Smartphone Review: My trip to Manali with Vivo Y55L

Travelling to a city is equal to reading ten books about that city. Each sign, each person, each visual imprints on your brain forming an everlasting memory. Travelling is not just about going from one place to the other, it is an experience that makes you who you are. I love travelling to new places and trying new things.

On my recent trip to Manali with Vivo (yea, that smartphone publicised by Ranveer Singh, but he wasn’t on the trip, argh, how I wish he was blush blush) I got to try their new phone Vivo Y55L. I got a Gold phone but this is also available in Space Grey.

This new phone is special for many reasons. It has a beautiful 5.20-inch display and its resolution 1280 x 720 pixels which makes the screen very bright and sharp.



I clicked a lot of pictures because I knew I had 3 days and 16GB to play with. We stayed at the La Ri Sa Resort in Manali and I found this beautiful bright red Mahindra Thar CRDe right outside in the parking area.



This 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphone is the upgraded version of the Y51L. I like how there are several inbuilt editing options available within the photo to edit pictures. You don’t have to download anything additional to make amazing changes to your pictures.


29508343764_a59ef5492a_oWhat I like the most is the split-screen feature for multitasking. Using the phone at night is a lot of fun too because it’s got an eye protection mode that reduces blue light screen brightness that doesn’t affect the eyes. Using the phone in low light wasn’t a as bad as I was expecting. I have barely ever had a phone that does well in low light but this wasn’t at all that disappointing.


And as you can tell, I did use its flash in this one!


I started out as a food blogger so when I was in Manali I couldn’t refuse the option of visiting a local home to try their food.


We were at this secluded location called the “Backwoods Mountain Camp” and we were served brilliant hot home cooked mutton, kadhi, wild rice, etc. What we all loved the most was something called “siddu”. It looked like a bao, it was stuffed with meat and tasted divine with ghee and chutney.


Backwoods Mountain Camp had wonderful people. We even spent time photographing their kitchen. It was a typical village kitchen but the lady cooking the meals was very technology savvy. She asked me a lot of questions about my Vivo phone. It was amusing to see such an interesting mix of rural and urban!


So I’ve not used android much but android 6.0 Marshmallow had started to grow on me. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor’s speed is 1.4GHz and even though it has 2GB RAM I found it quite responsive as I kept filling it with pictures.

The metal unibody is good looking but I did drop the phone a few times as I was in the car going uphill. The phone didn’t seem to have any damage after the drop.

We also tried making a video of the super shaky road and it turned out better than expected.

The 8-megapixel rear camera did a pretty decent job considering the road was really shaky and so was my hand. If you like making a lot of videos and 16GB storage isn’t enough for you, you can use a microSD card and you will have up to 128GB of storage. The phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Micro-USB (USB OTG). It also has a 3.5mm audio jack. I would have liked the sound quality to be a little bit better but considering the price and the rest of the features, I was pretty pleased.

I have been using it ever since I got back from the trip and it doesn’t discharge very easily. The phone has a 2650mAh battery pack and weighs only 142 grams.

The phone is slightly priced on the higher side but has a good viewing screen and if you are a traveller, you would certainly enjoy this phone.

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