Vivo Y17 Review 2019, Vivo is well-known in India for its high-volume promotion featuring celebrities and sponsorships of its major sports tournaments.
The company ranked third in India in terms of smartphone shipments in the first quarter of this year, which doubled its figures over the same period last year.
It is extremely low prices and without trying to disrupt the market with high specifications like Xiaomi, Realme and now Samsung.
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Vivo greatly promotes the capabilities of its phone camera and has driven many trends at the right time, releasing phones with high quality selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors, borderless screens and colorful patterned bodies.
The company recently launched Vivo Y17, in a sub-Rs. 20,000 phones boasting three rear cameras and a huge 5000mAh battery. It looks sleek and has a number of features that will entice shoppers, especially those who aren’t too upset about the specification. Here is our full review.
vivo Y17 design
There is nothing unique or new about the overall design of the Vivo Y17. It’s a flat slab with rounded sides and a waterdrop-style notch for the front camera. However, this phone has characters to choose from the deep gemstone-tone colors for the frame and the back panel.
You can choose between Mineral Blue and Mysterious Purple, both of which have a fairly conventional con option gradient finish, Mineral Blue is fading to a more darker tone underneath, and Mysterious Purple doing the same thing but at the top.
If you look closely and tilt the phone so that it captures the light, you will see a fine pattern of diagonal lines. Vivo says it’s inspired by the interplay of water and light.
The slightly expanded triple camera module on the back of our blue review unit had an eye-catching gold ring around it, while the purple option featured only a matching purple ring. The phone has the same gradient as the back of the frame.
The material used for the rear panel is plastic, though it looks like the depth of the glass. As great as this phone is, it also features fingerprints very easily
Vivo passed our review unit to us with a plastic screen protector already clinging to us, and we found the top edge to be a bit against our ear.
The power and volume buttons are positioned sufficiently right within the reach of our thumb but the rear fingerprint sensor was a bit higher than we would like.
There is a tray on the left with two nano-SIMs as well as a separate cutout for a microSD card. We’re a bit disappointed to see a micro-USB port below.
There is also a 3.5mm headset socket and a single speaker.
The Vivo Y17 is a fairly heavy phone at 190.5g, and at 8.92mm thick, it’s also not the most pocketable. It has vivo trade-offs to fit the massive 5000mAh battery, so many buyers may still be happy.
Thankfully, the back panel wasn’t slippery at all, so although the one-handed use was weird, we didn’t feel that the Wi17 would fall out of our grasp when we were extending it with a thumb.
Vivo Y17 specification and software
The MediaTek Helio P35 processor is a strange choice, as it has been shown on the phone that they are priced much lower than the Vivo Y17, notably the Oppo A5S (review).
It is a mid-range processor with eight core ARM Cortex-53 cores running at 2.3GHz and an integrated PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The Vivo Y17 comes with 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage in a single configuration.
The 6.35-inch screen has a resolution of 720×1544 with a ratio of 19.3: 9, and Vivo uses a standard LCD panel. There are several other smartphones at this level of price, including the Samsung Galaxy M30 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, which feature high-full HD panels.
One of the major selling points of this phone is its 5000mAh battery, though curiously Vivo does not release hourly battery life claims for the context like most companies.
The Wii 17 comes with an 18W charger, and the company says the phone supports “dual engine” fast charging, which means it has extra circuitry for speed as well as protection.
Vivo says that Wi-17 supports dual-band Wi-Fi but has not specified a version.
You will find Bluetooth 5, GPS and FM radio. 4G with VoLTE is supported on both SIMs at the same time. In addition to standard ambient lights and proximity sensors, there is an e-compass and virtual gyroscope.
In the box you get an 18W charger, a micro-USB cable, a wired headset, a clear plastic case, a seam outfit, and some leaflets. The headset looks like Apple Earpods Knockoff and has no rubber tips.
Stock Android has a vocal fanbase nowadays, but Vivo has gone to the deep end with customization to its Funtuch OS 9 based on Android 9.0. There is a lot to take from the lock screen, which shows random photos and stories from Vivo’s own lockscreen poster service. Thanks there are no ads here yet.
The home screens are fairly chaotic and the vivo app is taking on a truly outdated style of Android navigation buttons, including the long-deprecated menu button icon for the switcher.
You can change the current style or switch gestures from within the settings app.
All the app icons are available here as there is no app drawer and they contain lots of them. Vivo already has full applications installed including its own V-Appstore, Vivo Browser, vivocloud data backup service, file sharing tools in Yessiser, Eye Manager for general security and maintenance, and Eye theme for UI customization.
Then there is a lot of relundant tools, including an email client, a photo gallery and an audio and video player. None of this can be removed. You will obviously also get Google’s default applications, in addition to third party applications including Facebook, WhatsApp, Gana, UC Browser, Amazon Shopping, NewsPoint, PhonePi, Paytm, and WPS Office.
Vivo has redesigned everything from the notification shade to the default applications.
Quick toggles are not in the shadows; When you drag “Shortcut Center” to iOS-style, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, which is chaotic. In the applications you can quickly search for tools as well as specific actions like scan and pay with Paytm or search hotels with MakeMyArtype.
If you want to enable gestures instead of buttons for UI navigation, you need to learn where to swipe so you don’t accidentally drag the shortcut center.
The Settings app is fully customized and not all controls are where you can find them.
Fontsuch OS has some useful touches though. You can do a lot of things with just one tap, such as taking scrolling screenshots, cloning compatible Messenger applications from the home screen, and turning on USB file sharing from the notification shade.
