Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 6S 32GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V9!

Apple iPhone 6S 32GB  Vivo V9 
Apple iPhone 6S Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
52.2
57.6
Value for Money Score
56.4
75.7
Price ₹ 31,469 onwards ₹ 21,119 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9, Upgradeable to 12 Android 8.1 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-Resistant oleophobic coating on front IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.84 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name A9 chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M9 motion coprocessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) Adreno 506
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.22um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Live Photos, Local Tone Mapping, Noise Reduction, Crystal Lens Cover, True Tone Flash, Backside illumination Sensor, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Auto HDR for Photos, Face Detection, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo Geo-tagging, Slo-motion Video Support, Time-lapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geo-tagging Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Retina Flash, HD Video Recording, Auto HDR for Photos and Videos, Backside illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.1 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 143 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1810 mAh 3260 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Web Browsing Time (3G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 11 hrs, HD Video Playback Time: 11 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 50 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; TV Out; iBeacon Microlocation; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Notifcation Center; Siri; Spotlight Search; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Wallet Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality, with Apple's famed attention to detail
  • Beautiful design, premium materials (unibody aluminium frame), and iconic looks
  • Stronger 7000 series aluminum gives it greater strength and durability as compared to iPhone 6
  • Relatively compact and easy to grasp compared to similar sized flagship phones of other brands
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • Brilliant display with potent brightness levels, wide viewing angles, and superb color accuracy
  • The glass screen is now stronger and more shatter-resistant than iPhone 6
  • Buttery smooth, slick performance all-round - arguably one of the fastest performing phone to date
  • iOS 9 is both beautiful and simple, and brings in tons of functionality upgrades
  • The most powerful and distinctive feature in the new interface is the 3D-touch functionality, which adds new layers of interaction to the touch display, and opens up various possibilities
  • 3D-touch lets you perform quick actions for the app on the homescreen without actually opening the app
  • Excellent rear camera - camera takes realistic photos in virtually every situation - no other phone comes close
  • The front camera is a big improvement over the previous iterations - images are realistic and detailed
  • Live photo feature records 1.5 seconds of action before and after your shot - and the shots animate as you swipe through the camera roll
  • The Touch ID biometric touch sensor is the still the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensor around
  • Very good loudspeaker
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Decent call quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Effective face unlock
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
2-minute Review [Negatives]

No Major Negatives!

  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
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  1. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
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  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
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  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
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  4. A great midrange smartphone
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  6. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
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