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vivo Y16 Long-Term Review: Why it’s still a strong contender this holiday season!

Christmas is around the corner and we Filipinos celebrate it as the longest holiday season in the world. To Filipinos, Christmas season may be many things -- a reunion with friends and families, a break from work, or a ti me to go home to the province.

Filipinos, whatever age they are in, are fond of capturing their memories with new trends coming out such as FB live, TikTok dance challenges, IG reels, etc.

vivo Y16 Long-Term Review

As part of vivo’s “Memory is Priceless” campaign which harps on the importance of keeping and creating more memories, the vivo Y16 is the perfect smartphone to capture treasured memories and do fun virtual activities for the holidays with its massive storage capacity, long-lasting battery power, and trendy design.

Since using it for the past two months, here are the features that I like most about the vivo Y16 and why it is still a strong contender this holiday season:

Massive Storage and Long-Lasting Battery

During our recent out-of-town holiday trip, the memories that I collected with the important people in my life needed an impressive storage capacity so I can keep numerous photos and videos while making room for more. Luckily, one of vivo Y16’s main highlights is its enormous storage capacity of 128GB. There’s also a 64GB variant, but it is best to get the 128GB variant.

vivo Y16 Hardware

It even supports a memory expansion of up to 1TB via a dedicated microSD card slot. Now, you can save all the photos and videos you’ve taken from years ago on your vivo Y16 without the need to delete files for memory space.

In addition to its massive storage, the vivo Y16 has a 5,000mAh battery capacity, which gave me peace of mind during my out-of-town trips and holiday shopping. The vivo Y16 also comes with 18W fast charging and has a 5V/1A reverse charging feature which makes it possible for the device to act as a power bank.

Big Screen and Security

The vivo Y16 comes with a 6.51-inch HD+ IPS display with smart brightness adjustment which filters harmful blue light and minimizes eye strain. Since my usage of the vivo Y16 will be maximized during this holiday season due to gaming and watching videos, it is great that the vivo Y16 has that kind of eye protection.

vivo Y16 Display

In terms of security, the vivo Y16 is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that is embedded in the power button. The side-mounted sensor is a very convenient and quick security feature you can trust.

Ergonomic and Trendy Design

Even after two months of using the device, the composite material and glass-like texture held well against daily wear. Since the trendy design of the vivo Y16 never wanes even after long-term use and when illuminated by the various lights of the holiday vibes, the Drizzling Gold color of my vivo Y16 is a perfect match for this holiday season.

vivo Y16 Ultra-slim Body

The vivo Y16 can also easily fit in one’s pocket (handy), especially for people who are always on the go this holiday season. Thanks to its thickness of 8.19mm, 2.5D curvature, and a right-angled frame.

Reliable Performance

The vivo Y16 comes with 4GB of RAM and supports Extended RAM 2.0 technology that lets you expand your phone's RAM virtually by using the phone's internal storage. Vivo Y16 can make use of 1GB of its internal storage, giving it up to 5GB of total RAM.

The vivo Y16 also comes with Ultra Game Mode and Multi-Turbo 5.5 which prevents lags and stuttering in games through smart allocation and prioritization of CPU and memory even with multiple applications running.

vivo Y16 Gaming

After two months of using the vivo Y16, its performance is still isn’t the snappiest or the most responsive, but it’s still reliable for capturing moments, multitasking during the holiday rush of online shopping, and supporting the various games me and my family can enjoy. Just take note that this isn’t a gaming-focused smartphone so don’t expect too much from it.

Decent Cameras and Picture Support

The vivo Y16 is the perfect smartphone to capture treasured memories this holiday season. The device boasts a dual-camera set-up—consisting of the 13MP F2.2 primary camera with Phase Detection autofocus (PDAF). There's also a 2MP F2.4 macro lens with a 4cm shooting distance.

vivo Y16 Rear Cameras

Quality from the rear cameras under bright lighting conditions is pretty good. However, for low light, the vivo Y16 doesn’t have night mode and is generally a poor performer.

vivo Y16 Camera Interface

Taking selfies when it's dark? No problem. The vivo Y16 5MP F2.2 selfie camera comes with Aura Screen Light that turns on during those dark moments. This feature is very helpful since this holiday season we are always out at night, exploring festive lights and this is also useful during the upcoming simbang gabi.

You may also check out a few sample photos taken by the vivo Y16 below:

Fun Touch OS (Based on Android 12)

The vivo Y16 runs on Funtouch OS 12, based on Android 12 out of the box. Funtouch OS 12 is a seamless, clean, and pretty UI that is easy to navigate.

vivo Y16 Fun Touch OS

Price and Availability

The vivo Y16 is available in two colors: Drizzling Gold and Stellar Black. The device retails for Php8,999 for the 4GB+128GB variant and Php7,999 for the 4GB+64GB. The vivo Y16 can be purchased via vivo’s official website, Lazada, Shopee, TikTok shop, and through vivo’s offline stores and kiosks nationwide.

Paskong La vivo Loca, vivo’s Christmas Giveaway Festival

vivo wishes to continue the Filipino tradition of selfless giving by giving away an exciting slew of promos and freebies courtesy of Paskong La vivo Loca. From November 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023, customers who purchase any of the participating vivo smartphone models earn a chance to play the Christmas Paroleta and Lucky Box Raffle by vivo. Participating vivo models include the vivo Y series favorites Y01, Y02, Y02s, Y15A, Y16, Y22s, and Y35; the night portrait master series vivo V25 Pro, V25, and V25e; and the ZEISS co-engineered, the vivo X80 variant.

My Takeaways

After using it for months and given its price and various competition, the vivo Y16 is still a strong contender with its massive internal storage, 5,000mAh battery capacity, reliable performance, and decent cameras.

If you are going to gift your loved ones with one of the best smartphones in the market this season of giving, capture treasured memories without worrying about running out of space, and do fun virtual activities, you can shortlist this one.

vivo Y16 Specifications

6.51-inch HD+ (720 x 1600) IPS display, 270ppi
MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) processor, 12nm
PowerVR GE8320 GPU
64GB/ 128GB of internal storage (eMMC)
microSD up to 1TB (dedicated slot)
Dual-rear cameras (13MP F2.2 main + 2MP F2.4 macro)
5MP F2.2 front camera
Dual-SIM (nano) / 4G LTE
WiFi 5 / Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C / 3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
Funtouch OS 12 (Android 12)
5,000mAh Battery w/ 18W Fast Charging
163.95 × 75.55 × 8.19mm (dimension)
183g (weight)
Colors: Drizzling Gold and Stellar Black

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