Big phone in a suit of armour

Big phone in a suit of armour

When the Indian version of playboy, billionaire… aka actor Ranvir Singh (we know we might have been exaggerating a bit too much) showed us how fast the Vivo V3 Max is, we weren’t all that swayed. But when the real genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist-- Tony Stark was seen using the same phone, it left most of us swooned. And for the lot, who didn’t not know about this, go watch ‘Captain America: Civil War’ today.

Tony Stark, leader of the Marvel’s technological revolution and freaking Iron Man, uses a Vivo V3 Max. We mean what were you thinking, for whatever it was, it was freaking brilliant. You are here talking of a guy who regularly interacts with holograms and builds super suits in his basement. He’s not going to use an off-the-shelf iPhone or Samsung Galaxy—although he did use co-branded Stark/LG tech in earlier Iron Man flicks. He uses a Vivo. And we are going to tell you now, why even you should.

Vivo forayed in India with the Xs and Ys; X-series being the more premium ones with X5 Max as its flagship. The phone was to be honest a tad bit out of time. But where it scored was the sleek design. It even dethroned Gionee S5.5 from being the slimmest phone in the world. Balls were set in motion and with brand focused more on retail sales from actual stores. It did create quite a stir even after being marketed by traditional forms and went on to become the number five smartphone vendor in the world.

Looks
Coming back to the V3 Max which we reviewed, the phone or rather the phablet is nothing short of tremendous. At 5.5 inch and borrowing the slimness of the X sibling, the phone looks and feels premium. The metal unibody adds to the whole feel and it even has a highly functional finger print scanner where Apple would have dexterously placed its logo. Only room for complaint is that it is available in just one colour (gold).

Stuff inside
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. And has a dedicated AK4375 music chipset. The 3000 mAh battery of V3 Max has dual charging and faster charging technology is capable of offering two hours of music playback in just five minutes of charging. The phone comes with a 32 GB of internal storage and is expandable upto the moon. But if you are a dual-sim person then you may not indulge in this luxury as it’s a hybrid slot (sim or micro SD).  The phone comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera.

Performance
The 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 652, octa-core processor runs the phone with 4 GB RAM. And believe us, this is the fastest Vivo we have ever reviewed. High-end games those which takes space like a really fat person on the bus, ran without any lag. Also did various camera and graphics-based apps. That was indeed the most impressive part. The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system but has a customised interface called "Funtouch 2.5." So in real sense you wouldn’t be missing out on the Marshmallow update, as the interface is really user-friendly. Cameras have always been the USP of Vivo, and this one feels a step ahead.  The picture quality offers great details even under low-light conditions. While the front camera might help you look like supermodels with active makeup apps like facial contouring and beautification. It made me look like Megan Fox, and I am a guy.

 The phone also offers brilliant sound quality in earphones with its hi-fi music technology and dedicated AK4375 music chipset. The full Quad HD display offers a good view even under sunlight.

Verdict
Alike most Vivo phones, this one is also on the premium side with a price tag almost touching the 25k mark. At that price, there are phones with bigger and better processors. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting your hands on the V3 Max. It is fast and almost lag-resistant. You don’t have to take our word for it, instead take Iron Man’s. It’s that cool.

-Augustin