Vivo Y-series bloodline is the latest offering to market. Ranging between Rs.6,000 to Rs.13,000 the Y-series claims to have fun, speed and style. Lying at the higher end of the segment, Vivo Y27L, has competitors from all manufacturers, like Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen, Xiaomi Mi 4, Samsung Galaxy J5 etc. But does this phone really has what it takes to run the show, let’s see.
|Ø Customizable themes||Ø Not the latest Android running|
|Ø Classy animation and customizable screen options||Ø Plastic body makes the scratches evident|
|Ø Camera supported by Smart options||Ø Low Battery backup|
|Ø Sleek and handy design||Ø 1GB RAM|
|Ø Dual sim, both equipped to support 4G||Ø No LED for screen bottom buttons|
|Ø Expandable memory card slot||Ø Price too high|
|Model||Vivo Y27L 4G|
|Display||4.7”(11.93 cm) IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen, 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density), 16M Colors,|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit Quad core 1.2GHz MSM8916|
|Memory||MicroSD card (up to 128 GB)|
|Camera||Front 5 Mega-Pixel
Rear 8 Mega-Pixel, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
|Battery||2260 mAh Li-Polymer|
|OS||Funtouch OS 2.0, based on 4.4 (KitKat)|
|Dimensions||136.9 x 68.1 x 6.99 (L x W x H) mm|
|Weight||137 g (with battery)|
|Connectivity Technology||Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0+EDR +A2DP
Dual Micro SIM card, Dual support enabled
SIM1 Support – 2G/3G/4G
SIM2 Support – 2G/3G/4G
|Sensor||G-Sensor/ E-Compass/ Gyroscope/ Proximity/ Light Sensor/ GPS/GLONASS|
Design & Ergonomics
The phone has 4.7” display and feels good to hold in hand. The volume rocker and power button on the right side of the phone are easily reachable, along with the three hard wired buttons, placed at bottom of the display, adding to the phone efficiency to used with just one hand. The body is made of plastic with chrome finished borders. The front also houses the front camera, speaker and sensor on the top.
The phone’s back theme is somewhat similar to iPhones 5s silver model. When it comes to the looks, other than the brand logo, the only difference is position of the speaker, which can be seen at bottom left compared to iPhone, whereas the camera and LED flash are placed at same position.
The SIM tray is on the left side of the phone, which can be opened by a pin provided in the box. The headphone jack on the top and charging jack is placed at the bottom. All in all there is no feature inclined for an innovative design.
Software & Battery
Vivo uses its own modified version of Android called FunTouch. Y27L comes with FunTouch 2.0, based on android 4.4. But using FunTouch simply reminds me of Apple iOS with similar icon styles, navigation options and shortcut other than your voice assistant which is the Google Now voice support.
Actually, what Funtouch has brought to the Stock android is not just the look and feel of iOS but the Smart Options like Smart Wake, Gestures options, camera options like Smartshot, and Screen capture options like Super Screenshot etc. Funtouch is completely customizable – giving you options to change font style, back ground, screen animations to suit your mood. All “Smart” options can be easily toggled from the settings menu. Animations and gestures are working fine and I think Vivo has done a good job with respect to battery management in this section. Funtouch OS is in competition with the Asus Zen UI, which also avails similar features but less-preloaded apps proves it to be a more user-centric opponent.
Vivo Y27L comes with 2260 mAh battery, which juices out within a day of average use. The display is bright and radiant. If you set the brightness to max, you can use the screen like a torch in darkness, so I don’t think there is any point me explaining how good it would be out under sun.
Camera & Performance
Camera is something that could attract customers. Although the camera is just 8MP compared to 13MP popular in this segment, the images are crisp and colorful in day light. Flash support improves the image quality in low light. The competitors actually have tough competition even with extra megapixels in its inventory. Supported with various modes and Smart shot options, image capturing can be fun and classy. Front camera also doesn’t lack behind in this segment and fares decently even for all the selfie-junkies. It comes with auto focus but misses the support for capturing wide angle shots.
Vivo Y27L incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor to handle the performance of the phone but it doesn’t get enough support from its under-spec RAM. A segment governed by 2GB RAM models, 1GB is what Vivo has to offer in Y27L. Although I did not test the phone to its full RAM usage but based on my experience the phone would lag when running multiple day-to-day used apps resulting in exhausting the RAM over a prolonged period of time. Regularly clearing the RAM from unused apps or installing apps like Clean Master, etc, might add some usage ease for RAM but these apps acquire some persistent amount of RAM in the first place.
Well Vivo claims for Y27L – “Style comes with Speed“. Definitely 4G support on both SIMs is a good to have feature as all telecom operators are in the race of moving to 4G but I don’t think the hardware on the phone is featuring any style or speed that are at par with the current options that market has to offer.
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