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Vivo Y66 Review : Good Phone But Nothing Wow About It

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Of late Vivo has become very aggressive with its marketing campaign and seems to have taken almost all the advertising space on India’s streets and even became the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League till 2022. The entire marketing is focused on Selfie cameras with their V series phones. While the company started focusing on Selfie camera in its premium range smartphones, gradually it has been extended to its budget phones as well with the introduction of Vivo Y66.

Vivo Y66, priced at Rs 13,990, comes with a 16 MP front camera assisted by a LED flash and a rear camera of 13 megapixel. The front camera, because of the little brighter flash than the conventional, is being marketed as moonlight camera by the Chinese phone maker. However the phone is priced in a price band where it faces formidable competition from the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and Moto G5 Plus.

Vivo Y66 Look and Feel
There is not much that designers can do in terms of altering the looks of a smartphone, however playing around with material and placement of camera logo etc does give few devices a very distinct look. Vivo Y66 is clearly not one of them. It gets a very run on the mill design though not a bad looking one at all. Vivo has gone with plastic instead of metal as the building material for the phones outer.

The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass, which comes with a pre-applied plastic protector on it, which is a good this for the protection and also removes the hassle of getting one applied at a shop. Above the display sits the 16 megapixel front camera flanked by a LED flash and metal earpiece and proximity sensors. Below the screen are the standard capacitive Android buttons that aren’t back-lit.

Vivo Y66 gets power and volume button on the right top which is a standard these days, bottom of the phone gets Micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and single speaker grill. The left of the phone only has the hybrid dual-SIM tray. It has one slot for a Micro-SIM and another for a Nano-SIM or a microSD card. There’s a chrome trim running along the sides of the phone sandwiched between the top glass and the back panel.

This Vivo Y66 has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a single LED flash in one corner. Branding is right in the center and antenna lines run across the top and bottom. One of the big a surprising omission is finger print scanner which seems to have become a default feature specially in above Rs 10,000 segment.

In the box Vivo is supplying a clear silicon phone cover for protecting the phone, a basic headset with mic, a SIM ejector tool, a charger rated at 5V 1A, and a USB cable.

Vivo Y66 specifications and UI
The Vivo Y66 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6570 processor with integrated Mali-T860 graphics. The processor is clocked at 1.5GHz and the phone has 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with built in 32 GB of storage, expandable by 256 GB through microSD cards.

The display on the phone is a 5.5 inch IPS one with 720×1280 pixels resolution, not a very high number but sufficient non the less. The quality of the screen is good though brightness should have been slightly more as it feels a tad low even at the maxed out level.

In terms of connectivity, the Vivo Y66 gets Bluetooth 4.0 along with dual-band Wi-Fi and supports 4G network. It supports USB-OTG, which means you can use a pen drive using an OTG adapter.

The phone comes with a non-removable 3000 mAH battery which sounds a bit small but does a decent job supporting the phone for more than a day under low to medium usage which is in fact great. The charger that you get in the box is a 5V 1A charger and therefore does not support fast charging another important miss in our opinion. The charger takes approximately 3 hour to completely charge the phone.

Vivo Y66 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch User Interface on top. The interface looks prity similar to iOS with even icons used, which means that there is no app drawer making it a single layer interface. All apps are on the home screen itself which makes it easier to use. Quick settings can be accessed by swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

The iOS inspiration can also be seen in the naming of apps which are names i Music, I Theme, and i Manager etc. cloud storage app called vivoCloud is also there which lets you back up everything on the phone.

Apart for these apps, you get UC Browser, Facebook, Amazon, WPS Office, and pretty much the entire suite of Google apps. Vivo has also added gesture shortcuts like double-tap to wake up display or trace alphabets to launch specific apps. You can light up the screen when you wave a hand over it. Overall the user interface is well designed and is easy to use but nothing is orginal Vivo has picked up bits a peaces from different smartphones mostly from iPhone.

Vivo Y66 cameras
Vivo has been aggressively pushing the Y66 for its 16-megapixel selfie camera and flash. The front flash here has a important trick up its sleeve, it gets a filter on top which diffuses the light so that it doesn’t blind you and this soft flash is the reason why its called a moonlight camera. The camera app offers a beautify mode which smoothens skin, you can set the level in this function. The front camera is indeed good for selfies and is specially useful in slightly low light conditions. Though beautify function does take away some details from the images.

At the back, the Vivo Y66 has a 13-megapixel camera with a single-LED flash. Again a decent camera which is a quick to focus in daylight, camera has manual mode as well which lets you control different parameters on your own, and we lowered the exposure level for better shots. In low
light, like most mobile cameras the camera takes a little longer to focus, and had lot of noise and lacked detail, but almost all mobile cameras have this issue and photos were acceptable, Vivo has even incorporated a night mode in the camera app which slight improves the result.

Vivo Y66 performance
We 3GB RAM and Octacore processor we were expecting a good performance and we were not disappointed. The phone does manage to perform normal tasks like browsing, most games etc with ease. However high-end games with lots of graphics does manage to unsettle to the phone a bit.

The phone does get warm under heavy usage but nothing alarming. Battery life of the phone is surprisingly good given that a 3000mAH battery is not really big. It managed to give us full day backup with 10-15% battery remaining consistantly for the time it remain with us which is good given that most phones need charging by the end of day.

Verdict
Vivo Y66 is indeed good in certain areas like User interface which is easy to use, camera which is decent and rather good battery back up. On the down side the phone lacks premium feel and also misses out on latest Android version and finger-print scanner.

As a stand-alone device its good to use and easy to live with, however the phone has a stiff competition in the Rs 14,000 price point that it retails at and it is here that those missing elements in the phone starts to pinch as competition like Moto G Plus or Xiomi Redmi Note 4 or Honor 6X do offer more features.

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Nilabh Jha

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