Oppo F1, Beauty on a Budget!

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The Oppo F1 comes with a pretty cool name, which sounds sporty and cool. You know, F1 usually stands for Formula 1, which means adrenaline,high tech, awesome cars and tremendous speed; however, even if it’s not F1 related, this smartphone deserves some attention, to say the least, and not because of its name.

No, the Oppo F1 it’s not the “official” droid in Formula 1, the 2016 season , sorry to burst your bubble folks. And it’s not a high-end mega-expensive, state of the art performer either.

Actually, it’s pretty far from it, being an exercise in changing the company’s fundamentals and, who knows, maybe its philosophy all together.

Oppo is a relatively unknown company in the Western world, kind of a curiosity to tell you the truth, and the F1 plays in the mid-range category, boasting a cool design and a very decent price tag.

Oh no, you said, not another teen movie? Strike that, not another mid-range droid? I mean, there’s like a plethora of droids on the market, why buy an Oppo F1 instead of a, I don’t know, a Nexus?

Well, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind. Translated into the parlance of our times, if you don’t want to blow your money away on expensive smartphones from “reputable” (pun intended) companies, Oppo offers you a cheaper solution which does all the other smartphones do, but without all the bells and whistles and marketing and…yeah, the hefty price tag.

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Oppo F1 is a pretty cheap fella, an excellent choice for us, chickens, who have a tight budget but we’re “fashion conscious” and yet, oh so practical.

What in God’s name am I blathering about, you asked? Well, stick with me and I’ll tell you everything there is to know about this baby, right after the break!

Let’s begin with the basics: who is  Oppo F1?

Basically, what we’re dealing with here is a beautiful Android running smartphone, with a chassis built entirely from metal and featuring an unibody design, just like the best out there.

A very nice looking piece of gear, I’ll give it that, and provided the price tag of approximately $250 (contract free), I can safely assume that it’s pretty okay.

But what makes it different from the others, except for the looks and the relatively cheap price tag? Well, the F1 is a selfie-monster, offering you an absolutely outstanding selfie-experience, if you’re into that obviously. That’s due to the highly-unusual front-camera, an eight megapixels snapper featuring an aperture of f/2.0. Highly unusual, isn’t it folks?

Hence, this is a fashion conscious droid, both in terms of design and capabilities, deliberately built and designed to satisfy the ubiquitous vanity which imbibes the fabric of our modern day society. I know, it sounds pretty deep and philosophical, but I’m getting tired of people posting pictures with themselves, their dinners, their cats and what not.

Ranting aside, the Oppo F1 is an absolute Selfie Expert, and if you want to make all your Facebook friends green with envy, well, look no further, this is the smartphone of your dreams, and then some.

Besides a high quality front-facing camera, the F1 offers a metal body (I think I already told you about that), a hybrid dual SIM or Micro SD slot, a five inches wide display featuring HD resolution 720p and a respectable 294 pixels per inch density, 16 GB of internal memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 system on chip with 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixels (main) camera and a 2500 mAh battery.

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As you can see for yourself, the tech platform is pretty average and there’s nothing to write home about.

However, the built quality is pretty good and the display shines for a 2013 smartphone. I mean, we’re in 2016, for $250 you should expect a full HD unit, right?

Oppo sais no, you’ll get stuck with 720p. Even if this is not a deal breaker, the quality of the panel might be. I could live with a 720p if the image quality would be awesome, but unfortunately, the Oppo F1 disappoints in this regard. Massively, as my cat used to say before I neutered it.

Battery wise, the phone will last you for approximately 2 days on a full charge or 12 hours of talk-time.

The performance is where it should be, given the tech platform, i.e. the F1 behaves as a mid-range droid should, running on an eight-core CPU, clocked at 1.7 Ghz, Cortex A-53 and all that. The Android experience is there in all its grandeur and beauty, and the smartphone moves seamlessly between applications and (not very demanding) games.

The camera though is a completely different thing, as this baby is built around it (them actually).

The main 13 MP shooter features phase detection autofocus and Oppo worked hard for delivering all sorts of software gizmos, effects and novelties to keep you busy. And I was pleasantly impressed by the quality of the pictures, especially given the price tag of this phone.

In conclusion, if you’re on the prowl for a metal-made droid with high-end looks, mid-range prices (and performance) and a Hell of a camera, the Oppo F1 may be the one, who knows…just take it for a test drive.

 

 

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