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

Apple iPhone SE 32GB  Vivo V9 
Apple iPhone SE Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
27.6
55.1
Value for Money Score
54.6
78.9
Price ₹ 17,988 onwards ₹ 19,199 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9.3, Upgradeable to 12Low likelihood of getting updated to next Apple iOS version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 640x1136 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, Retina Display, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A9 ChipRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
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 Pixels, Live Photos, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto HDR for photos, Exposure control, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, F/2.2 Aperture, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Backside Illumination Sensor, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Auto Image Stabilization, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Improved Noise Reduction, Face Detection, Photo Geotagging, Slo-mo Video Support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, Timelapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization (1080p and 720p), Continuous Auto-Focus Video, Improved Noise Reduction, Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geotagging 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 1.2 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, F/2.4 Aperture, Auto HDR for Photos, Backside Illumination Sensor, Exposure Control, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Face Detection, Timer Mode, Burst 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 7.6 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 113 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1642 mAh 3260 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 240 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: 50 hrs, Video Playback Time:13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (3G): 12 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 13 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 13 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Touch ID; WiFi Calling; NFC; TV Out; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Siri; Spotlight Search; Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified) Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Packs nearly every worthwhile feature (processor, great camera, always-on Siri) from iPhone 6S into a smaller, much more compact 4-inch phone - this a great choice for Apple fans who like smaller phones
  • Super compact and light
  • Currently this is a phone in a class of its own: there is no other phone of such size that's even remotely as powerful
  • Excellent phone for one-handed use
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, glamorous screen with wide viewing angles, superb sunlight legibility
  • The intuitive, efficient and reliable software experience of iOS
  • Excellent, top-shelf performance and reliability across the board
  • Just like the iPhone 6S, the primary camera is superlative, and among the very best cameras put on a phone
  • Excellent battery life (better than any other iPhone to date)
  • Comes with best-in-class earphones
  • The iPhone SE works with all the old iPhone 5/5S cases and accessories, too
  • 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]
  • Misses out on some minor iPhone 6s features, like 3D Touch
  • With the small screen, this is not the best phone for video watching, or web browsing experiences
  • With the small screen, the on-screen keyboard is smaller too, and might be difficult to adjust to, if you are moving from a larger phone to this
  • Loudspeaker is not deep enough
  • Only 16GB of memory may become limiting if you tend to install a lot of apps/games, or store a lot of videos on your phone
  • The front camera is underwhelming at just 1.2MP
  • 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
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  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
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
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  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
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