Vivo V29 5G: A selfie powerhouse

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

IN a market saturated with smartphones that promise the moon and stars, the Vivo V29 emerges as a breath of fresh air. This device doesn’t just join the bandwagon; it leads it, especially when it comes to selfie photography.

Vivo has always been a strong contender in the photography department, as they clearly show with the V29. With a 50MP selfie camera, the phone is clearly targeting the selfie aficionados. But don’t let that singular focus deter you; the rear camera setup is equally impressive. It’s a well-rounded package that could give some of the more high-end smartphones a run for their money.

Fast charging is another area where the V29 shines. The phone supports fast charging and goes from zero to a hundred in under 40 minutes. This is a total win in our book. The 4,600mAh battery makes sure that you have enough battery for the whole day, making it a reliable companion for your daily adventures.

The display is another feather in the V29’s cap. A 6.78-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh gives smooth and crisp visuals whether you’re scrolling through social media or watching high-definition videos. The HDR compliance adds another layer of depth to the colors, making them pop without going overboard.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, however. Although the curved display is aesthetically pleasing, we found that it could be a bit slippery to hold. Vivo does include a case in the box, but even with that, the phone’s screen remains exposed to potential scratches. On the other hand, the device has an IP68 rating, offering water and dust resistance.

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When it comes to performance, the V29 is powered by a Snapdragon 778G 5G processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

While not the latest chipset on the block, it’s more than capable of handling everyday tasks with ease. The phone does heat up during extended gaming sessions, though, which could be a deal-breaker for some.

The software experience is mostly smooth, thanks to Vivo’s Funtouch 13 based on Android 13. It’s a clean and intuitive interface, devoid of the bloatware that often plagues smartphones from Chinese manufacturers. However, the lack of a clear roadmap for software updates could be a concern for those looking for longevity.

The audio experience is where the V29 could use some improvement. The single bottom-firing speaker is loud but lacks the depth and richness that a stereo setup would offer. The absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack might also be a sticking point for audiophiles.

In conclusion, the Vivo V29 is a compelling package for those who prioritize camera performance, particularly selfies, without compromising on other essential features like fast charging, display quality and overall performance. It does have its shortcomings, such as the lack of a robust audio setup and uncertainty around long-term software support. But at its price point, competing with more expensive phones, it holds its own quite admirably.

So, is the Vivo V29 just a selfie powerhouse? Definitely not. It’s a well-rounded smartphone that offers a lot more than just stunning selfies. It’s not perfect, but it’s a strong contender in the mid-range market, and that makes it worthy of your attention.

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