My wife recently decided to print out a hundred or so of the best photographs we've taken with our smartphones over the years. Looking at them, I've noticed something interesting: More than half of them were selfies.
It's hardly surprising. Rear cameras are great for taking photos of sunsets, but for those family moments you really want to remember, a selfie makes more sense. So why are rear cameras on phones vastly better than the selfie cameras?
China's Vivo, a top five smartphone manufacturer but not very well known outside of its home market, reverses this situation completely with its Vivo 7+ phone. This smartphone has a 16-megapixel shooter on the back, and a vastly better, 24-megapixel camera on the front.
I've spent about two weeks with the Vivo 7+ to see whether this configuration makes any sense, and while the answer isn't as simple as you might think, I can tell you one thing: I took a ton of great selfies in the process.
I'm not going to go into many details on the Vivo 7+ outside of camera performance. It's a good, if cheap (about $338), midrange Android phone with a somewhat paltry Snapdragon 450 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It has a 6-inch, 1,440 x 720-pixel LCD screen, a 3,225mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. I used the phone mostly to take photos, and the cameras were surprisingly snappy, which was a pleasant surprise.
It ships with Android 7.1.2 and a fair amount of bloatware on top, some of which you can thankfully remove. The Funtouch OS that Vivo 7+ runs on top of Android is mostly an iOS ripoff, complete with the lack of app drawer, but I've gotten used to it fairly quickly.
The variant I've tested was matte black (you can also get it in champagne gold color), and with relatively small bezels all around (not as small as on, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but not as big as on the Pixel 2), it looks pretty good. The plastic body and the antenna lines on top and bottom, however, cheapen the look a bit.