Vivo Y95 First Impressions: a feast for the eyes

While Smartphone manufacturers today have started caring about how their products look, one company that always made good looking phones was Vivo. Today, we are talking about the Vivo Y95 which is in typical Vivo fashion, a looker. I spent quite a time using the Vivo’s new Y series smartphone. Let me give you my initial impressions of the Vivo Y95 and if it’s worth buying or not. 


Now, there is no other place we can start other than how gorgeous it looks out of the box. As soon as I took that wrapper out, I was quite impressed by the gradient at the back. Now, Vivo has done gradients before, for example, the Vivo V11 Pro, which I also reviewed, and while the phone was great, I didn’t exactly love the gradient a lot. This one has been done in a much better way and the transition from one colour to other is also very seamless. 

It’s still a glossy and a plastic back which means smudges and scratches respectively. And thus it means you’ll need to take extra care if looks are important to you. You’d have to take better care of your smartphone than you have of yourself. Well, I may have stretched that out for the dramatics. 

Moving on to another one of my favourite things about the Vivo Y95, its display. It has what Vivo calls a dewdrop design, which mostly refers to the small yoga-pose-imitating notch cutout. I am not a fan of notches so the smaller the better. The side bezels are also thin which actually makes the display look really nice and big. I’ve enjoyed watching content on this although I do hope the resolution was Full HD+, nothing wrong with this one, at this price I expect at least that. 


Now, I haven’t always been a fan of OEM ROMs, especially the ones that have the strict No-app drawer policy. Vivo’s FunTouch OS is one such fork of Android, and It’s usable at best. Talking pros, you get a feature packed OS, there are themes for you to customise the look, you get advanced DND modes including one for Motorbikes which is so India centric. You also get Face unlock feature and though it is not very secure, it does make unlocking the phone quite an easy task. 

The Optics

Another one of the USPs of the Vivo Y95 are the cameras, more importantly the front camera. The rear camera setup involves a 13MP + 2MP with an f/2.2 aperture on the primary lens. The front camera though is the more important and hence is the main camera for me. The main (selfie) camera has a 20MP lens with an f/2.0 aperture and it does take some good selfies. But unfortunately, it does have some exposure issues and some pictures do end up having slight focus issues. Although, for the most part, it’s a good selfie camera. Add to that the plethora of features that Vivo provides the experience is kinda fun. 

Finally talking about the processor, the Vivo Y95 comes with a Snapdragon 439 chipset which is an Octa-core chipset based on the Cortex A53 architecture. Now, this chipset isn’t really a fancy one, and unlike most other features on this phone, I am not a big fan. I have been able to play a few games on this and the experience has been fine, but not very exciting considering other phones in this price range.

That said, there is one thing that the chipset does way too well and that is conserving battery. The Snapdragon 439 keeps a low profile and while it’s not suited for heavy-duty lifting, it most certainly keeps the phone running for much longer than most. Add to that the 4030mAh battery inside, and you’ve got yourself a full day of heavy usage. 

Concluding my thoughts, I think the Vivo Y95 is a looker and while gradients are taking over the smartphone universe, there are still very few that look appealing. Only if the pricing was a little low, it would not have been a hard one to recommend. But the appealing looks bundled with a gorgeous display upfront and the day-long or even a 2 day-long battery life. I think the Vivo Y95 does have a lot packed in. The choice is yours whether you’d be happy with those limited features is up to you. 

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Sreehari is in love; in love with technology. His enthusiasm for new gadgets can be seen in his videos. He single-handedly built Mr. Phone's YouTube channel and continues to persevere with Nitesh in making world-class tech videos. Sree - as everyone calls him affectionately - is also a big fan of Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Design. If he is not working on gadget reviews, Sree is a trained Carnatic singer. When you meet him, do to request for his rendition of Kabira by Arijit Singh.