Oppo R7 Review, Wow Factor At Its Best

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Remember the Oppo R5? It was the thinnest smartphone in the world at some point and now has a successor through the recently released Oppo R7. This smartphone is not aiming for a supermodel title, like its predecessor, but brings a neat package of features aimed for pleasing a wide range of customers that would buy a capable, slim and hot looking device. Inside its package of features, we can count a gorgeous 5 inches display, dual-SIM support, a microSD card slot (which was missing from the R5), a 13 MP primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one and more. If you’re feeling curious about it, follow the next review and find out more details about what’s under the Oppo R7’s hood.

Inside its retail box, the handset comes with a VOOC fast charger that has an output of 4A, an USB cable for making data connections and re-charging the device (it holds extra pins for the fast charging), a pair of headphones and a transparent protection case. The smartphone also comes with a screen protector applied.

Let’s check out its design. The Oppo R7 stands at 143 x 71 x 6.3 mm and has a weight of 147 grams, which is quite reasonable, considering the fact that it carries a 5-inch screen and features a metallic body. Speaking of which, the handset is made from a magnesium & aluminum alloy and has only two plastic strips on the back for enabling the antennas to work. Its smooth rear finish is really elegant and pleasant to the touch, not to mention extremely good looking. Besides having a premium appearance and finish, the handset also feels pretty solid too, which is another plus to the whole design package.

The Oppo R7 comes packed with a 5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 445 ppi and Corning’s Gorilla Glass for protection. The screen does an excellent job and provides you with a beautiful image quality which consists in vibrant colors, good contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very decent.

Let’s jump to the software department. The Oppo R7 is loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, which has been heavily customized by the company with their proprietary Color OS 2.1. It might seem disappointing that the handset doesn’t come with Lollipop on board, but Oppo is working for an update, so we should expect to see it soon.
The lockscreen is kept pretty simple and is unlocked with an upward swipe. You can add protection by PIN, password or pattern unlocking, if you feel that’s necessary.  A swipe from the left brings up a widget, while a swipe from the right accesses the camera. If you hold the Home button, you can turn on the flashlight.
Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which features support for folders, widgets, wallpapers, themes or effects. Lacking an App drawer, your applications appear on the homescreens and can be uninstalled directly from here.
The notification area holds some quick toggles, a brightness slider, a settings key, a key for dismissing all apps and, last but not least, your notifications.
The Oppo R7 features support for off-screen gestures, enabling you to control your music player with certain swipes, access the camera by drawing a circle or launch apps by setting up different gestures.
The on-screen gestures allow you to launch the camera by pinching the screen with several fingers, take screenshots by swiping with three fingers or adjust the volume by sliding up or down with two fingers. The handset also features Motion options, enabling you to mute the ringer by flipping the phone, answer a call or switch from speaker to receiver by approaching the handset to your ear.
The One hand mode enhances the access with one hand by minimizing the interface.

When it comes to hardware, the Oppo R7 comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 3 G of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 128 GB which uses the secondary SIM slot.
The handset is a good performer and won’t ever let you down, handling daily tasks with ease, but it will feel overwhelmed if you abuse it with the latest 3D games.

The Oppo R7 uses a 13 MP camera for taking photos and will produce stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and is helped in low light conditions by a single LED flash. The sensor and lens have been upgraded since the Oppo R5, so the R7 now holds a Samsung ISOCELL sensor and a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. The camera application reveals support for RAW and UltraHD modes, the latter delivering 24 or 50 MP pictures. The Expert mode offers access to manual settings for adjusting the ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, focus or shutter speed. The images produced offer a good quality, with accurate colors and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is able to produce some pleasant 1080p videos @ 30 fps. Also on board is an 8 MP front-facing camera for taking some great selfies or just making video calls.

Some other useful applications and features that come inside the Oppo R7 package are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Chrome and the Oppo browser for surfing the web, the WPS Office for handling document files, some great audio and video players and more.

The Oppo R7 relies on a 2,320 mAh battery and will last for two days under a moderate usage.

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