Vivo V19 : High on camera and design features

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There’s no denying the Vivo V19 is a pretty smartphone. It offers great ergonomics with the 3D curved glass back panel. The phone is wonderfully compact despite a sizable 6.44-inch display. Thanks to the slim bezels around the screen, the company has managed to keep it down to a handy size. Moreover, its weight at just 186.5 grams makes it quite lightweight as well. The power and volume buttons on the right side offer a nice tactile feel. Overall, it’s a phone that you can easily work with using one hand.

The Vivo V19 comes in Mystic Silver and Piano black colours. We received the black unit, which isn’t pure black, but more of a very deep blue shade. The front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 6, which is great. During our review, we didn’t notice many smudges or scruffs on the panel and the phone held up pretty well to daily use, but then again that’s hardly a surprise when you’re in quarantine.

Coming to the display, you get a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display made from E3 OLED. The display supports HDR 10 standard, DCI-P3 color gamut and 800 nits peak brightness. It also supports Widevine L1, which will allow you to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video in full HD resolution. The screen offers vibrant colours by default, which you can tone down in Settings. Text appears sharp and viewing angles are great.

The Vivo V19 comes with four cameras on the back and two cameras up front for a total of six cameras. The company is clearly trying to emphasise the phone’s camera prowess by offering a variety of ways to capture photos. The quad camera setup includes a 48MP f/1.79 main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The dual selfie camera setup includes a 32MP main camera and an 8MP wide-angle lens. The camera app is easy to use and swiping through the various modes felt smooth and simple. There is an option next to the shutter button to switch between regular, macro and wide-angle modes, which is convenient. The camera app also offers modes like night, portrait, Live Photo, pro, Jovi Vision, and the ability to shoot in full 48MP.

The 32MP front camera delivers some crisp and detailed selfies in daylight. You can zoom in on these photos and still see a good amount of detailing. The colour reproduction is on point and you can disable beauty mode to get more true-to-life selfies with all the natural pores. Again, the quality of selfies takes a major hit indoors and in low light as as photos come out noisy and soft. The accompanying 8MP wide-angle camera can come in handy for large group selfies, but will not offer as much sharpness as the main camera.

Coming to the software, the Vivo V19 runs Funtouch OS 10 on top on Android 10. The UI has some bloatware, including a few pre-loaded third-party apps like DailyHunt, Amazon, Flipkart and so on. It’s not as bloated as some other custom skins, but some pre-loaded apps and native Vivo apps can send spammy messages that you can disable via Settings. Funtouch OS 10 is easy enough to get used to once you clean up the home screen. You can uninstall some preloaded apps, add an app drawer via Settings and remove the apps on the home screen for a cleaner look. Swiping right on the screen will take you to Smart Launcher, which offers shortcuts to frequently used apps. Smart Launcher is preset with cards for Hot Games, Hot Apps, and News from Vivo’s custom browser, but you can change the cards to Weather, To-do List and so on as per your taste.

Vivo V19 packs a 4,500mAh battery, which is good enough for full day usage on a single charge if you’re someone who loves to play a lot of games and browse on social media throughout the day. On days with moderate usage, the phone should last a little over a day. The phone comes bundled with a 33W fast charger that takes around 75 minutes to charge the device from zero to 100 percent.

The Vivo V19 is a pretty solid mid-range smartphone that ticks all the boxes in terms of design, display and performance. It’s a phone that should deliver a consistently smooth user experience. However, this might not be the one for you if you’re looking for a long-term smartphone since the Snapdragon 712 chipset may not age as well as a Snapdragon 855 SoC or a newer mid-range chipset like the Snapdragon 730G chipset would.

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