Vivo V25


The Vivo V25 is a solid mid-range Android phone with a textured glass back, bringing a kind of class you don’t often see at the price. However, it’s a little hard to get hold of in some western markets and is not as hot for entertainment as some rivals.

Pros

  • Textured glass rear panel
  • Vibrant screen
  • Solid primary camera
  • Surprisingly long battery life
Cons

  • Mono speaker
  • Lacks some of the gaming power and low-light photo ability of the V25 Pro
  • Severe straight-sided design
  • Aggressive power management software may annoy
Availability

  • UKTBC
  • USAunavailable
  • Europeunavailable
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable
Key Features
  • MediaTek Dimensity 900 processorA capable mid-range SoC that performs well for most tasks
  • Multiple camerasThree rear cameras, a 64MP wide, an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro.

Introduction

The Vivo V25 is a mid-range Android phone, a lower-end alternative to the Vivo V25 Pro I reviewed recently. These two mobiles share no more than a name and some Vivo software traits, though. 

Where that step-up model has a good gaming GPU, remarkably decent camera and unusual curved glass design, the Vivo V25 only stands out in one key way. 

The Vivo V25 has a frosted glass back, one far harder and smoother than the plastic most phones at the price use. However, the design is also rather hard-edged, which won’t appeal to everyone. 

Outside of the glass, the Vivo V25 doesn’t manage to stand out much, although its real-world battery life is very good considering it has a battery capacity of a so-so 4500mAh. That weak endorsement is more a reflection on the competition at this price range, though, as the camera is decent, the screen very good and the performance solid.

Availability is the biggest hurdle here. The Vivo V25 starts at ₹27999 in India, but is not widely available in the UK. That Indian price means it sits just above the OnePlus Nord 2T, which may be a more sensible buy unless you are really into the V25’s design.

Design and Screen

  • Hard but smooth textured glass back
  • Relatively sharp-sided design
  • Mono speaker

The Vivo V25 is a severe phone. Its ultra-straight sides would feel outright sharp were it not for the bevelling at the corners. And the brick-like shape makes you feel every millimetre of its thickness. 

The back of the Vivo V25Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

This phone is not thick or wide, but it feels chunkier than the V25 Pro I just switched from — and that’s a thicker phone. It seems inspired by recent iPhone designs.

That said, the specifics of construction are one of the Vivo V25’s standout parts. Its back is lightly frosted glass, with a green to turquoise finish running across its back. This feels dramatically better than the plastic seen in most phones at this level, at least to my fingers, and will be less susceptible to scratches and scuffs from everyday scrapes. 

Vivo does not detail the sort of glass it uses on its website. But other sources suggest it is Schott Xensation Up, not the much better-known Gorilla Glass. I don’t perform torture testing as part of my review process, but it has not picked up any visible marks after a few weeks of fairly careless use. No case. Occasional pocket cohabitation with loose change and keys. And so on. 

The Vivo V25 has no water resistance rating either, Vivo only claims it is “drop, scratch and sweat” resistant. This suggests there is at least minimal rubberised sealing of the points where water ingress is most likely to cause a problem. 

The back of the Vivo V25Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

I don’t personally consider this a big issue, as anything below IP67 should probably not be trusted that much anyway. 

As in the Vivo V25 Pro, the Vivo V25 has perhaps one too many high-end design traits for its own good. There’s no headphone jack, and the flat sides let you see the wide expanse where one could easily fit. You can’t add a microSD card either. Both of these are moves that are likely to put off some buyers who might otherwise be attracted to the phone. 

It does have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which works well. This style still feels more high-end than the side-loaded kind, but I’m way beyond the point of thinking there’s any real benefit to this type over the classic side style. This one works well, though. 

Vivo made the V25 to appeal to those who care a lot about outer look and feel. Nothing wrong with that, but I don’t think it is as successful as the V25 Pro, which hides some of the phone thickness with dual curved panels. 

The Vivo V25 has a 6.44-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. You can find 120Hz displays for around this price, but unless you are upgrading from such a phone I don’t think 90Hz is a huge downgrade. And it is likely crucial to delivering the phone’s pretty solid battery life. More on that later. 

As is almost guaranteed with an OLED panel, contrast is superb and colour is punchy. There are three colour modes: standard, professional, bright. The first two are solid, and I recommend “professional”. It looks great – seeming more saturated than the sRGB to my eyes, but that standard looks very reserved on a phone these days. 

Resolution is an unusual-sounding but ultimately ordinary 2404 x 1080 pixels and there’s a teardrop notch up top. 

The screen on the front of the Vivo V25Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Vivo says the display can reach up to 1300 nits, but you won’t see this play out in reality. Doing my best to get the Vivo V25 to kick into its high brightness mode, which switches on when you’re outdoors in bright sunlight, it reached 780 nits. This is enough to make the screen bright enough for comfortable outdoor use, and is among the highest I’ve seen in an affordable phone.

On playing HDR video the maximum brightness I could register was a similar 782 nits, still well below the stated 1300 nit figure. But it’s bright enough when it counts.

Performance

  • Interface has questionable extras, but they don’t get in the way
  • Solid general performance
  • Not the best buy for gaming

The Vivo V25 runs Android 12 and has the Funtouch 12 interface. This is a fairly clean interface, with no nasty surprises in its layout. However, it is thick enough to overwrite most of the stylistic changes Google made with this version of the software. Still, it looks decent. 

Widgets are FunTouch’s current obsession. The app drawer has a whole section dedicated to them. And there’s a bonus feature called Jovi Home which is a panel full of the things. 

Both of these extras are not particularly useful. But they are out of the way enough to avoid becoming outright clutter. Jovi Home is an additional homescreen many may not even stumble upon.

I’ve found the Vivo V25’s performance completely solid. No obvious lag, no major bugs, no big irritations. 

The Vivo V25 runs Android 12 and has the Funtouch 12 interfaceImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

It has the MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor, a capable SoC with 5G and decent CPU performance, However, this is level just before MediaTek processors get really interesting, with the Dimensity 1200/1300. Vivo uses one of these in the Vivo V25 Pro. 

Top-tier graphical performance is what the Dimensity 900 lacks. You can play most games just fine, but you can get much better gaming power for the same money (or less) with phones like the Xiaomi X4 GT. 

It scores 2186 in 3DMark’s Wild Life test, compared to around 5800 in the X4 GT and 4600 in the Vivo V25 Pro. 

It’s not a poor score, but it’s clear this is not a phone made for gaming. The mono speaker has just as much of an impact on this front. You want a stereo array for any games played in landscape, assuming you are not using headphones. This phone just has a single bottom speaker, with decent max volume but slightly harder tonality than the best in this class.

In better news, the Vi

Go to Source