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Vivo V3: Review

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 by in review, Smartphones, Tech, Technology | 0 comments

So the latest Zombie straight from the folklores of the Chinese mobile companies is the sleek and sturdy Vivo V3, which is as chiseled as drop-dead gorgeous Edward Cullen himself. However, the crystal skulls lay deep in its old-school marketing strategies that despite a few tech-experts’ downtrend predictions have sent shivers down the spine of competing werewolves such as Xiaomi.


If you too swear by the latest gadget on the world shelf, then you know you can miss the Trump’s speech for a while but not Vivo’s neon-lit signs and hoardings around the globe. Launched way back in April this year, Vivo V3 witnessed a slash in price bringing the ghost to just Rs 14,980. We try to find out if it’s got all the weapons in the quiver to wage a war against its modern competitors. Here we go:


It’s a complete Lindsay Lohan’s Parent Trap moment for those who have been keen on buying Vivo V3 lately. V3 Max and Vivo V3 are identical and, thus, quite bland to a pair of naked eyes. Like loads of other people have already complained, I too mistook it for Oppo F1 for the first time I noticed it around the time when it was launched. There is just the difference of the branding logo on the front. Otherwise, they are both almost the same.

It’s got curved glass edges, non-backlit capacitive navigation buttons, and scratch protection Gorilla Glass. You get it with a pre-installed screen guard.  With a 5-inch size, you can handle it without any hassle. Despite an ideal viewing angles and color reproduction, the overall quality comes down with a resolution as low as HD (720X1280). However, the best part is that you can never notice the glitch unless you wage a war against it. There are so many handsets in the market today that offer a full-HD resolution at the same price. It’s a real setback if you don’t have a sharper display at this price range.

V3 has a chiseled metallic body sturdier than the Iron Man suit. Ergonomic button placement, dual-SIM tray on the left, microSD card slot with a capacity of up to 128 GB on the top, and a speaker socket right next to it. An ideal device for music freaks as it comes with powerful speakers and an amplifier chip. The audio and video tracks are distinct and audible from outdoors. Stereo speakers would have been icing on the cake. But this is still rocking.

The body is slippery due to its grip-less texture. So to make this up, the company gives you the silicon case. A headset, charger, data cable, and SIM ejector are the other weapons in the box. The power adapter is huge, which I believe isn’t really necessary especially because it doesn’t help fast charging.

Specifications and features

The dragon that runs this phone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core SoC. It comes with a 3 GM RAM and a storage capacity of 32 GB. It is a damp squib as most are addicted to the poisons at half the price. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTB, 4G LTE on Band 1, 3, 5, and 40, and dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n.

One of the best features of the phone is its fingerprint sensor on the back. It works really well. Use it to open and lock your files and apps. Funtouch OS 2.5 runs V3 which is again a custom fork of Android Lollipop. The interface of V3 works quite like Apple’s iOS. You will take some time to get used to the phone if you have used Android phones for long. For example, the recent apps function is actually a Menu button. If you tap on the home screen, then you get a host of options for widgets, transition effects, and hiding apps.

To switch apps and to go to toggles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all you need is to long press or swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Some of the most common apps on Vivo V3 are i Theme for visual customizations, i Manager for data usage monitoring and apps management, EasyShare for data sharing over Wi-Fi Direct, and Vivo Cloud for your personal data backup. The phone comes with a host of pre-installed apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook, and WPS Office.

There is this new Settings app with some new gesture controls in it. To wake up the screen, all you gotta do is just hover your palm over the screen. With a smart multi-screen, you get a floating notification. When you open the message, it occupies just half of the entire screen space. Though, it works only when you are watching a full-screen video on Youtube and GooglePlay. S-capture allows you to take a scrolling screenshot or video screengrabs.


The Vivo V3 has a user-friendly interface that initially looks like more difficult than breaking Da Vinci Codes. Just kidding! It isn’t really that difficult. It’s smooth. You can handle all types of apps and games on the phone without any possible problem. No problem with 4G in either slot. Earpiece offers a great sound quality. You can handle it very comfortably especially while gaming due to its small size. No overheating problem whatsoever.

Not really compatible for 4K videos. You can though run a 1080p video without facing any problem. Music player supports FLAC and its sound quality is amazing. However, the headset that comes with the box isn’t really ideal for music listening experience. Try it with a pair of good quality earphones bought from the market.

Its 13-megapixel rear camera has Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) that quickly locks on to subject. Pictures clicked during the day look fine on the display. It is advisable to shoot in the HDR mode as standard pictures might look dull. The 8-megapixel camera is ideal for only selfies, undoubtedly.

Video recording quality is at its best at 1080p. However, the quality is still average. As a consequence, the low-light videos are more horrible than the Ring series. It also has loads of noise in it. The video recording app is laced with innovative features such as watermarking, touch and voice triggered captures. HDR, panorama, night, professional, slow-motion video, and hyperlapse video are shooting modes. They are all amazing.

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