Oppo R7 Review

August 27, 2015

High-end on a budget.

Oppo’s R5 smartphone turned heads and introduced a slimmer design that rivals the premium high-end competitors that are currently available. Just a few months after that, Oppo has updated its line with the Oppo R7, which you can say is a more refined version of the R5. Let’s go check it out.

Design and Specifications

The Oppo R7 offers the same slim and strong build quality of the R5. At 6.3 mm thin, it rivals the slimmer handsets but with a 147 gram weight, it still feels solid to the hand which is also complimented by the all-aluminum body construction.

While the main caveat of the Oppo R5 is the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack to accommodate the thin design, it makes a comeback here in the Oppo R7. The power switch is located on the left side while the volume rockers are located on the right, easily letting you control the device with one hand. The 13 megapixel rear camera lens protrudes from its back, which is slowly becoming a trend with most smartphones nowadays.

The SIM tray located next to the volume rockers can support dual SIM cards – one Micro SIM and one Nano SIM – or simply swap the Nano SIM card for a micro SD card which it also supports. A micro USB port is located at the bottom for charging and data transfers.

The 5-inch, full HD screen of the Oppo R7 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is great, and the AMOLED screen rivals the Quad HD screens of the other smartphones. Touch-based navigation is located below the screen along with the front facing camera and the proximity sensor located on top.

Inside, the Oppo R7 is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 615 processor and comes with 3 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also present, but NFC is not included.

The Oppo R7 runs on ColorOS 2.1, which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Oppo’s own skin offers themes and other customizations, and overall works well with some of Oppo’s own apps. The good thing is that if you ever feel that you don’t enjoy ColorOS, you can always install any custom launcher and personalize the device like your own. As mentioned, the latest ColorOS is based on KitKat, and while Oppo promised an update based on Lollipop, there is no current schedule as to when that will happen.


Performance

For everyday usage, the Oppo R7 did the job fairly well. It’s still an Android phone despite all the customizations, so all the good stuff you get on Google’s operating system are present here.

Calls are good, and I didn’t notice any distortion when I made calls through the smartphone. A big chunk of my usage on the Oppo R7 is based on the apps that I use to connect online, which I somehow find reliable given the smartphone’s support for LTE and Wi-Fi. It also did not have problems with some of the games I tried playing on the device, and even under heavy loads, the heat was at a bare minimum.

The Oppo R7’s 13 megapixel camera offers decent shots – though not wow enough to make me dump my current camera. Images are strictly okay, and there times when the camera tends to over expose shots. The camera also offers various features such as slow motion recording, HDR support and the like.

The Oppo R7 offers a 2320 mAh non-removable battery, which somehow gave me enough juice to use it from early morning to mid-afternoon. It isn’t groundbreaking, but I guess with a thinner design comes with a thinner battery and therefore lesser battery life.

Despite that, you can easily charge the Oppo R7 using the company’s own and patented VOOC fast charging technology. This means that it is able to rapidly charge the smartphone up to 75 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

Conclusion

The Oppo R7 comes in at 1599 AED, which could easily place it in the midrange of Android smartphones. The package also includes a protective case along with the usual array of accessories. For what it’s worth, the Oppo R7 builds upon the strengths of the slim R5 and offered a midrange smartphone option that can easily rival flagship smartphones.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.