Welcome to the second part of the Vivo review, the Vivo V17 Pro. Are you ready? Or shall I give you time to take some snacks? Maybe a drink to entertain you as you read this? Yes? Go ahead then.
The Vivo V17 Pro. Another phone from the company called Vivo. If you are unsure of what exactly is Vivo, please refer my Vivo NEX 3 review for a brief introduction (provided that the article has already been published lol). If it is not, then here is the Wikipedia link for your perusal.
Hello Vivo V17 Pro!
The Vivo V17 Pro was released in November 2019, barely half a year after the release of its predecessor, the V15 Pro. The V17 Pro is slightly smaller as compared to the NEX 3 but just as sleek-looking. This phone, does have buttons on its side.
As you can see from the video, the phone comes with all the needed accessories including the phone case. However, I did have a slight issue putting the case onto the phone due to the fact that it’s quite… tight? So, I gave up because of the fear I might break something.
The V17 Pro does come with their industry first elevating front camera. This technology eliminates the notch that so often appears on other phones for the front camera. Due to this fact, you will realize the the screen size of Vivo phones tend to be wider as compared to other phones.
I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Vivo V17 Pro retails at S$599 only from all major telcos and authorised retailers. That probably makes it one of the cheapest phones available in the market.
Does it mean that the quality is lower though? I had a feeling it would be. To be perfectly frank, I was not as excited to try the V17 Pro as compared to the NEX 3. Something about it just does not seem to appeal to me but I can’t put my finger on it. So now that you know I might have a slight biasness towards it, read on to find out exactly what I think.
Dimensions: 159.00 x 74.70 x 9.80mm
Screen Size: 6.44-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE
Storage: 128GB ROM
Camera: Front 32MP + 8MP / Rear 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Battery: 4100mAh (TYP)
Based on the specs, the V17 Pro is smaller and lighter as compared to NEX 3. However, there are other phones with bigger sizes yet lighter weight as compared to the V17 Pro. Still, the weight difference is barely imperceptible when you are holding on to it. I might have mentioned before that I do prefer a bigger size phone so this was not something that I really liked holding on to.
The fear of dropping and shattering was oh-so-real.
The V17 Pro also does not support external memory so that might be a problem for those who tend to run out of memory quick. You’ll have to do regular memory cleaning, purging and back-up.
You’ll also notice that the V17 Pro has two front cameras and 4 back cameras. So that mean that the photos would be better as compared to other phones? Will it function just as well?
I swear, I did the battery test for both phones at the same time and that mischievous entity refused it again. So, youtube test. Now, while they did take about a similar length of time (7 hours) to reach the halfway mark, I did notice that the battery life of the V17 Pro does drop faster as compared to the NEX 3. Then again, NEX 3 does have a bigger battery at 4300 mAh.
The 3DMark score is the lowest among the two articles I compared it to (here and here) and also, as compared to the NEX 3. This basically means you might want to reconsider if you regularly play games on your phone.
However, the V17 Pro does have the Ultra Game Mode which might make the gaming experience better. In my personal opinion though, I would rather go for a phone which gives me a higher score without any additional boost.
Next up is the PCMark score.
Again, the score is the lowest at 7k plus when the other three results are at 9k plus.
I am not really impressed to be honest with the scores but it does seem reasonable with the price that I would be paying for. While some differences are huge (photo editing with the biggest difference at 19558 score), there are also some that’s by not much (data manipulation at 7581 – ironically compared to NEX 3).
As always, there is the camera test. With the V17 Pro coming in with quad camera, of course there would be the wide-angle test shot. I’m pretty impressed with the wide-angle shot no doubt. However, is it just me or it looks the same as the NEX 3 wide-angle shot?
The first photo is the V17 Pro. The second is the NEX 3. What do you guys think? I think the NEX 3 wide-angle photo looks much better than the V17 Pro even though it only has three back cameras as compared to the V17 Pro. However, it could also be due to the fact that the NEX 3 cameras megapixel is bigger as compared to the V17 Pro.
Here’s the photo without the wide-angle.
Again for the front camera, there will be no pictures. However, I will say that I prefer the V17 Pro as compared to the NEX due to the fact that it stuck pretty close to my skin color. While there was filter involved, it was not very obvious that it was used as compared to the NEX 3.
The front camera definitely has me hooked. Selfie game: flawless.
The Bottom Line
I am not convinced. While I do like this phone, I am not blown away neither am I tempted to get it when going to the renewal of contract.
However, it does help broaden my horizons to the different phones available in the market. Vivo blew my mind with the NEX 3 but it did not impress me with the V17 Pro.
If you want a good quality phone without spending a ton of money, I would recommend the V17 Pro no doubt about it. It would be a good phone to use daily and there would no major sacrifices on the photos or usage.
If you were to be a user that wants quality and does play mobile games on the regular, then I would ask you to steer clear of it. It would not be the best phone for you. Invest in a little bit more and you would have the best of everything.
Personally I would rather get the NEX 3 than the V17 Pro. It’s a good phone. Just, not for me.
- The price.
- The size .
- Battery life.
- Performance not as great as the Nex 3.