New Vernee Apollo Review [4k]: The Actual Flagship not the Lite! VR ready as well!

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Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.

Hey guys, what’s up Zi here and I have thelong awaited Vernee Apollo in my hands.

It was officially announced in march of 2016and was finally released at the end of December, but after a long wait, here we have it Vernee’sflagship, the Vernee Apollo.

So according to Vernee this phone is completelyVR ready with a VR headset already in the box and a 2k resolution screen.

  The rest of the specs are surprisingly closeto the Vernee Apollo Lite, it has the Helio X25 which is basically an overclocked HelioX20, the same amount of RAM and the same battery size.

The only differences are the screen, bettercamera and that’s it.

It also costs $300, about $50 more than theLite version but the Lite version has been discounted as low as $180 which is a reallygood deal.

That being said though, lets see if its worthit.

  The Vernee Apollo is absolutely beautifuland incredibly well made.

I don’t really know where they got theirexpertise from but the Apollo is actually as well made as the HTC10 which is absolutelymindblowing for such a young company.

A few days ago I spent a few minutes juststaring at the back of the phone admiring the metal, the perfect chamfers.

Phone is matte metal as well so it doesn’tslip out of your hands and the colour is awesome as well, some sort of gray, space, slate somethinglike that.

  Its also a big phone, slightly larger thanthe Redmi Note 4 but it doesn’t feel that way because of the curves on the back.

You get a pretty big bottom lip which I wouldbe ok with if there were capacitive buttons but there are none, just one screen buttonswhich is a huge waste of space.

  Flip the phone around to the back and my firstdislike, the camera module sticks out.

There camera is surrounded by a thin metalband which does protect the glass itself, but still its way too vulnerable.

That being said though the camera stickingout does make the phone look nicer in my opinion because it gives the phone some depth.

You also get the nice thin antenna bands thatadd to the beauty of the phone.

Overall I absolutely love the build qualityof this phone, its definitely one of the best if not the best build ive tested so far.

  So the display is far more controversial.

The screen is an LTPS panel with a resolutionof 2560×1440, 2k.

I know many people will be happy with sucha high resolution but I personally am not.

Sure you need high res displays so VR lookbetter, but at what cost, battery life takes a hit.

That being said though, the screen does looksharper than 1080p but its actually harder to tell than you think.

The colours are good and contrast is quitehigh as well.

the max brightness goes to 500 nits so thescreen is easy to see in sunlight but thereare brighter displays out there.

There is also gorilla glass 3 as well.

When you use the phone in the VR headset,you start seeing why Vernee put a 2k screen in here, because it’s a lot harder to seethe pixels.

I still don’t agree with 2k displays oncell phones, but Vernee did put a good quality one in here.

  The audio here is slightly above average,volume is about average it doesn’t really impress anyone, but quality is definitelyslightly above average, you still don’t get a lot of bass, but where there is improvementis the clarity.

Audio is slightly crisper than in other phones.

Its also only downward firing, which kindof breaks immersion because the sound is clearly coming from the left all the time.

  So battery life here is most likely not verygood, especially when you only have a 3180mAh battery powering a 2k display and the heliox25 which is nothing more than an overclocked helio x20.

So battery life did manage to surprise meslightly, I was expecting 3 hours of screen on time which would be quite bad but the phonemanaged 4 hours of screen on time before dying.

This was web browsing, some short VR sessionsand regular social media as well.

heavy users will definitely have a problemgoing through 1 day, medium users most likely will be fine and light users are definitelyok.

You also have mediatek’s pumpexpress quickchargingas well.

  We have completely stock android 6.

0 marshmallowwith no bloatware at all, not even some google stuff.

You do have the all important play store thoughso that sfine.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly accuratewhen your fingers are dry, but when they get even slightly sweaty you start getting a lotof mistakes.

The sensor speed is also quite fast, but onlywhen it works.

Sometimes it takes 2 seconds to unlock whichis not acceptable.

This is most likely software issues so hopefullyVernee fixes it asap.

  Performance wise the Vernee Apollo launchesapps very fast, definitely faster than the UMi Plus E about on par with the Redmi Note4 which also used the Helio X20 so no compalinst there.

However it can multitask better than the RedmiNote 4 because it has extra RAM and its not using MIUI which hogs RAM like no tomorrow,it also multitasks just as well as the UMi Plus E.

I played a couple of games to testout its gaming chops, NOVA the shooter, I then tried out Asphalt Extreme the drivinggame and then mortal kombat x and they all ran very well, so no issues there.

I also got an Antutu score of about 90000,great score but still behind quite a few snapdragons.

  Connectivity is ok, nothing spectacular, receptionis ok, but for some reason I get don’t get lte reception in my basement where I do withmy z2 plus and my dad’s iphone which is strange.

Everyhwere else is the same.

Gps is a little jumpy, but not enough to confuseme while driving or walking.

Wifi and Bluetooth works fine.

  So the camera is what impressed me the most.

Chinese cameras are usually crap comparedto big brands, but there are some chinese phones by companies like Xiaomi or Huaweithat are a lot closer to big brands than usual chinese phones.

     and this camera isas good as the Redmi Note 4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

     And this camera is better than the Redmi Note4 which isn’t easy to accomplish.

Daylight shots are great but that’s notdifficult, but where it really shines compared to many chinese phones is medium light, solike overcast, cloudy days, which is pretty much every day in England I assume.

It still doesn’t match up to iphones orgalaxies in medium light, but the gap is a lot smaller than what I expected.

Low light shots also doesn’t suck as badas other phones, and one of the reasons is because they used a 21mp camera.

The front camera takes some decent shots becauseits 8mp as well.

The phone also takes some pretty crispy 4Kvideo, almost as crispy as my z2 plus, but still loses to iphones an dgalaxies.

I’m very impressed with the camera, andfor once, the camera is not the weakest part of this phone.

  So moving on to a special section for thisphone only and that is VR.

A VR headset is incuded with every VerneeApollo and the headset is actually quite well made, it’s a combination of plastic andrubber and isn’t half bad.

But what is bad is that there is no includedsoftware to calibrate the vr headset, yes I understand this vr headset was custom madefor the verne Apollo, but giving us lens adjusters just isn’t enough.

It also isn’t compatible with google cardboard’ssetup either.

The vr headset is also not glasses friendly,but not many vr headsets are.

If you have below a -6 prescription you shouldbe able to use the vr headset without glasses, just move the facemask closer to the phonelike so.

So for me the vr headset didn’t work veryoften, I could see the middle divider because of my glasses, but when it does work it ispretty awesome.

  So to conclude this review, I definitely havea lot of things I love and some things I hate.

The weakest link is surprisingly not the camerawhich this time is one of the strong points, but it’s the battery.

Its pretty much enough for medium and lightusers only, heavy users need to charge.

But Vernee actually made this phone betterthan the Redmi note 4 in every way except for the battery, and the price of course.

Obviously if you want value for money theRedmi note 4 is the better choice no question since it’s a lot cheaper, but if you haveyour heart set on the Vernee Apollo, make sure you consider the Vernee Apollo lite becauseapart from the camera and 2k screen for VR, its very similar.

I have links for both these phones down below,and let me know which one you ended up choosing.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to likeand subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one.