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Vivo Y55 Review: HiFi sound and user-friendly yet Smart

In just a few minutes straight out of the box, there's a lot of reasons to love Vivo's Y55 mid-range smartphone. See how the Top 5 Global Smartphone's Y series perform during our review.

The Vivo Y55 was unveiled last October 2016, a mid-range smartphone with big display and looks very appealing.

You can't deny that Y55 looks like an iPhone 6/6s. It has a smooth finish and premium feel. The phone has a lightweight metal body and smooth curved edges. It's pretty nice to hold and comes w/ a transparent plastic casing as part of the package. The screen protector was already pre-installed. So it's protected from day 1. But of course you may opt to purchase 3rd party screen protector.

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Back-face of the Vivo Y55

It's easy to like Vivo Y55 aesthetics and design. At a glance it's like you're holding an iPhone body powered by android. It's such a good  mixture .


  • lightweight
  • Hi-Fi sound
  • smooth curves
  • Frequent GUI update


  • Camera lacks color and too grainy
  • no fingerprint scanner
  • pictures tend to be washed out

The curves and lines on the Y55 is. What I like the most about the Y55, just like its older sibling VIVO V3 is its GUI.

The only part that needs improvment is how it handle colors, as it tends to look pale based from camera test. In terms of detail it's there but there's too much noise even on a well-lit environment.

One of Y55 best feats is the high fidelity sound, for its price it can beat the midrange phones from well known brands. The sound is very much pleasing to the ears. It's not irritatingly loud. It's loud and sounds really good. Whether you're listening to music via earphones or speaker, the Y55 is a music machine!

The continuous updates is overwhelming in a good way, as Vivo keeps on sending the latest bug fixes and OS improvements. As of this writing there was almost 10 Fun OS updates that the Y55 underwent.

The updates are sent in a timely manner. We get the OTA(over-the-air) updates downloaded and installed w/o experiencing any issues. This small chunks of updates are quite friendly to Y55 users as you dont need to spend most of the time waiting for a big update then at the end it'll just get corrupted. You can choose to download and install right away or download now and install later.

The VIVO Y55 is loaded with Android Marshmallow by default and topped by VIVO-properietary Funtouch OS. This review unit, as of this writing is loaded with Android 6.0.1 and Funtouch OS 2.6

Vivo Y55 Specifications

  • 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM (expandable to 128GB)
  • Qualcomm 1.4 GHzSnapdragon 430 Octacore CPU
  • DLNA/ OTG/ Wifi/ BT
  • Dual-SIM standby
  • Androind Marshmallow powered by Vivo's proprietary FunTouch OS
  • 2650mAh battery(non-removable)
  • Available in Gold and Rose Gold (other countries also offer in Grey)

The latest Funtouch OS update also includes the change from HiFi and smart to Camera & Music. When it comes to music, Vivo earned our trust as it definitely delivers when using headphones and speakers. As for the Camera, it may more than just. With the release of Vivo V5, this can be a turning point. but as of now, the Camera in our books is with Oppo. This can change though once we personally get the chance to test the Vivo V5 ourselves.

If the environment is well-lit it captures good pictures. But you may be disappointed during low light conditions.However, you may find free picture editing apps like Snapseed or Lightroom to enhance your stills.

The battery life is good enough to last the whole day. A mix of music, browsing and online gaming can last on a single charge.

Sample shots taken using Vivo Y55

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Atmost Fit Smartband f/2 S 1/14  ISO 1000
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Chicken Pesto captured using Vivo Y55

At just around PHP 8,000.00 (PHP 7990) the Vivo Y55 is good phone for casual gaming, Facebook and social networking. However, on the camera side it will take sometime for it get the colors and sharpness we are looking for. The old iPhone 5s and Oppo F1(just a year older than Y55)  is still much a better snapper than this one.

The Y55 is highly recommended if it's the first time you're switching to a ViVO smartphone. It's expected to deliver more than it's price point and the fluid GUI is fun to use and can be personalized too. If you're into watching video and listening to music, this is the one you'll want holding to.

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