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Here is my take on Vivo after using their X5Max & V1 smartphones:

1) You should only buy a vivo if you are a music aficionado. You love high quality music that comes is huge uncompressed FLAC files & compressed 320 kbps MP3. Then also you should better stay away from V1 as it does not support FLAC files. Better buy the best music phone in the world X5Max which supports all audio file formats known to man.

2) I can find in many posts people complain about the absurdly high price of Vivo handsets over their other Chinese competitors in India. But there is a marketing logic behind it. You see in order to sustain and survive in the cut throat competition in mobile market, as a company you can market your products in two ways, online or offline. Either you gun for maximum market share on the very entry by delivering a quality product to the end customer at minimum profit margin and taking help from a reputed and established online sales channel like Flipkart or Amazon. Here there are no middle man like distributors and dealers to compound their profits and increase the final selling price. The truth is with the online retail boom in India we are now habituated in receiving smartphones as a direct sale from the company at absurdly low price. Leneovo, Xiaomi & Letv to name a few follow this direct sales path and are successful.

The other way is not to give too much importance to online business and better focus on offline business by creating an offline sales channel infrastructure which initially costs a lot on money to the manufacturers. Frankly in India with only a minority of the population having access to the internet, the offline business through distributors and dealers offer a much higher potential of market share on a long run than online. Samsung, LG, HTC to name a few follow this path and so does Vivo. Vivo does offer their mobile phones at a very competitive price to their distributors rather than us, so compounding the profit margin made by distributors and dealers we end up with Vivo phones at almost twice the price of an online purchase. Take the example of much superior Lenovo K4 Note selling online at almost half the price of Vivo V1Max which is selling offline. We know the performance difference between these two models and we will always curse Vivo and always go for Lenovo or a LeTv. But what about those people who have no access to internet? They will end up buying a vivo. Also because the high profit margin provided by vivo to their dealers, they will take extra effort to convince and sell vivo products to the offline end customers.

In short run, you will find Letv to have over 2 lakh registrations of their Le 1s model on the initial two days only over flipkart, while vivo have only sold slightly over 3 lakh phones in India in their first seven months with all models combined. But 5 years down the line just like Samsung or LG, they will be more well known than Letv in India and sell more phones just like Samsung & LG. So as a company it is about either attaining short term success or a long term success. Mind you as a manufacturer you can be successful in both ways.

I as an end customers and in having access to internet, will better avoid vivo phones and gun for other options from Lenovo or LeTv if music is not my priority. Saying that an LeTv Le1s will have equal sound quality of a V1Max at a much lower price.

3) Till now their no smartphone in the world that can rival X5Max in terms of sound quality and headphone volume output except for Meizu MX5 Pro and Lenovo Vibe X3.

  • suresh

vivo v1 i am using, software problem and service center very poor.very wast mobile

  • chawseng

How can i make direct video call from vivo v1

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 01 Dec 2015I'm going to buy this mobile , could anyone tell , whether it is... moreIts awsome phone just superb

  • Bharath

Very very worest phone.. After one its toooooooooooooooooooo much slow.. to dial its taking 2mins 46 secs.. your self can decide how much worest...

  • Shivam

parvez, 23 Jan 2016the v1 smartphone doesnt support OTG No it is not otg support butit is 128 gb extend suport

  • Vrujesh

khushi, 23 Jan 2016in vivo v1, can we use two sim card along with sd card? does thi... moreYes there is a separate SD card slot available..

  • khushi

in vivo v1, can we use two sim card along with sd card? does this phone have separate slot for sd card ?

  • khushi

in vivo v1, can we use two sim card along with sd card? does this phone have separate slot for sd card ?

  • parvez

the v1 smartphone doesnt support OTG

  • Anonymous

AnonD-482060, 29 Dec 2015 Plz friends help me..... I use this phone last 15 days I do... moreAdd what's app in white list :-) , relax its feature of vivo

  • Anonymous

The power full sexy phone vivo v1 , I use to play heavy games , never hangs , sam J5 is worst I have used dat mobile , if you play candy crush in j5 it hangs

  • vicky

AP, 13 Jan 2016Hi Guys, I am Confused in Between HTC Desire 728G Vs V1... Wh... morevivo is the best mobile angist htc

  • shaik

AP, 13 Jan 2016Hi Guys, I am Confused in Between HTC Desire 728G Vs V1... Wh... moreVivo is super

  • amithab

vinay, 19 Jan 2016mobile is good. but back color quality is very bad.very lezy pis vivo v1 so bad

  • vinay

mobile is good. but back color quality is very bad.

  • Raj

I am using vivo v1 for past six months, honestly saying vivo is a good phone working fine without any hangging and heating issues. But still price tags are high compared to other brands with same specifications.

  • Anonymous

AP, 13 Jan 2016Hi Guys, I am Confused in Between HTC Desire 728G Vs V1... Wh... moreBuy Moto G3 2GB RAM Rs 10999 or Samsung galaxy j5.Avoid costly chinese brand like VIVO and OPPO.

  • sandy

love vivo phones i am useing three in my home y11 y 28 and v1 its working good phones

  • sami

AP, 13 Jan 2016Hi Guys, I am Confused in Between HTC Desire 728G Vs V1... Wh... moreVivo v1 is the best model...
Cam clarity super.....
And features is amazing ....