OPPO Find 7 is an astounding smartphone by the Chinese manufacturer. However, it falls on high-end segment and has less traction from the buyers. We got our hands on with the device and here is our detailed OPPO Find 7 review.
India’s mobile industry is crowded and we are witnessing exponential growth year-on-year. To bring in more competition, leading Chinese smartphone brand OPPO entered India this year with their flagship model N1. After that the company has released 10 smartphones ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000.
Coming to the device we are speaking about today, Find 7 is a bumped version of Find 7a. It carries the same design principles and improved hardware specifications. For all these additional features, is it really worth to buy this phone for Rs.37499/- ? Let’s take a look at it.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad core processor
- 5.5 inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) with 538 PPI screen
- Color OS 1.2 based on Android 4.3 (upgradable)
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB Internal memory, expandable with up to 128GB
- 3000mAh removable battery
- 13MP Rear and 5MP Front Camera
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Connectivity options
Oppo might just be a yet-another Chinese smartphone manufacturer. But, their handsets carry a premium build quality and so there is no doubt about the hardware section of Find 7.
The device we received was kind of made for left-handed use. The power / lock button was on the left hand side and volume rockers on the right. On the top we have 3.5mm headphone jack and on the bottom there is a USB slot for charging and file transfers. The front camera, earpiece and an almost invisible array of sensors sit above the display.
The best part of this device is the removable battery. Although it looks like a moulded piece, due to which the user will have to spend some time in finding the removal of the back panel. Also, there is a slot for SD card which can allow up to 128GB of external card.
Rather than the traditional physical buttons, Find 7 has got capacitive buttons for the navigation.
Powerful processor and more RAM provides a better performance to the gamers while playing high-end games.
BUILD QUALITY / ERGONOMICS
Despite being a plastic body, the metal edge brings in a premium look to the device. The back panel makes the phone low-priced by adopting the look and texture of carbon fiber. It is kind of slippery to hold and a lot of time we did drop the handset.
SOFTWARE /OPERATING SYSTEM
Oppo has its own forked version of Android OS, Color OS. This variant has a lot of features. The list grows bigger and bigger as we describe.
Find 7 is running on Color OS 1.2 which has an Android 4.3 as base. The saddest part of the Oppo is OS updates. They are very much slow in upgrading the OS. Apart from that, the OS carries some uniqueness which we rarely see on other devices.
Oppo has modified the notification panel and turned it into the gesture panel. Sliding down from the top left side, the user will be taken to gesture panel and by drawing some gesture the applications will be activated. The default gestures allow you to draw a circle to open the camera, or a V to turn on the flashlight, for example. You can add your own. For example, a W to open WhatsApp messenger.
The same gesture does work even when the screen is off. Similar to OnePlus One, you can slide two fingers down to play a song, draw an arrow to skip or rewind tracks. Also, double tapping the screen will wake up the device when it’s off.
DISPLAY AND UI
The 5.5-inch “Quad HD” display — that’s 2,560×1,440 pixels, the same as four 720p screens, is bright and brilliant, and usable even under bright sunlight. It carries a higher pixel per inch (538ppi) ratio than the Apple’s Retina Display. So the display looks fabulous. Oppo Find 7 is one of the early phones to carry 2k resolution before LG G3 and others joined the bandwagon.
The Color OS UI is a visual uplift from regular Android. It doesn’t feel heavy and is mostly lag-free. However, the color combination of the stock Color OS looks pale. Adding better HD wallpapers will show the true colors of the beautiful screen.
This is one of our favorite sections and Oppo Find 7 performs very well! The camera has amazing features to beautify your photos with focus and clarity. It comes with a 13MP camera in the back and a 5MP shooter in the front. Both features an f/2.0 aperture which means you’ll be able to capture good low-light shots.
Oppo has added a special Ultra-HD mode, which snaps four pictures and then combines them into a supersize 50-megapixel shot. This works great during the heavy light. Apart from this, Find 7 camera has plenty of options to play with. It also has ability to shoot in RAW mode, which we rarely see on any smartphone.
There is no doubt about the call quality with this device. The other caller can hear your voice clear and crisp. On our end also the audio volume is pretty loud enough hearing the other caller’s voice in crowded places as well. We didn’t face any call drops during the course of our review.
Loud and audible are enough to describe Find 7’s sound clarity. Even at the least volume, the sound is clear enough to be audible in the open space. The loudspeaker on the back side of the phone is very loud and gives out a clear sound.
The Oppo Find 7 packs a 3000mAh battery which comes under low side of the device. Carrying a huge 5.5inch screen and 2k resolution, the device struggles to get through the day on a single charge. If the 3G is on continuously and use the camera now and then, the battery life goes for a toss.
However, one cool thing about the phone is that it has rapid charging. Oppo’s patented Vooc charging system is able to juice up the phone from 0 to 75 percent in just 30 minutes. But you will need to use the Oppo’s adapter which comes with the box and the same doesn’t work when connected to PC.
PERFORMANCE AND BENCHMARKS
Being a high-end device, Oppo Find 7 gives you a high performance. No lag, apps opening and closing takes fractions of a second. We did perform some benchmark tests on this device and it scored pretty well.
It scored 44030 on AnTuTu benchmarking and 22831 on Quadrant. This is similar to the scores of OnePlus One.