Sunday, March 13, 2016

OPPO R7 - Review


I haven't told anyone I got myself a new smartphone, but.. yeah, I got myself a OPPO R7.
I hesitated a lot with a Samsung Galaxy S6, I wanted it so so bad but it was twice the price of the R7.
The thing that convinced me at the end is that OPPO R7 has got 16GB of memory and you can add an SD card.

I'm only doing my review now because I thought I ought to try out the phone for a while and see if some rumors are true and how good/bad the phone is. I got it for 3 months now.


(damn, I just saw that the box cover is upside down, haha)


BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU OPEN THE BOX!

The smartphone is really on the edge of the box. Mine slipped when I opened the box, I almost had a heart attack thinking that I broke it even though I just got it. 
The box is really tight, make sure that you'll open it on the table or on something else and not just standing or tilting the box thinking it's ok.




Included with the phone : 
- Earphones   
- USB adapter
- USB cable   
+ a phone case


Basically, there's an opening just like for the Iphone.
You can either put a SIM card + SD card or 2 SIM cards.



Now talking about the phone itself, here's a screenshot directly from OPPO's official site:



As you can see, it's a good phone and nearly as good as any expensive android or Iphone on the market but for half the price of it. R7 is sold for about $370-80 if I'm not wrong?


Someone we know was actually in China at that moment and he could bring it for us, so we asked him to buy it directly there. I am not gonna lie, it was a bit cheaper, lol.
Surprise not a surprise, when the phone came, it was full chinese, plus, the Oppo app store only allowed me to download chinese apps, no social networks such as FB, Instagram etc. 

First, fear not! You can switch it to english!  Ok, deal.
Secondly, how to get Play Store?! This was though, I tried to find a solution on internet, it was hell, so I was so pissed with this phone, I was ready to throw it... then.. BINGO.

I found the solution: 
Go to Files, look for this APKs folder, download it. You're supposed to be good once you have done that. 

Mine is currently empty. Honnestly.. don't ask me why, I don't know, maybe because I already downloaded everything, this is actually a freshly took screenshot, I did that 3 months ago, I don't remember. :'))


Some questions you might ask yourself:

- Is it true that if you charge it for 5 minute you can use it for 2 hours?
 Uhm, I did not charged it for exactly 5 minute but yes, actually it's true that if you charge it for 5-10 minute, you can use it for a while, unless you go on the internet etc. which is consuming a lot of battery. The battery is really good, I basically don't even need to charge it during the day and still have 30~40% left at the end of the day! O_O 
This mind blow me everyday, I used to charge my old phone during the day, carrying a power bank like a lot of people but now I don't need it!


- Is the camera good?
..Very good. My friend used to make fun of my old phone because if I tried to zoom my pictures, it ended up being very blurry and ugly. Now I'm proud to say that the pictures taken by my phone's camera is almost as good as the one taken by her Samsung Note 4. HAHA!

Here's some samples:

front camera




- Are most of the apps available?
Yes, if you get Play Store that's it. lol  Basically, it's like any android out there. 



Overall  

This is a good phone with a great price. 
The + about this phone is the SD slot, which is extra nice if you don't want to loose your data if something happen to your phone. I know that Apple users have ICloud or something similar to stock their photos and all but I know some people who lost everything because of a mistake or because their phone broke etc. And Samsung's new smartphones don't enable you to add a SD card either. This was the thing that really convinced me because without internet/wifi on, you can't  synchro your files on your cloud, if something happens in between, boum, you lost your things.

Edit: I almost forgot, Oppo has a app that enable you to download music, MVs, etc. Even the latest track that just came out, it has.. all kind of music, american songs, even Jpop, Kpop... For free!! :D

If you get one from China, you'll have a really hard time. I couldn't use my internet data, so a friend had to help me and put some text code based on our telephone operator (which happen to be the same, thanks God). If you get one from the official international site, you'll probably be fine though.

Oh, and I really hate the messages system. 
It's grouped together, so you have to click twice before you find your conversation, it's kind of a hassle to do when you're in a hurry. Unlike Samsung, you cannot changed the background color and bubbles, it's all black and I find it kinda hard to read on this. In short : it's ugly and not nice to use.



If you have a tight budget but want a great phone, go for it! 
OPPO R7 is really light, thin, pretty much close to the Iphone 6 to be honnest. 

It's something between Iphone and Android.
If you have a larger budget and can allow yourself to buy a smartphone more expensive than this and you don't really want to .. try and spend time trying to get use to it etc.. Don't buy it. 
I don't exacly regret it, but if I could rewind time, I would probably go for a Samsung or an Iphone just because it's easier to use etc. But talking about the quality, OPPO R7 is a really great phone. 


Personnaly, I would give a 7,5/10.
(But, I don't think I would ever give a 10/10 to any product so.. lol)


This is kinda long, I hope it was useful for you!
If you have any question, feel free to comment! I'll do my best to inform you! :)