Gone are the days when OPPO used to be a struggling smartphone brand in Pakistan and other countries. For the past few days, the company has harbored a rather larger fanbase across many markets including Europe where the company debuted with its recent flagship, the Oppo Find X.
F series has been one of the most successful phones the company has capitalized on. OPPO F7 is one of the midrange devices in the series that’s been very popular due to its amazing pricing and facilitating features but as they say that perfection is an illusion, so the phone also has some drawbacks along with its great features.
Let’s take a quick look at the good and the bad things about OPPO F7.
Since it’s a 2018 device, we expect it to follow the same design standards that compliment the latest design trends, and the phone fulfills our expectations. It comes with a stylish and sleek design with a glossy look on the back and a rounded frame to fit perfectly in the hand.
The phone hosts a 6.2-inch display molded into a 19:9 aspect ratio which is much easier to handle and play with despite big size. A notch is also there that is much smaller in size than the iPhone’s notch and gives the phone a premium look.
In terms of performance, the phone packs in MediaTek Helio p60 which is an octa-core processor tagged with 4GB of RAM for the base version so you don’t have to worry about the phone lagging and stuttering.
The gaming and multitasking performance on this phone exceeds our expectations. There is also a higher version with 6GB of RAM which is even more snappy than the base version.
AI Selfie Camera
Labeling itself a “Selfie Expert”, OPPO has always provided great selfie cameras on its phones and the F7 is no different. It comes with a 25 MP AI enabled selfie camera loaded with a plethora of features, some of which you will not find in most of the phones, like the HDR mode.
Other than that, modes like AR stickers, time-lapse video, depth effect, and panorama come pre-installed in the camera app which gives you an array of options to tweak your selfies with effects and AI filters.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OPPO F7 uses Gorilla Glass 5, which is a hardened glass from Corning, to protect the display. At the time of the launch of the phone, it was the latest version of Gorilla Glass. It’s also scratch resistant.
Among other exciting features, Oppo F7 provides enough to satiate your multitasking needs. With a 4GB RAM, the phone always has ample free RAM for smooth multitasking. Moreover, useful shortcuts and tweaks make it easier for the user to switch between apps.
Besides the split screen, the phone also offers a full-screen multitasking mode. When in landscape mode, you can simply swipe inwards from the edge of the notched area to bring up quick access bar in place. You can also customize it and place apps of your choice there.
One of the major factors that add to the look of the phone is building material. Though the OPPO F7 back panel has a glossy finish since it’s made out of plastic, it gives somewhat a cheap look.
When compared with a phone with a glass body like the Huawei P20 Lite, the Shimmer of the F7 dims down. The company should have included a glass body in this price range.
Single Rear Camera
This is where the device disappointed us the most. A 2018 mid-range phone with a single main camera? Seriously?!! Where phones like the Huawei P20 Lite and the Honor 9 Lite excel in photography in their respective categories, Oppo F7 lags behind.
Due to the lack of a dual camera setup, the handset fails to capture accurate portraits and blurs out the subject outline and fails to capture extensive detail as well. Seems like the manufacturers have solely focused on the selfie camera leaving out the rear snapper.
Although the phone packs a 3400mAh battery and is expected to perform well, that’s not the case. Though in an ideal environment, i.e. indoors with controlled temperature, the battery performs alright but turns into a nightmare once the phone warms up a bit, it eats up the battery at an astonishing speed.
For comparison, we performed the same battery tests in the same environment on OPPO F7 and Huawei P20 Lite and the F7 consumed 26% battery while the P20 Lite consumed 20%. Moreover, the handset doesn’t support the company’s industry-leading VOOC fast charging so keep more than 2 hours on your disposal to charge the phone.
Poor Notch Optimization
It seems that the company forgot to optimize the notch according to the content on the screen. While playing a game or watching a movie, the notch intervened and cut down a part of the content playing on the screen.
This is what made our experience, regarding the media and visual content consumption, worse on the OPPO F7.
Like all the other manufacturers, OPPO also has its own skin over the android called Color OS. While this may be entirely subjective, we found the software specifically cluttered and very unfriendly.
Finding any specific option within the settings becomes a nuisance since there are options within options and require too many taps hence hindering easy access. OPPO should take notes from Huawei’s EMUI on how to refine the OS.