Oppo Find 7a Review

Introduction

In the world of smartphones, "OPPO" is a little known China-based brand which is producing devices much better than you may possibly think. In earlier days when we think of buying a new phone, the name "OPPO" probably doesn't come to mind. But now when we talk about flagships or which one to buy next, one name that keeps sprouting up alongside HTC, LG, SONY and Samsung is OPPO.



Back in 2004 company has commenced, and since then its best known for producing high quality Blu-Ray players and various other consumer electronics products. Last year with the launch of Oppo Finder company dabbled its steps into the smartphone market. Company's intense strategy of building and selling high-end devices is simply remarkable. Last year company came across with the Oppo Find 5-the flagship phone that really put otherwise imprecise company on the front. 

Earlier this year in March Oppo launched 2 otherwise identical flagships- Find 7, and the Find 7a that we have in our hand. Lately, we got our hands over the smartphone. We have used and tested it properly and now we are all set for its review. Below are the Key Features of Oppo Find 7a:

Key Features:


  • 5.5-inches 16M-color 1080 x 1920 pixels IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (with 401ppi)
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
  • 2.3GHz Quad-core,Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset, Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13MP autofocus camera, dual-LED flash(4160x3120 pixels resolution)
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • 3000 mAh of battery
In the box:
  • Oppo Find 7a 
  • 4.5A wall charger with support for VOOC rapid charging
  • microUSB cable
  • User Guide
  • Earphones

                                                                

Design



If nothing else, Oppo has always been refered as a company which produces smartphones with aggressive and ergonomic design.Now with its new device Oppo Find 7a company has enhanced that feeling-now we have clear-cut lines the solid construction, pleasantly-textured back panel and an overall simplistic design that certainly appeals to the eye.

Undoubtedly, the device is made of polycarbonate material, though the power button, volume rocker and even the camera ring, do add to the overall stunning and strong construction of the phone.


The back shell is made of some plastic material, has an intricate mesh texture to it. The overall design of the phone is very decent, we're really impressed with it.

The measurement of the Oppo Find 7a are 152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm and comes in at 170g. Its sad that the find 7a is notably bigger than HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

The front area is mostly covered by the 5.5-inches screen and at the bottom there are set of capacitive navigation keys and and an inconspicuous rainbow-shaped LED notification light. 

Talking about physical buttons, on the left we have the power/standby button and on the right side of the frame we have the volume rocker. There's also a 5.0MP front-facing camera located right to the chrome earpiece. On the back side there's a 13.0MP rear camera with dual-LED flash(4160x3120 pixels resolution) and a speaker grilled at the bottom  of the back shell.




The top edge houses a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom edge has a microUSB port which can be used either for charging or connecting the phone to the computer. Its very easy to remove the back shell of Oppo Find 7a, you just have to peel it with your nails. When you'll remove its back shell you'll see a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery, which should offer at least a day of moderate usage. We are really impressed with the battery life of this handset.

Display

Coming to display Oppo Find 7a features a stunning 5.5-inches 16M-color IPS LCD panel (1080 x 1920 pixels resolution) with capactive touch-screen, equalling a density of 401ppi. Well this ensures a crisp viewing angle's, but if you are a mobile geek than you will quickly catch the differences in some areas.

The overall screen of Oppo Find 7a is decent but it doesn't work much well in outdoors with the sun shining over your shoulder.In those scenarios, you will face problem to make out the screen easily.

Performance

Powering the Oppo Find 7a at the software end is company's own ColorOS based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the board. It packs all the modern day smartphone features,like double tap to wake and put the screen to sleep with same gesture. It's not the first time we have seen this feature, manufacturers like LG have already use this feature. So, it's not a new thing but yeah its good to see that Oppo is joining up with the BIG name manufacturers.

There are also some inclusions of gestures- 2 of which are default and are off screen gestures. The first one is the shortcut to camera (just draw an 'O') and the other one is for flashlight (draw an 'V'), moreover you can also create your own gestures and define their behavior. There are set of themes available right through the built-in apps, so you have the option to customize your home screen and lock screen the way you like. 

Now considering the Find 7a on the performance end, It packs a 2.3GHz Quad-core,Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM under the hood, neither games nor apps gonna slow down the phone, it powers through everything quite easily. You will get 16GB of built-in storage which is expandable via microSD card upto 
128GB.

There's no lagging problem as there's latest Android operating system on the board which delivers really a good performance. 

Camera

On the back side of the phone you will see a 13MP snapper with autofocus and dual-LED flash(4160x3120 pixels resolution, f/2.0 aperture). The first thing we did after unboxing the phone was to test the camera capability of 7a out in the wild. The camera is truly right there in the top most league.

The camera UI is very simple, but we are satisfied with that. You'll get all the usual shooting modes including: touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, Raw mode and moreover there's also a HD picture mode which creates  massive 50MP snaps. 

This is something which caught our attention, for taking snaps in HD mode you just have to simply click the shutter button, then wait for 4 to 5 seconds until the snap has been processed. And you get a 50MP image with greater details, it's little bit slower so we recommend you not to use it for every picture.

The camera of the phone works really well in dark-light conditions, unlike the other flagship rivals and that is a big plus for Find 7a. There's also a 5.0MP front-facing camera located right to the chrome earpiece which is capable of taking some decent images (selfies). The camera of the Find 7a is capable of taking video clips at 1080p resolution. Moreover you can also take slow-motion clips at 720p.

Sample Pictures:





Battery Life

When you'll remove its back shell you'll see a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery, which should offer at least a day of moderate usage. We are really impressed with the battery life of this handset.

But the phone doesn't quite handle the standby period, and in night it drops around 10-15% of the battery. This issue is resolve by the Rapid Charger. It's larger than normal wall-charger thus provides an output current of 4.5 Amperes. 

Normal wall-charger output currents are around 1 to 1.5 Amperes which in comparison to Oppo Find 7a is very less. We took tests with the Rapid Charger and the results are really very impressive. With every 30 second the phone whoops 1% of battery.


Pros:


  • Aggressive and ergonomic design
  • 5.5-inches 1080p IPS panel
  • Rapid Charging
  • 13MP auto focus camera with dual-LED flash
  • NFC

Cons:

  • Phone's battery doesn't provide good standby time
  • Software Issues
  • Issues with network connectivity

Verdict

At the end we will say the Find 7a has it all- an attractive design, 5.5-inches 1080p IPS LCD panel, 13MP rear snapper with dual-LED flash and a 2.3GHx quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and all this comes in at $499. 

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Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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