vivo Y33s review: Good in its own right

Just a recently, vivo took the top four spot on global smartphone rankings according to market analyst firm Canalys. That didn’t come to me as a surprise as vivo’s reputation of offering smartphones that give great value for money across different price points is a well known fact.

Even their budget phones don’t disappoint and could easily pummel its competition especially in the camera department. But could that be the case with all of their phones? 

Let’s find out as we look at what vivo brings to us this time with the newest member in their best selling Y Series — the vivo Y33s.

Budget but looks premium 

vivo Y33s

When it comes to more affordable smartphones, manufacturers seem to prioritize other aspects of these devices over the design. And it makes sense since people on tighter budgets would probably be more interested in what the phone could do rather than how it looks. 

My initial impressions with the Y33s are quite different though. It reminded me of vivo’s previous flagship that we’ve reviewed — the vivo X60, with its flat design, the layout of the camera module at the back and the side mounted fingerprint scanner. I must say, this phone is a charming device.

However, the vivo Y33s is predominantly made of plastic and it does feel like one to touch. What scares me is how the plastic back would look in a few months of using it bare without protection as it does look like the type that gets easily scratched.

vivo Y33s

vivo does include a soft jelly case in the package but that actually gets me torn on whether I’d want to enjoy its classy design or preserve its looks.

We still get the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and that is located at the bottom of the phone, along with the USB-C charging port and the speaker grille. 

vivo Y33s

On the right side of the device is the side mounted fingerprint scanner and the volume rocker and up on its top is its SIM tray.

Upgraded screen resolution

vivo Y33s

A comforting addition to the vivo Y33s is the choice of a Full HD+ resolution display. It may not sound as exhilarating as those in higher end phones but most smartphones with similar specs to the Y33s usually land with lesser definition displays so this is already a great upgrade from that.

This IPS display has great viewing angles and has pretty great color reproduction, too. Not exactly what I would call excellent or anything but definitely much more satisfying compared to the common 720p displays from its competition. It does feel a bit soft for my taste and does suffer a bit once you bring it outdoors as I had a bit of a struggle getting clear visibility while I was outside.

vivo Y33s

Overall, I think it’s pretty good. I can easily see this as a great companion for people who ride long commutes to catch up on some Netflix series or even some gaming. I do wish it had at least a 90Hz refresh rate for a bit more of a smoother experience, unfortunately, we’re stuck with 60Hz on this one.

Capable performance under the hood 

The vivo Y33s comes with the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, 8GB + 4GB Extended RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

By now, I’ve gotten used to the performance of this series of Helio chipsets. It’s a great performer in the budget category and quite capable if you’re into games as well.

vivo Y33s

I did try to play a few games like Call of Duty: Mobile and, just how I anticipated it to be, the experience is smooth and enjoyable. Unfortunately, like the other Helio G80 powered smartphones, Call of Duty: Mobile is also capped at medium settings as its highest graphical option.

vivo Y33s

Of course, gaming test won’t be complete without the usual Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Again, as expected, the experience is fluid and satisfying thanks to the added eye candy from the full HD+ screen.

For day-to-day use, the abundance of RAM carries different apps in the background making multitasking a snappy experience.

vivo Y33s

What I did find really annoying though, is the excessive amount of ads present in the device. They’re everywhere. From the notification bar, the browser and even the occasional notification sounds from the bloatwares which happens even at its idle. I couldn’t last a few minutes browsing without being bugged by an ad. These past few days with the Y33s have gotten me a little too updated with Gigi De Lana and Kylie Padilla’s love lives.

Snap during the day, not so much at night 

We all know that vivo is already very well established in the smartphone camera scene. Their flagship line of phones are among the top choices offering some of the best in its class cameras. On their more affordable line of smartphones on the other hand, we can already tell that vivo took notes from their flagship X series.

vivo Y33s

A triple camera setup with a 50 megapixel main shooter along with a 2 megapixel depth sensor plus a 2 megapixel macro sensor is loaded in the Y33s.

With decent lighting, the images this camera captures actually look great. The colors are handled nicely and not overly processed with saturation and sharpening. Capturing a reasonable amount of detail, with some minor tweaking on Snapseed and you’re off creating Instagrammable photos.

Though, the dynamic range and metering of the camera did display some weakness in some of the shots I took. It had the tendency to over expose some parts of some shots and sometimes just incorrectly expose the whole image capturing an overly bright or overly dark output.

Thoughtful interface

Another thing I’d like to commend on this camera is its interface. Being a camera guy that I am, I easily notice smartphones with subpar camera interfaces. Here on the vivo Y33s, they did a great job of porting the similar camera interface they use on their higher end models. It’s smooth and simple to navigate. It even has the Pro mode for manually controlling exposure and other aspects of the camera which usually isn’t present in other lower midrange devices.

Night needs improvement

Meanwhile, despite being marketed as a night camera phone, the night photography aspect on the Y33s is a bit of a depressing story. It was very difficult to get usable footage even at my best attempt to keep still. While it does its job of keeping images clean from digital noise, the shots are so overly processed that it turns images into mush. The images I’m including here are my best shots for the night.

Onto its selfie camera, the 16 megapixel front camera performs fairly well. It produces colors that are quite similar to its main camera which is a good thing especially if you’re posting photo albums on social media. Your set of photos would probably look like it was taken with the same camera.

Battery that lasts longer than expected 

A common trend in the lower end tier is the increasing size of battery capacities being slapped onto these smartphones. Some would even reach 7,000mAh which is just enormous for a phone.

But for me, the actual strength and overall efficiency of the device is what really matters over its rated capacity. The 5,000mAh battery of the Y33s at one point, got me around five hours of screen on time and left me 60 percent capacity remaining which is actually pretty good. On average usage, there’s not a doubt this could reach two days or more on a single charge.

vivo Y33s

For its charging, the supplied 18W charger took exactly two hours and six minutes to fully charge the Y33s from empty, which I could say is pretty standard for its rated battery capacity.

Is the vivo Y33s your GadgetMatch?

vivo Y33s

At its official price, people who are comparing hardware specs and looking for a capable gaming phone might get turned off with the choice of processor vivo went with on the Y33s.

To be honest, I was one who initially said to myself that it seemed overpriced for a Helio G80 powered phone.

However, after I thoroughly tested the device, I can say there are still things that are likeable with the vivo Y33s. The premium looking design, side mounted fingerprint scanner, strong battery life, full HD+ display and its decent daytime camera, is really what sets it apart from its similarly priced counterparts. It’s a lower midrange phone with some entry level specs.

vivo Y33s

So to be clear, I think vivo is targeting this device for people who want to feel a bit of an upgrade from the usual budget phone. and if that happens to be you, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

And about the ads… I suggest uninstalling everything and only installing what you need. It might just save your sanity.

The vivo Y33s retails at PhP 12,999 and is available in Midday Dream and Midnight Black color variants.

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