Vivo launched the V3 and V3 Max ,review) smart fone launch were done. ever since then, After the price cut of V3 Its place is in the brands under Rs 15,000 category. However, now the competition is tighter than ever. Is the Vivo V3 an attractive phone even after the price cut? Know the features and drawbacks of this phone in the review.
design and texture
Vivo V3 Looks exactly like its bigger variant. The design of Vivo V3 Max is also not very good. If the branding of Vivo is not on the front side of the phone, then one can easily remove it. Oppo F1 You can mistake understanding. The V3 comes with non-backlit capacitive navigation buttons and a curved glass edge. Although, nothing is clear about the scratch protection in this phone, but according to Vivo, the smartphone is equipped with Gorilla Glass protection. A screen guard comes pre-installed with the phone.
We liked the 5 inch display in this phone and this phone is convenient to hold with one hand and is also easy to use. The IPS display offers good color reproduction and viewing angles, but its HD resolution is only (720×1280) pixels. There is no problem with the display seeing text and icons. But a phone with this price requires a full HD display and the display could have been sharpened more.
The metal frame of the V3 is quite sturdy and the buttons are ergonomically placed. There’s a dual SIM tray on the left side and a separate microSD card slot (up to 128GB) on the top. There is also a headphone socket near it. The V3 has a powerful speaker that comes with a dedicated amplifier chip. Speaker works well. Music tracks and videos sound great and sound great even in the outdoors. The speakers could have been better with stereo speakers but this is also good.
The grip is not very good from the texture given on the rear of the phone, so the phone is a bit slippery. But the silicone case that comes with the phone makes it convenient to hold the phone. Apart from this, a headset, a charger, a data cable, a SIM ejector tool and an Airtel SIM are available in the box. With this SIM you can upgrade your airtel connection to 4G. The power adapter is too big and the phone doesn’t support fast charging.
Specifications and features
Vivo V3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor. The phone has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Once again it can be said that the phone does not even have such specifications which will attract much. We have seen these specifications even in phones costing less than this. The phone supports dual band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM radio, USB OTG and 4G LTE bands 1, 3, 5 and 40.
The fingerprint sensor is given on the rear and works very well. It can also be used as a camera shutter. Apart from this, it can also be used to lock personal files and apps. The V3 runs on Funtouch OS 2.5, which is a custom fork of Android Lollipop. But the absence of Marshmallow in the phone is disappointing.
Similar to OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0, the V3’s interface and function closely resembles that of Apple’s iOS. However, if you are already using a stock Android phone, it will take some time for you to get used to it. The Recent Apps button works like a menu button and tapping on them on the homescreen will bring up options such as widgets, transition effects, and hide apps. Long press or swap from top to bottom will open the app switcher and you can toggle between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc.
Vivo’s apps like i Theme for visual customization, i Manager for data monitor and app management and their permissions, file transfer using Wi-Fi Direct come pre-installed. Apart from this, there are also Vivo Cloud options for your bookmarks, messages, contacts and notes. The phone comes pre-installed with WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook and WPS Office.
The Settings app also has all the new controls like gestures, air operation, which activates when the phone is in the palm. Floating notification when an alert is received from Smart Multi Screen and half-screen when opened. This works only when you are watching a video through the stock player or Google Play Movies and YouTube in full screen mode.
At first glance, the interface of the phone seems a bit confusing but it does the job smoothly. Multi-tasking is smooth and heavy apps and games run smoothly on the phone without any problem. In the benchmark test, we got decent figures from the phone. 4G works well on both the SIM slots and the earpiece delivers good sound during calls. The Vivo V3 is comfortable to hold and easy to use due to its small size. Apart from a little heating while playing the game, we did not have the problem of overheating in the phone.
Videos with V3 to 4K capability can be played but 1080p video is also not a problem. Our high bitrate files also play smoothly in the phone. The music player supports flac and the audio quality is also good from the speaker. The headset that comes with the phone is not of very good quality.
The 13-megapixel rear camera comes with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for easy locking of the subject. Photos come out well in daylight and look beautiful on the phone’s display. But on zooming in a bit it gets scattered. The same problem was seen in macro photos as well and the lack of sharpness in the focused subject is also visible. It is better to use HDR mode to prevent standard photos from looking dull. The 8 megapixel front camera given for taking selfie in the phone is good.
Recording of up to 1080 pixels can be done from the phone but the quality is average. Videos and pictures are very poor in low light. The camera app is well designed and comes with options like filters, watermarks and touch or voice triggered capture. The rear camera has multiple shooting modes like HDR, Panorama, Night, Professional, Slow-motion video and Hyper-lapse video.
The 2550 mAh battery provided in the phone does not seem very big but due to the low screen resolution and not very powerful processor, it lasted 11 hours and 31 minutes in our video playback. At the same time, after charging once during normal use, we were able to run it for more than a day. This phone does not support fast charging but the low capacity battery does not take very long to charge.
Vivo V3 is a great product but the problem is that it is easily lined up to compete with many other smartphones. moto g4 plus ,review, redmi note 3 ,review) And LeEco Le 2 ,review) has better specifications and is much better than the V3 in terms of display quality, camera and CPU performance. The V3 feels a bit old phone today and it doesn’t quite appeal to the new price of Rs 14,980. Apart from this, we are also not a fan of confusing Vivo’s custom Android fork.
However, the battery life of the phone is good and we also liked the size of the phone. Audio performance in the phone is good from both speaker and headphones.