic, with a metallic finish. The 155 gm weight makes it feel extremely light weight in the palm as well as the pocket. At the bottom of the phone, there is a headphone jack, single speaker grill and a micro-USB 2.0 port.
Performance and Battery
The V66 is powered by a powerful Octa-core MediaTek MT6570 64-bit processor, paired with 3GB RAM. The device runs on Funtouch OS 3.0 on top of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is not even close to the latest Android version. There is 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB with a microSD card. These don’t seem to justify the price tag, according to me. All of these specs are easily available in other smartphones at a much lower price.
Talking of its screen, the Vivo V66 features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. In comparison with other phones in the market, this resolution is quite low. Overall, the quality of the screen is good. I was also satisfied with the sound quality of the bottom-mounted speaker during games and videos.
There is a 3000mAh battery, under the hood. I found that even with extensive usage, the phone was able to work on a single charge for almost a day, which is good.
Camera and Apps
The Vivo Y66 boasts a 16 MP front camera and flash, which is the USP of the device. To light up the photos, irrespective of the lighting conditions, the Chinese company has included the “Moonlight Glow” feature. I accept that this definitely adds a natural glow to the face. You don’t get blinded by the flash either, due to a filter on the flash that diffuses the light. However, I find that the front camera did have its limitations. The 13 MP rear camera is average and doesn’t click very outstanding photos either.
Camera app of the V66 includes a beautify mode, which smoothens the skin. You can choose from different levels in it. The smartphone also has an Eye Protection Mode to prevent strain to the eyes, along with the “Smart Screen-Split” feature to make multi-tasking a bliss.
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The Vivo V66 was priced at ?14,990 for the Indian audience. However, I was surprised to see that at this price, company missed putting a fingerprint scanner in the device. This makes the smartphone questionable in terms of security.
Reasons Why I Like This Phone
- 16 MP front camera
- Good design
- Long lasting battery
Reasons Why I Hate This Phone
- No fingerprint scanner
- Poor resolution
- Average rear camera
It almost felt as though during the creation of the Vivo Y66, the company didn’t take into consideration consumers who are looking for a decent smartphone that has something more than just selfies to offer. Vivo Y66 can only be a choice for those are primarily using the phone for selfies, metallic radiance in the back cover, 2.5D curved glass and sleek unibody design in their smartphone, rather than overall performance.