There is a built-in screen video recorder and a plethora of system-wide shortcuts to trigger activities or play your favorite applications. The ability to set app icons round the right corner is a touchy-feely little touch. But Android 9’s convenient app icon menus, including notifications and action shortcuts, are missing.
Vivo has its own Basic Smart Assistant called Jovi and is available throughout the Funtuach OS. You can quickly call a Paytm or QR Code Scanner from the pull-down search tool. The screen on the left side of the first home screen is called the Jovi Smart View, and it shows cards for things like sports scores, weather, to-dos and system-wide text lists that you can save articles or screenshots to from any list app.
It is thought to be able to show reminders for upcoming events and sports matches, show weather alerts, and track purchases online, but these situations did not come up in our review period.
Vivo Y17 performance, battery life and camera
Vivo Y17 may not be the most powerful hardware in the price bracket, but it did quite a bit for us during our review.
We were worried that the Fontsuch OS might be inflamed and slow, but it didn’t. The phone was reasonably responsive and the UI animations were consistently smooth. Both fingerprints and face recognition worked well and we had no complaints.
The screen is somewhat underhanded, with washed-out colors around the icons and text, and some rough edges. However, the viewing angles are great and it can be very bright. In light of the harsh sunshine we found this phone easy to use.
You only get the Widevine L3 certificate which limits video streaming to sub-HD resolution for some streams, but the screen isn’t full-HD anyway.
The single speaker at the bottom was pretty bad, it just produced grating, harsh sound.
The bundled headset has a very open, blank sound, and it can’t really handle the bus frequencies, but it’s not bad overall for casual listening.
Based on the processor that Vivo chose for this phone, the performance in the benchmark test was as weak as we did. The Y17 had a score of just 87,048 in Antu and Gikbench gave us 769 and 4,106 points respectively in its single and multi-core tests. We also got scores of 798 and 9,356 in the 3dmark’s Sling Shot and Ice Storm Extreme Tests.
The phone operated only 29fps in the GFXBench T-Rex scene and 12fps in the Manhattan 3.1 scene.
The CPU scores are poorer than the Samsung Galaxy M30, but the graphics scores are better. The low-priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 all delivered better scores.
This display made us worry about how our games would play out. We threw the PUBG mobile and it defaulted to a lower quality setting, but then the speed was alarming and we had to deal with frequent momentary freezes that put us at risk for firing. Asphalt 9: Legends took a long time to load and even the UI was lagging behind but we were able to run a few races.
The good news is that this phone just got a little warmer, and the battery level didn’t drop too much while we were playing.
Speaking of batteries, this is one area where the Vivo Y17 has done well for itself. Our HD video loop test lasted 18 hours 57 minutes which is pretty impressive.
We spent a lot of time with a little photography, an hour or more streaming video and using various apps with daily use, we were able to keep this phone for a day and a half before recharging. The included 18W charger is a bit heavy but charges the phone fast.
The Vivo Y17 features a 13-megapixel f / 2.2 primary rear camera with a secondary 8-megapixel f / 2.2 wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel f / 2.4 depth sensor for portrait shots.
This is not particularly impressive, especially the high apertures that indicate that other phones at this price level have set that low-light performance may not be above that mark. Vivo instead focuses on the front camera, which has a 20-megapixel resolution and f / 2.0 aperture.
The Camera app has some bad stuff. For example, there is a portrait effect toggle when using the front camera, but a different aperture has to be toggled in place when using the rear camera.
Beautification is a completely different mode, but there is no portrait mode. The button switched between the main and wide-angle lenses is easily missed; A row of nest boxes is built with timers and filter buttons. The settings menu is weirdly spread over several rows with multiple selectable options.
The Jovi Assistant pops up here as well. One of the filters is the ‘AI’ option which claims to choose the best one depending on the view, but it is usually a subjective choice depending on the effect a user wants to create, so its effectiveness is questioned.
There is also an ‘AI’ beautification (front camera only) that is supposed to work on the self-selected person’s gender and age.
The shots we took during the day weren’t too bad, but the focus didn’t always lock in perfectly and the Vivo Y17seemed to be struggling with a subtle contrast.
We can never be sure that the photos will be sharp when we zoom 100 percent, and some of the photos that look fine on the screen of the phone will be quite blurred when fully opened. It said that the colors were muted and vivid, and macros usually took better shape.
When switching to wide-angle cameras, the quality definitely took a great hit and the colors were far less accurate. The textures felt frizzy and over-processed, and the distortion was noticeable.
At night, the cameras on the Vivo Y17 certainly struggled. The focus was soft, the objects in the nozzle were granular, and most of our samples contained details. The close-ups were somewhat usable, but shots of the objects in the distance were not very good. Wide-angle cameras have again provided poor results.
The front camera took a good shot during the day but when shooting outside at night we had to get a little jittery as our hand was not fully fixed. The beauty is when it really helps in the lowest setting.
The default video resolution is 1280×720 for some reason and no stability so our recordings are pretty bumpy. The quality of the video, both in sunlight and at night, was disappointing.
The Vivo Y17 looks great and has fast battery life as well as fast charging. It has plenty of storage space, and the front camera is pretty decent. If you stick to general social media and messaging apps, you may be happy to use them during the day. Sadly, this is where the application ended.
suitable for high quality gaming, it cannot take great pictures or record good video and it is unrealistic to live with some good ideas in software.
This phone is readily available at other prices that are available at its price, and even at much lower prices. The processors, displays, and cameras aren’t impressive enough how hard Vivo’s competitors are pushing at the moment. This phone is not
Vivo seems to have made this phone for people with very common needs but we see no reason to spend so much money on this level of features and performance. The Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) and Realme 3 Pro (Review) are good phones and will save you some money too – if you can catch one of them while in stock.