Today’s we’ll look at some of the most important reasons that you should and shouldn’t buy the Vivo V5. First off, what is the Vivo V5? The V5 is an aggressively priced mid-range Android device from new smartphone maker Vivo. The phone is manufactured in India, near the country’s capital, New Delhi. The phone is a beautiful piece of hardware with really great specs that make for many good reasons to buy the phone. Lets go over them. The first and most compelling reason to get the Vivo V5 is that it is sold as a selfie phone. This is because it has a 13 megapixel camera on the back but the camera on the front is an incredible 20 megapixels and it has a flash too. The front camera is a Sony unit so you can be sure that it is a great camera and Vivo has designed a lot of software for the V5 too, to help it take better selfies. Besides the great front camera, the Vivo V5 has a beautifully designed and manufactured metal body that is thin and feels great in the hand. It also a beautiful phone. To add to this, the V5 can take up to two SIM cards which is an important feature in the far-eastern markets and it also has expandable memory via a microSD card slot that can accommodate a card up to 128 gb.
Vivo also gives you a lot of included accessories with the V5, which is unlike a lot of the competition that offers very aggressively priced phones but skims on accessories in the box. The V5 comes with a headset with a mic and remote, a charger and data cable and even a Vivo V5 case for protection and a screen guard for the display that has been applied to the phone at the factory. All of this means that your Vivo phone is ready to be used out of the box, even if you haven’t already bought one of the many designer cases available for the phone. Some case makers in countries like India are even offering you the option of creating a custom cover for the Vivo V5, using your own photographs or artwork.
The V5’s drawbacks
The most important reason why you probably shouldn’t buy the Vivo V5 is that it doesn’t have stock Android. If you are a fan of a stock or a near stock Android experience or if you expect your phone to get frequent or timely operating system updates, the V5 is not the phone for you. Vivo ships the V5 with a heavily skinned operating system called FunTouch which you will probably not like.
Whats even worse is that many months after Google has released the next version of Android; Nougat 7.0, the Vivo V5 is still running Marshmallow 6.0 under the hood. The fact that the OS is so heavily skinned means that the chances of the Vivo V5 ever getting an update to the current version of Android are slim at best. The version of software that you get on the V5 is what you are going to be stuck with for as long as you have the phone.